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Published in the 1-15 July 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

Paramedical sciences: courses with great scope

Remember "Once in lifetime you or any of your friends or family members had been to a hospital & were recommended to have an X-Ray taken or undergo a Blood test, CT Scan etc…". Hope not many of us have experienced. Sometimes, the doctors give up their treatment and ask the patient to visit a "particular person" called Physiotherapist or occupational therapist who offers better & effective treatment. And many more instances.
Now what's important is to know more about such "Professionals " who do a Blood Test or a massage or a therapy and aid the doctor for better treatment of the patient & hence make health care easy and effective. These Professionals are called as "Paramedics." Paramedics are the key players in the Health & Medical Sector. Without paramedics, the entire Health Industry is out of gear and is almost non-functionary. If there are no Paramedics, there is neither money nor any profit for doctors, hospitals, private clinics, etc… (in general the entire health sector).
So be a Paramedic and discover the great realms of Human health & can earn huge money. It's a hidden treasure which's not known to many. A Few who found the hidden treasure are now the masters in the field of Health Care & Medical Sciences. Currently they have better opportunities & bright prospects than and MBBS / BDS graduate.

A Technical & Medical definition of a “Paramedic”
A Paramedic is a professional who helps the doctors in specialized areas and facilitates for better diagnosis, treatment and therapy. The increase in number of patients, variety of diseases & the demand for immense treatment have paved the way for Paramedical Professionals who are expert technicians or therapists providing better quality to human health care.

the most unpopular Paramedical course

  • Speech therapy and Audiology

  • Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. 

  • Medical Lab Technology

  • Operation Theatre Technology

  • Cardiac Perfusion Technology

  • Dialysis / Renal Dialysis Technology

  • Orthotic and Prosthetic Technology 

  • Optometry 

  • Pharmacy

  • Nursing 

  • Radiography / Radiotherapy

  • Hospital Administration / Management

  • Medical Records Administration

  • Dental Hygiene & Dental Mechanic

  • Dental Ceramic Technology.

  • Health / Sanitary Inspector
    and many more……

Entry to course 
For Diploma courses 
Eligibility: Passed SSC/ SSLC. (with atleast 45% marks). 
For Undergraduate Courses : (BSc courses)
Eligibility: Passed 10+2 / HSC / PUC (with Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics with at least 45% - 50% marks) . 
Note: The minimum % and cutoff % varies from college to college & state to state.
Duration: 2 or 3 year courses. (Diploma & BSc). Exams are held annually. (Few states have semester system)
Fee structure: Rs 10,000 to 15,000 (depends upon the college and sometimes may be much higher also).
Admission Process: Admission Notification is issued in Leading Newspapers between 3rd week of July and 1st week of August (in majority of states). Applications are issued and an entrance test is conducted. Based on the performance in the entrance test, seats are allotted. Some colleges may or may not conduct entrance test. The classes begin either in September or October.
Reservation for OBC: Every college offers a few seats for the minorities. (the number is very less. May be only 2 or 3 seats per course per college) 

The aptitude (qualities) required to become a Paramedic.
Responsibility: Paramedics are the backbone of medical services. You need to work hard with great responsibility. More importance to quality & precision during work. Ability to judge & make clear observations is essential.
Scientific bent of mind: Lots of technical stuff, sophisticated machines (very costly), changing trends in technology & implementation demand a paramedic to be more tech savvy (like machine and equipment) as well as have a liking to science & its deep understanding. You should be able to make correct and precise observations each and every time.
Communication Skills: Being a paramedic is all about being good with patients & put them at comfort. You need to be good with your patients & try to make them happy and feel good about the treatment with your words & work. 
Team Work: With Doctors and Nurses around, you always need to be a team player. Make friendship with all people around you.

The flow of information about Paramedical course in this column
Since there are more than 15 careers in paramedical sciences, we are unable to give qualitative information about these careers in a single issue. So beginning with this article, Insha allah comprehensive information of 3 or 4 paramedical courses will be coming up in the next issues. The readers are requested to kindly follow up with the next issues of MG to know more about other paramedical courses (admission, colleges & job prospects).
For immediate queries about Paramedical Courses, please mail to the writer. The Admission process begins in July/August hence not much time is left to take a decision. 

Any queries?
If you have any queries, kindly mail us. We will put the best solutions (not answers) for your career queries. 

Career Counsellor
MSW-Career Guidance & Information Center, Bangalore

Part II » Paramedical sciences: courses with great scope - ii

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