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ALLIED MEDICAL COURSES

Allied Medical Courses is a discipline that involves the study of disease transmission, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. The allied medical professionals apply scientific principles or evidence-based practices to evaluate and then treat chronic as well as acute disease. The field is concerned with the promotion of disease prevention, public wellness, improvement of quality of life in terms of health, as well as operation and management of the healthcare system. 

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In addition to this, allied medical courses also deal with all kinds of diagnostic techniques that are crucial for providing the right treatment to patients. Some of the diagnostic techniques used in the medical sector include pathological tests, blood analysis, radiography, tissue pathology, etc. Many allied medical professionals specialize in the promotion of optimum function and health and the improvement of health-related quality of life. The allied medical professionals include supervisors working in medical laboratories, radio-imaging, neuro-physiology or optical laboratories and paramedical technicians. 

Program Levels: 

The Study in India partner institutes offers allied medical courses in two levels, namely - Undergraduate and Postgraduate The choice of courses depends on students and eligibility set by different institutes. 


1) Undergraduate (UG)

A bachelor’s degree in allied medical courses is generally a full-time course with a duration of 3-4 years. Students can pursue it after completing their 10+2. 

2) Post-graduate (PG)

A master’s degree in allied medical courses is generally a full-time course with a duration of 2 years. Students can pursue it after completing their undergraduate degrees.

However, the course duration and eligibility of all allied medical courses differ across institutes. Therefore, students should check the eligibility requirements at the time of applying.

Branches of Allied Health Courses:

The branches provided by the Study in India partner institutes under the allied health medical courses discipline are mentioned in the table below. 

Accident and Trauma Care Technology 

Anesthesia Technology

Cardiovascular Technology

Clinical Embryology

Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics 

Dialysis Therapy Technology

Emergency Medicine Technology 

Health Information Management

Health Sciences

Medical Radiology Imaging Technology 

Medical Anatomy 

Medical Genetics 

Medical Microbiology

Nursing

Physician Assistant 

Medical Laboratory Technology

Neuro- electro Physiology

Respiratory Therapy


However, some of the popular branch choices under allied medical discipline include: 

  1. Anesthesia Technology

Anaesthesia technology is concerned with monitoring and handling anaesthesia in hospitals. The main task of anaesthetics (healthcare professionals who are trained in anaesthesia technology) is to assist doctors during surgeries and administer the right doses of anaesthesia or handle anaesthesia equipment as and when required. Post surgeries, the anaesthetics are also responsible for pain management and intensive care of the patients. 

  1. Cardiovascular Technology

Cardiovascular Technology is an allied medical specialization wherein the students learn to perform peripheral, non-invasive or invasive examinations of the cardiovascular system. It involves the study of treatments related to heart ailments or vascular conditions. Students opting for a course in cardiovascular technology are trained to assist their senior cardiologists or surgeons during pacemaker implantation and open-heart surgeries. 

  1. Medical Radiology Imaging Technology

The study of medical radiology imaging technology involves the diagnosis and treatment of diseases through X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging as well as ultrasounds. The process of medical radiology imaging involves the creation of images of the human body parts for disease diagnosis, physiology or study of anatomy. The field of study is divided into two sections namely, 

  • Interventional radiology: refers to the diagnosis or treatment of injuries 

  • Diagnostic radiology: involves minimally invasive processes such as ultrasound, scan, CT, MRI, etc. 

  1. Medical Laboratory Technology 

Medical laboratory technology is the allied health medical specialization that involves diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases with the help of clinical laboratory tests. The health professionals carry out analyses of various body matters like fluid, blood and tissue. Furthermore, chemical analysis, cell count and micro-organism also come under the purview of medical laboratory technology. Students opting for this course are trained how to handle all the lab instruments and conduct research to interpret accurate results (for diagnosis). 

  1. Nursing

Nurses play an important role in the healthcare sector because in most situations they are the main point of contact of patients and are responsible for providing necessary care too. Students opting for a nursing course under allied medical courses are taught how to assist medical practitioners in treating patients, ways to give medicines to the patients, bedside manners, how to observe the patient’s response to medications and support them during the recovery period. 

