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Alternative Medicine after BPC-What are the available options?

Q.) I am studying in 12th class (BPC). I am not interested in doing MBBS. Please tell me about the courses I can take up at UG and PG levels. Can I do corporate law?  - Raju Joseph

Q&AA.) There are a number of courses that offer a promising career, in the field of science. Even after pursuing BPC at the Intermediate level, you can opt to do UG in many other fields.

The following are some career options for you:

Alternative Medicine: Many areas of alternative medicine are gaining a lot of prominence these days. Homeopathy (BHMS), Ayurveda (BAMS), Unani (BUMS), Naturopathy and Yoga (BNYS), Siddha (BSMS) and Electropathy (BEMS) are the areas you can opt for. The admission is based on performance at the entrance examination conducted at the state or all-India level by the concerned universities or boards. You have a fair number of specialisations to choose from at the postgraduate level for most of these courses. Another option at PG level is MBA Hospital Administration.

BDS: Dentistry is the next sought after career option after medicine for many students. The admission is based on entrance examination. At postgraduate level you can specialise in areas like Orthodontics, Prosthodontics and Periodontics.

B.Pharmacy: Pharmacy is another area that offers a good number of choices to specialise at the postgraduate level. Apart from the specialised areas like Pharmacy Practice, Pharmceutics, Quality Assurance and Pharmacognosy related to pharmacy, you can also opt for areas like biotechnology or bioinformatics. The next favourite option is MBA (Pharma).

Nursing: With the number of corporate hospitals and the competition among them to provide better services increasing, nurses with specialised skills are finding good opportunities. Oncology, neurosciences, psychiatric, nephrological, critical care, and pediatrics are some areas to specialise in at the post graduation level.

BPT: Physiotherapy is health service that involves physical measures and is used extensively for disorders pertaining to limbs. More people these days prefer physiotherapy to drugs to relieve themselves from pain. Anatomy, physiology, biomedical engineering are the options to pursue post graduation.

Rehabilitation Services: Professionals in this area offer therapeutic and rehabilitation services for people with visual, physical, hearing and speech impairments and mental retardation. There are specialisations to choose from at the UG level itself. PG courses like are available in allied area.

Occupational Therapy: Occupational therapy focuses on training patients to proceed with activities independently. It relates not only to the physical aspects of patents but also emotional aspects.

Allied Health Sciences: Anaesthesia Technology, Cardiac Technology, Neuroscience Technology, Operation Theatre Technology, Perfusion Technology, Radiology and Imaging Technology, Renal Dialysis Technology, Respiratory Care Technology, Medical Imaging Technology, Nuclear Medicine Technology and Clinical Laboratory Technology are some specialisations of allied health sciences offered at UG level.  Taking up these courses will allow you to use the specific technology and work with related equipment.

Other Technical Courses: Taking up field like Optometry and Prosthetic and Orthotics enable you to deal with the related instruments.

Psychology: A career in this area is determined by the specialisation you opt at the postgraduate level. Some of them are clinical psychology, psychological counseling, social psychology, child psychology and occupational psychology.

If you are interested in any of the health related courses, here are some other options:

If you are interested in science related to nature or animals, you can opt for B.Sc in Forestry, Sericulture, Wildlife, Agriculture, Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Dairy Science and Fishery Science. Agriculture is one area, related to which there area a number of courses.

With BPC at Intermediate, you can opt a various combinations of subjects at B.Sc. These subjects include Zoology, Botany, Genetics, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Physics and Chemistry. At postgraduate level you can choose to specialise in the same, allied or more specific subject. Fields like Bioinformatics, Forensic Science Biotechnology, Biostatistics, Medical Microbiology and Biochemistry are in good demand these days.

Home Science, Food Technology and Nutrition and Dietetics are some other courses you can opt for.

If you are not interested in any subject related to science, management, journalism, computers and law are some areas that are not very specific about the group opted at Intermediate level.

To take up corporate law, you must finish graduation and opt for a bachelor’s degree in law. Then you can specialise in corporate law.

Courtesy :  ” The Hindu”

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