This unit will provide students with the opportunity to develop stage appropriate competency in a range of dermal science and therapy skills and techniques; including client/skin assessment, determining parameters of skin health, developing and performing a range of techniques to manage skin conditions in a safe and effective manner.  Students will consolidate knowledge of the scientific basis and mechanism of treatments as well as patient health status and skin tissue interactions in order to evaluate risks and manage complications. Students will develop skills and competency as evidence based clinical dermal practitioners.

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HBD3005 - Dermal Clinic 2

HBD4001 - Skin Management 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Perform appropriate assessment of skin health in order to determine patient suitability for advanced treatments within the scope of the Dermal Clinician;  
  2. Develop proficiency in performing a variety of advanced dermal techniques and skills;  
  3. Analyse parameters affecting treatment in order to achieve effective clinical endpoints and treatment outcomes in the ongoing management of skin conditions and disorders;  
  4. Apply knowledge of the scientific basis and mechanism of advanced treatments to practice; and  
  5. Evaluate risks and manage complications associated with advanced dermal procedures.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Test (60mins) 20%
Practicum Practical Test on Laser and Light Treatments (60mins) 40%
Practicum Practical Test on Resurfacing Treatments (60mins) 40%
To pass this unit, students must achieve an aggregate score of 50%, and pass the practicum assessments. These are a hurdle requirement to assess a student's capability to perform the relevant treatments safely and effectively.

Required reading

Treatment of skin disease: comprehensive therapeutic strategies 5th ed.
Lebwohl, M.G., Heymann, W.R., Berth-Jones, J., & Coulson, I. (2017)
Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier

Other required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate as relevant.

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