Description of Core Units

Important note to students: The following units or unit clusters can be studied as part of a formal AACDS qualification.

UNIT 1.3 / Communications
This unit cluster serves as a foundation for study and communication skills to enter and successfully complete the Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science. Lectures and assessments focus on academic writing, research skills, medical terminology and effective communication with a range of patients from different cultural backgrounds. The competencies covered in this unit cluster are equivalent to the core unit cluster 1.3 Communications within the Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science. Students who successfully complete this unit will gain full credit for unit cluster 1.3 Communications.
UNIT 1.1 / Dermal Science Theory
Dermal Science Theory is a comprehensive unit cluster focusing on the theoretical principles of dermal therapy procedures to form a strong foundation for clinical practice. Lectures take an evidence-based approach covering the principles of clinical microdermabrasion, chemical peels, skin needling, laser, intense pulsed light, radiofrequency and other light-based therapies. This unit cluster also includes an IPL/Laser Safety Officers Certificate approved by QLD Radiation Health and the Radiological Council of WA.
UNIT 1.2 / Analyse the Principles of Dermatology in a Cosmetic Medical Context
This unit forms the foundation for correct skin analysis and selection of dermal therapy procedures within a cosmetic medical context. Lectures focus on issues that affect the histological and visual qualities of the skin covering healthy skin physiology, the presentation and pathophysiology of dermatologic disorders, repair abilities and wound care. On completion of this unit, students should be able to identify a range of dermatologic conditions in order to work within their scope of practice.
UNIT 1.2DS / Confirm Physical Health Status
This unit provides students with an underpinning knowledge in human anatomy and physiology whilst providing a foundation for further studies in dermal science. Lectures explore each organ system enabling students confirm the health status of clients. Throughout this unit there is a strong focus on how environmental factors, genetics, intrinsic ageing and endocrine changes affect the histological and visual qualities of the skin.
UNIT 1.2CN / Analyse the Principles of Cosmetic Nursing
This unit is specifically developed for ENs or RNs as an introduction to their role in cosmetic medicine, especially in a day hospital and theatre environment. Lectures focus on the roles and responsibilities of the practice nurse, pre and post-operative care, theatre dynamics, infection control, day hospital accreditation standards and advanced resuscitation. On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to apply their knowledge to a range of key performance indicators in a cosmetic medical and day hospital settings.
UNIT CLUSTER 1.3DS / Communications
This cluster covers three competency units required to learn effective communication skills within the cosmetic medical environment. Lectures focus on confidentiality principles, medical terminology, liaising with medical professionals/colleagues, documentation and effective communication with a range of patients from different cultural backgrounds. In addition to communication skills, students learn computer, research and analysis skills to serve as a foundation for future studies and workplace requirements. Some assessments associated with this unit will be delivered in unit 2.2 Dermal Science Practical.
UNIT CLUSTER 1.4 / Practice Management and Administration
Managerial and administration skills are an important asset to have in any small business environment and is a competency highly sought after by potential employers. This unit cluster is comprised of three competency units, which have been customised to the medispa concept - Manage budgets and financial plans and Ensure team effectiveness. Students will be able to apply these skills to the management and administration of a cosmetic medical practice, beauty salon, day spa or the establishment of their own clinic.
UNIT 2.0DS / Working Within a Cosmetic Medical Practice
This unit cluster describes the role of the dermal therapist and enrolled nurse in the cosmetic medical practice and other health care areas. Students will learn the ethical, legal and jurisdictional requirements applied to cosmetic medicine and dermal therapies, whilst gaining a sound understanding of their duty of care to patients.
UNIT 2.1 / Evaluate Cosmetic Surgical and Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures
Essential for the dermal therapist wishing to work in a cosmetic medical practice, this unit provides an in-depth knowledge of each cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedure. Lectures examine the indications, techniques, complications and recovery involved in common cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures and will also discuss the analysis of facial and body assessment. On completion of the unit, learners should be able to conduct a patient consultation providing clear and accurate information in relation to cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures. UNIT GCNSCP801A Evaluate Cosmetic Surgical Procedures is a unit that focuses on the common surgical procedures performed in Australia. It addresses all aspects of cosmetic surgical procedures that provide restoration, enhancement and/or rejuvenation to the face or the body. Lectures examine indications for, techniques, complications and recovery of patients undergoing common cosmetic surgical interventions. On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to assess the patient holistically and provide accurate information about cosmetic surgical procedures.
UNIT 3.1 / Evaluate Cosmetic Injectable Procedures
This unit covers the theoretic principles and the practical competencies for nurses and doctors wishing to perform injectables procedures. It encompasses the essential knowledge required to safely perform a range of cosmetic injectable procedures including muscle relaxants and dermal fillers. Competencies for this unit focus on a strong understanding of facial anatomy and physiology, indications for treatment, practical application and dealing with potential complications. This unit is divided into a theory component and a three-day hands-on practical component. In the interest of safety, students cannot progress to the practical competencies until they have successfully completed the theoretical assessments. UNIT PREREQUISITES: 1.1 Dermal Science Theory, GCNPCN801A Analyse The Principles Of Cosmetic Nursing & GCNSCP801A Evaluate Cosmetic Surgical Procedures
UNIT PRE 2.2 / Preparation for Dermal Science Practical
This unit encompasses the competencies required to safely and effectively perform a range of dermal therapy procedures in a cosmetic medical environment. Competencies include first aid, documenting and maintaining patient records and infection control policies and procedures applied to the application of dermal therapies procedures. Some assessments associated with this unit will be delivered in unit 2.2 Dermal Science Practical. UNIT PREREQUISITE: UNIT CLUSTER 1.1 Dermal Science Theory
*HLTAID003 Apply first aid, is delivered by Red Cross on our behalf. All certificates / statement of attainments will be issued by the Red Cross directly.

