Medical Skin Care Therapies

Program: MSCT
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 2 Clinical Placements
Length: 2 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2019
Location: Barrie


This program is designed to provide students with essential and advanced theory and practice related to the field of medical esthetics. Emphasis will be placed on developing the knowledge, skills and judgment necessary to provide a treatment plan and make professional referrals when appropriate. Students will be educated to work with related medical professionals in a safe and competent manner. The practice component of this program will be conducted in a lab/clinic environment where best practice, current regulations and protocols will be enforced.

Career Opportunities

Successful graduates may be employed in dermatology clinics, medical spas, laser care facilities, wellness centres, plastic surgeons offices, dental spas, destination and resort spas, day spas, as well as physicians’ offices which incorporate cosmetic practices.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. utilize advanced therapeutic communication skills in a professional medical care setting;
  2. adhere to relevant industry regulations and codes of conduct; 
  3. perform and evaluate a detailed skin assessment for the purpose of medical procedures;
  4. devise, implement and evaluate a treatment plan for clients in a medical esthetics clinic;
  5. practice critical thinking and problem solving techniques to anticipate and resolve complex problems;
  6. use appropriate terminology essential in a medical clinic to communicate within an interprofessional team; 
  7. analyze and evaluate the benefits of the different types of procedures offered in a medical esthetic practice;
  8. evaluate and implement environmentally related initiatives relevant to the medical esthetics profession;
  9. promote and advocate the role and skills of a medical esthetician.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2019
  • Sem 2: Winter 2020

Admission Requirements

  • Postsecondary public college diploma in an esthetician program

Applicants that hold a CIDESCO or esthetics diploma from a private college may also be considered. Selection will be based on a competency test.

Additional Information

It is required that students have Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid upon registration to the program (On-line courses are not acceptable). It is the student's responsibility to renew their Level HCP CPR certification annually while in the Program. Students are asked to submit a copy of their current Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid certificate before classes begin.
Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act. Completion and submission of this record is required during registration in order to ensure your placement in clinical and field placement facilities.

A Hepatitis B vaccination is required for your own safety. It may be obtained at a reduced cost through the student insurance plan.

Graduation Requirements

8 Program Courses
2 Clinical Placements

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester and to graduate is 60%.

Program Tracking

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
MDSC 1000 Medical Skin Care Science 42
MDSC 1001 Medical Skin Care Techniques 42
MDSC 1002 Medical Skin Care Applications 84
MDSC 1003 Oncology Esthetics 42
Clinical Placement  
MDSC 1004 Medical Skin Care Clinic 84
Semester 2
Program Courses  
MDSC 1005 Medical Intervention and Plastic Surgery Procedures 42
MDSC 1006 Advanced Medical Skin Care Techniques 42
MDSC 1007 Advanced Medical Skin Care Applications 70
MDSC 1008 The Medical Esthetic Practice and the Cosmetic Patient 28
Clinical Placement  
MDSC 1009 Advanced Medical Esthetics Clinic 84
 Total Hours560

Graduation Window 

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of one year (as stated above) may take a maximum of two years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.  

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