College of Medical Aesthetics

Clinical Skills experiences include lasers and light devices for hair removal, photodynamic therapy; the application of medical grade chemical peels; collagen induction therapy (dermal needling), neurotoxins (BoNTA Type A), and dermal fillers used for Volumizing.

Students are expected to:

  • Provide comprehensive assessment and aesthetic treatments to a variety of patients
  • Perform health assessments, treatments, and procedures on assigned patients
  • Document all nursing care, photos, and post care instructions
  • Provide a detailed report of the patient status to the supervising instructor
  • Demonstrate proficiency with the use of equipment, procedures, pharmaceuticals, injections, chemical peels, and lasers


The Future of Aesthetic Dermatology Nursing

College of Medical Aesthetics fosters competency, leadership and professional development for aesthetic dermatology nurses. Aesthetic/cosmetic dermatology might be defined as the aspect of dermatology that emphasizes in youthful looks. While cutaneous medicine and surgery focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of skin disease. Aesthetics and dermatology has merge thanks to the baby boomers and the desire to look young while maintaining healthy skin. Dermatology is a diverse field and there are many areas in which an aesthetic dermatology nurse can work; such as, private practices for dermatologists or plastic surgeons.

Certificate of Aesthetic and Dermatology NursingCourse OutlineCourse BenefitsWho Should ParticipateFAQ

Course Overview

  • Online Theory 320 Clock Hours/ 17 Weeks/ 10.7 Units
  • Skills Lab: 56 Clock Hours/1 week/ 1.25 units
  • Total clock hours 376 Total Units 11.95

The Aesthetic Dermatology Nursing program is designed for Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners who want to work with core physicians to perform procedures and treatments on clients who seek elective procedures that address common skin conditions or the appearance of the face and body.

The course of study involves extensive academic and laboratory experience in a course of training that incorporates a real world work environment. The student will use their knowledge and skills to create comprehensive nursing care plans that address medical history, lifestyle, skin type, emotional/physiological, and financial concerns.

You will learn the latest techniques for improving common skin conditions and maintaining the integrity of the integumentary system.

Laboratory experiences include learning to use equipment, such as lasers, photo therapy applications, medical grade chemical peels, collagen induction therapy (dermal needling), neurotoxins (BoNTA Type A), and dermal fillers used for Volumizing in aesthetics. Finally, theory will have a final exam; in addition, clinical skills will be evaluated and graded upon completion of each procedure demonstrated by the student.

Organizing concepts are incorporated in each module in the Aesthetic Dermatology Nursing Program. These concepts include anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry of the skin, skin diseases, pharmaceuticals, aesthetic nursing procedures/treatments, proper use of equipment, and the professional role of the aesthetic dermatology nurse. Each module assignments are followed by forum discussions. Most modules have a nursing care plan pertaining to a specific condition/s and a review quiz.

  • Week 1 | Fundamental Science of the Integumentary System-
  • Week 2 | Molecular Biology/DNA-
  • Week 3 | Dermatologic Common Skin Disorders-
  • Week 4 | Introduction to Photo-Medicine-
  • Week 5 | Wavelengths and Chromophore Therapies-
  • Week 6 | Dynamics of Aging Skin-
  • Week 7 | Light-Emitting Diode (LED) and Low Level Light (LLLT)-
  • Week 8 | Non-Invasive Body Sculpting-
  • Week 9 | Collagen Induction Therapy/Dermal Needling-
  • Week 10 | Botulinum Toxin Type A (BoNTA)-
  • Week 11 | Dermal Fillers and Volume Enhancers-
  • Week 12 | Cosmeceuticals-
  • Week 13 | Nutrition/Wellness and Age Management-
  • Week 14 | Psychology of Aesthetics/ BDD-
  • Week 15 | Chemical Peels-
  • Week 16 | Policies and Protocols; Evidence-Based Practice and Ethics-
  • Week 17 | Business Development-
  • Clinical

The order of modules may change to accommodate clinical labs dates.

The Aesthetic Dermatology Nursing program is online learning with you in mind. All modules are taught by College of Medical Aesthetics faculty members. Smaller cohorts of 4 students per program enable a higher level of peer-to-peer learning and increased engagement with faculty. Learners who successfully complete the course will earn a valuable certification in Aesthetic Dermatology Nursing highlighting the skills and knowledge mastered in the course.

The Aesthetic/Dermatology Nursing Certificate Program is intended for Registered Nurses or Nurse Practitioners who hold an active nursing license. The registered nurse must have at least 2 years’ experience working in a hospital or a community health agency.

The student must be capable of assessment and monitoring the physical and psychological status of patients before, during, and after procedures. Students must have excellent communication skills, physical assessment skills, ability to work with cosmetic equipment, chemical peels, light phototherapy (lasers), Neurotoxins and Dermal fillers, and have an artistic ability to work with contours of the face and body, in addition the ability to coordinate care to ensure safe, efficient delivery of high-quality care, in collaboration with core physicians.

  • Whether you seeking a career change full time or part time
  • Whether you are considering working in aesthetics or dermatology or both in the future …or if you are already there!
  • Maybe you are just looking for stimulating professional development Whatever your motivation, we hope you join us!

