Las Santé Course

Access to health or massage therapist studies via the USMB

Access to health studies (medicine, maieutics, dentistry and pharmacy) is undergoing major changes, with the disappearance of the First Common Year of Health Studies (PACES), commonly known as the "first year of medicine".

Graduates from Savoie and Haute Savoie can now access medical, maieutic, pharmacy and physiotherapist courses via the Savoie Mont Blanc University.

Access to health studies via USMB Health Access Licenses

The Health Access Licences are demanding training courses, reserved for highly motivated students with a strong work capacity.

USMB's Health Access Licenses include courses in the chosen discipline, English courses, and courses that provide the skills necessary to pursue studies in health: modules covering health disciplines and preparation for exams that allow for candidacy in health. They combine a health option and a disciplinary academics option in the chosen Bachelor's degree. It is therefore recommended to have a sufficiently solid foundation to follow the health option courses without dropping them.

The health option at USMB is 10 ECTS over the year and courses in :

  • Hybrid teaching (reverse pedagogy, distance learning, face-to-face sessions)
  • Human Physiology
  • Sciences (Physics-Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Histology-Biology)
  • Biostatistics
  • Anatomy
  • Initiation to the knowledge of the drug

In collaboration with the University of Grenoble Alpes (UGA), the University of Savoie Mont Blanc (USMB) offers Health option courses in 11 Bachelor's degrees: STAPS (Sciences and Techniques of Physical and Sports Activities; 3 mentions), Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Geography and Planning, Mathematics, Psychology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics-Chemistry, Computer Science and Engineering Sciences, on the Bourget-du-Lac and Chambéry-Jacob-Bellecombette campuses.

The choice of the discipline of his health access licence is of great importance. It is essential to really appreciate the chosen discipline and to be able to obtain good results in it in order to hope to be admitted to thesecond year of health studies.

In total, the health option courses of these 11 licence mentions offer nearly 110 places to high school students wishing to enrol in a health access licence (L.AS).

Health Access Licence places at USMB
Chemistry 20
Geography and planning 5
Information Technology 5
Mathematics 7
Physics 2
Physics-Chemistry 2
Psychology 20
Earth Sciences 4
Life Sciences 20
Engineering Sciences 4


The student may apply for health studies of interest to him or her (approximately half of the seats in the second year of health studies are reserved for LA students, either at the L1 level or after an L2 or L3). In the event of non-admission, the student may continue in the second year in his or her chosen Bachelor's degree. He or she may reapply for admission to the second year of health studies after at least one additional year (in the2nd or3rd year of the bachelor's degree).

Access the studies of masseur-physiotherapist since USMB

Students enrolled in USMB courses (L.AS, Bachelor of Science, Technology, Health) have the possibility to access the academics of masseur-physiotherapist provided by the Department of Physiotherapy of the CHU Grenoble Alpes (IFMK of Grenoble). Two recruitment channels are accessible to them, each with a quota of reserved places. In both cases, access is selective:

  • Access from the 1st year of a Bachelor's degree in Science and Technology of Physical and Sports Activities (STAPS) or 1st year of a Bachelor's degree in Science Technology Health from the University of Savoie Mont Blanc (specific USMB quota for 2020-2021: 3 places)
  • Access from USMB or UGA AS, in L1 or in L2 and L3 (common quota for UGA and USMB for 2021-2021: 2 places + 2 places)

Please note: The number of places offered in 2021-2022 for each of the two lanes will be defined later (after the redistribution between the different lanes of the 18 places reserved this year for PACES repeaters).

PASS or LAS? How to choose?

There are two ways to access the second year of health studies after the baccalaureate: the health access licences (L.AS) and the specific health access pathway (PASS).

The "Parcours Spécifiques Accès Santé" (PASS) (not offered at USMB) comprises a core of health teaching, plus an option chosen from a field or discipline outside the health field (Law, Humanities, Science and Technology for example). At the end of the PASS year, the student may apply for the health studies that interest him/her. In case of non-admission, it is not possible to repeat the PASS. The student may continue into the second year of a university undergraduate degree (depending on the disciplinary option chosen) and apply to health studies after at least one additional year (in thesecond orthird year of a university undergraduate degree). The PASS follows the logic of the former Common First Year Health Studies Program (CFHSP). It includes a disciplinary minor offering an opening to disciplines outside the health field. However, the weight of scientific and health subjects is a determining factor for access to thesecond year of health studies.

In comparison, SA facilities are intended to accommodate different and more varied profiles, in order to diversify the profile of caregivers. Health access licences also make it easier for students whose projects have not been successful to reorient themselves. In order to succeed in the L.AS, it is necessary to obtain good results in the disciplines of one's bachelor's degree, and to validate the health option.