FACULTY OF ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES
A constituent college of
Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV), PUDUCHERRY
Accredited by NAAC with A Grade
Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth is a young and dynamic Health Sciences Deemed to be University, synonymous with zeal, optimism, dedication and determination to serve the cause of the humanity in its own, humble and rightful manner and yet firmly embedded in rich and diverse educational heritage. The Deemed to be University aims to excel in academics and participate keenly in clinical medicine, research and training; nurturing passion and enthusiasm towards the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and skills that would endear with evidence based best practice and research.
One of the noteworthy features is the promulgation of unique objective, job oriented and evidence based courses in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, besides offering conventional undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
A BIRD’S EYE VIEW
The Faculty of Allied Health Sciences envisages training young health care professionals in order to make them conversant and competent and also fulfil the goal of making our nation “skilled India”. In addition, as a part of the mission embarked, Allied Health Sciences provide a difference in the quality of life both physically and emotionally. The Faculty was established in the year 2014 with the cherished perspective of providing trained technocrats capable of handling hi-tech instrumentation and equipment’s that would go a long way in assisting the medical team rendering quality health care services to an individual or community.
The academic courses are designed specifically to train and educate allied health professionals so as to provide high quality service in their chosen fields so as to render the graduates competent for a rewarding and fruitful service –oriented career in the rapidly proliferating health care industry. Health care professionals would ever be in demand and following completion of the academic course, the young and qualified professional can contribute largely to variegated activities including the growth of corporate, government hospitals etc., as an integral part of medical team. An excellent remuneration package and plenty of opportunities fostering career development are obviously in store for the avid and discerning young professionals.
Since its establishment in 2014 at Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute and Shri Sathya Sai Medical College & Research Institute campus under SBV, the growth and progress of the Allied Health Science has been steady and has been propelled with adequate basic infrastructure, clinical facilities, dedicated and qualified faculty. The faculty of AHS conducts undergraduate courses in various job oriented avenues and postgraduate disciplines in clinical chemistry, nutrition, Yoga Therapy, Music Therapy and Health Professions Education. The courses and programs offered in the realms of Health Professions, Music therapy and Yoga therapy are unique in structure, curricular content and implementation.
AHS has a flexible plan of study (Choice Based Credit System-CBCS) designed to meet the requirements of a wide gamut of professional tenets and practice. The Faculty of AHS provides an environment for the learners to acquire professional skills, values of team work, communications skills etc. The Faculty of AHS is given the due fillip by a strong team of highly motivated Medical and Allied Health Sciences faculty who with their commitment and dedication will guide the students throughout the course of study. Most of these courses are well recognized by recruiting agencies. The Medical Imaging Technology course is recognised by Atomic Energy Regulatory Body (AERB) of India, an important regulatory board.
SBV has a placement cell that provides advice, counselling, career guidance and related logistics for enabling one to choose a career that would be synonymous with plenty of scope and opportunities to scale greater heights.
A significant feature of the academic courses and programmes in allied health sciences is that all of them are under Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) that is synonymous with Academic Flexibility vested with the Deemed-to-be-Universities by the UGC.
LEADERSHIP and Governance
UGC lays great emphasis on Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) as a part of academic flexibility vested with the deemed university. Accepting the recommendation, SBV under the deanery of Allied Health Sciences has initiated several innovative, novel and job oriented, value added courses in Allied Health Sciences, covering Health Professions Education, Yoga Therapy and Music Therapy.
SBV takes pride in starting doctoral programs in innovative and inter-disciplinary subject areas. Mention must be made of the fact that a doctoral program in Music therapy has also been promulgated to enable overseas scholars pursue doctoral studies. This is in collaboration with University of Applied Sciences, IMC, KREMS, Austria and the doctorate degree would be awarded by SBV. SBV is one among the few Indian Universities to have entered into a collaboration for facilitating doctoral research program leading to Ph.D. in Music Therapy.
The Faculty of Allied Health Sciences under SBV educates and prepares future allied health professionals with the onus on providing high quality service in association with medical professionals. This would go a long way in the realisation of the motto “Health for All”. The courses are designed in a manner that is conducive to promote the acquisition of clinical skills, communication skills and team work, besides imparting competency to handle hi-tech instrumentation and equipments.
