FAQS

A medical aesthetician is a practitioner that typically works in a medical office setting or a medical spa under the direction of a medical doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner.

A medical aesthetician provides services that focus on results-driven skincare including cosmeceutical ingredients and protocols, laser treatments, radiofrequency treatments, micro-needling, and other emerging skin rejuvenation technologies. Medical aestheticians are expected to provide care without overstepping his/her scope of practice and while respecting the treatment plan of the directing medical professional. They are also required to adhere to medical office compliance standards such as HIPAA law, patient rights and responsibilities, charting, and sterile technique. In some practices, medical aestheticians will be asked to attend surgical procedures that require laser services in the operating room while the patient is under general anesthesia.

Knowing how to work in this environment is requisite to success, and is different training than what is provided in the basic course in aesthetics. Med-Surg Aesthetics and Laser Academy will train and prepare aestheticians for the specialized field of medical aesthetics and all of the rewarding experiences it brings. 

At Med-Surg Aesthetics and Laser Academy, we believe that there is no replacement for real-life experience. Training within an existing medical complex with a stand-alone O.R. facility and an overnight Recovery Center allows students to see what the working environment is truly like. Students will tour each of these facilities across our campus and get a behind-the-scenes look at what a day in the life of a medical aesthetics professional looks like.

Med-Surg Aesthetics and Laser Academy is an Arizona Department of Health Services and Bureau of Radiation Control approved training program. Our state registration number is CLS-2159. 

Because we are training individuals on advanced concepts, we require students to have at minimum, an aesthetics license or be a medical assistant in order to enroll in our programs. Individuals without prior formal education in skin anatomy, physiology, and histology are not eligible for our programs. More advanced programs and abbreviated programs are available for those who are licensed registered nurses or above. 

Because Med-Surg Aesthetics and Laser Academy is committed to teaching the most up-to-date technologies, concepts, and protocols, we have partnered with some of the best cosmetic device manufacturers in the industry. It is with pride that we train on Sciton, Cutera, Formatk, AGNES RF, Scarlet SRF, NeoGen, and Candela.

As new technologies emerge and our partnerships grow, there may be additional technologies integrated, and add-on classes will be made available for graduates of the Med-Surg Master Program at no extra charge. 

During online learning, students will be logging into a Zoom meeting and they will be asked to keep a camera on at all times (per the State requirements for online learning). The curriculum is delivered by a live educator in a relaxed and engaging classroom setting with real-time interactions between classmates and instructors.

During hands-on learning, students will arrive at the training facility in beautiful Paradise Valley, AZ where they will log 4 hours of clinical training per scheduled school day. State requirements for hands-on training include 24 hours of laser hair reduction as well as 10 completed treatments, and an additional 24 hours comprised of IPL, fractionally ablative laser, fully ablative laser, and vascular laser with 10 completed treatments in each modality.

Yes! We proudly offer tours of our Paradise Valley, AZ training facility. Because Med-Surg Aesthetics and Laser Academy’s hands-on laser and device training take place within a fully operational plastic surgery center, we can only offer tours by appointment. Please call 480-785-0085 to schedule your tour.  

The short answer is ROI or "Return on Investment."

The national average yearly income of a spa aesthetician working full time is $39,253. While the national average yearly income of a medical aesthetician is $57,520. The top 10% of earners in medical aesthetics can make up to $100,000/year.

When you do the math, you'll see that in your first year, at the national average earning potential ($57,520/year), you make $18,267 more than the average spa aesthetician. Over the 5-10 years it takes to get into the medical aesthetics field through traditional channels, you could be missing out on $91,335 - $182,670!

Because we offer career placement counseling and a private job board specifically for Med-Surg graduates, you can rest easy knowing that you've made a sound investment in your future.