In recent times, a number of states have started accepting NEET scores for admission to various courses apart from MBBS and BDS. And from 2018, according to the Ministry of AYUSH, all state-level institutions will provide admissions to these courses on the basis of NEET scores only.
This has opened up a plethora of opportunities for NEET aspirants who don’t want to opt for regular MBBS or BDS courses. Instead of the usual BDS and MBBS courses that most aspirants pursue, candidates can now also opt for courses in physiotherapy, Ayurveda, Siddha medicine, and Unani medicine. These options add to the luster and shine of the NEET, pulling candidates from all interests and backgrounds towards it.
So, instead of the usual, what are some unique career options in medicine that NEET 2020 aspirants can consider along with their exam preparation?
How about a degree in physiotherapy?
The Bachelor of Physiotherapy program consists of some basic courses such as human anatomy, physiology, and electrotherapy. After these courses are over and done with, the BPT degree proceeds with clinical courses such as general surgery, orthopedics, cardiorespiratory science and neurology, which further cement the student’s profile as a physiotherapist.
A BUMS degree is also on the cards
BUMS stand for Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery. Students having proficiency in the Urdu language can think of BUMS as a great career option, since most institutes prefer such students for this course. The program covers the knowledge of the entire Unani Medicine System, and only this undergraduate degree is enough to become a Hakim (doctor) in the Unani field. Postgrad education is seldom pursued by those with a BUMS degree.
Homoeopathy and Ayurveda
Regulated by the National Institute of Homoeopathy, a Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery degree is pursued by those with a keen interest in homoeopathy. Considered as a form of alternative healing, homoeopathic medicine is preferred to allopathic medicine in many long-term cases. As per the 2018 guidelines by the ministry of AYUSH, NEET scores are considered for admission to this course.
If aspirants are more inclined towards Ayurveda and natural healing, then a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery is just what they need. This degree provides both theoretical and practical knowledge of all Ayurveda healing principles, making students proficient physicians and surgeons in the field of Ayurveda.
Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery
The most ancient medicine system among all, Siddha medicine is one field that is also an intriguing career option for NEET aspirants. The BSMS degree is what candidates must pursue in order to become a doctor of Siddha medicine, and the duration of the course is the same as MBBS i.e. 5.5 years with a compulsory year of internship.
NEET aspirants now have a wide variety of undergraduate programs to choose from. The ministry of AYUSH has opened the doors of many unique and alternate programs and courses for NEET aspirants, thereby catering to a larger group of interests.
NEET 2020 aspirants, all the best for your careers ahead!