Following are the Undergraduate courses that are presently offered at MGMCRI and SSMCRI under the ambit of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, for the academic year 2018-19,
- Sc. Medical Laboratory Technology
- Sc. Operation Theatre Technology
- Sc. Anaesthesia Technology
- Sc. Clinical Nutrition
- Sc. Cardiac Care Technology
- Sc. Optometry
- Sc. Urology Technology
- Sc. Dialysis Technology
- Sc. Medical Imaging Technology
- B.Sc.Blood Banking
- B.Sc.Clinical Research
- B.Sc. Physician Assistant
- B.M.R.Sc. Bachelor of Medical Record Science
- Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT)
Three more new courses have been planned under the Faculty of AHS to be launched inthe academic year 2019-20,
- Sc. Critical Care Technology
- Sc. Respiratory Therapy Technology
- Sc.Accident and Emergency Care Technology
As an innovation in the field of health professions education technology, SBV offers two Postgraduate programs and one diploma course.
- Sc. Clinical Nutrition
- Sc.Medical Laboratory Technology in Clinical Chemistry
- Postgraduate Diploma in Good Clinical Laboratory Practices
In addition to the above, the following postgraduate diplomas and degrees are also being offered as innovative and job oriented courses.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Music Therapy
- Postgraduate Diploma in Yoga Therapy
- Postgraduate Diploma in Health Professions Education
- Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacogenomics and personalized Medicine
- Sc. Medical Music Therapy
M.Phil. is offered under the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences in
- Health Professions Education
- Yoga Therapy
SBV offers Postgraduate Certificate programmes under the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences as follows. However, these certificates are issued under the seal and authority of the respective departments.
- Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences Library Information Technology
- Postgraduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy
- Postgraduate Certificate in Health Professions Education.
Upon successful completion of all the Certificate programmes within a stipulated duration at the concerned department / centre, the individual on taking the summative assessment as well as completing the project as specified therein can earn Postgraduate Diploma in the concerned area.
ABOUT THE COURSE AND SCOPE OF THE COURSE
B.Sc. Medical Laboratory Technology
The course imparts lessons and training in different types of clinical laboratory and diagnostic tests that are commonly available for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases. A qualified Medical Laboratory Technologist will be able to find opportunities in India/abroad to work in Research laboratories/Biomedical/Genetic units/ health laboratories. One can also have the option to join as Tutor in Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, and as a quality manager in diagnostic laboratories. One can do post-graduation and further can pursue research to contribute to the health care delivery system.
B.Sc. Operation Theatre Technology
Operation theatre technologists have immense scope for assisting surgeons in the operation theatres linked to medical college hospitals, corporate and government hospitals in India and abroad. They are responsible for the preparatory work that must be in place at the operation theatre, prior to and following the completion of the surgical procedure. They also assist in procedures such as endoscopic surgery, digital angiogram, and lithotripsy. Further scope includes progression to postgraduation following which they are deemed eligible to become Lecturers/Assistant Professors in Allied Health Sciences institutions offering similar courses.
B.Sc. Anaesthesia Technology
The course and training are aimed at the acquisition of the skills and knowledge by the fledgling and aspiring professionals to assist Anaesthesiologists during anaesthetic procedures, intubation procedures, loading of anaesthetics to patients, assisting anaesthesia related procedures outside the operation theatre (procedures such as CT, MRI, Endoscopy, digital angiogram etc.). Further scope is towards enrolling for post graduation and following this can be employed in corporate and government hospitals, both in India and abroad.
Graduates of dialysis technology are trained to evaluate, operate and maintain dialysis machines. They prepare the patients and monitor dialysis treatment under the expert guidance of qualified medical professionals. The growing awareness of renal diseases and dialysis facilities available in all hospitals has resulted in demand of trained renal dialysis technologists. The course is designed to deal with renal replacement therapy-Haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, Haemo-perfusion. Dialysis technologists get ample opportunities in hospitals and teaching institutions. They can pursue for Master’s degree and can be employed either in India or abroad.