  1. Operation Theatre Technology

Operation theatre technology is a technical specialization under the allied medical courses. It refers to healthcare professionals who provide necessary patient care during surgeries and work in unison with anesthesiologists, surgeons or nurses. Their main responsibility is to properly manage operation theatre before and after surgeries. The responsibilities include sterilization of all the surgical instruments, making sure that the operation table is ready, check the availability of anaesthesia gases and the medicines required during surgeries. 

  1. Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics

Clinical nutrition and dietetics course has gained popularity in recent years wherein it is concerned with the study of the relationship between nutrition and health. Students opting for this course are taught how to achieve a healthy lifestyle through a proper diet and the therapeutic importance of diet to prevent or treat diseases. Major fields of study included under clinical nutrition and dietetics include community nutrition, food microbiology, food preservations, principles of nutrition, food science, food service management and family meal management. 

  1. Emergency Medical Technology

Emergency medical technology is concerned with the study of basic emergency skills such as administering oxygen therapy, physical examination, CPR, bleeding control, V-cannulation, assisting in emergency childbirth, automated external defibrillation, management of fracture, etc. Students opting for any emergency medical technology course are trained to address medical emergencies (like the cases of cardiac arrest, accident, etc) in hospitals and over the phone or radio as well.  

Career Options:

After pursuing a degree in allied medical courses, the students can choose from a wide range of career options and some of them are mentioned in the table below. 

Nurse

Clinical Data Coordinator

Clinical Project Manager

Analytical Chemist 

Drug Development Associate

Dietitian

Radiologist 

Medical Lab Technologist

Medical Imaging Professional

Microbiologist 

Nutritionist

Anesthesiologist 

Exercise Physiologist 

Physiotherapist 

Speech Pathologist 

Laboratory Technologist 

Occupational Therapist

Ultrasound Technician 


Frequently Asked Questions: 

1) What are allied medical courses? 

Allied Medical is the field that deals with all types of diagnostic techniques, disease transmission,  rehabilitation that is important for the treatment of a patient. The professionals working in this field are health professionals who apply their expertise to prevent disease transmission, diagnose, treat and prevent disease transmission. 

2) The eligibility of allied medical courses.

The eligibility criteria for pursuing allied medical courses differs across various Indian institutes. For undergraduate courses, it is 10+2 and for pursuing a postgraduate degree, it is a bachelor's degree (in the allied medical field). However, you are advised to check the specific eligibility criteria for different allied health science courses at the time of applying.

3) What is the duration of allied medical courses? 

The duration of popular allied medical courses depends on different program levels. For undergraduate courses, it is 3-4 years and for post-graduate courses, it is 2 years. 

4) Are there any branches of allied medical courses?  

Yes, there are many branches of allied medical courses and some of them are: 

  • Accident and Trauma Care Technology

  • Anesthesia Technology

  • Nursing 

  • Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Medical Laboratory Technology

  • Respiratory Therapy

  • Health Information Management

  • Medical Radiology Imaging Technology

  • Dialysis Therapy Technology, etc

5) Top 10 career options after pursuing allied medical courses? 

Top career options after pursuing allied health medical courses are: 

  • Nurse

  • Nutritionist 

  • Radiologist

  • Anesthesiologist

  • Physiotherapist

  • Ultrasound Technician 

  • Radiologist

  • Clinical Data Coordinator

  • Analytical Chemist

  • Laboratory Technologist

6) What is physiotherapy and who are physiotherapists?

Physiotherapy is defined as a treatment for restoring and maintaining the mobility, functionality as well as the well-being of patients. It helps patients during physical rehabilitation, injury prevention and fitness. Physiotherapists are medical professionals who are trained in treating injuries or conditions that impact the movement and functionality of the human body.  

7) Are allied health medical courses beneficial?

Yes, allied health medical courses are beneficial as the scope for students after pursuing them is vast. Moreover, the demand for allied medical professionals has surged as the demand for preventive and curative care continues to increase around the globe.

8) Are paramedical and allied medical courses the same?

No, they are not the same. Allied medical courses is a discipline that involves the study of disease diagnosis, transmission, treatment and rehabilitation of patients. Whereas, paramedical is the field that primarily deals with pre-hospital emergency services and the professionals working in this field are referred to as a paramedic.

