Two sites providing the same state qualification course
IFMK Assas has two training centres: one in Paris and the other in Montigny-Le-Bretonneux (78).
The Paris centre is in the heart of the 15th arrondissement on Rue de l’Eglise. The area (Commerce-Beaugrenelle) has great public transport links and there are lots of amenities nearby. Ecole d’Assas’s resource centre is a few metres away on the same street.
The Montigny-le-Bretonneux centre opened in September 2014 as an extension to the IFMK in Paris. It is primarily designed to welcome students who have taken the PACES at the Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. The premises are on the Gare de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines train station’s doorstep and ideal for the RER (line C) and Transilien train routes. There are lots of restaurants and cafés in the area. The Montigny centre is a few minutes’ walk from the UVSQ University Library.
The course and teaching in the Paris and Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines centres are identical. Placements, placements abroad and apprenticeship training contracts are offered to all students at the same time.
The Paris centre has 86 first year students and Montigny has 30.
The course lasts 3 years and is divided into 12 modules for students who began their first year in September 2014.
The first year focuses on learning the basics to understand how the human body works and physiotherapy techniques.
The following years address ailments and relative treatments. The third year focuses primarily on preparing students for the state qualification and joining the professional world.
To find out more about the Course Programme before the reform dated September 2nd 2015 comes into force.
One or more compulsory tests are required to pass each module. Tests are written and anonymous and may include oral or practical tests.
Students must score an average of at least 10 out of 20 in a test or all tests to pass the module. Students who fail to score an average of at least 10 out of 20 in the module’s test/s can resit an exam covering all the lessons included in the module/s at the end of the academic year.
Students must pass all the year’s modules to progress to the next year. All placements must be approved by the hospital department manager.
In the event of students retaking the year, all the year’s modules must be retaken and new placements must be conducted.
The course lasts 4 years in accordance with the Order dated September 2nd 2015 for students who began their first year in September 2015.
Theory and practice in one course
Theory learning involves lectures throughout the year and projects.
Manual techniques are taught in practical lessons. Teacher supervise as students work on each other.
Placements are integral to the course from the first year. In the second and third years, they account for half of the students’ time. Placements take place in either hospitals or accredited rehabilitation centres.
Students also familiarise themselves with working privately during two short placements with the College’s alumni.
State qualification exam (Diplôme d’Etat)
For students who began their first year in September 2014: the state qualification exam includes a dissertation viva (about a clinical case handled during a placement in second and third year) and in part takes second and third year module grades into consideration.
Two exam sessions take place every year in June and September.
For students who began their first year in September 2015: the award of the state qualification is in accordance with terms set out in articles 18-22 in the Order dated September 2015.
Testimonial by Alexandra Vidal, former student at Ecole d’Assas, read here