MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL FAQS

Q: What is unique about NIMA?

A: NIMA is a world class aesthetics school and laser institute that is one of the few to nationally offer advanced aesthetics, cosmetic laser and cosmetic injection curriculum for physician and non-physician students. Headquartered at the base of the Wasatch Mountains just South of Salt Lake City, Utah, our beautiful, 13,000 square foot training facility houses classrooms, a world-class spa and cosmetic laser and injection practical rooms.

Specifically, there are 42 client service rooms and practical stations, 3 lecture halls, 2 practical rooms, conference space, 2 product dispensaries, 2 client consultation offices, 2 fully stocked student break rooms, 2 reception areas, 1 student computer/research room, 1 instructor preparation study, and 12 administrative offices. NIMA is designed to replicate a true working medical spa, which gives our students and course attendees a real-world experience. NIMA’s 1200 & 750 Hour Master Aesthetic courses are nationally accredited by NACCAS, a DOE Title IV school, and some advanced courses are also recognized by the AAFP to provide CE/CME credited courses. The co-founders of NIMA also own 15 medical spas and laser centers in UT, ID, CO, TX, NV and AZ. Their experience and insight is the foundation for the NIMA curriculum.
Back to Top

Q: Do I have to be at school every weekend?

A: No. This is one of the many things that makes National Institute of Medical Aesthetics unique. We offer several schedules that only require alternating weekends or no weekends at all.
Back to Top

Q: Do you offer job placement?

A:  Because of our excellent reputation, many physicians and spas seeking medical professionals will contact our institution. As we receive requests, we will make every attempt to refer out our best students for interviews. Our enrollment directors will work with you even after course completion to help you find the right position for you.
Back to top

Q: What kind of potential for profits is there with these types of services?

A: The industry can be lucrative whether you intend to incorporate it into your own clinic, perform supervision for another clinic, or work as an independent contractor performing certain procedures. The training from NIMA will focus on all aspects of success in this industry.
Back to top

Q: What types of equipment will I train on?

A: At NIMA we only utilize the newest equipment; we do not buy old or refurbished lasers. We make every effort to ensure that we are training our students on those lasers and IPLs that are most recognized and respected in the industry. During the comprehensive laser course you will receive hands on training with Alexandrite, ND:YAG, Diode, CO2 and ER:YAG lasers as well as IPL.
Back to top

Q: Where am I going to practice these services?

A: You will complete your hands on practice in one of our beautiful facilities that are designed to have the same flow as a professional medical spa in order to give you practice with consultations, client interactions, chart review and scheduling.
Back to top

Q: Who teaches your coursework?

A: All NIMA courses are trained by a combination of physicians, nurses, licensed master aesthetician instructors and nationally recognized laser representatives. All NIMA instructors come to us with a wealth of real-world industry experience. Our instructors have performed these services in private practice and therefore have the knowledge you need to succeed.
Back to top

Q: What kind of financing do you offer?

A: Our CE/CME courses can be financed through Mountain America Credit Union. Please visit our Financial Assistance page for full details and options for In-House Financing as well.
Back to top

Q: Can I get CME for these courses?

A: Yes. All of our professional courses including Essentials of Cosmetic Injections, Advanced Injections, Comprehensive Laser, Ablative Skin Resurfacing and Medical Directing. All of our CE/CME credits are offered through the American Academy of Family Practitioners and are recognize by the nursing, advanced practice nursing and physicians assistants associations.
Back to top

Q: Do I have to take a course to be a medical director, injector or laser technician?

A:  Each state has unique requirements for each of these positions. Regardless of what your state requires, we always recommend training before you attempt to perform or supervise any of these procedures. Training from National Institute of Medical Aesthetics ensures that you will have a depth of knowledge not only in clinical procedures, but also in safety, incident management, charting, client consultations, customer management and marketing best practices. Being successful in the medical aesthetics field is more than just knowing how to pulse a laser or push a syringe. Certification from NIMA gives you the knowledge and confidence to set you apart from the vast sea of competition.
Back to top

Q: What is a “medical spa”?

A: A “Medical Spa” is a marketing term for a facility that offers a range of non-invasive cosmetic services. “Medical Spas” usually require medical involvement or supervision. Typical service menus include laser hair removal, cosmetic injections, non-invasive body contouring, aesthetic services such as microderm, facials and chemical peels, and photo rejuvenation services. Medical Spas engage a variety of professions from aestheticians to nurses to physicians. The wonderful thing about Medical Spas is that these services are generally cash basis and can be in high demand.
Back to top

Q: What if I am a medical professional, but with no background in aesthetics?

A:  We recommend that you consider registering for each of the courses related to the services that you intent to offer. Comprehensive Laser, Advanced Chemical Peels and Medical Directing are all appropriate courses for you or your staff to complete prior to adding these services to your practice. The addition of a licensed aesthetician to your team is also highly recommended. If you intend only to supervise these procedures in an offsite facility, our Medical Director course will give you a good overview of appropriate supervision activities.
Back to top

Q: What services can a Registered Nurse perform?

A: Each state is different on which licenses can perform each procedure. Generally speaking an RN will require similar levels of supervision to an aesthetician, but can generally perform cosmetic injections in addition to cosmetic laser procedures.
Back to top

Q: What services can a Physicians Assistant perform?

A: Each state is different on which licenses can perform each procedure. Generally speaking Pas are able to perform almost all non-invasive cosmetic procedures, but usually require some minimum level of physician supervision. Generally the supervision requirements for these procedures will follow the general supervision standards for your license within your state. Several states will allow PA’s to fill the supervision requirements or Medical Director position for a medical spa.
Back to top

Q: What services can a Nurse Practitioner perform?

A: Each state is different on which licenses can perform each procedure. Generally speaking NPs are able to perform almost all non-invasive cosmetic procedures, but usually require some minimum level of physician supervision. Generally the supervision requirements for these procedures will follow the general supervision standards for your license within your state. Several states will allow NP’s to fill the supervision requirements or Medical Director position for a medical spa.
Back to top

Q: Who can be a Medical Director?

A: It varies from state to state. We recommend that you check with your regulator agency prior to enrolling at NIMA to ensure that you are prepared to meet your states requirements. Generally speaking MD & DO licenses are sufficient, although there are a handful of states (FL) that require the specialty of Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon to fill the Medical Director role. Most states do not recognize Dentists, Podiatrists or Chiropractors as Medical Directors.  Some states do allow APRN or PA’s to fill the supervision or Medical Director role.
Back to top

Q: What requirements are there for medical supervision of non-physicians?

A:  Each state varies in the specific requirements for Medical Director involvement. At NIMA we advocate a sufficient level of involvement to produce a high level of client safety and results. In our trainings we will train you to perform specific actions such as chart reviews, employee evaluations and staff meeting trainings. We will train you on all the clinical and safety protocols that you will need to be a competent and effective Medical Director.
Back to top

Click here to request more information regarding the NIMA curriculum. NIMA is a medical aesthetics school providing cosmetic laser training in South Jordan that services clients Nationally, with specific trainings throughout Washington, Las Vegas, and the greater Salt Lake City, Utah areas.