UNIT 2.2 / Dermal Science Practical Workshop
Dermal Science Practical is a hands-on unit in which students transfer their theoretical knowledge into clinical practice. Comprised of five competency units, students achieve competency through performing a required number of treatments (case studies) in the 3 grades of clinical microdermabrasion, AHA peels, Jessner’s Peels, superficial TCA peels, skin needling, IPL or laser photo rejuvenation, IPL or laser permanent hair reduction and fractionated laser. These competencies ensure students develop a high standard of technique whilst maintaining a strong focus on hygiene and safety. All practical workshops take place with only two students per trainer/assessor, ensuring a quality-learning environment and exclusivity to equipment. UNIT PREREQUISITE: 1.1B Dermal Science Theory And PRE 2.2 Preparation For Dermal Science Practical (Not Applicable To Students Studying The Graduate Diploma In Cosmetic Nursing)
UNIT 2.3DS / Analyse the Principles of Psychology in a Cosmetic Medical Context
Dermal therapy involves the close and personal interaction with patients, and a background knowledge of personality types and human behaviour will enable the Dermal Therapist to have a greater understanding of patient care. Lecture topics include psychosocial aspects of cosmetic medicine and surgery, self-perception (body dysmorphic disorder and anorexia), global perceptions of beauty and the role of the media in cosmetic medicine. UNIT PREREQUISITE: UNIT CLUSTER 1.3 Communications For Dermal Science
UNIT 2.4 / Evaluate the use and formulation of Cosmeceuticals
Cosmeceutical science will significantly enhance the therapist’s knowledge of over-the-counter cosmeceuticals and prescription pharmaceuticals used in dermatology. This knowledge is beneficial in order to effectively treat common skin concerns and complement cosmetic surgery and/or dermal therapy procedures. This unit provides an evidence-based approach to specific cosmeceutical ingredients as opposed to branded formulas.
UNIT 2.6 / Analyse the Principles of Anti-Ageing Medicine
This unit provides students with an introduction to the key principles of anti-ageing medicine with a focus on early detection, prevention and treatment of age-related skin disorders. It explores evidence-based practices to incorporate anti-ageing in dermal therapy services. This unit is delivered in partnership with the Australasian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine (A5M) and on successful completion students will receive credit towards their Certification in Anti-Ageing Medicine for allied health professionals. UNIT PREREQUISITE: UNIT CLUSTER 1.1 Dermal Science Theory AND 1.2 Analyse The Principles Of Dermatology In A Cosmetic Medical Context
Clinical Placement
The AACDS Clinical Placement Program is an essential component in all AACDS qualifications to allow students/graduates access to the AACDS Recruitment Site. It is specifically developed for students who have no or minimal clinical experience in dermal therapies and/or cosmetic medicine. The program aims to direct theoretical knowledge into a clinical environment, allowing students to gain necessary experience in a real-life cosmetic medical clinic. Please note that students who already have clinical experience are exempt from the program. Adequate clinical experience is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
CDNCAS01 - Apply communication and assessment strategies to patient consultation
This unit covers the foundation skills to ensure effective communication and assessment strategies are adopted during the patient consultation. The lectures provide a step-by-step guide in assessment strategies as part of a holistic consultation including referral, informed consent, written and photo documentation and other information to support positive patient outcomes. Lectures also explore the various patient management systems currently used in aesthetics, and how they can tie together all aspects of patient assessment and consultation to ensure best practice.

This unit is divided into a theory and a practical component. The practical competencies are demonstrated and assessed as part of each dermal therapy case study performed on patients in the AACDS Student Clinics.

