Allied Medical Sciences

Allied Medical Sciences is a term used to describe the broad range of disciplines that produce health professionals who are not Physicians. Allied health professionals work within a multidisciplinary health team to provide the best patient outcomes.

What are the various disciplines in Allied Medical Sciences?


Nurses provide care for the sick and infirm, and work towards the promotion of community health and the prevention of illness.


Optometrists are healthcare professionals who provide primary vision care ranging from sight testing and correction to the diagnosis, treatment and management of vision changes.


Physiotherapists are healthcare professionals who provide various treatment modalities such as massage, heat therapy, exercises and electrotherapy for treating an injury, ailment, or deformity.

Medical Laboratory Sciences

Medical laboratory technicians/Scientists carry out lab procedures of collection, processing, and analysis of biological specimens for the diagnosis of common diseases/conditions and for research purposes.


Audiologists are professionals who diagnose and treat hearing and balance problems.

Radiological Technology

Radiological technologists are the health care professionals who perform diagnostic imaging procedures, such as X-ray examinations, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and computed tomography (CT) scans.

Operation Theatre Technology

Operation theatre technologists or Surgical assistants assist in preparing operating rooms for surgery and provide technical assistance to surgeons during an operation.

Perfusion Technology

Perfusion technologists are professionals who operate a heart-lung machine and manage the physiological and metabolic demands of the patient while the cardiac surgeon operates on the heart.

Cardiovascular Technology

Cardiovascular technologists assist a cardiologist in administering procedures for diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disorders.

Emergency Medicine

Emergency medical technicians are health care professionals who provide life-saving emergency care to sick and injured people at an accident site or other places and while they are being transported to the hospital for care.


Pharmacists are professionals who work in the field of preparing and dispensing drugs.

Rehabilitation Sciences

Rehabilitation professionals provide treatment and education to persons with temporary or permanent disability to return them to maximum function, well-being and personally satisfying levels of independence.

Main admission/entrance tests for undergraduate admission in Allied Medical Sciences

Name of Exam Institutions Languages Application Period Exam Dates Website
AIIMS Entrance Examinations for BSc Nursing and Paramedical courses
  • B.Sc Nursing
  • Post Basic BSc Nursing
  • B.Sc. (Hons) in Medical Technology in Radiography
  • Bachelor of Optometry
All India Institute of Medical Sciences- (New Delhi and other) English Basic registration : Nov (last week) to Jan(First Week) Spread over the month of June
Indian Army BSc Nursing Entrance Examination
  • College of Nursing, AFMC Pune
  • College of Nursing, CH (EC) Kolkata
  • College of Nursing, INHS Asvini
  • College of Nursing, AH (R&R), New Delhi
  • College of Nursing, CH (CC), Lucknow
  • School of Nursing, CH (AF), Bangalore
English November January

LBS Kerala Post Basic BSc Nursing Admission Test
  • Govt. College of Nursing, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Govt. College of Nursing, Ernakulam
  • Nursing Self Financing Colleges under SMIET (Kochi , Kannur & Palghat)
  • Nursing Private Self Financing Colleges
English 2nd week to 4th week of June July
Kerala BPharm lateral entry Admission test (For DPharm holders)
  • College of Pharmaceutical Sciences , Medical college (Trivandrum, Kottyam, Kozhikode, Alappuzha)
  • Self financing Pharmacy institutions
English 2nd week to last week of Aug Sept 2nd week
KEAM (Engineering/Pharmacy entrance exam)
  • College of Pharmaceutical Sciences , Medical college (Trivandrum, Kottyam, Kozhikode, Alappuzha)
  • Self financing Pharmacy institutions
English February first week to Feb last week 4th week of April
BITSAT (BPharm entrance) Birla Institute of Technology English December to March May

What would help you build a good profile for admission at UG level?

Stream to Choose at +2 level

Choose Science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Mathematics. For some Allied medical disciplines, Biology is a compulsory subject.

Subjects to focus

For admissions to good institutions, applicants are shortlisted based on their performance at the +2 level. Hence a high percentage aggregate is important. So the student should aim to score high in all subjects. Special importance may be given to Biology as some courses require a good score in Biology separately.

Some skills to acquire

Allied medical science students should develop good critical thinking ability and research skills to be able to analyse and interpret data and take decisions. Ability to persevere in adverse conditions and good physical stamina are also essential requirements for taking up this career field.

Minimum marks

Minimum of 50% or above in aggregate is required by most institutions for admission to undergraduate courses . Some courses may also require a separate minimum 50% requirement in Biology.


Name Eligibility Website
IndusInd Foundation Scholarship Students should have passed class 12 examination with not less than 85 % marks in the current year and secured admission to regular degree course in a recognised institution.
Post matric scholarship for minorities Students of minority communities studying a first year undergraduate course in recognised institutions and having annual family income less than 2 lakhs. Should have scored min 50% marks in the previous board/public examinations.
Mother Teresa Scholarship for minority students of Nursing diploma and paramedical courses - Dept. of minority welfare Minority community students of Kerala who have gained admission in merit category in recognised institutions for Nursing Diploma and Paramedical courses and whose family income does not exceed 8 lakhs.
Federal Bank Hormis Memorial Foundation Scholarship Students who have secured admission under merit in Government/Aided and self-financing colleges (for BSc Nursing) during the current academic year with the annual family income below Rs.3L.
South Indian Bank Scholarships Reimbursement of tuition fees and a monthly allowance for full time UG (BSc Nursing and BPharm included) students of recognised universities in Kerala (3 students from each district) . The candidate should have passed 12th Standard from any Govt. Higher Secondary School in Kerala with minimum 80% marks in Academic Year and annual family income should be less than 1 lakh.
Azim Premji University Undergraduate Scholarships Provides full or partial waiver of Tuition fee, accommodation and food charges, based on family income Students should have scored minimum 50% in class 12 Board exams and annual family income should not exceed 12 lakhs.
Tatatrust Medical and healthcare scholarships Scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the first year of Medicine and Healthcare studies. Candidates should have secured 50% and above in their last academic year.

How does the future look like for Allied Medical Sciences?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that healthcare related careers are out for a greater rate of growth compared to most other careers. Advancements in technology has created a major shift in the general perspective regarding Healthcare industry over the last decade. It is no longer considered to be the prerogative of doctors and nurses with greater importance being given to the roles of paramedical professionals and technologists. Moreover larger number of options at higher studies and research areas related to Allied health services are now available.

Job opportunities for clinical laboratory technologists is likely to exceed available qualified professionals, as doctors rely more and more on laboratory tests to make diagnoses. Increasing use of surgical procedures for treatment of diseases in an ageing population is placing greater demand on surgical assistants and OT technologists.

Other career areas an Allied medical Sciences graduate can enter

Social Services

Health care professionals can enter into the field of Social Service. Empathetic interaction with patients is an integral part of all allied health training and hence they are equipped to deal with and solve the problems of needy persons in the society as a clinical social worker.

Education and Training

There is always a need for good faculty in institutions of Allied Medical Sciences. Hence health care professionals can take up this role after post graduate and research qualifications.

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