Have you passed 12th Science stream? Are you looking for good Biology courses other than MBBS? If yes, this article will be of help to you. Here, I’ve listed down some good alternative courses for medical students.
As we all know, Science stream consists of two main groups. They are –
Note: PCMB is also a possibility.
Engineering is a very popular choice among PCM group students. Similarly, MBBS is a very popular choice among PCB group students!
It is not uncommon to see Biology group students vying for Medical seats! But MBBS education is very competitive in India. The number of medical seats is very very low, when compared to the aspirants appearing for medical entrance exams!
In India, there are two types of Medical colleges. They are –
- Government Medical Colleges (State & Central Govt operated)
- SF (Self Financed Medical Colleges)
Government Colleges are known to offer medical education at subsidized rates! The cost, to a large extent, is borne by the Government (State or Central). But the number of Govt MBBS seats are limited. Among hundreds of thousands of aspirants, only a handful of candidates are able to land Government seats!
Self Financed MBBS seats are also quite limited in number! SF Colleges and Universities charge a hefty fees though! For many aspirants and their families, this fees is not affordable!
At such a time, Biology group students look around them for alternatives! And they do have a handful of good courses to choose from. Here they are –
List of Biology courses other than MBBS
BDS stands for Bachelor of Dental Surgery. To become a Dentist, one must complete this academic program. This course is 5 years long (including internship).
2 B.Sc. Nursing
This course will help you become a Registered Nurse (RN)! The course duration is 3-4 years. The academic program consists of classroom lectures and practical training.
3 B.Pharm. (Bachelor of Pharmacy)
B.Pharm. Degree will help you become a licensed chemist in India. The course duration is 4 years. The course primarily focuses on subjects like pharmacy, chemistry, biology and healthcare.
4 Pharm D
Pharm D and B.Pharm. are two different courses! Pharm D course stands for Doctor of Pharmacy. It is more advanced than B.Pharm. course! The course duration is 6 years.
BAMS stands for Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery. Unlike MBBS, this course focuses on concepts of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic medicine. After completing this course, one will earn the title of Doctor (Ayurveda). The course is 5.5 years long.
BHMS stands for Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery. This discipline aims at treating patients using homeopathic methods and medicine. After completing this course, one will earn the title of Doctor (Homeopathic). The course is 5.5 years long.
BUMS stands for Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery. This discipline aims at treating patients using the Unani system of healing. The course is 5.5 years long.
8 BPT (Physiotherapy)
BPT stands for Bachelor of Physiotherapy. This discipline uses massages, exercises and movement of muscles to treat patients who are have suffered injuries from accidents or are recovering from surgeries. The course is 4.5 years long.
9 B.V.Sc. & A.H.
This course is popularly known as Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. This discipline focuses on the use of biology and technology to treat and prevent diseases occurring in animals. The course is years long.
10 BOT (Bachelor of Occupational Therapy)
BOT course focuses on Occupational Therapy. This discipline is all about using exercises, training, aiding devices, environmental adaptation and equipment to treat patients suffering from physical, mental, emotional and neurological limitations. The course is 4.5 years long.
11 BASLP (Bachelor of Audiology Speech Language Pathology)
This course focuses on subjects such as – audiology, hearing disorders, auditory systems and speech language therapy. The course is 5 years long (including the internship).
12 Other B.Sc. courses
B.Sc. Nursing is the most popular science course among biology students. Apart from nursing, there are many other relevant science courses available in India. Some of them are –
- B.Sc. Biochemistry
- B.Sc. Biology
- B.Sc. Physics
- B.Sc. Chemistry
- B.Sc. Environmental Science
- B.Sc. Biotechnology
- B.Sc. Occupational Therapy
- B.Sc. Physiotherapy
- B.Sc. Radiology
- B.Sc. Bioinformatics
- B.Sc. Anthropology
- B.Sc. Microbiology
- B.Sc. Zoology
- B.Sc. Forensic Science
- B.Sc. Agriculture
- B.Sc. Pathology
- B.Sc. Speech Therapy
- B.F.Sc. (Fisheries Science)
- B.Sc. Horticulture
- B.Sc. Genetics
- B.Sc. Health Science and Nutrition
- B.Sc. Sports Science
- B.Sc. Audiology
- B.Sc. Botany
13 Paramedical courses
Paramedical courses are related to the allied healthcare sector. Such courses deals with subjects like medical lab technology, diagnosis technology, radiology etc. Here are some of the best paramedical courses available in India –
- 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
- BASLP Course
- B.Sc. in Audiology
- B.Sc. in Anaesthesia Technology
- B.Sc. in Audiology and Speech Therapy
- B.Sc. in Optometry
- 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
- X-Ray/Radiology Assistant (or Technician)
- Medical Laboratory Assistant
- Operation Theatre Assistant
- Nursing Care Assistant (Certificate)
- ECG Assistant
- Dental Assistant
- Ophthalmic Assistant
- CT Scan Technician
- Dialysis Technician
- MRI Technician
Apart from the above mentioned courses, PCB group students also have access to job oriented Diploma courses, Certificate courses and ITI programs. In short, they do have access to many professional courses! You may also check – exhaustive list of courses after 12th science.
If you are unable to bag an MBBS seat this time, don’t get upset! You may give it another shot or choose a good course from the list provided above. If you want an exhaustive list of courses, check out this guide – Medical courses after 12th.Share this awesome article!