Medical Skin Care Therapies

Program Outline

Program: MSCT
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 2 Clinical Placements
Length: 2 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2017
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:

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

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018

Admission Requirements

  • Post-secondary diploma or degree with a specialty in Esthetics or Skin Care Therapy, or equivalent

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 Mandatory 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%.


Mandatory Courses
MDSC 1000Medical Skin Care Science
MDSC 1001Medical Skin Care Techniques
MDSC 1002Medical Skin Care Applications
MDSC 1003Oncology Esthetics
MDSC 1005Medical Intervention and Plastic Surgery Procedures
MDSC 1006Advanced Medical Skin Care Techniques
MDSC 1007Advanced Medical Skin Care Applications
MDSC 1008The Medical Esthetic Practice and the Cosmetic Patient
Clinical Placements
MDSC 1004Medical Skin Care Clinic
MDSC 1009Advanced Medical Esthetics Clinic

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.