Nurses in the aesthetic medicine field have a variety of options when it comes to the types of procedures they will perform and the level of certification they wish to receive. As you enter the aesthetic field, you’ll find that the American Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery (AAAMS) has multiple training paths to prepare you for a successful career. To determine which path is right for you, here are five questions that every nurse should ask before starting their aesthetic training.
What specialties do I want to learn about?
AAAMS offers beginner aesthetic courses to help you get started. You can take Introduction to the Business of Aesthetics to learn the basics of botox, and then grow your knowledge with Botulinum Toxins (Botox) 101. With the catalog of classes offered, you can discover which treatments you are most interested in and if you want to make a complete transition into the aesthetics field. These classes also give you a comprehensive background on each topic, so you can learn about their history and application.
What format works best for me?
We all have different learning styles, and the available courses reflect that. You may be more comfortable with virtual learning, or interacting with a live instructor may be more your style—consider how you learn best before enrolling.
Some courses have different learning options. For instance, you must complete the CE Accredited Aesthetics Training 101 to receive your certification to assist with injections. This class has a virtual format and a hybrid format. The virtual class is a two-day course that goes over all of the skills needed to inject patients and treat their aesthetic needs. All of the lessons in the virtual path are remote and held live so students can join together. The hybrid course is a 2-day comprehensive program that is part in-person and part online. On the first day, you will join your peers in a virtual classroom, and on the second day, you will attend the class at AAAMS headquarters in Beverly Hills, California. There, you will practice your skills on lifelike mannequins and real human models.
Both class formats offer excellent education from experts in the field, and each has its advantages. The virtual class can save you money on transportation and enables you to complete the course at your own pace; the hybrid allows for a more hands-on approach to learning. The options are available for you to pick what works best for you.
Do I want to incorporate this into my current practice?
The skills you will learn in preparation for your aesthetic nursing career are adaptable. Depending on the topics and procedures you choose to be trained on, you may be able to bring your aesthetic skillset to your current practice. Broadening what you can do allows you to offer more treatments that patients would otherwise have to go to a different doctor’s office for. And some aesthetic techniques have a medical application; for instance, Botox can help with migraine pain and is used to treat it.
You can also make the switch and change your focus entirely to aesthetic medicine. Exclusively doing patient consultations for Botox and dermal fillers or more invasive procedures like liposuction can be very profitable.
Do I want to do advanced-level courses?
AAAMS offers advanced-level aesthetic courses, such as liposuction and non-surgical rhinoplasty, to any nurse regardless of skill level. In these courses, you will learn all of the skills needed to assist in these more complicated procedures. Having the skills to assist with these procedures makes you a more versatile nurse, enabling you to work with a variety of patients.
Patients in need of more advanced procedures will look to professionals that are highly qualified, and AAAMS advanced courses like Advanced Liposuction Training (LIPO 301) result in certification to illustrate those qualifications.
Do I want CE credits?
The CE Accredited Aesthetics Training 101 Hybrid and Virtual courses offer optional CE credits for nurses. CE certification is a highly regarded credential that can help you excel in your career. To earn the credits, you will have to get a 70% on the final exam for the course and fill out an online evaluation. This opportunity is jointly provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare, and The American Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery (AAAMS).