Today, physiotherapists are part of almost all fields of medicine, and take a central role in rehabilitation.

Acknowledged as a Master degree, the physiotherapist state degree (Diplôme d’État), allows to practice as liberal, as well as in hospital. You will find here all necessary information to not only understand what physiotherapy is all about, but also how much CEERRF takes car of its students.

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How to prepare your entry to CEERRF ?

You can enter the CEERRF after validating a first year in university (PASS, LAS, STAPS). The different ways to access physiotherapy studies are presented on Parcoursup website.

In any way, we strongly recommend going through preparatory school for medicine. We also invite non-scientific baccalaureates to follow science catch up sessions. These preparatory schools will be of valuable help to optimize their success factor, whatever branch they choose on Parcoursup.

CEERRF recommands Campus Santé courses, with whom we share premises.

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What is the salary of a graduated physiotherapist?

80% of physiotherapists are liberal practitioners. The average liberal salary is around 38000€ per year. For salaried physiotherapists as beginners, the average ranges from 1400€ net/month in public sector to 2400€ in private sector.

Is there any unemployment risk in physiotherapy ?

The boom in re-education and rehabilitation care, driven in particular by longer life expectancy, guarantees full employment throughout almost the entire national territory for physiotherapists. Apart from few areas with strong competition (Côte d’Azur and Atlantic coast), there’s an overall shortage of practitioners throughout the country. And even in stuffed areas, each professional can find their place in the local health system.

Are there any specialty in physiotherapy ?

The profession of physiotherapist is, in itself, a specialty within the health system. The State diploma (DE) allows you to practice within the scope of regulations.

The physiotherapist intervenes mainly under medical prescription in the areas of care corresponding to his skills. There is therefore no specialty but practitioners have the possibility to switch, according to their background, towards a specific exercise (sports physio, pediatrics, uro-gynecology, facial paralysis, gerontology, etc.)

How to obtain the physiotherapy diploma (DE)?

The attribution of physiotherapist State diploma (DE) is awarded by a qualified jury, at the end of the fourth year of studies. Obtaining the diploma is conditional on the validation of all the course teaching units (240 ECTS).

Since June 2021, the State Diploma (DE) has been recognized at the Master’s level, which means that graduate students can enroll directly in a doctorate after the end of their studies.

Is physiotherapy training strictly academic?

No. After the mandatory first year in university, courses take place in accredited institutes, private or public. The 3 cursus dimensions are :

  • fundamental lessons (anatomy, pathologies, etc.),
  • the professional component (sciences and physiotherapy),
  • learning and deepening (initiation to research and internships).

Students are therefor in contact with stakeholders with different profiles depending on the educational objectives pursued and the skills sought: hospital or private practitioners, university teachers, etc.

Can we repeat ?

Yes. Repeating happens when required credits per school year are not obtained (52 ECTS minimum). The repetition year allows the student to take up the courses he is missing and to validate the corresponding Teaching Units (UE).

Is apprenticeship in physiotherapy possible ?

Yes, of course. Physiotherapy studies are open to apprenticeship, as part of professionalization contract.

Apprenticeship can be set up during the second year at the institute, provided that the student finds an employer interested in such a contract.

The student will then be required to follow, in alternation, periods of internship and periods of courses in a training institute. Internships are full-time and can be carried out in a hospital setting, in a private practice, in a sports center and even in a research laboratory. The student completes two internships per year and a long internship called “”clinicat”” in the fourth year. The main objective of the work-study program is the empowerment of the student, who will validate his skills under the direction of an apprenticeship master or a tutor depending on the type of contract.

Is the course difficult?

The training course is dense, combining fundamental scientific lessons and reflective learning. The framework offered by the CEERRF and the quality of the teaching and administrative staff perfectly support students throughout their studies. Interruptions and/or dropouts are less than 1%.

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