Continuing Education in Aesthetics
For the majority of my nursing career, there has been no requirement for continuing education. Most of my early years were spent in a hospital, and the required continuing education in aesthetics was provided or paid for by the institution. I worked in critical care and emergency. I was sent to ACLS every two years, CPR was offered annually and there was essentially a road map of education that I rode along like a traffic circle – spicing it up with a conference from time to time.
When I had really hit the wall in emergency medicine, I wondered what on earth I might do that didn’t involve sick people. Enter aesthetic medicine. I wondered, ‘How do I start?’ ‘What do I need to know?’ and ‘What kind of education do I need?’ I began to research and found no clear-cut answers. There was no requirement, no road map and no roundabouts.
Education in Aesthetics. Education for a new career.
I began by attending a basic Injectable course and set out on my new career. Unlike the hospital, there was no continuing education requirement, so my first employer wasn’t keen on making financial investments into my education. Hungry for knowledge and wanting to master my craft, I found every course I could to help me hone my skills. It has since paid dividends in the quality of my work and artistry.
There is a vast array of educational opportunities in aesthetics, and I would encourage you to take advantage of any training you can get. When I first got into aesthetics, most of the drug companies would send you trainers at no cost, but those days are long gone. Most only provide training to their larger accounts when a new product is launched.
Where does that leave us? Well, in a nutshell, on our own. In this business, you need a hunger for knowledge. Most likely, you’ll be paying for that knowledge out of your own pocket.
When someone else is paying for your education, it’s easy to skate; looping around, paying little attention along the way. Now that you’re in charge of your own destiny, it’s time to be a little more selective.
Most courses will charge tuition, and many require you to provide your own models and product. This can quickly add up, especially if you’re new to the business and don’t have many connections. The first basic injectable course I taught as a private contractor cost $1500 each student.
They all thought it was a good deal; until they realized the cost of the required product was more than $1000. Factor in transportation and lodging for you and your models, and it can become quite expensive.
All costs are included at PNAA
At PNAA, we set up our Basic and Advanced Injectable Course with all costs included. We will also schedule models for you so that you don’t have to worry. Each class is tailored to the needs of our students, so we have everything needed available for you. After your course, we are available as resources as long as you need us.
We look forward to providing your basic and advanced injectable training continuing education needs.