Is the degree delivered by IFEC recognised by the State?

The diploma delivered by IFEC is the only diploma that allows graduates to practice the chiropractic profession in France. It is recognized by the French Ministry of Health and corresponds to a Level VII RNCP (National Directory of Professional Certification), a Master’s level.


Is the diploma awarded by IFEC recognised abroad?

The IFEC diploma is also accredited by an international agency, the ECCE (European Council on Chiropractic Education). Many IFEC graduates work abroad according to the regulations in place in each country. For the benefit of our students, IFEC completes the first 3 steps (out of 4) of the National Board exam required to practice in the USA.


Is this a full-time programme?

It is a full-time programme in five years, with 5,000 hours of coursework (300 ECTS credits) and 85 teaching units in 9 fields of study.


What are the main topics?

The main topics covered include anatomy, imaging, medical semiology (diseases), patient examination, acquisition of manual chiropractic techniques, social sciences, research and clinical practice.


How much does the programme cost?

It costs 10200 € for the first year of 2023-2024. This cost is justified by the quality of the teaching and the necessary equipment: IFEC has 200 treatment tables which can cost from 2 000 € to up to 50 000 € for a Force Sensing Table. The school also provides students with two Clinics for their exclusive use, with 50 consultation rooms (50,000 consultations per year). Our premises cover more than 8,000 m² in Ivry and Toulouse. Lastly, our school is a non-profit organisation subject to the French law of 1901 and receives no subsidies. IFEC’s operations and growth come solely from the tuition fees paid by students. The tuition is actually similar to the evaluated cost of public higher education, around €10,000 per year per student.


Are there scholarships?

For now, IFEC is not eligible for higher education scholarships. Many students (or their parents) take out loans. In 2017, IFEC concluded an agreement with the bank, Société Générale, to offer loans at a special interest rate.


Can students work at the same time?

The first three years are very demanding in terms of work. However, some students work during week-ends or holidays in a variety of fields: the restaurant industry, supermarkets, childcare, etc. During the 4th and 5th years, students can have part-time jobs while conducting their training at the clinic centre.
Year 4 and Year 5 can easily manage both studies and student jobs.


Can payment arrangements be made?

Tuition fees can be paid in one, two, or ten instalments, at no charge.


Are there foreign exchanges? Can we do a year of study in another chiropractic college?

Chiropractic colleges all have independent curricula that do not allow for an equivalent exchange during the school year. However, it is possible to study abroad during the summer in Québec, at the UQTR (Université du Québec Trois Rivières), a long-standing IFEC partner.


When do students start treating patients?

Students conduct clinical work at the end of their fourth year, once they have fulfilled all academic and technical prerequisites. They first start by treating patients they know (family, friends, or other students). And then, always under the supervision of qualified chiropractic clinicians, they start treating patients they do not know. Students are required to complete 300 consultations to obtain their diploma.


What are the conditions for admission?

To apply to IFEC, you must have a French baccalaureate school-leaving diploma or equivalent at the time the school year begins (early September).

Scientific baccalaureates are preferred, given the demands of the programme. However, other applicants may be accepted depending on their performance in the admissions process, which takes three factors into account: academic achievement (quality and regularity of work), the results of tests taken during the Admission’s Day, and the outcome of the interview with a jury that takes place on that same day. Since the chiropractic profession requires specific qualities, the applicant’s skills in those areas are taken into account.
- the yearly curriculum (quality and regularity of the student's work)
- the test results from Admission's Day
- the interview with a jury that takes place on the same day
To be a chiropractor means to possess specific qualities, these are what are taken into consideration.


Are there exceptional circumstances?

Réorientation PASS
> Students who passed the PASS exam
PASS Students who did not pass the exam will entry in 1st Year of chiropractic studies. Credit transfers may be considered. This applies when the student's admissions has been confirmed.
> health professionals
Candidates with a valid PASS diploma may enter directly in Year 2, whatever the special course chosen. This will only be valid once the student's admission has been confirmed and once they have completed at 4 week internship during the month of July organized by IFEC.

Professionnels de santé
Exemptions and/or transfer credits will be granted to health professionals, depending on their diploma. Details may be requested by email:


Is there a selection process?

Following examination of the application, each selected applicant will receive an email invitation to register for an Admission’s Day, which includes:

  • Welcome and presentation
  • Watching of a chiropractic consultation at IFEC’s Clinic
  • Tests
  • Individual interview

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