Profession : Nurse

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Nurses are responsible for providing care within the regulations and professional actions stated in the French Public Health Code. Nurses evaluate the state of a person or a group's health and analyse care situations. In line with medical prescriptions or as required by their role, nurses provide curative and preventive care, healthcare education, training and supervision.

Conditions of admission : Nurse

Entrance examination registration

Registration are closed

Entrance examination calendar for 2018

Places awarded to successful candidates

In 2018:

  • Graduate-level (or equivalent): 132 places
  • PACES: 20 places
  • Care-givers and childcare assistants: 26 places
  • Graduate-level nurses from outside the European Union: 4 places

More information about applying in 2018

Conditions for registration

  • 17 years old by the 31 December of the year in which you sit the selection exams
  • Holder of the French leaver's certificate or equivalent, certifying your right to register for the entrance examination
    For pupils in "terminale" (year 13): certificate of suitability for the French leaver's certificate
  • Holder of a diploma permitting access to university studies (DAEU) or a certificate of suitability for the special exam for the French leaver's certificate (ESEU)
  • Holder of a state diploma as an AMP (aide médico-psychologique – personal care assistant) and able to demonstrate 3 years of professional experience
  • Holder of a diploma as a childcare assistant (DEAP) or a care-giver (DEAS) and able to demonstrate 3 years of professional experience
  • Holder of an approved diploma, at minimum at level IV (Find out more about diploma levels)
  • Holder of a diploma in nursing that was awarded outside the European Union (specific entrance exam)
  • Able to demonstrate 3 years of professional experience within the hospital or medical-social sector, or 5 years of professional experience in a different sector, and convince a regional pre-selection panel organised by the Regional Department of Health and Social Affairs
  • Provide a certificate of confirmation dated no later than when you register that you have completed the PACES course units (Première Année Commune aux Etudes de Santé – first year general health studies)
    OR provide a certificate of registration on PACES for the year in which you are applying for this course (subject to providing a certificate of confirmation of PACES course units)

Exams

Graduate-level (or equivalent) candidates

2 eligibility exams:

  1. A written exam on general culture: a study on a text relating to current health and social issues (3 questions on the text). Assessment of candidates' comprehension, analysis, summarising, debating and literacy skills.
    Duration: 2 hours
  2. Proficiency tests:  to assess candidates' ability to apply logic and reasoning, abstraction, concentration and problem-solving skills, and numerical reasoning tests.
    Duration: 2 hours

To be eligible to register on this course, candidates must achieve a minimum of 20/40 on all of the exams, with no mark below 8/20.

1 entrance exam: interview with a three-person panel.
Assessment of the candidates' ability to follow training, their motivation and professional interest.
To be admitted to the course, candidates must achieve at least 10/20 on this exam.

Candidates who have completed PACES (Première Année Commune des Études de Santé – first year general health studies) course units

1 entrance exam: interview with a three-person panel
Assessment of the candidates' ability to follow training, their motivation and professional interest.
To be admitted to the course, candidates must achieve at least 10/20 on this exam.

Candidates who are care-givers or childcare assistants

1 entrance exam: a written analysis of three professional situations. There is one question per situation. Assessment of the candidates' literacy, analysis, reasoning and numeracy skills. One of the topics is support. Duration: 2 hours
To be admitted to the course, candidates must achieve at least 15/30.

Holders of a diploma in nursing that was awarded outside the European Union

1 entrance exam: a study on a clinical case, consisting of 5 questions
Assessment of the candidates' level of French and knowledge in the health and social sector. Duration: 2 hours
To be eligible to register on this course, candidates must achieve 10/20 at least.

2 entrance exams:

  1. An interview, to understand the candidates' professional career to date and their motivation, based on their registration form.
    Duration: 30 minutes
  2. A practical test (two care-related activities)
    Duration: 1 hour

To be admitted to the course, candidates must achieve a total of at least 30/60 on the 3 selection exams.

    Training : Nurse

    This training will lead to a diploma as a Nurse at Bachelor level.

    Length of the training

    • 3 years (6 semesters)
    • Every year, from September to June.
    • Leave : 8 weeks in summer, 2 weeks at Christmas, 2 weeks in spring.

