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Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Nursing

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
1 Year Part-time
Australian College of Nursing

Course overview

The course will provide nurses with an advanced knowledge of all aspects of cosmetic nursing, as well as an appreciation of the psychological and emotional needs of their clients, enabling them to provide evidence-based, holistic nursing care that reflects current best practice.

Clinical placements included in the Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Nursing are for clinical exposure and observational experience only.
For further information on developing technical competency, including administration of injections, applicants are advised to either contact an independent cosmetic training organisation or refer back to their employers.

Participants will be required to successfully complete the following online modules provided in partnership with Bravura Education:

  • Laser & Intense Pulsed Light Safety Officer training course (Cosmetic Practice)
  • Advanced Laser & Intense Pulsed Light accreditation course (Applied Cosmetic Practice)

These are available for no additional fee. Recognition of prior learning will be considered for applicants who have already completed these modules or a recognised equivalent course within the last three years.

This course is fully accredited with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). 

Career outcomes

A Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Nursing is an investment in your future and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver high quality nursing care. Postgraduate qualifications are a valuable tool in career progression and open doors to opportunities in a variety of roles, including education, management and specialist nursing roles.

Learning outcomes

At successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • apply specialist knowledge of anatomy and physiology to the nursing assessment and management of clients undergoing cosmetic procedures
  • analyse the principles of pharmacology to demonstrate a specialist holistic approach to client centred care
  • develop advanced communication skills in order to establish therapeutic relationships with stakeholders
  • critically reflect upon current practice and learning experiences to promote leadership, knowledge sharing and development of a philosophy of lifelong learning
  • explore the legal, ethical and cultural issues in relation to the nursing care of patients undergoing dermatological and cosmetic procedures
  • critically analyse current literature and nursing practice to provide evidence based contemporary care in the cosmetic specialty.

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Nursing is a one year course, consisting of four 10-week terms.

Students will need to complete 4 core units. One unit is studied per term.

Approximate hours of study are 12 – 15 hours per week.



2021 Member price (10% discount)

 / 2021 Non-member price



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Fees are subject to change without notice.

ACN offers a flexible payment option allowing students to pay their fees on a term-by-term basis. Each term’s fees are due upfront, prior to term commencement.

FEE-HELP is also available for eligible students.

Want to save on course fees?

Being a part of the ACN community allows nurses to be the best they can be and strengthen the voice of nursing through a range of invaluable benefits, including 10% off graduate certificates and other education offerings, exclusive networking events, access to support and advice on ACN’s online engagement platform neo, free online CPD courses and opportunities to be involved in shaping health care policy.

Entry requirements

Admission to GC courses is based on academic merit and selection. In addition, applicants must satisfy any prerequisites or additional requirements specified for particular courses, including ACN’s general eligibility criteria.

All applicants seeking admission are required to:

  • hold a Bachelor of Nursing or registered nurse* equivalent qualification
  • be currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) or the equivalent registering authority in your country of origin
  • have a minimum of one year postgraduate experience
  • be currently employed as a registered nurse.

*For some GC units of study, consideration may be given for applicants who are not registered nurses on an individual basis.

Please note that this course is not available to direct entry midwives.

Meet your Nurse Educator

Ross Pancho MACN, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, BScN, MN (ClinEd), Certificate IV (TAE40116)

Ross Pancho is the course coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Nursing, Graduate Certificate in Dermatology Nursing and Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Bridging and Re-entry).

Ross has a vast experience on both clinical and teaching profession. He has been working as a Nurse Educator for various educational organisations delivering and coordinating sessions for Internationally Qualified RN and diploma of nursing. He also has an extensive clinical experience primarily on pre and post-operative nursing care for various acute and cardiac related cases.

Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Nursing
Speciality Classification
Provider Type
1 Year Part-time
Price Details
2021 Non-member price (Tier 1) - $2,300.00 ; 2021 Member price (10% discount)
2021 Non-member price (Tier 1) - $2,300.00 ; 2021 Member price (10% discount)
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