How To Pursue A Paramedical Course?

By Shatavisha Chakravorty

It is an undeniable fact that the medical world is where the maximum amount of social service happens. Indeed, there is nothing like giving the gift of life to a person who is ailing or healing person who thought that the same would not be possible. Now, while it is a general human tendency to thank the doctors for all that they have done, the same would not be possible without the active help and support of paramedical personnel. In the process of healing and healthcare, these people have as much role to play as that of anyone else.


Indeed, the world of paramedical science is a very vast one and includes a number of subdivisions. Things like audiology, nursing, dental hygiene, operation theatre assistance, etc. fall under the umbrella of paramedical sciences.

How To Pursue A Paramedical Course?

These people are trained in their respective fields and have the required educational experience and technical expertise to offer immediate assistance to the patients and support the doctors throughout the course of treatment.

• Educational Qualifications

Considering the wide array of subjects that fall under the category of paramedical sciences, it is obvious that there have to be specific courses for each of them. As of 2018, there are over 3 lakh colleges across the country that offer graduate-level courses in the various fields of paramedical sciences.

The basic eligibility criteria for these courses are the fact that the candidate must have passed their 10 + 2 with the combination of physics, chemistry and biology as the core subjects. In case of certain universities, it is mandatory that the candidate must have a minimum of 55% marks in the same.

• Types Of Careers

Now, let us understand in details the various career options that are available in the world of paramedical science and how you can make a successful career here.

Radiography Or X-ray Technology

Students who have successfully completed a course in this field are capable of understanding the different types of machines involved in obtaining X-rays and the correct procedure in order to get the most accurate X-rays. Other than X-rays, trained radiographists are also taught about how to go for fluoroscopy, computerised axial tomography and a number of other things.

Students in this field of study have the technical know-how to be able to decide which procedure should be applied in the case of a particular patient. The average starting salary for qualified professionals in this field ranges from INR 15,000 to INR 17,000.

This is the case of freshers, and for experienced people, the value will depend on their past experience and the company that they are working for.

Advanced Life Support Paramedic

This is one of the most challenging roles in the world of paramedics and usually, people who have the experience of working in other areas of paramedics for some time are chosen for this highly demanding field. The average starting salary here is INR 27,000. The job role here includes working in ICUs and taking care of patients who need special attention.

Doctors depend a lot on the critical information that is collected by these people and the monitoring that is done by them. For this particular line of work, a bachelor's degree in any area of specialisation of paramedics is considered to be fine.

Dialysis Technology

As most of us are well aware, dialysis is the process of removal of toxic waste from the human body by an external process. These days, due to the increasing number of cases of kidney failure and things like that, a greater number of people are in need of services like dialysis.

This creates an increasing demand for dialysis technicians on a global scale. The dialysis technicians are well equipped to deal with the different types of machinery involved in the process and deal with their operation and maintaining the same.

This is offered as a full-time undergraduate course in many places. Dialysis technicians start off with a salary of about INR 17,000 a month.

Anaesthesia Technologist

For carrying out any surgical procedures, it is necessary that anaesthesia must be given to the patients. Considering the number of surgeries that take place across the nation on a daily basis, this creates a great demand for anaesthesia technologists on a national level.

These people learn about the various dosages in which anaesthesia is administered to the patients. They are also well trained in the different procedures that must be followed before administering the anaesthesia or after the effect of the same wears off.

The starting salary of these people is INR 15,000 per month and with due expertise and experience the value increases.

Medical Assistant

In this particular career, what happens is that there is maximum scope of employment as any hospital, dispensary or clinic will require the service of such people. These people are responsible for drawing blood, taking down the patient's medical history and performing the basic pathological lab tests.

The salary that they will make will depend on the organisation that they will work for. This may range from INR 8000 for a month to INR 25,000 a month. In most places, medical assistants authorise the prescription refills. In order to become a medical assistant, you need to complete a two-year diploma in the same after having completed your class 12th board exams.

Thus, having understood the immense scope of career upliftment and the tempting take-home salary associated with the various areas of specialisations here, you may now sit back and decide on which area of specialisation you would want to go for.

Irrespective of whatever you choose here, one thing is for sure - this is a field where there is immense job satisfaction and you will feel good about being able to give back to the society in a way that you had always wanted.

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