Certificate of Aesthetic and Dermatology Nursing

Academic Calendar 2016

Fall Session 2016
Aesthetic Dermatology Nursing
Start Date: September 26, 2016
Registration Deadline: September 19, 2016
Clinical Lab Session: January 30, 2017 thru February 4, 2017
Final Exam online: February 8, 2017 thru February 11, 2017
Clinical Location: 16552 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92606
Call Now to Register 949.945.3919

Course Description and Objectives

Week 1

Fundamental Science of the Integumentary System:


Understand the importance of skin layer anatomy (Gross and Microscopic); depth perception; function of the skin layers; function of important Organelles and Molecules in these layers, energy production, and cell communication

Week 2

Molecular Biology, DNA Chemistry (pertaining to the skin):

Segment 2: Molecular Biology, Physiology, Immunology, Wound Healing


Develop Understanding Molecular biology, Physiology, Immunology and Wound Healing, incorporating a nursing care plan

Week 3

Common Skin Disorders:

Acne, Rosacea, Photo-damage, lesions


Indentify abnormal skin conditions

Week 4

The Aesthetic Consultation-
How to Perform the Aesthetic Analysis: part 1


Identify the realistic expectations post an aesthetic non- surgical treatment. Understand how to perform an aesthetic analysis while implementing an aesthetic plan.

Applications of Cosmeceuticals: Part 2:

Topical Agents, Drugs, Cosmetic, Retinoids, Cell-Membrane Compatible substances


Understand and indentify inflammatory skin conditions, skin pigmentation, genetic markers, UV Radiation and Sun Protection; UVA, UVB, Sunscreens, other Sun Protective Measures

Week 5

Dynamics of Aging Skin

Chronological, Photo-aging, Free Radicals, Skin Assessment Tools: Skin Type Class, Fitzpatrick, Glogau, & Roberts, Thermal Imaging


Develop Nursing care plan for skin types, based on ethnic origin, aesthetic principles, and thermal imaging

Week 6

Nutrition and Wellness:


Understanding age management, while incorporating a comprehensive care plan using Nutriceuticals and nutrition

Week 7

Introduction to Lasers, Light and Energy Based Physics:

Understanding the key milestones in development of light theory and laser systems


Establish sound understanding of principles, and history of lasers and & other photo therapies, Identify laser safety signs, eyewear, and the importance of lasers protocols

Week 8

Wavelength Therapies


Identify wavelength Chromophore therapies and common vascular problems. Understand characteristics and applications of hair removal, and laser applications for Tattoo Removal

Week 9


Segment I: Light-Emitting Diode (LED) and Low Level light (LLT)
Segment II: Photorejuvenation Technology, Radiofrequency and Ultrasound
Segment III: Ablative and Fractional Ablative Systems
Segment IV: Non-Ablative and Fractional Non-Ablative Systems


Implement a comprehensive Aesthetic dermatology-nursing plan using (LED), light Emitting Diodes and (LLLT), and Low- level light therapies. Develop and understanding of Fractional Ablative and Non- Ablative Systems

Week 10

Non- Invasive Body Sculpting


Understand Radiofrequency, Ultrasound, Cryolipolysis, and low-level laser Liposculpting, used for Non-Invasive Body Contouring, (Mechanical Biostimulation Cavitation, heat induced).

Week 11

Science of Social Vision

Most people are dissatisfied with some aspect of their appearance. However, some individuals are so distressed about the way they look that it interferes with their daily life. Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a severe and impairing disorder characterized by a preoccupation with an imagined or slight flaw in appearance. Although BDD has been described in research and literature for more than a century it remains an under recognized disorder.


Develop awareness from recent research finding that address the face and body perception. Understand and discuss how the perception of faces and bodies are integrated. How to recognize and address patients with BDD

Week 12

Dermal Needling

What is Dermal Needling?

Dermal needling is the latest skin renewal technique to restore the healthy youthful appearance of your skin at a fraction of the cost and with minimal or zero downtime, in addition, the only treatment that respects all three main target cell types (keratinocyte, melanocyte, fibroblast).

Skin Needling is also one of the few skin therapies that are suitable for treating all skin types, including ethnic skin, and which can be used to treat the fragile skin around the eyes, mouth and on the neck.

How does it work?

The concept of Skin Needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy) is based on the skin’s natural ability to repair itself whenever it encounters physical damage such as cuts, burns and other abrasions. Immediately after an injury occurs to the skin our body reuses the damaged collagen and elastin fibers as well as other damaged skin components to produce new ones. Skin Needling allows for controlled induction of the skin’s self repair mechanism by creating micro‐“injuries” in the skin which trigger new collagen synthesis, yet does not pose the risk of permanent scarring. The result is smoother, healthier, and younger looking skin.

  1. Understand the key goals of skin rejuvenation to optimize cell function while preserving integrity of the epidermis.
  2. Understand dermal: What it is and what can it can do
  3. Engage in consumer decisions regarding devices used for percutaneous collagen therapy
  4. Treatment parameters and protocols for needling
  5. Dermal needling aimed at treating HL(Alopecia)
  6. Clinical techniques: Medical needling protocols  
Week 13

Botulinum Toxin Type A (BoNTA) for Facial Aesthetics:

Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport, Facial Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, Bacteriology, Cell Proteins, Proprietary Agents


Identify facial anatomy of injection sites for neurotoxin administration; design and create aesthetic nursing care plan

Week 14

Dermal Fillers and Volume Enhancers:

Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, Perlane, Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, and Filler Categories


Understand clinical overview of dermal fillers, history, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, histology, and filler categories

Week 15

Chemical Peels - Session 1

Basic Science of chemical peels, molecular structure of peels, assessing peel depth, and peeling protocols

Dermal Micro Needling - Session 2

DMA stimulates your own body to produce new collagen. At a microscopic level, proliferated skin cells, such as fibroblasts, migrate to the point of injury and transform into collagen fibers, resulting in increased fiber strength and elasticity. You will learn how this technology facilitates natural repair and growth making the skin healthier and stronger.

Week 16

Development of Policies and Protocols:

Segment I: Implementation of Aesthetic Nursing Legal Aspects, and Ethics, Evidence-Based Practice:


Establish and implement strong empirical evidence in current medical & social polices to support political change in Aesthetic and Dermatology nursing protocols within the nursing scope of practice.

Segment II: Culture Compendencies


Understand and define various Culture Compendencies in aesthetics, how to address various issues creating knowledge and awareness

Week 17

Business Development and Aesthetic Compliance:

Creating entrepreneurship, business skills, and understanding management internal, external, and defining stakeholders. Physician collaboration and ethical conduct in business, aesthetic compliance formation of legal framework, organizational control, financial issues and liability assumptions.

Understanding the fundamentals of a business plan to create strategies for success, how to collaborate with physicians, understanding a business arrangement, and understanding the role of compliance standards within an aesthetic practice

To register, please call 949.945.3919,
or contact:

Julia Pettis, B.S.H.S.
Admissions director
111 West Ocean Blvd. Suite 400
Long Beach, CA 90802