Published in EDUVERSE- JNANADEGULA special supplement of DECCAN HERALD on Saturday 26th May 2018
By S. RADHA PRATHI
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” A question asked at various times usually elicits interesting answers from young people. A global survey shows that almost all kids express a desire to become a doctor at some point of time during their childhood. Well, if wishes were horses —– well, they are not!
One needs to study very hard and score admirably well to get into a medical course. Then it is a life of complete dedication with little or no respite. Everybody who aspires to become a doctor may not be able to, due to various reasons. Yet this does not mean that you have to discard the idea completely. You can serve in the medical field, if you explore your abilities in one of the numerous paramedical fields.
All of us are aware that modern and efficient medical practices swear by relevant tests and sometimes squarely depend on them to diagnose elusive ailments. The diagnostic industry deals with hundreds of tests based on various parameters executed from latest equipment. An astronomical figure of qualified manpower is essential to run this industry on well oiled wheels. The laboratory technicians, chemists, and analysts form the backbone of this set up.
If you want to be a fruitful contributor to this sector, you can choose to study a paramedical course of your choice. There are nearly one thousand five hundred colleges and hospitals across our sub continent that offers their degree, diploma and certificate courses to students who have completed their board examinations at the tenth and twelfth standards. Karnataka tops the list with the maximum number of this facility.
A GLIMPSE OF SOME OF THE DEGREE COURSES
B.Sc. in Operation Theatre Technology
B.Sc. in X Ray Technology
B.Sc. in Radiography and Medical Imaging
B.Sc. in Dialysis Technology
B.Sc. in Medical Record Technology
B.Sc. in Medical Laboratory Technology
B.Sc. in Ophthalmic Technology
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
B.Sc. in Speech Therapy
B.Sc. in Audiology
B.Sc. in Anaesthesia Technology
B.Sc. in Audiology and Speech Therapy
B.Sc. in Optometry
A GLIMPSE OF SOME OF THE DIPLOMA COURSES
Diploma in Operation Theatre Technology (DOTT)
Diploma in X Ray Technology
Diploma in Radiography and Medical Imaging
Diploma in ECG Technology
Diploma in Dialysis Technology
Diploma in Medical Record Technology
Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology (DMLT)
Diploma in Ophthalmic Technology
Diploma in Physiotherapy
Diploma in Anaesthesia Technology
Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant
Diploma in Sanitary Inspector
Diploma in Hearing Language and Speech (DHLS)
Diploma in Dental Hygienist
Diploma in Audiometry Technician
Diploma in Audiology and Speech Therapy
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Tenth pass with first division.
Twelfth pass with first division and Physics, Chemistry and Biology as your optional subjects.
DURATION OF THE COURSE
Diploma: 2 Years
Degree: 3 Years
NOTE: Students who have completed their tenth standards will have to do a mandatory bridge course in Physics, Chemistry and Biology for one year.
So also, Twelfth passed students who do not measure up or clear the eligibility test will have to take up the bridge course.
You can contribute to the medical field effectively if you train yourself in one of the three main areas of the paramedical zone.
If you have the ability understand and appreciate chemistry and biology you could become a laboratory technician who studies samples of bodily fluids, tissues and bones and generate reports.
If you have a technical bent of mind, you could learn how to operate the various machines and equipment around the hospital and help patients to use these machines properly and arrive at results.
If you have always wanted to be beavering away at the operation theatre or the Intensive care unit, you can avail training to operate the equipment there and conduct superfast tests as and when necessary.
Once a student completes the degree or diploma course successfully he or she is likely to be placed immediately in decently well paid job in a relevant laboratory or hospital.
It is said that your qualification is the passport to your first job. If you want to climb the ladder, you will do well to study related subjects one by one as short term Certificate courses. Your hands on experience and constant exposure to the variegated and ever expanding paramedical field can make you the laboratory chief at some point in your career. Besides, the satisfaction of having helped out innumerable doctors and patients as the cornerstone of the medical industry can feel insurmountable.