Interested in starting your career as a Laser Technician in Arkansas and not sure where to start? Take a moment and read our summary of what education you need, any certifications required, job opportunities and salary expectations.
Based on the US Labor Bureau, the state of Arkansas estimates job market growth for skincare specialist of over 10% through 2024. This is slightly less than the national average of 13% which makes Arkansas an average location start a Laser Technician career.
The requirements for any person providing laser treatment are set by the Arkansas State Medical Board. These rules can be found by visiting their descriptive PDF here.
The state of Arkansas defines the rules and regulations for persons using laser in medical and cosmetic treatment in Regulation No. 22 of the Arkansas Medical Practices Act & Regulations. In short, Arkansas law “finds that the use of medical lasers on human beings, for therapeutic or cosmetic purposes, constitutes the practice of medicine.”
Because the use of lasers is considered the practice of medicine in Arkansas, becoming a laser technician will require a higher level of education including completion of a physician assistant or surgeon assistant program accredited by the American Medical Association’s Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation or the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
Medical Doctors in Arkansas may delegate medical and cosmetic treatment using lasers to a physician assistant so long as the medical doctor personally diagnoses the condition and prescribes the treatment, and is available to treat the patient if any complications arise.
Arkansas Laser Technician Certification(s)
Arkansas requires laser treatments be performed by a medical doctor or a physician assistant if delegated by a medical doctor. After completion of physician assistant school, a laser technician will be required to complete a certifying examination administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. The examination is taken over a 5 hour period and includes 300 multiple choice questions. A passing score is typically 350 or greater. After completing the PANCE, applicants can apply for licensure with the Arkansas State Medical Board.
The job market in Arkansas for skincare specialist and physician assistance has been growing year over year, with plenty of opportunities to start a career. You can see a detailed list of job postings on our Laser Technician Jobs page. Just filter to Arkansas to find opportunities in your area.
Skincare Specialists and more specifically physician assistants in the state of Arkansas can expect an average income of $73,110 per year, or $35.15/hour. This salary expectation is over twice than the national average of $30,270 which is driven by the required training and licensure to practice laser treatments in this state. Experience can also increase your salary over time.