CAP102 Dermal Therapy 1

Unit Description

Clinical practicum CAP 102 Dermal Therapy 1 provides an opportunity for students to participate in a clinical learning environment that seeks to provide both theoretical understanding and practical application of basic resurfacing skin resurfacing techniques (chemical peeling and microdermabrasion), as well as light-based hair reduction.

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. This unit will develop students’ knowledge and use of the various chemical peels used widely in a clinical setting, which includes the knowledge of chemical structure and application techniques appropriate for intended outcome.

Additionally, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of laser and intense light sources, basic laser safety, and how this technology is safely applied in light-based hair reduction.


There are no prerequisites. Content in this unit is taught so that students with no previous experience in clinical practice will be able to understand the material.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Design and apply appropriate patient history taking and record keeping strategies for resurfacing and light-based procedures
  2. Determine pre and post resurfacing and light-based treatment protocols, including identification of contra-indications, appropriate to client care and safety
  3. Examine the difference between medical and aesthetic procedures in relation to resurfacing and light-based technologies
  4. Define and describe different parameters, capabilities and limitations of resurfacing procedures and light-based hair reduction
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the resources, tools and technologies used in a resurfacing and light-based hair reduction practice
  6. Identify and differentiate appropriate contexts for the application of various resurfacing agents and light-based energy
  7. Apply appropriate technique and intervention for resurfacing and light-based hair reduction treatment in a safe manner for both client and operator

Graduate Attributes (GA)

In addition to the unit-specific learning outcomes listed above, the following graduate attributes are taught, developed and assessed in varying degrees within this unit:

  • Knowledge of applied health science theory and practice
  • Knowledge of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities within healthcare delivery systems
  • The ability to communicate effectively with clients, peers and the wider community
  • The ability to demonstrate in-depth competence in their area(s) of specialisation
  • The ability to formulate and apply therapeutic interventions in their area(s) of specialisation
  • The capacity to lead, manage and/or work effectively with multi-disciplinary and culturally diverse teams
  • Awareness of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to ongoing professional development and life-long learning.
Dermal Science
20 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000