Whatever your motivation, we hope you join us!

What is an Aesthetic Dermatology Nurse/Nurse Practitioner?

Aesthetic nurses provide multi-faceted services that combined art, client education, advocacy, collaboration, and attention to detail. Aesthetic providers are aware of the psychological aspects of their client’s body-image, self-image, self-concept and self-esteem. Dermatology nursing practice is based on dermatologic illness and wellness promotion. Aesthetics and dermatology have merged for the common purpose of accommodating clients that what a full service practice that provides both dermatology and aesthetics.

What kind of commitment is required for the course?

The Study Process and Student Responsibilities.
Students are required to spend a minimum of 20 hours per week to complete the required readings, assignments, and discussion forums. Students are expected to log on Monday –Friday to read assignments and interact in discussion forums with the instructor and other students. Assignments are due on Sunday by 5pm PDT.

Will I receive credits or Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?

Notice Concerning Transferability of Credits and Credentials Earned at Our Institution
This program does not award credits or Continuing Education Units. The transferability of credits you earn at College of Medical Aesthetics is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the certificate you earn in Aesthetic Dermatology Nursing is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits or certificate that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending College of Medical Aesthetics to determine if your credits or certificate will transfer.

How do I enroll for the Aesthetic Dermatology Nursing Program?

Enrollment Process
College of Medical Aesthetics does not offer online enrollment. Prospective students must submit a resume and a letter of intent to complete a seventeen-week online and six-day clinical skills lab. Resumes and letters of intent must be submitted to the Admissions Department for evaluation. An admissions representative will inform the applicant about available programs and assist throughout the enrollment process. Essential documents, Enrollment Agreement, School Performance Fact Sheet forms, and payment method are distributed and collected by the admissions representative by email or in the campus office. The institution shall transmit the first lesson and any materials to any student within seven days after the institution accepts the student for admission.

Review Documents Prior to Signing
“As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.”

Completing the Enrollment Process
Once all required documents are submitted and the applicant is accepted, first time students will be enrolled and introduced to Moodle Video Navigation Tutorial one week before the class starts. The orientation gives the student the opportunity to become comfortable with our online student learning center platform and helps them successfully complete their course work.

Are there any prerequisites to the courses?

Admission Criteria:
The student must have an unencumbered California nursing license, have an associate degree or higher from an accredited school and provide that school’s transcripts. Out of state nurses must apply for a temporary California Nursing license to attend the clinical skills lab. Application forms may be downloaded from http://www.rn.ca.gov/applicants/lic-end.shtml. Click to download the application for licensure by endorsement packet.

The Medical Aesthetic Nursing Certificate Program is intended for registered nurses who hold an active nursing license. The registered nurse must have at least 2 years’ experience working in a hospital or a community health agency. The student should possess a desire to work with patients to preserve, enhance or correct common skin conditions and signs of aging. The student must be capable of assessment and monitoring the physical and psychological status of patients before, during, and after procedures. Students must have excellent communication skills, physical assessment skills, ability to work with cosmetic equipment, chemical peels, light phototherapy (lasers), Neurotoxins and Dermal fillers, and have an artistic ability to work with contours of the face and body, in addition the ability to coordinate care to ensure safe, efficient delivery of high-quality care, in collaboration with core physicians.
Students who studied in a language other than English at the undergraduate and/or graduate school level, or whose native language is not English, must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination to determine if the student has sufficient English language skills to satisfactorily complete the institution’s programs. Applicant’s proficiency scores achieved not more than 2 years before admission: IELTS scores: minimum overall score 6.5 with no part score below 6.0; TOEFL scores minimum acceptable score of 550 for the paper based test and 79 for the Internet based examination.
College of Medical Aesthetics does not issue I-20 forms (U.S. Department of Homeland Security Certificates of Eligibility for student visas). College of Medical Aesthetics cannot fulfill requests for student visas, nor does it vouch for student status or offer language services to students.

Articulation Agreements
College of Medical Aesthetics has not entered into any articulation agreements with any other institution.
Licensure Requirements for Aesthetic Dermatology Nursing.
There is no certification exam required or provided by the State of California. The Aesthetic Dermatology Nursing Certificate program is a post graduate program.

Immunization Requirements
For protection and compliance with state regulations, the College of Medical Aesthetics requires all students to be properly immunized. You must show proof of the following immunizations before you begin the program: – Tuberculin test in the past six months – Varicella, rubella and MMR immunity – Up-to-date diphtheria and tetanus shots – Hepatitis B vaccination or signed declaration – Documentation of vaccinations must be provided to the admissions office prior to the start of the programs. The student will pay the cost of immunizations.

Health Screening Requirements
Before starting any program, each student must provide written evidence from his or her family physician certifying of the absence of mental and /or contagious diseases. Drug- Screening test results are required. Positive results on drug testing could affect the student’s ability to attend the clinical skills laboratory or work with clients required to complete the program’s graduation requirements, or to obtain certification after completion of the program. The student will pay the cost of examinations, screenings and drug tests.

