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Non-conventional medical courses that do not require NEET

Posted on Monday, July 2, 2018

Medical aspirants, who could not get through the NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) but want to pursue a career in the field, do not lose hope. There are various medical courses available which enrol students without NEET. Candidates who have studied a combination of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (PCB) or Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics (PCM) in class XII can take up these courses, writes Vandana Nanda

Medical aspirants, who could not get through the NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) but want to pursue a career in the field, do not lose hope. There are various medical courses available which enrol students without NEET. Candidates who have studied a combination of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (PCB) or Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics (PCM) in class XII can take up these courses. There are various medical courses available which enrol students without NEET. Candidates who have studied a combination of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (PCB) or Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics (PCM) in class XII can take up these courses.

Some of the courses offered by Speciality Certified Medical Assistant (SCMA), a US-based online medical certification platform include Advance Care Paramedic, Biochemistry, Cell Geneticist, Cytotechnologist, Dialysis Therapy Technologist, Histo-technologist etc. SCMA offers non-conventional certificate courses which can pave way to the medical assisting profession. The international medical assistant certification is the anchor program of the foundation. SCMA with its history of training and certifying medical assistants in the US for last nine years has a variety of specialty programs for medical assistants in 13 therapeutic cares. These include cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, family medicine, geriatrics, internal medicine, OB/GYN, oncology, orthopaedic surgery, pediatrics, transplantation surgery, urology and women’s health.

Job prospects

A trained medical assistant can work as a nursing assistant, specialty assistant, paramedic staff, patient experience executive etc. In India there is huge a need for data-savvy international medical assistants. Role of an IMA includes managing track records of  patients’ confidential, supervise if the tests are carried accurately, schedule appointments, guiding and instructing patients, data management of patients, post-trauma care, management of OPD, all the administrative tasks, sterilizing the medical instruments among others. A medical assistant is responsible for lot more that what the designation states, thus providing immense opportunities and career growth prospective in this field.

Employment opportunities in healthcare sector are also expected to grow approximately 29% from 2016-2026 which is faster than any occupation in other fields. Every consulting doctor needs at least four staff members, making medical assistant to be one of the fastest growing job role in medicine.

A medical assistant can work as a nursing assistant, specialty assistant, paramedic staff, telemedicine staff, patient experience executive etc. They are trained to perform administrative and clinical duties.

Remuneration

In terms of monetary growth as well the field is steadily growing. Currently starting salary for assistants is around 2.16 lakh per annum and can go up to a couple of lakhs depending on skill and acumen.

Application Process

To apply for this course the candidate must be a high school graduate in any stream. The admission process includes a psychometric test to determine the candidate’s aptitude, attitude, and acumen. 

 

The author is president Speciality Certified Medical Assistant (SCMA) online medical certification platform 

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