Bachelor of Applied Health Science (Clinical Aesthetics) | Australasian College of Health & Wellness

Bachelor of Applied Health Science (Clinical Aesthetics)

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About this Qualification

The highest qualification in Higher Education available in Australia to identify you as an expert in the rapidly changing area of Clinical Aesthetics, the Bachelor Degree equips you with an advanced level of knowledge and skills to combine science with clinical practice, giving you the confidence to work with clients and medical health professionals.

Course Duration:

3 years’ full-time or part-time equivalent

Course Delivery:

Blended delivery with online learning and practical workshops

Total Subjects:

24 subjects (worth 10 credit points each)

Next Intake:

July 2019 – applications now open

Payment Options:

– FEE-Help is Available
– Upfront Payments

 

Course Content
The degree covers four streams giving students an advanced knowledge and inquiry in the following areas:

  • Human Biosciences
  • Applied Health Science
  • Health Communication and Management
  • Clinical Aesthetics Practice

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Admission Requirements

  • Successful completion of the NSW HSC (or equivalent ATAR of 65 and above)
    OR
  • Admission to candidature for an undergraduate degree at an Australian University
    OR
  • Satisfactory completion of an approved Tertiary Preparation Program, Tertiary Orientation Program or a Foundation Year Program offered by a University, an accredited higher education provider or a Registered Training Organisation

AHS101: Integumentary System
This subject introduces students to the complexity of the ‘integumentary system’, the skin and related appendages including nails, hair, glands, and proteins and the variety of mechanical, thermal and environmental impacts that affect the ageing process and general health and functioning of the skin.

There are no prerequisites for this subject.

AHS102: Introduction to Applied Health Science
In this subject student explore the history of health care provision and contextualise it applicable to clinical aesthetics, within the contemporary health care system.  Students will study the wide variety of disciplines within modern health care provision and the treatments and technologies used in providing a health care experience for clients, looking into the evolution of health care and the commercial environment of health promotion.

The prerequisite for this subject is completion of AHS101.

AHS201: Nutrition in Practice
In this subject students explore the importance of correct dietary intake in order to maintain a healthy skin and body. Students will focus on how bodily functions are directly related to biochemical interactions and nutrition. In addition, this subject will cover nutritional requirements of the body, nutritional make-up of the modern diet/foods and clinical manifestations of nutritional deficiencies.

The prerequisites for this subject are HBS101 and HBS102.

AHS202: Cosmetic Chemistry
This subject considers the theories and practices associated with the cosmetic ingredients used in aesthetic practice via the scientific field of cosmetic chemistry, while contrasting this against the marketing ‘hype’ and language often used to promote cosmetic and related products and services. Students will be exposed to the classifications of raw state ingredients and their use in finished products.

There are no prerequisites for AHS202.

AHS301: Clinical Aesthetic Interventions
In this subject students will be exposed to the world of cosmetic surgical intervention in understanding the various surgical procedures for the specific segments of the face and body. The incorporation of underpinning knowledge in surgical terminology and documentation will ensure students can have effective surgical based communication with surgical practitioners.

The prerequisites for this subject are AHS101, AHS102, AHS201, AHS202.

AHS302: Wellness and Anti-Ageing
This subject explores the specialist field of anti-ageing medicine and its role in the early identification, prevention and treatment of decreasing the age-related decline of the human body. Students will explore advancements in longevity science in both slowing ageing and also promoting wellness for increased chronological age and equip students for provision of a proactive model of health care. This subject illustrates how the integration of health care services is used to promote wellness of the body and mind to better withstand the effects of ageing.

The prerequisites for this subject are AHS301.

HBS101: Human Structure and function 1

This subject introduces students to the wonders of the structure and function of the human body, including an overall introduction of the major body systems, the fundamentals of biochemistry that govern how body components, the structure and function of the communication systems such as the nervous system, the musculoskeletal system, endocrine system and the immune system, and an overview of the reproductive system.

There are no prerequisites for this subject.

HBS102: Human Structure and Function 2
This subject considers the maintenance of body homeostasis through an investigation of the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems. An investigation into the electrical and mechanical functions of the heart, its interaction with the blood vessels, the hormones and the autonomic nervous system that control heart function. Also explored is the role of the renal system in the control of the chemical composition of the body, water balance and body fluid volume, and an overview of the respiratory and gastrointestinal system control of homeostasis.

The prerequisite for this subject is HBS101.

HBS201: Differential Diagnosis of Skin Disorders
This subject examines in detail the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment protocols of dermatological conditions following inflammatory processes. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of infection and pathology prior to studying some of the more common dermatological conditions and diseases such as acne, eczema and psoriasis to name a few.

The prerequisites for this subject are completion of HBS101 and HBS102.

HBS202: Patho-Physiology

This subject builds on the knowledge gained in Human Structure and Function subjects and advances the student’s understandings of the impact of disease and the ways alterations in homeostatic mechanisms disrupt the normative functioning of the human body. The subject concentrates on central concepts of patho-physiology such as how cells and tissues respond to pathogenic challenges, the principles behind genetic disorders and alterations in immunity and inflammation and how these affect the various systems in the body.

The prerequisites for this subject are completion of HBS101 and HBS102.

HBS301: Stress, Ageing and the Skin

This subject introduces students to the contemporary theories and research regarding ageing and stress and its effects on the human body. Students gain an understanding of the normal ageing process and examine current technologies and treatments used in the mitigation of the demonstrable signs of the ageing and the maintenance of health. This subject also examines stress as the basis to the emerging epidemic in contemporary society and considers alleviation strategies.

