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Foundational Concepts of Dermatology Nursing
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This unit of study is designed for registered nurses who are working or wish to work in the dermatological practice environments. The purpose of the unit of study is to examine the common dermatological disorders and the associated interventions and procedures used to treat them. Content includes the use and formulation of topical, medications, psychological treatments, phototherapy and intense pulse light safety. Evidence based practice and research is explored to promote clinical practice and improve client outcomes. This unit of study is designed to meet the foundational needs of dermatology nurses.

There is a 40 hour clinical placement included in this unit of study.

Foundational Concepts of Dermatology Nursing
Unit of study code 311
Availability Graduate Certificate in Dermatology 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 for role with a letter from your employer stating that you have been in their employment for at least six months (full time equivalent)
  • If you are your own employer then you can use your own company profile as evidence
  • A statutory declaration if you are not able to provide either of the above

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

Prescribed texts Nicol N, 2016, Dermatologic Nursing Essentials: A core curriculum
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: Review of dermatological disorders a) discuss common dermatological disorder treatments used in practice Assessment 1: Online discussions x 2 10% 3, 8
Theme 2: Diagnostic tests and procedures b) examine the use and formulation of topical and systemic treatments used in current and future clinical practice Assessment 2: Short answer essays 30% 5
Theme 3: Treatments c) evaluate nursing management strategies associated with dermatological procedures within a collaborative multidisciplinary team Assessment 3: Case analysis 50% 10
Theme 4: Planning for care d) reflect upon the implementation of evidence based practice in the management of people in your area of speciality Assessment 4: Cert IV Laser Safety course 10% 3
e) apply communication skills to build trust within therapeutic and collaborative relationships.

Foundational Concepts of Dermatology Nursing (311) is a Tier 4 unit.

Tiers2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,070.00$2,300.00$2,133.00$2,370.00
Tier 2$2,362.50$2,625.00$2,434.50$2,705.00
Tier 3$2,776.50$3,085.00$2,862.00$3,180.00
Tier 4$3,321.00$3,690.00$3,420.00$3,800.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.

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

Development of this subject was sponsored by Novartis

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