5 Different Courses in Medical Field Other Than MBBS [Updated]

December 3, 2018
Exam Advice

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a medical doctor who turned author. While one does wonder why people change career tracks that late, it is also prudent to look at options when you are still in the last year of high school. Weigh in your options. Isn’t that just ‘Elementary’, my dear Watson?

Today, the medical aspirant has quite a few options in his/her kitty. Let’s look at a few. NEET recognises several of these courses, by the way. So, that is a case of one shot, several mangoes.

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Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

About the course

The humble B. Sc. Is your opening act to a variety of options. It offers specializations in microbiology, biotechnology, nursing, genetics or even environmental science. the added bonus is that most reputed colleges offering B Sc enroll students based on their school admission scores alone.

You can, after a B Sc., branch out and enter super specialized streams and choose to research in cutting-edge activity in the medical world.  If you look at the profiles of scientists who have changed the world radically, you will see that they have started off with a Bachelor’s degree in Science.

Scope & opportunities

The variety of options open to you after a B. Sc. degree is vast. You can work in a public or private sector in various fields. Another option that students opt for is research in their specialization through higher studies or working with R&D labs.

Top colleges offering this course Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

  • St. Stephen's College, New Delhi
  • Presidency College, Kolkata
  • St. Xavier's College, Mumbai
  • St. Josephs College, Bangalore
  • Fergusson College, Pune
  • Banaras Hindu University

Bachelor of Homeopathic/Ayurvedic/Unani Medicine Surgery (BAMS / BHMS / BUMS)

About the course

Indian medicine is older than western medicine. And India offers courses on Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy. These courses are 5.5 years long and involve one year of internship. Admission processes are different across states for these courses.

After completing one of these courses, you can practice independently or conduct research in R&D facilities. The State Government generally conducts an entrance exam that is for students opting for these courses, for example, in Uttar Pradesh, you have to write CPAT to join these courses. With the introduction of NEET, it might be the common factor for admission to any medical course.

Scope & opportunities

Practicing in one of these alternative medicines opens up a lot of avenues for opportunities. You could:

  • Practice independently
  • Conduct research in hospitals or R&D facilities
  • Be a health supervisor
  • Pursue higher studies (Masters & Ph.D. programmes)
  • Be a pharmacist specializing in a given medicine type

Top colleges offering Bachelor of Homeopathic/Ayurvedic/Unani Medicine Surgery (BAMS / BHMS / BUMS)

  • Nehru Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, Delhi
  • National Institute of Homeopathy, Kolkata
  • Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore
  • National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur
  • Government Nizamia Tibbia College, Hyderabad,
  • Faculty of Medicine (Unani), Jamia Hamdard, Delhi

Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)

About the course

BDS is the second most sought-after medical degree in India, after MBBS.  One learns the science & history of dentistry, along with practical application of different dental surgeries. It is a 5-year course, with an internship program. NEET and COMEDK are the exams to write when you are looking to enter BDS courses. Once you complete the course you are eligible to practice dentistry or enter into research. There are several high education options as well.

Scope & opportunities

The BDS programme enables a student to further pursue their careers or research in the field of dentistry. Some options are:

  • Practicing dentistry independently
  • Working as a dentist, dental hygienist, surgeon or technician
  • Higher studies in the field of dentistry, with specializations
  • Working with companies providing dental products or equipment for research purposes

Top colleges offering Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)

  • Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Science, Delhi
  • Manipal College of Dental Science, Manipal
  • Government Dental College & Hospital, Mumbai
  • Tamilnadu Government Dental College, Chennai

Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry (B.VSc & AH)

About the course

The B. VSc. course focuses on veterinary sciences - understanding diseases, and surgery for both domesticated & wild animals. The course teaches diagnosis and treatment of animals, apart from prevention & correct medication measures to be taken for treatment. B VSc. & AH course is of a 5-year duration with an internship program, and excluding the Animal Husbandry program, is a 3-year long course.

For admission to any veterinary science colleges, one has to either take state-specific entrance exams or write the entrance exam specified by Veterinary Council Of India called AICEE (All India Common Entrance Examination).

Scope & opportunities

The B. VSc. & AH course opens up a diverse range of options for a student that he/she can pursue. These are:

  • Being a practicing veterinarian
  • Working with government institutions like zoological parks & wildlife sanctuaries
  • Working in research with national institutes specialising in animal husbandry
  • Research or pursuing higher education (M. VSc.)

Top colleges offering Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry (B.VSc & AH)

  • Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly
  • Veterinary College & Research Institute, Namakkal
  • Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar
  • West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Science, Kolkata

Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm)

About the course

B.VSc., as is clear from the name of the course, is on veterinary sciences – understanding diseases, and surgery for both domesticated & wild animals. It involves a diagnosis of diseases in animals and the subsequent treatment, prevention of diseases, maintenance of healthy livestock etc. B VSc. & AH is a 5-year course that includes an internship program. Excluding the Animal Husbandry program, it is a 3-year long course. You will focus on xs disciplines like pharmaceutical engineering, medicinal chemistry and the analysis of data regarding prescribed dosages & outcomes.

For admission to a pharmacy college, you have to write a national-level exam called GPAT (Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test) or any state-specific medical entrance exam.

Scope & opportunities

Following are the opportunities available to a student who has pursued B. Pharm.

  • Working with hospitals & government institutions as an in-house pharmacist/chemist
  • Working independently as a consultancy or having your own store
  • Research for both government & private sector companies
  • Working with various multinational pharmaceutical companies like Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK), Cipla or Biocon

Top colleges offering Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm)

  • Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal
  • University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chandigarh
  • Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi
  • Bombay College of Pharmacy, Mumbai

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