How to Become a Cosmetic Nurse. A Step-by-Step Career Guide

How to Become a Cosmetic Nurse. A Step-by-Step Career Guide

This career guide provides useful information for anyone who is considering a career as a Cosmetic Nurse. We look at what the role encompasses and then each step involved in becoming a Cosmetic Nurse. We also highlight the Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Nursing and Injectables delivered through the Australasian Academy of Cosmetic Dermal Science (AACDS), and look at how we support our graduates with Continuing Professional Development and help them find job opportunities through the AACDS Recruitment service.

What does a Cosmetic Nurse do?
A Cosmetic Nurse provides a range of non-invasive cosmetic procedures such as cosmetic injectables and dermal therapies. A Cosmetic Nurse may also assist with cosmetic surgical procedures and pre/post patient care. They may see patients independently, however treatment requiring scheduled medications are provided under the supervision of a medical doctor. Procedures performed by a Cosmetic Nurse may include neurotoxin injections (wrinkle relaxers), dermal fillers, non-invasive body-contouring, laser and light-based therapies, chemical peels, micro-needling and other epidermal resurfacing modalities. Cosmetic Nurses may be self-employed or employees at cosmetic clinic chains, cosmetic medical practices, cosmetic day hospitals or medical spa facilities.

Step 1: Complete a Bachelor Degree in Nursing
To become a Registered Nurse in Australia, you will have to complete a Bachelor Degree in Nursing at university. This course will take 3 to 3.5 years of full-time study. Alternatively, you may consider a Diploma of Nursing to become an Enrolled Nurse. This will still allow you to enrol in and complete a postgraduate qualification in cosmetic nursing, however it may limit your ability to administer cosmetic injectable procedures.

Step 2: Register with AHPRA
All Nurses (Enrolled or Registered) are required to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). This is the national agency which sets policies and standards and regulates Australia’s registered health practitioners.

Step 3: Gain Nursing Experience
It’s recommended that you gain some general nursing experience before you commence working as a Cosmetic Nurse. You may wish to complete steps 3 and 4 concurrently.

Step 4: Complete a Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Nursing and Injectables
Armed with your nursing degree, AHPRA registration and nursing experience, you will then need to complete a formal qualification in cosmetic nursing that’s recognised on the Australian Qualification Framework. The Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Nursing and Injectables will teach you the required knowledge and skills to seek employment as a qualified Cosmetic Nurse. Click here for further information on AACDS’s Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Nursing and Injectables.

Our Graduate Diploma generally takes ten months of full-time study, conducted over two semesters. Alternatively, students may opt for a part-time study load conducted over 20 months. It is also possible to complete one unit at a time over a maximum timeframe of 2.5 years.

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Nursing and Injectables are eligible to join the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine’s Cosmetic Nursing membership category.

Step 5: Find a Job
Graduates from our Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Nursing and Injectables are eligible to access AACDS Recruitment to view job posts in cosmetic medicine. Access to AACDS Recruitment is exclusive to our own graduates and near-graduates – a key advantage that can help you find your dream job.

Step 6: Gain Graduate Support with Aesthetics CPD
After completing the Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Nursing and Injectables, graduates gain complimentary access to our Aesthetics CPD service for a period of 12 months. This provides access to online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for all cosmetic professionals.

If you are an RN or EN ready to take your career path in Cosmetic Nursing, head to the AACDS online application page today to take the first steps to a rewarding and fulfilling career in aesthetics.

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