9) The duration for allied medical undergraduate courses is three years or four years? 

The duration for allied health medical undergraduate courses may differ across institutes ( ranging from three-four years). You are advised to confirm the same at the time of applying. 

10) Can I pursue allied health medical courses after completing 10+2 in the commerce stream? 

No, in order to pursue allied medical courses you must have completed 10+2 in the Science stream.

11) What can I do after BSc Nursing? 

After pursuing a four-year Nursing degree students can further pursue studies in masters or can apply for jobs as nurses in the healthcare sector.

12) Who is a Medical Laboratory Technician?

Medical Laboratory Technicians are professionals responsible for performing clinical laboratory tests using analytical instruments to provide data that proves helpful in diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of various diseases.

13) What are the career opportunities for a Medical Laboratory Technician?

Most of the Medical Laboratory Technicians work in the laboratory of hospitals. They also work at clinics, doctor's offices, blood banks or research laboratories.  

14) What is taught under BSc Cardiovascular Technology?

Students opting for BSc Cardiovascular Technology are taught the following topics: 

  • Details about vascular or the circulatory system. 

  • Arteries, veins and blood vessels carrying blood throughout the human body. 

  • Cardiovascular diseases that affect the human body. 

  • This course also covers details about procedures or tests performed by physicians to treat a patient ailing from heart disease. 

15) What is Nutrition and Dietetics course all about?

Nutrition and Dietetics course is an integrated program wherein students are trained to apply nutritional science to promote a healthy lifestyle and to treat medical conditions as well.

Study in India Partner Institute for ALLIED MEDICAL COURSES.

No. of Institute :

Amity University Uttar Pradesh

Location: Noida ,Uttar Pradesh
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 180

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Location: Coimbatore ,Tamil Nadu
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 2456

Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research (BIHER)

Location: Chennai ,Tamil Nadu
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 5340

Career College

Location: Bhopal ,Madhya Pradesh
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating: 3.28
No.of Seats: 581

Chandigarh University

Location: GREATER MOHALI ,Punjab
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating: 3.28
No.of Seats: 8798

Chitkara University

Location: Rajpura ,Punjab
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 161

Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed to be University)

Location: Wardha ,Maharashtra
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 478

Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University

Location: New Delhi ,Delhi
Type: Public
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 120

Ganpat University

Location: Mehsana ,Gujarat
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 1430

GITAM (Deemed to be University) - Visakhapatnam, Bengaluru and Hyderabad

Location: Visakhapatnam ,Andhra Pradesh
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 8599

Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjab

Location: Amritsar ,Punjab
Type: Public
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 634

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Location: Kharagpur ,West Bengal
Type: Public
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 386

JSS Academy of Higher Education & Research

Location: Mysuru ,Karnataka
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 394

K. L. E. University

Location: Belagavi ,Karnataka
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 38

Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT)

Location: Bhubaneswar ,Odisha
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating: 3.48
No.of Seats: 19305

LOVELY PROFESSIONAL UNIVERSITY

Location: Phagwara ,Punjab
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 72959

Maharishi Markandeshwar (Deemed to be University)

Location: Mullana - Ambala ,Haryana
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 2112

Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE)

Location: Manipal ,Karnataka
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating: 3.30
No.of Seats: 174

Marwadi Education Foundation's Group of Institutions

Location: Rajkot ,Gujarat
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: NO
NAAC Rating: 3.51
No.of Seats: 7157

Nitte (Deemed to be University)

Location: Mangalore ,Karnataka
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating: 3.4
No.of Seats: 32

Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences

Location: Solan ,Himachal Pradesh
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 1512

SIKSHA 'O' ANUSANDHAN

Location: BHUBANESWAR ,Odisha
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 1035

Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (Deemed to be University)

Location: Chennai ,Tamil Nadu
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 275

SRM Institute of Science and Technology

Location: Chengalpattu ( Chennai Area) ,Tamil Nadu
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 1441

Symbiosis International (Deemed University)

Location: Pune ,Maharashtra
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 1583

Uttaranchal University

Location: Dehradun ,Uttarakhand
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: NO
NAAC Rating: 3.30
No.of Seats: 1601

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