Advanced Diploma Of Cosmetic Dermal Science 10510NAT

Course Overview

The Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science is a unique combination of dermal science, enrolled nursing and medical assisting units, which have been contextualised to the field of cosmetic medicine and dermal therapies.
The curriculum covers the key competencies required to work as a qualified Dermal Therapist within a cosmetic medical practice. Scope of work includes performing dermal therapy procedures, assisting medical personnel with cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures, assisting with practice and patient management, and performing administration duties.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of year 12 or mature-age entry
  • 1000-word essay on the practice of cosmetic medicine and dermal therapies
    in Australia
  • Candidates from a non-academic background MUST successfully complete
    Unit Cluster 1.0 Communication & Study Skills for Dermal Science as their first

Course Duration And Study Commitment

  • Full-time: approx. 27 hrs/week over 1 year (2 x 16 week semesters)
  • Part-time: approx. 15 hrs/week over 2 years (limited positions) (4 x 16 week semesters)

Study Modes Available

  • On campus in Brisbane and Gold Coast
  • Practical training available in Gold Coast

Professional Recognition

Graduates of this course are eligible for membership with the Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians.

Further Learning Pathway

On completion of the Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science, graduates will gain credit/advanced standing into the following courses:

  • Diploma of Enrolled Nursing (at any TAFE or Private College)
  • Certificate IV in Medical Assisting (at any TAFE or Private College)



Payment options available for all courses including extended payment plans
(This covers electronic course materials (with the exception of text books) online support, webinars, marking and Lecturer support).

This is a Study Loans approved course. For more information on our payment options please click here

Study Loan

Course Structure

Semester One
1.1 CDSERT601A Dermal Science Theory Analyse epidermal resurfacing techniques CDSLBT601A Analyse light-based therapies used in cosmetic medicine HLTCOM406C Make referrals to other health care professionals when appropriate
2.1 CDSSCP601A Evaluate Surgical and Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures
2.0DS HLTEN401B Work in the nursing profession HLTEN509B Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
1.2DS HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status
Semester Two
1.2 CDSPCD601A Analyse the Principles of Dermatology in a Cosmetic Medical Context
1.3 DS HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

HLTEN502B Apply effective communication skills to nursing practice

2.3 CDSPPC601A Analyse the principles of psychology in a cosmetic medical context
1.4 Practice Management and Administration  BSBWOR502B Ensure team effectiveness BSBFIM501A Manage budgets and financial plans
2.4 CDSEFC601A Evaluate the use and formulation of cosmeceuticals
Pre 2.2 HLTAID003 Preparation for Dermal Science Practical Provide First Aid HLTIN402C Maintain infection control standards in office practice settings (theory component) BSBMED303B Maintain Patient Records

Practical Competencies

2.2 CDSPCM601A Dermal Science Practical (Completed as a full-time 8 to 10-day block) Perform clinical microdermabrasion in a cosmetic medical context CDSPCP601A Perform chemical peels in a cosmetic medical context CDSPLT601A Perform light-based therapies for the purpose of photo rejuvenation in a cosmetic medical context. CDSPSN601A Perform skin needling in a cosmetic medical context CDSPFL601A Perform fractionated laser in a cosmetic medical context HLTIN402C Maintain infection control standards in office practice settings (practical component)3.0 Clinical Placement 76 hours of clinical experience at an approved Cosmetic Medical Clinic. This unit is available to students who do NOT have relevant industry experience. Students with relevant industry experience may be exempt from this unit. This is assessed on a case-by-case basis
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  • Friday: 9 AM - 4 PM
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