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Associate Degree in Applied Health Science (Dermal Therapy)

One of the highest qualifications in Higher Education available in Australia to identify you as an expert in the rapidly changing area of Dermal Therapy.

This qualification will help you accelerate your career by giving you a solid foundation in Dermal Therapy and is also your first step towards a Bachelor of Applied Health Science (Clinical Aesthetics).


  • The skills, knowledge, and thinking to analyse client problems and provide solutions within the Dermal Therapy field
  • Ability to apply broad and comprehensive knowledge in Dermal Therapy
  • Effective communication skills and associated knowledge required to interact with various medical specialists (in-house or through referrals), including those on the forefront of cosmetic medicine and cosmetic surgery
  • Ability to distinguish between evidence-based practice and common myths and misinformation
  • Skills to create better treatment plans for clients based on a solid grounding in sciences
  • Course Type
    Associate Degree,Undergraduate
  • Study Modes
  • Start Date
    7th May 2018

The Associate Degree in Applied Health Science (Dermal Therapy) has been approved by the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Authority (TESQA), the government body responsible for maintaining quality assurance across all higher education providers.

  • Successful completion of the NSW HSC (or equivalent) ATAR of 65 and above
  • Admission to candidature for an undergraduate degree at an Australian university
  • 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

Special entry may be applied if:

  • 21 years or over OR
  • Undertake an admissions interview, and
  • Submit your updated resumed detailing related work experience

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

Subjects include:

  • AHS101: Integumentary System
  • AHS102: Introduction to Applied Health Science
  • AHS201: Nutrition in Practice
  • AHS202: Cosmetic Chemistry
  • HBS101: Human Structure and function 1
  • HBS102: Human Structure and Function 2
  • HBS201: Differential Diagnosis of Skin Disorders
  • HBS202: Patho-Physiology
  • HCM101: Introduction to Professional Practice
  • HCM102: Professional Communications
  • HCM201: Critical Thinking and Research Skills

Career options include:

  • Cosmetic Medical Clinics
  • Aesthetics Clinics
  • Medispas
  • Dermal Therapy Clinics
  • Dermal Industry Education
  • Cosmetic Research and Development Opportunities

FEE-HELP is available.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists eligible higher education students enrolled in an approved fee paying place to pay their tuition fees.

Students who have previously completed or have experience in the Beauty or Health industry may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning. Students could be entitled for up to a maximum of 50% credit towards the Associate Degree in Applied Health Science (Dermal Therapy).