    Number of students per year

    201 students

    Structure

    • 59 course units (CU) across 6 fields:

    - Field 1 : Humanities, social sciences and law, in partnership with Université Paris 13

    CU1.1 Psychology, sociology, anthropology
    CU 1.2 Public health and health economics
    CU 1.3 Law, ethics, deontology

    - Field 2 : Biological and medical sciences, in partnership with Université Paris 13

    CU 2.1 Fundamental biology
    CU 2.2 Life cycles and key functions
    CU 2.3 Health, illness, disability, accidents of life,
    CU 2.4 Traumatic processes
    CU 2.5 Inflammatory and infectious processes
    CU 2.6 Psychopathological processes
    CU 2.7 Organ failure and degenerative processes
    CU 2.8 Obstructive process
    CU 2.9 Tumoural processes
    CU 2.10 Infectiology, hygiene
    CU 2.11 Pharmacology and therapeutics

    - Field 3 : Nursing sciences and skills, foundations and methods

    CU 3.1 Clinical nurse reasoning and approach
    CU 3.2 Nursing care plan
    CU 3.3 Nursing roles in the organisation of work and inter-professionalism
    CU 3.4 Introduction to the research process
    CU 3.5 Management of healthcare professionals

    - Field 4 : Nursing sciences and skills, procedures

    CU 4.1 Comfort and well-being care
    CU 4.2 Relational care
    CU 4.3 Emergency treatment
    CU 4.4 Therapeutics and contribution to medical diagnosis
    CU 4.5 Nursing care and management of risks
    CU 4.6 Educational and preventive care
    CU 4.7 Palliative and end of life care
    CU 4.8 Quality of care and assessment of practices

    - Field 5 : Integration of knowledge and professional nursing practice

    CU 5.1 Accompanying the individual in the daily care process
    CU 5.2 Assessment of a clinical situation
    CU 5.3 Communication and project management
    CU 5.4 Educational care and professional and trainee training
    CU 5.5 Implementation of therapeutics and care coordination
    CU 5.6 Analyses of the quality and processing of scientific and business data
    CU 5.7 Optional units

    - Field 6 : Work methods

    CU 6.1 Working methods
    CU 6.2 English
    • 2100 hours of classes, spread across lectures, tutorials, guided independent work and practical exercises.
       
    • 2100 hours on placements

    - Year 1 : 5 weeks in semester 1, 10 weeks in semester 2
    - Year 2 : 10 weeks in semester 3, 10 weeks in semester 4
    - Year 3 : 10 weeks in semester 5, 15 weeks in semester 6

    • 4 types of compulsory placements over the 3 years

    - Short-term care
    - Long-term care, post-acute care and rehabilitation
    - Individual or collective care in residential settings
    - Mental and psychiatric healthcare

    • Individual pedagogic supervision is guaranteed throughout the training course, to provide educational support and aid in the personal development of each student.

    Assessment and ECTS

    180 ECTS (European credits) must be obtained, in accordance with the assessment of 10 professional skills:

    • 120 ECTS for the course units at the institute
    • 60 ECTS for clinical training during placements

    Assessment

    • Ongoing assessment
    • Exams as set by IFSI at the end of each semester
    • Certain skills must be acquired in order to enter the next year of study, and a minimum of 48/60 ECTS is required.

     

    Training costs : Nurse

    In 2018/2019:

    • Training may be organised by the regional council (click here for the conditions)
      Students are responsible for covering costs relating to the registration fee, educational materials (documents etc.), appropriate clothing for placements and any student social security contribution.
    • For students who do not meet the Regional Council criteria and who do not receive financial help from their employer or any other funding bodies (click here for the conditions): €3,050
      Students are responsible for covering costs relating to the registration fee, educational materials (documents etc.) and appropriate clothing for placements

    Course fees

    In 2017/2018, the course fees are as follows:

    • €264 for students in year 1 (€184 for tuition fees + €79 for educational materials and documents)
    • €248 for students in year 2 and year 3 (€184 for tuition fees and €64 for educational materials and documents)

    Grants for placements

    During their training, students will receive grants for their placements and transport (decree dated 28 September 2001):

    • Year 1: €28 per week of placement
    • Year 2: €38 per week of placement
    • Year 3: €50 per week of placement

    Transport allowance amounts to €8 per week of placement.

    Please note: students receiving career advancement support are not eligible for these grants.

    Financial support

    (click here for the conditions)

    • Bursary: the regional council may award a bursary to students for whom the annual income does not exceed a certain amount. Students who receive the bursary are not obliged to enter the profession following completion of the course. The bursary cannot be combined with any other grant
    • Grants from Pôle Emploi
    • Grants from ASP (l’Agence de Service et de Paiement – service and payment agency): please contact the nursing school office
    • Career advancement support: those working within public hospitals may continue receiving this support during training. For further information, please contact the director of the establishment in which you work or the training service
    • Educational leave: please contact your employer's human resources department, regardless of if you work in the public or private sector.