What is Paramedical?

Paramedical courses are job oriented academic programs. Paramedical courses teach an individual and change them into a competent health care worker. There is an increasing realization of the significance of paramedical personnel in the health sector, particularly in trauma and accident care. Health care delivery systems are undergoing fast changes and the demand for expert paramedical personnel is on the rise. This, in turn, has increased the demand for Paramedical courses in recent times. By going through this post you will be able to know about paramedical Careers’ specializations, salary, jobs, and prospects of growth. This career is expected to gain momentum in the coming years because of the increase in the number of corporate hospitals.

How do you get started?

Training/Education requirements for professionals pursuing a career in Paramedical variations.

What stream/subjects do you need to study in school?

There is an increasing demand for paramedics’ professionals both in India in addition to abroad. Paramedical offers numerous courses for 12th students. Students passed standard 12 with Science with Biology are entitled to the paramedical courses. Paramedical courses are available in:

  • Bachelor’s Degree course
  • Diploma course
  • Certificate course
  • Postgraduate Course

Bachelor’s Degree in Paramedical Courses

  •   Bachelor of Radiation Technology
  •   Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  •   Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  •   B.Sc. Nursing
  •   B.Sc. in Dialysis Therapy
  •   B.Sc. Medical Lab Technology
  •   B.Sc. in Optometry
  •   B.Sc. in X-Ray Technology
  •   Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
  •   B.Sc. in Nuclear Medicine Technology
  •   B.Sc. in Operation Theatre Technology
  •   B.Sc. in Medical Record Technology
  •   B.Sc. in Medical Imaging Technology
  •   B.Sc. in Anesthesia Technology

Duration – 3 to 4 years

Diploma Paramedical Courses

  •   Diploma in OT Technician
  •   Diploma in Rural Health Care
  •   GNM
  •   ANM
  •   Diploma in Dental Hygienist
  •   Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  •   Diploma in Dialysis Technology
  •   Diploma in X-Ray Technology
  •   Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant
  •   Diploma in Physiotherapy

Duration – 1 to 3 years

Certificate Paramedical Courses

  •   Certificate in X-Ray Technician
  •   Certificate in ECG and CT Scan Technician
  •   Certificate – Technician/ Lab Assistant
  •   Certificate in Nursing Care Assistant
  •   Certificate – Dental Assistant
  •   Certificate in HIV and Family Education
  •   Certificate in Rural Health Care
  •   Certificate in Dialysis Technician
  •   Certificate in Home Based Health Care

Duration – 6 months to 2 years.

Postgraduate Courses in Paramedical Science

  •   Master of Radiation Technology
  •   Master of Medical Lab. Technology
  •   Master of Optometry & Ophthalmic Technology
  •   Master of Pathology Technology
  •   PG Diploma in Maternal & Child Health
  •   PG Diploma in Geriatric Medicine
  •   PG Diploma in Hospital & Health Management
  •   Master of Occupational therapy
  •   Master of Physiotherapy
  •   M.Sc Nursing
  •   Master of Pharmacy
  •   Master of Veterinary & Public Health
  •   Master of Hospital Administration

Skills necessary to succeed: What you should have and what you should acquire?

While technology has enhanced and streamlined emergency care, mentioned below are the essential skills needed for all paramedics:

  • Teamwork
  • Situational awareness
  •  Think creatively
  • Ability to navigate challenging situations
  • Mental toughness

Apart from this, a paramedic should have excellent communication skills, and a caring and outgoing personality.

How much does it cost?

The average fee of certificate courses is approximately INR 50,000/- for each semester. The fee structure for the diploma courses varies from INR 35,000/- to 40,000/- for each semester. The course fee for a bachelor’s degree course can be approximately INR 60,000/- for each year with an additional expense of hostel fee which can be approximately INR 2,000/- per month. The average fee of postgraduate courses is about INR 40,000/- to INR 50,000/-.

What are the Top Colleges where one should be studying to make a career in Paramedical variations?

Several colleges in India offer paramedical courses. However, the top-notch ones are mentioned below:

Rank of College

Name of College, City

Programme Fees (range)

Ranked 1 for Medical by Outlook 2019

All India Institute Of Medical Sciences, Delhi

INR 1,200 to INR 2400

Ranked 2 by India Today and Outlook India 

Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore

INR 1,12,000 to Rs. 8,50,000

Ranked 3

Armed Forces Medical College, Pune

The fee for one year amounts to Rs. 61,000

Nature of jobs/roles, growth prospects and salaries

Once a candidate finishes his / her course, they have a plethora of opportunities to choose from.

Most popular/coveted jobs/roles in this career

Average Salary offered

Top Companies recruiting for these

Advanced Life Support Paramedic

INR 1,76,000 to INR 3,62,000

GVK Emergency Management And Research Institute, Apollo Hospitals

Medical Assistant

INR 2,98,000 per annum

Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (Mandke Foundation). Prince Aly Khan Hospital.

Critical Care Paramedic

INR 3,35,000 

MaxCure Hospital, Fortis Hospital

The salary of people who have taken a paramedic course ranges from INR 2, 20,000 to INR 10,00,000. As with every other profession, the salary increases with experience. Besides, the private sector is said to offer more in comparison to the public sector.

Top Paramedical Variations Recruiters

Here, is the list of recruiters for paramedics.

  • Nanavati Hospital
  • Fortis Hospital
  • Manipal Hospital
  • Apollo Hospitals
  • MaxCure Hospital
  • Billroth Hospital
  • PIGMER
  • Artemis Hospital
  • Max Superspeciality Hospital
  • Columbia Asia Referral Hospital

Future Growth Prospects and how to get there faster

Employment opportunity for Paramedical Professionals is increasing day by day not only in India but also in foreign countries such as the USA, UAE, UK, Canada, etc. Their role is to assist doctors to provide an accurate diagnosis of a disease to allow its best possible treatment. Paramedical sciences have their significance and value.

To become a successful paramedic faster, it is essential to develop the skills and the experience as experience matters very much in this field.

What if this career does not work out for me? What are the other options for a person with these credentials?

After completing the basic course in any of the paramedical streams, the aspirants can take up a job in a Nursing Home, Hospital, Clinics, and Health Departments as well colleges and universities as lecturer, etc. Besides, they can open their own laboratories/clinics. The career prospects for paramedical streams are thus varied.

 
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