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HIGHEREDUCATION

THE AESTHETICS INDUSTRY DEMANDS GRADUATES WITH HIGHER-LEVEL QUALIFICATIONS

THE PATHWAY to a rewarding professional career in the Aesthetics industry lies in education. It is no longer enough for practitioners to rely purely on experience to build their career in beauty and health. They need formal, comprehensive and up-to-date professional knowledge to ensure the best outcomes for their clients, pursue a long-term professional career and be at this forefront of this fast-paced industry. High-level degree education is helping to advance the careers of qualified professionals entering the Aesthetic, Health and Wellness, and Medi-spa environments. Students who undertake degree courses gaining the advantages of research skills and higher-level learning as well as practical, hands-on experience with industry partners to future-proofing their careers. As graduates, they go on to develop and incorporate new technologies and innovations into their professional practice, contributing to the advancement of the field of Aesthetics. At Torrens University, the Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) program students graduate as professionals with high-quality scientific training. The degree, developed in consultation with Anhembi Morumbi University – a leading university in Brazil and innovator in advanced aesthetic technologies – is based on application of techniques solid ethical and scientific foundations. The course prepares practitioners in the theory of and therapies in the Aesthetics, Dermal and Wellness fields, and students benefit from experience with real clients in real clinics. Gaining academic skills enables graduates to broaden their scope of practice. They gain the opportunity to contribute to future research and be involved in developing industry trends. Graduates are better placed to review, analyse, justify and ensure their ongoing commitment to their discipline, through formal and informal learnings.

An industry perspective on a career in aesthetics Dr Pei Thompson Gbatu, MEpi, MS, PhD is a consultant, research scientist and educator with more than 15 years’ experience in academia and private industry. He is currently the CEO and founder of Delphinus Consulting LLC, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. His expertise includes analytical chemistry, clinical epidemiology and technical writing. Dr Gbatu has endorsed the Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) program at Torrens University, as he believes that aspiring practitioners of Aesthetics will be well-prepared and served by this degree. “Aesthetics invokes a wholesome image of beauty, expressed through elegance, symmetry and overall pleasantness,” says Dr Gbatu. He describes the practice of Aesthetics as applying evidencebased scientific principles, as well as human social and cultural interactions, to bring the image of beauty into focus. He explains that this requires the Aesthetics practitioner to have a fundamental knowledge of the physical sciences, an understanding and appreciation of diverse human interactions, and practical clinical experience. “Any training of Aesthetics practitioners must include indepth exposure to the physical sciences, the composition and mechanics of the implements and instruments used in Aesthetics practices, and the health and safety of the clinical environment,” says Dr Gbatu. He also believes that practitioners must be exposed to diverse social and cultural influences, which are increasingly shaping Aesthetics practices. Experienced graduates help to safeguard industry standards Formal education not only assists an industry to innovate and APJ 51

Profile for APAN - Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network

APJ Vol 38 2018  

Aesthetics Practitioners Journal Volume 38 Spring 2018 - The official publication of the Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network (APAN)

APJ Vol 38 2018  

Aesthetics Practitioners Journal Volume 38 Spring 2018 - The official publication of the Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network (APAN)

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