CDNERT02 - Analyse epidermal resurfacing therapies
This unit forms a strong foundation for clinical practice by exploring the theoretical principles of epidermal resurfacing procedures. Lecturers take an evidence-based approach focusing on clinical microdermabrasion, chemical resurfacing and micro/skin needling. Students will gain knowledge of the procedural guidelines for each epidermal resurfacing therapy in order to achieve safe and effective treatment outcomes and adhere to best practice polices.

CDNTLBT02 - Analyse light and energy-based therapies used in cosmetic medicine
(Includes approved Laser Safety Certificate)
This unit forms a strong foundation for clinical practice by exploring the theoretical principles of dermal procedures using laser and light-based systems. A comprehensive knowledge will be developed in relation to laser and light physics including tissue interaction, parameter selection and treatment protocols. This unit also encompasses safety issues relating to light-based therapies as outlined by the current radiation safety act in order for the student to achieve a Radiation Safety Officer’s Certificate through the Radiological Council of Western Australia and Queensland Radiation Health (a prerequisite to practise class 3B and 4 laser in WA, QLD and Tas).

CDNAAP01 - Apply principles of anatomy and physiology to dermal therapies
This unit provides students with the necessary underpinning knowledge in human anatomy and physiology whilst providing a foundation for further studies in dermal science. Lectures explore each organ system and its relevance to skin health and dermal procedures. Throughout this unit there is a strong focus on how environmental factors, genetics, intrinsic ageing and endocrine changes affect the histological and visual qualities of the skin.

CDNEFC02 - Evaluate the use and formulation of cosmeceuticals
Cosmeceutical science will significantly enhance the practitioner’s knowledge of key ingredients used in over-the-counter cosmeceuticals and prescription pharmaceuticals. This knowledge is highly beneficial to effectively treat common skin concerns and complement cosmetic surgical and/or dermal therapy procedures. This unit provides an evidence-based approach to specific cosmeceutical ingredients as opposed to branded formulas.

HLTINF005 - Maintain infection prevention for skin penetration treatments
This unit ensures students hold essential knowledge and skills to maintain infection prevention in all areas associated with dermal and cosmetic injectable procedures. Lectures focus on current hygiene standards and regulations and the principles of infection prevention in a cosmetic medical context.

This unit is divided into a theory and a practical component. The practical competencies are demonstrated and assessed as part of each dermal therapy case study performed on patients in the AACDS Student Clinics.

CDNPLT01 - Provide laser and light-based procedures in a cosmetic medical context
This practical unit applies theoretical knowledge to the development of clinical skills in operating laser and light-based therapies for the treatment of benign pigmented and vascular lesions, skin rejuvenation and hair reduction. Practical training sessions require the student to perform a range of case studies utilising laser, intense pulsed light and light-emitting diodes. Demonstration of skills also include patient consultation, skin analysis, informed consent and patient aftercare advice.

CDNPCP02 - Provide chemical resurfacing procedures in a cosmetic medical context
This practical unit applies the theoretical principles of chemical resurfacing to the clinical application of superficial peels in a cosmetic medical context. Case studies are performed utilising a range of peeling agents such as Jessner’s, AHAs and TCA. Demonstration of skills also include patient consultation, skin analysis, informed consent and patient aftercare advice.

CDNPSN02 - Provide skin needling procedures in a cosmetic medical context
This practical unit applies theoretical knowledge to clinical skills development in skin (micro) needling procedures in a cosmetic medical context. Students will perform a number of case studies focusing on the application of topical anaesthetics, skin preparation and safe and hygienic treatment techniques. Demonstration of skills also include patient consultation, skin analysis, informed consent and patient aftercare advice.

CDNSCP02 - Evaluate surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures
This unit provides an in-depth knowledge of commonly performed cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Lectures examine the indications, techniques, complications and recovery involved in cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures and also discusses the analysis of facial and body proportions. On completion of the unit, students will gain an understanding of their role in assisting the surgeon and should be able to provide clear and accurate information to patients regarding a range of cosmetic procedures.

CDNPPC02 - Analyse the principles of psychology in a cosmetic medical context
Dermal therapy involves the close and personal interaction with patients, and a background knowledge of personality types and human behaviour will enable the Dermal Therapist to have a greater understanding of patient care. Lecture topics include psychosocial aspects of cosmetic medicine and surgery, self-perception (body dysmorphic disorder and anorexia), global perceptions of beauty and the role of the media in cosmetic medicine.

CDNMCP01 - Manage and promote the cosmetic practice
Managerial and marketing skills are an important asset to have in any small business environment and is a competency highly sought after by potential employers in the field of aesthetics. This unit explores the key management and marketing skills required to establish, grow and promote a cosmetic medical or non-medical clinic. Lectures discuss effective and ethical marketing strategies with a focus on social media and the regulations surrounding the marketing of cosmetic procedures in Australia.