An assistant nurse contributes to the medical care a patient needs, under the supervision of qualified nurses and physicians. Besides offering his/her scientific knowledge during the treatment of patients, a prerequisite is a sense of solidarity and empathy.
RegistrationGraduates of secondary education schools, such as Vocational high schools, Technical high schools, General high schools and Multidisciplinary high schools, are allowed to enroll, according to m.d. 5954.
On completion of their training, graduates receive a Vocational Training Certificate. On the condition that they pass the examination organised by EOPPEP, they receive a level-5 Certificate in Vocational Training in their field.
Duration of studies
IEK studies include 5 terms (semesters). Four of these terms, that is 1,200 hours, are theoretical and laboratory classes, whereas in the 5th term students become interns and apprentices for 960 hours (Training Practice).
Adequate training and knowledge, experience and the will to be helpful, are the characteristics of a skilled nurse. Nurses can work in private and public hospitals and clinics, community centres, senior citizens' homes, health centres etc. They perform tasks such as patients' hygiene, first-aid and sanitation.