CPR Policy
Prior to the start of any program or its internship component students must submit proof of completion and current certification in American Heart Association CPR, or Basic Life Support (BLS).

Is financial assistance available

Tuition Payment Methods
At this time, financial assistance is not available for the Aesthetic Dermatology program offering. However, College of Medical Aesthetics Accepts payment for tuition and other fees through cash payment, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, personal or a third party check. College of Medical Aesthetics also offers direct auto pay to defray any student loan debt upon completion of the program. Students assume the responsibility for payment of the tuition costs in full, either through direct payment or a third party financial plan. All financial arrangements must be made before the beginning of the class. The college will contact students who are delinquent in paying tuition and fees. They will be encouraged to make specific arrangements with the college in order to remove their delinquency and remain in good financial standing.

How do I cancel or withdraw from the course?

Student’s Right to Cancel
The student shall have the right to cancel the agreement and receive a full refund before the first lesson and materials are received. The student has the right to cancel and obtain a refund of charges paid through attendance at the first class session, or; the seventh day after enrollment. Cancellation is effective on the date written notice of cancellation is sent to the school’s administrative office at 111 West Ocean Blvd. Suite 400 Long Beach, CA 90802. The institution shall make the refund pursuant to section 71750 of the Regulations. If the institution sent the first lesson and materials before an effective cancellation notice was received, the institution shall make a full refund within 30 days after the student’s return of the materials.

Refund Policy
If the student cancels an enrollment agreement or withdraws during a period of attendance, the refund policy for students who have completed 60 percent or less of the period of attendance shall be a pro rata refund. A pro rata refund pursuant to section 94919(c) or 94920(d) or 94927 of the code shall be no less than the total amount owed by the student for the portion of the educational program provided subtracted from the amount paid by the student, calculated as follows:

The amount owed equals the daily charge for the program (total institutional charge, divided by the number of days in the program), multiplied by the number of days’ student attended, or was scheduled to attend, prior to withdrawal. For purposes of determining a refund, a student shall be considered to have withdrawn from an educational program when he or she withdraws or is deemed withdrawn in accordance with the withdrawal policy stated in this institution’s catalog. If an institution has collected money from a student for transmittal on the student’s behalf to a third party for a bond, library usage, or fees for a license, application, or examination and the institution has not paid the money to the third party at the time of the student’s withdrawal or cancellation, the institution shall refund the money to the student within 30 days of the student’s withdrawal or cancellation.

College of Medical Aesthetics does not participate in any federal of state financial aid programs. If you obtain a loan to pay for your educational program, you will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund. If you are eligible for a loan guaranteed by the federal or state government and you default on the loan, both of the following may occur:

  1. The federal or state government or a loan guarantee agency may take action against you, including applying any income tax refund to which you are entitled, to reduce the balance owed on the loan.
  2. You may not be eligible for any other federal student financial aid at another institution or other government assistance until the loan is repaid.

The term withdrawal is defined the student’s desire cancel the Enrollment Agreement to leave the educational program prior to finishing the educational program. This could be for any reason that would prevent the student from continuing the course work at the college. Or, withdrawal from the college due to misconduct or other violations of the college’s policies as determined by the college.

Administrative Withdrawal
Students who by the end of week 2 have not participated in the Aesthetic Dermatology Nursing course or who have minimal participation and show no credit for any grade assignments will be subject to an Administrative Withdrawal.

The following consequences apply to a student who is administratively withdrawn from the program

  • The student receives a grade of W for the course
  • The grade W appears on the student’s transcript
  • The grade of W does not affect the GPA, but course credits are included in attempted credits when monitoring academic progress

Complaint Grievance Procedure
From time to time, difference in interpretation of college policies will arise among students, faculty and /or the administration. Persons seeking to resolve problems or complaints should first contact the instructor in charge. Requests for further action may be made to the College Director. When such differences arise, usually a miscommunication or misunderstanding is a major contributing factor. For this reason, we urge both students & staff to communicate any problems that arise directly to the individual (s) involved. If the problem cannot be resolved in this manner, the College Director should be contacted. Normally, the informal procedure of “discussing” differences will resolve the problem. In addition to complaints previously stated and appeals of an academic nature, a student has a right to complain to the institution. If a student wishes to file a written complaint, they may do so. All written complaints will be evaluated within 10 days and the student notified in writing.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling 888-370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s Internet Web site bppe@dca.ca.gov. The student may contact the Bureau for further details. Any questions a student may have regarding the Aesthetic Dermatology Nursing program that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at:
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833
P.O. Box 980818 West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

How should I list the Aesthetic Dermatology Nursing Certification on my resume?

When you have earned your Aesthetic Dermatology Nursing Certification, list it on your resume with the date of completion as follows: College of Medical Aesthetics Credential,
“Program Name” Aesthetic Dermatology Nursing

What housing facilities are available when I attend clinical?

This institution does not operate dormitories or other housing facilities. This institution does not provide assistance nor does it have any responsibility to assist students in finding housing. Due to the short stay needed, the housing in the immediate area is available in hotels. Average price per night $130.00