General FAQs | Aesthetician FAQs
As a licensed nurse, am I required to obtain additional nursing education or an aesthetician’s license to perform cosmetic injections (in addition to attending National Laser Institute)?
No. This is a common misconception. Many medical professionals incorrectly assume they must attend many months of specialized advanced training in order to perform cosmetic injections such as BOTOX® and Dermal Fillers. In today’s medical aesthetic marketplace, a licensed nurse can perform these treatments after qualified training at a state-regulated aesthetics school.
Here at National Laser Institute, although most of our medical professional students choose our 7-day CE/CME comprehensive course to become more marketable in the field of laser aesthetics as well as cosmetic injections, a number of our students decide to train with us for one day of concentrated instruction. We offer a variety of courses that adhere to the busiest of schedules. Whether you decide to attend National Laser Institute for one day, one weekend, or one week, we guarantee you to gain the expert competence and confidence needed to start your cosmetic injection career the very next day.
How necessary is it for me to take the Laser aesthetics course in addition to the BOTOX®, Dermal Fillers, and Sclerotherapy courses?
Laser and injectables go hand and hand. To be the most marketable in this industry, you should offer both modalities in order to best treat and accommodate every client that walks in your door according to their individual skin issues and skin types. However, it is strictly a personal decision based on whether your passion lies in offering injectable treatments, laser treatments, or both. Laser can be something you choose to do on your own, or you may wish to delegate to other employees at your facility.
There are so many schools out there offering the same types of courses. How does National Laser Institute differ from them?
Most of these schools are only capable of providing you with 1-3 days of limited training and accredited hours of completion. National Laser Institute is the only medical aesthetics school in North America that offers an exclusive and accredited 8-day continuing medical education course on BOTOX®, Dermal Fillers, Sclerotherapy and laser modalities for nurses and physicians. Our courses allow students more time to practice and observe numerous aesthetic treatments and techniques in a clinical setting. Classes are top-notch, lead by a team of dermatologists and plastic surgeons. Each day we provide daily, catered lunches for all of our students. Clinical training takes place in our 10,000 sq. ft. retail medical spa located directly on the National Laser Institute campus. Students gain one-on-one, personalized experience in a luxury setting with real clients.
We are also the only school to provide students with a comprehensive business development and marketing seminar lead by nationally recognized authorities on the health and beauty industry. Our students leave our courses with not only an unsurpassed amount of training and education, but also crucial marketing tools and How To’s for optimized success in the industry.
What are the CE/CME course sizes like at National Laser Institute?
Our clinical instruction is intimate and hands-on. We maintain one instructor for a maximum of five students during all clinical training sessions. We also keep our overall course size to fewer than 30 students at all times. We limit the size of our courses in order to guarantee individualized attention. Our team of instructors is comprised of highly qualified experts in the field of medical aesthetics, including dermatologists and plastic surgeons. All classes and individualized instructions are personalized to your skill level, experience and practical needs.
How many people will I have the chance to perform treatments on during school?
A minimum of two clients for BOTOX®, two for Dermal Fillers, two for Sclerotherapy and more than two for laser applications. You will also support, observe, and participate in the treatment of many other clients in addition to the direct treatments you perform yourself.
Will I be competent enough to treat clients directly after graduation?
Yes. Hands-on training is the key. Every graduate of National Laser Institute will leave feeling confident of their abilities to perform these treatments.
What kinds of hours can I expect to work as a cosmetic nurse or physician?
This field of medical practice offers part time and full time positions. The hours are more flexible than regular nursing schedules in acute, bedside and clinical care nursing, and the work environment is far less demanding. Medical professionals, nurses, and physicians are beginning to take control of their careers by exploring options other than the traditional roles of yester-year nursing. Nurse entrepreneurs and contractors are enjoying the many benefits of the cosmetic industry by making their own hours, working less, and earning more income.
What kind of financial gain can I expect to earn if I offer my future clients injectable treatments such as BOTOX®, Dermal Fillers, and Sclerotherapy vs laser skin therapies?
Certain laser skin treatments, like laser hair removal, may bring in revenue close to $150-$200 per treatment, which is a bit low when compared to more costly injectable treatments, like BOTOX® or Dermal Fillers that can range $500-$600 per client. However, some of the more popular laser procedures, including Fractional Skin Resurfacing, IPL Photofacials, and Radiofrequency Skin Tightening treatments can average $1,000 per treatment. We find many of our physicians and nurses to focus on these types of laser modalities, which can actually hold more earning potential in addition to standard injectable treatments.
If I am a nurse seeking to open my own cosmetic practice or wishing to collocate within another establishment, what requirements are there for medical supervision by a physician?
As a nurse, you are typically required to secure the supervision of a medical director in order to perform injectable treatments. If the facility where you plan to offer these services already has a physician on staff, such as an OB/GYN medical center or private practice, your needs for on-site medical supervision are already met. For non-medical locations, such as a hair salons, spas, or resorts, you will be responsible for finding and providing your own supervising physician. The exact requirements of a supervising physician vary from state to state. Some states require a physician to be in the building, while other states only require periodic visits by the directing physician.
Besides the in-class marketing seminar, do you provide additional business development assistance for setting up one’s own medical spa practice?
Yes. In addition to the comprehensive marketing seminar including with your course, we offer personalized business consulting services for all of our students.
Who can attend CE/CME courses at National Laser Institute?
To register for our continuing medical education courses, you must be a licensed physician, physicians assistant, nurse practitioner, or registered nurse. Documentation of your current licensure is required with course registration.
How many CE credits do you offer to nurses?
Nurses receive 7.5 CE’s per day through the AZ Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).
How many CME credits do you offer to physicians?
Our CE/CME course activities have been reviewed and are acceptable for up to 66 prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Am I required to pass a state board exam or additional testing once I complete the National Laser Institute CE/CME program?
No. Once you have received certification and credit hours through National Laser Institute, you are able to practice this type of medical aesthetics in your given location.
Will I receive a diploma or certificate of completion once my accreditation with National Laser Institute is complete?
Yes. Each graduate of National Laser Institute will receive a certificate of completion that designates the CE/CME hours earned and document recognition of course completion.
What else will I receive during my time at National Laser Institute?
Each student will receive a comprehensive course manual, marketing manual, catered lunches, business development & marketing seminar, hands-on experience in our luxury retail medical spa, and FREE continuing support from our technicians and staff.
What types of accommodations, restaurants, nightlife activities and outdoor activities can I expect to find near National Laser Institute’s main campus?
National Laser Institute is located within the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona. Our students have access to a vibrant and lively downtown complete with renowned restaurants and bars, excellent shopping, fine art galleries, a high-energy nightlife and vast array of affordable hotel accommodations.
During any given month, Scottsdale becomes home to a number of world-class sporting events and shows–most of which are only 5-10 minutes from campus. Students can take their pick from the distinguished FBR Open Golf Tournament to the celebrated Barrett-Jackson Collector Cars Event. Our March and April students often take advantage of the coveted Spring Training games right in town. If you love to nature walk or hike, Scottsdale offers several park trails and mountains for all levels of experience. No matter what time of year you decide to attend National Laser Institute, there are plenty of things to do and see.