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Curriculum: Advanced Laser Specialist Certification

Day 1: Courses 1-9
Day 2: Courses 10 & 11
Day 3: Additional hands on, review, exam and certification


1. A History Lesson in Hair Removal

Before beginning, it's important to address how we first got here. When did our fascination with hair removal begin and what were some of the earliest techniques used? Which are still around today and which are likely to be around tomorrow? Most importantly, how does laser fit in and what can it offer that the other methods can't? These questions will be answered in these courses.

  • Hair Removal Techniques - different types of hair removal modalities, where did they begin and who uses them
  • Permanent vs. Temporary - When clearing stops and maintenance begins



2. Laser Boot Camp

Now that we know how we got here, it's time to lay the ground work for students. Beginning with the very physics of laser functioning, we then progress to the basics of laser safety and things to be aware of when treating patients.

  • Laser Physics - what makes the laser work-general
  • Laser Safety - treatment protocol and proper safety equipment/supplies
  • Contraindications - treatment precautions in regard to lasers



3. Patient Selection

Finding the correct parameters for a patient is just as essential as selecting the appropriate patient to treat. Students will learning how to analyze different types of hair and skin so that they can select the best patients for these procedures while adhering to laser efficacy. These courses also allow students to observe treatments prior to the hands-on portion of training while discussing real-life issues that may arise when meeting with potential patients.

  • Patient Selection - which patients will or will not benefit
    • Hair Analysis - what type of hair will benefit most from laser treatments
    • Skin Analysis - what type of skin will benefit most from laser treatments
  • Tissue Interaction - what to expect on the skin during and after treatment(Alexandrite vs. Nd: Yag vs. Diode vs. IPL)
  • Patient Observation - observe treatments prior to hands-on training



4. The Mystery of Hair

This part of the curriculum must be mastered in order for students to be able to consult with their patients. Without this understanding, students will not be able to educate their clients appropriately which can hurt their business or the business they work for. In these courses, students will learn to review hair biology and growth cycles. They will also learn to determine which energy level should be used in treating particular patients.

  • Myths/Old Wives' Tales -Separating fact from fiction
  • Hair Biology - histology of the hair
  • Hair Growth Cycles - anagen (active), catagen (curve), and telogen (terminated) hair cycles
  • Different Types of Hair - vellus and terminal hair types
  • Genetic and Hormonal Growth-Reasons for superfluous hair



5. Laser Specifics

Students will be instructed on the importance of determining the proper parameters to use for treating patients. This will begin the hands-on portion of training.

  • Laser Parameters - learning the intensities of lasers
  • Laser Wavelengths - the depth of penetration controls laser efficacy/which to use on whom and for what procedure
  • Laser Chromophores - what attracts or repels the laser
  • Pulse Duration/Width - how to control treatment via pulse duration



6. Pre/Post Treatment Care

Understanding how to treat a patient before, during and after the treatment will make the entire hair removal and/or photorejuvenation process easier for both practitioner and clientele.

  • Pretreatment and Post Treatment Care (sample sheets)
  • Various methods for cooling the patient during treatment…and our favorite



7. Photorejuvenation

Growing at a rate of 30% per year, laser skin care is the fastest growing area of laser aesthetics. In this section, we will cover topics such as telangiectasias (spider veins), what they are, their causes, where they occur and which laser modality works best when treating them. We will also discuss protocol for photofacials and eliminating sun damage using IPL. As always, pre and post-treatment care as well as contraindications will be covered.

Tattoo removal, Smart-lipo, permanent make-up, etc. will be discussed as topics or current trends but will not be part of the certification process.


8. Business and Law for Medispas

These courses cover how to start and maintain an ethical and successful practice, where to go for insurance coverage and what advertising mediums work best (student testimonials are appreciated).

  • How to start a business-where to look for money, ideal locations, where to buy your laser (list of vendors) (sales representatives may present)
  • Laser Advertising - how to get the most out of your advertising budget
  • Ethical Considerations - what you can and cannot do with medical lasers
  • Insurance - Who to contact and how much will it cost



9. (Lab) - Hands-on Practice


  • Patient Consultation
  • Treatment selection, recommendation and protocol
  • Treating of patient
  • Setting and calibrating the laser
  • Chart review and documentation



Degree Requirements

The certificate for certified laser aesthetician will be granted only to those students who attend class daily and participate in both classroom and hands-on instruction with no more than 1 hour of class missed in total. In addition, students must also pass their CLA Final Exam with a 90% or better.

Students who miss more than one hour of class are welcome to return to NVLT and make up their time missed. However, students must plan ahead and inform the faculty before doing so. Students will not receive the CLA certificate until this time is made up. Special circumstances must be discussed with the principal and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Students who score below a 90% on their final exam may retake the exam as many times as necessary until they achieve this score or better. Upon doing so, students will be given their CLA certificate.


Admission Requirements

Admission to NVLT requires students to be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED. Prerequisites in the field of medicine and aesthetics are advised by not mandatory.

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