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Foundational Concepts in Cosmetic Nursing
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This unit of study introduces students to the specialty of cosmetic nursing. Foundational nursing assessment strategies are applied to the use of commonly used cosmetic injectable treatments and other treatments and procedures, including laser. Scope of practice for the nurse in the cosmetic industry is analysed and identification and management of adverse events is also examined. There is a strong focus on safety and evidence based practice.

This subject has a 40 clinical placement component.

Foundational Concepts in Cosmetic Nursing
Unit of study code 309
Availability Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Nursing
Pre-requisite 308 – Applied Dermatological Anatomy and Physiology
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 4
Clinical placement information There is a compulsory 40 hours clinical placement for this unit of study.

Anyone applying for an ACN course that includes a clinical placement must provide evidence of compliance documents at the time of application.

Applications for enrolment will not be progressed until all relevant documentation has been received by customer services.

Each Australian state and territory has its own clinical placement documentation requirements. Please view our Clinical Placement Information page, then click on the tab for your particular state or territory for information on specific requirements.

Individual placement providers may need additional documentation. If you are required to provide this then you will be contacted by the clinical placement officer following enrolment.

ACN negotiates with health care facilities to secure clinical placements. ACN will make every effort to secure clinical placements within the timeframe indicated in the course outline, however applicants are advised that provision and location of clinical placements is dependent on the availability of placements within the health facility.

As placements are difficult to secure, once confirmed these cannot be negotiated unless there is unforeseen extenuating circumstances. Applicants are not to arrange their own clinical placements with a clinical facility under any circumstances. ACN reserves the right to change clinical placements if necessary.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for clinical placement Students can be granted recognition of prior learning (RPL) for clinical placement if:

  • you have been in employment in the area of specialty for at least six months (full time equivalent).

Documentation that will be accepted as evidence:

  • A position description and letter from your employer stating that you have been in their employment for at least six months in the role of cosmetic nurse (full time equivalent)
  • If you are self employed you may submit a company profile, or documented evidence confirming your name, role, company business name and current trading status
  • A statutory declaration confirming you have a minimum of six months full time experience as a cosmetic nurse within the last 12 months if you are not able to provide either of the above

We are unable to accept links to websites, Instagram or Facebook pages as proof of evidence, nor are we able to contact your employer on your behalf for confirmation.

Please note there is no charge for this application of RPL and students must still complete the online learning units of study and associated assessment items.

Prescribed texts TBA
Co-ordinated by Jamie-May Newman
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: The role of the cosmetic nurse a) evaluate the role of the nurse in the cosmetic setting Assessment 1: Online discussions 10% 3, 8
Theme 2: Foundational client management concepts b) examine the use and formulation of commonly used cosmetic treatments Assessment 2: Short answer essays 30% 5
Theme 3: Laser safety c) discuss the foundational nursing management strategies associated with cosmetic procedures Assessment 3: Case analysis 50% 9
Theme 4: Common cosmetic procedures d) analyse contemporary literature related to the assessment and management of people undergoing cosmetic procedures to ensure evidence-based practice Assessment 4: Laser Safety course 10% 10
Theme 5: Identification and management of adverse events e) examine and address the challenges in managing a safe environment within the cosmetic setting

Foundational Concepts in Cosmetic Nursing (309) is a Tier 4 unit.

Tiers2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price2023 Member price (10% discount)2023 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,133.00$2,370.00$2,196.00$2,440.00
Tier 2$2,434.50$2,705.00$2,506.50$2,785.00
Tier 3$2,862.00$3,180.00$2,947.50$3,275.00
Tier 4$3,420.00$3,800.00$3,523.50$3,915.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.

This unit is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Nursing.