Certificate of Aesthetic and Dermatology Nursing

To Register, please call 949.752.2002, Or contact:

Julia Pettis, Bs, Hcm
Admissions director
1600 Dove St. Suite 112
Newport Beach,CA 92660            

Deadline for Registration is 03/25/2014

Certificate Course

This is a hybrid program; consisting of 17 weeks of online learning and 6 days of clinical lab (Professional Practice Experience)

Admission Requirements

Applicants for Certification Program must have a nursing degree with an active nursing license in good standing with the Board of Nursing in your state or country. All documents will be verified.

THE DEMAND FOR noninvasive cosmetic procedures continues to grow, outpacing surgical procedures in plastic surgery practices and comprising a high percentage of the work performed in many dermatology practices. Also growing is the number of physicians delegating aesthetic procedures to registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants.” From an economic point of view, the use of extenders makes great sense,” says Michael H. Gold, MD, medical director, Gold Skin Care Center, Nashville, Tennessee. “They are skilled providers who help perform a service to my patients and can help generate income for our practice that has allowed us to greatly expand our level of service and the services we provide. http://www.bmtadvisors.com/docs/Successful-Delegation-Working-with-Physician-Extenders.pdf


Starts: 3/31/2014 - 7/27/14
Finals: 7/29/2014 - 8/2/2014

Clinical Skills Lab (Professional Practice Experience)
Starts: 8/4/14 - 8/9/14

If you are unable to attend the Clinical Skills Lab, ask about attending the 17 week Theory only, call us for details!

Course Description and Objectives:

3/31/2014: Week 1 Fundamental Science of the Integumentary System:

Introduction to Skin

Objective: 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

4/7/2014: Week 2 Molecular Biology, DNA Chemistry (pertaining to the skin):

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

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

4/14/2014: Week 3 Common Skin Disorders:

Acne, Rosacea, Photo-damage, lesions

Objective: Indentify abnormal skin conditions

4/21/2014: Week 4 The Aesthetic Consultation-
How to Perform the Aesthetic Analysis: part 1:

Objective: 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

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

4/28/2014: Week 5 Dynamics of Aging Skin:

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

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

5/5/2014: Week 6 Nutrition and Wellness:

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

5/12/2014: Week 7 Introduction to Lasers, Light and Energy Based Physics:

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

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

5/19/2014: Week 8 Wavelength Therapies

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

5/26/2014: Week 9 Photorejuvenation  

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

Objective: 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

6/2/2014: Week 10 Non- Invasive Body Sculpting

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

6/9/2014: 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.

Objective:  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

6/16/2014: Week 12


Sclerotherapy is the use of Injectable agents to modify and destroy superficial venous blood vessels that may have functional and cosmetic consequences that prompt a patient to seek treatment.  At some point, a large percentage of the population will experience a venous problem during his or her lifetime. The field of phlebology, which is the diagnosis, and treatment of venous disorders, has expanded in the aesthetic and dermatology field of nursing.

6/23/2014: Week 13

Botulinum Toxin Type A (BoNTA) for Facial Aesthetics:

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

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

6/30/2014: Week 14

Dermal Fillers and Volume Enhancers:

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

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

7/7/2014: Week 15
Chemical Peels:

Basic Science and Peels, Molecular Structure of Peels, Assessing Peel Depth, Peeling Protocols

Objective: Identify clinical understanding of limitations & rationale implementing safe application of chemical peels & other peeling agents and their effects on all skin types.

7/14/2014: Week 16
Development of Policies and Protocols:

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

Objective: 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

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

7/21/2014: 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.

Objective: 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.

Finals are taken online 7/29/2014 - 8/2/2014

Clinical Skills (Professional Practice Experience)
On-Site location: 1600 Dove St. suite 112 Newport Beach, Ca 92660

On site, all students will be assigned patients for the hands on training portion. Grading will be based on assessment, patient intake, clinical safety, patient safety, patient expectations, nursing care plans, and pre - post procedure patient instructions

Clinical skills (Professional Practice Experience):


The Aesthetic Dermatology Nursing program is the first program in the USA that is approved by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education. To maintain approval by the BPPE, a program must undergo a rigorous internal review in which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in specialty certification programs.

Please contact Julia Pettis, BS, HCM

Admissions director

1600 Dove St. Suite 112
Newport Beach, CA  92660