The prerequisites for this subject are HBS101, HBS102, HBS201, HBS202

HBS302: Special Topics in Clinical Aesthetics

Students are introduced to advanced health research and evaluation skills, citation standards, literature review techniques, preparation of ethics applications, preparation and defence of the thesis protocols and skills in thesis writing. This subject aims to give students the opportunity to develop their critical thinking by studying the relevant literature and to develop a research program with the assistance of their supervisor.

The prerequisites for this subject are HCM101, HCM201

HCM101: Introduction to Professional Practice
The subject is focuses on the socio-cultural, legal and ethical implications of professional therapeutic practice in the aesthetics industry. This subject introduces students to different practice modalities prior to tackling issues of sustainability, reflectiveness and ethics in practice, and also covers the theoretical and philosophical foundations influencing the decision-making processes of the aesthetic practitioner.

There are no prerequisites for this subject.

HCM102: Professional Communications
The subject is designed to equip students with the oral and written communication skills they require to operate effectively in the workplace and to interact with a diverse clientele and professional medical network. This is achieved through an exploration of both the theoretical and practical dimensions of modern communications, with an emphasis on developing the skills needed to deal with a wide variety of different clinical communications environments.

The prerequisite for this subject is HCM101.

HCM201: Critical Thinking and Research Skills
This subject introduces students to the theories and practices associated with critical thinking and scientific research. It describes the principles of what is known as ‘evidence-based practice’ and explores the research process before looking at some of the ethical and political aspects of research. The subject examines in detail key research paradigms including the two principle approaches to research: quantitative and qualitative research, and introduces students to the key tools and techniques used in data collection and analysis including sampling, surveys, interviews, case studies, observation, experiments, and content analysis.

While there is no prerequisite for HCM201, it would be advised that students can build upon and further develop the knowledge and skills acquired in HCM101 and HCM102.

HCM202 Practice Management
This subject introduces students to the field of entrepreneurship, innovation, practice management and how associated theories, processes and practices can be applied to the allied health sector. This subject will explore entrepreneurial ways of thinking and how to innovatively and creativity overcome obstacles, the qualities and characteristics of well-known and successful entrepreneurs, and the methods by which new ventures can be created.

The prerequisite for this subject is HCM201.

HCM301: Psychology of Clinical Aesthetics
This subject introduces students to the field of psychology and how it influences and affects our daily lives, discussing the relationship between physiology and psychology and how psychological traumas and anxiety can manifest themselves physically. This subject examines the relationship between psychology and aesthetics and the desire for aesthetic modification.

 There are no prerequisites for this subject.

HCM302: Evidence-Based Practice
Students will learn about evidence-based practice and its origins in clinical medicine. They will explore key concepts and terminology used, in particular the concept of meta-analysis, a research method by which clinicians may more effectively analyse and evaluate large amounts of research and research data in order to reach appropriate clinical decisions.

The prerequisites for this subject are HCM201.

CAP101: Introduction to Clinical Practice
This is an introductory subject providing students with opportunities to participate in a learning environment that delivers both a theoretical understanding and practical application of the consultation process utilising both aesthetic and medical classifications and analysis in forming a comprehensive consultation. This subject explores therapeutic communication styles in gaining client history and appropriate record keeping within a practice, and the fundamentals of professional skin care as a base for further clinical aesthetic practices.

There are no prerequisites for this subject.

CAP102: Dermal Therapy 1
This subject provides an opportunity for students to participate in a clinical learning environment that seeks to provide both theoretical understanding and practical application of chemical peeling and microdermabrasion. Students will develop critical thinking from evidence based knowledge in reviewing patient history and presentation and formulation of appropriate chemical peeling and/or microdermabrasion treatments for predictable outcomes in clinical practice.  Additionally, students will be exposed to the safe operating process in the
use of laser equipment.

There are no prerequisites for this subject.

CAP201: Dermal Therapy 2
This subject provides an ongoing opportunity for students to participate in a clinical learning environment that seeks to provide both theoretical understanding and practical application of the light therapies used in a clinical aesthetic practice. Students will learn the appropriate and safe use of Light Emitting Diodes (LED) and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), while studying the physical theory behind the use of lasers.

The prerequisite for this subject is CAP102.

CAP202: Advanced Dermal Interventions
This subject provides an opportunity for students to participate in a clinical learning environment that seeks to provide both theoretical understanding and practical application of RF, operation of laser equipment and Micro-needling. Students will develop critical thinking from evidence based knowledge in reviewing patient history and presentation and delivery of appropriate treatment protocols for predictable outcomes in clinical practice.

There are no prerequisites for this subject.

CAP301: Perioperative Skin Care
This subject explores the concepts and management of effective skin care pre and post aesthetic intervention relating to wounded skin. Students will explore the concepts integral to wound healing modalities in gaining applicable understanding of what the aesthetic specialist undertakes and the wider wound care interaction, undertaken by nursing and medical staff.  Students will assess various modalities to ensure the skin is in optimal health for surgical insult and injury, understanding the different procedures and healing requirements.

The prerequisites for this subject are AHS301.

CAP302: Clinical Observation
This subject presents opportunity for students to participate in an immersive ‘real world’ learning environment that seeks to provide both
theoretical understanding and practical application of the technologies used in aesthetic practice. Within this learning environment, concepts integral to clinical aesthetics are placed in context and practice by working with practising professionals in the workplace. Students will explore, use and analyse various technologies essential to aesthetic practice.

The prerequisites for this subject are CAP301.