B.Sc. Cardiac Care Technology
The qualified and trained graduates of Cardiac Care Technology form an integral part of the health care system. They are generally employed in advanced health care cardiac centre hospitals. They assist in determining underlying cardiac problems. The cardiac care technologists are treained in the acquisition of skills to perform non-invasive cardiac tests like ECG, exercise stress test, Holter monitor and ambulatory BP monitoring. The training programs enable the avid learner to handle equipments with poise and confidence, manage techniques and tools in cardiac catheterization, besides rendering the technologists capable of looking after the regular/day to day maintenance of the equipments. Additional options such as cardiac catheterization and intervention, vascular technology and sonography have much to offer in terms of career growth and remuneration packages.
B.Sc. Medical Imaging Technology
Medical Imaging Technologists function as important members of the health care team performing many a diagnostic imaging procedure in hospitals, clinics, and other health care settings. The course is primarily designed to develop highly skilled and competent radiographers duly qualified to provide quality patient care services in interventional procedures, computed tomography, ultrasonography, mammography and magnetic resonance imaging. A career in Medical Imaging Technology offers a promising future, job stability and a good compensatory package. Graduates have the eligibility and option to pursue Master’s and/or even specialise in any of the imaging modalities. The graduates can work as an application specialist in medical imaging equipment companies. They have an immense opportunity in the academic field in various higher education institutions (HEIs). In addition, the graduates possess the credentials and credibility to further embark on advance research activities in Medical Imaging Technology.
Optometry as a subject involves several facets including examining, diagnosing, managing and treating the diseases of eyes. It also deals with the working of eye equipments, provision of corrective lenses and also facilitate the running of speciality clinics for Low vision, contact lens and binocular vision. It must be mentioned that an optometrist is regarded as an independent primary health care provider who is specialized in providing eye care and upholding visual health. Graduates can be employed in the hospitals and clinics to assist ophthalmologist and multinational eye care companies. Self-employment is also guaranteed by setting up optical shops, starting own speciality clinics for contact lenses, kiosks on computer vision. Alternately, the optometrist can also seek well paid jobs in the manufacturing units of lenses, ophthalmic instruments etc. In addition, other avenues are also available. For instance, upon graduation the young professionals can pursue Post graduation/ fellowship / doctoral programs and/or take up teaching optometry as a life time option
B.Sc. Clinical Nutrition
The course is designed to have in-depth knowledge of nutrition and food science. A nutritionist provides guidanceon matters of food habits and nutritional impacts on health. Job opportunities as nutritionist/dietician are in demand in government and private health care sectors, NGOs, teaching and education sectors also. One can go on to earn certification or licensure to practice as nutritionists or dieticians. Thy can conduct or take part in research activities after the completion of post-graduation.
B.Sc. Clinical Research
A graduation in clinical research provides scientific analysis of the impact, risks and benefits of medicines and or a medicinal product. The trials are performed at different stages and after launch of the products supervision has to be maintained to scrutinize the safety and monitor the side effects if any. India is involved in clinical research for the past so many years and is now concentrating for focus in this area. The multicore pharmaceutical industry which is one of the fastest growing sectors in Indian economy has high demand for qualified professionals. Clinical research makes an interesting career option with a great scope for professional growth. It also a plays a vital role in epidemiological surveys conducted at National / International levels.
B.Sc. Physician Assistant
B.Sc. Physician Assistant course provides a deep insight into the counselling aspects on preventive health care, diagnosis and treatment of illness. Besides, such professionals could order for and interpret diagnostic tests and assist in surgeries. The course is also beneficial by acting as a pre requisite for advanced programs including M.Sc., M.Phil. & Ph.D.etc. The course is specifically designed as a special module to impart skills, besides providing theoretical knowledge required for providing support to the senior doctors and physicians. The course is designed to train the students in examining and treating patients, order for investigations and interpret laboratory/ radiological reports as also perform diagnosis. A qualified Physician Assistant would have a wide range of job opportunities in diverse areas including medical software, pharmaceutical industry, R&D laboratories, sophisticated medical services, medical tourism etc.
B.Sc. Blood Bank Technology
A graduate of this course specializes in the collection and analysis of blood samples. The blood bank technologist screens the blood donors and classifies the blood type. Collecting and storing blood under well defined optimal conditions and preparing blood for transfusion are but a few of the vital aspects that are inherently considered. The blood bank technicians could be employed in government/corporate hospitals.
Bachelor of Medical Record Science
Maintenance of good health information system needs understanding of contents of patient’s records, collection of data, application of statistical technique, understanding of medical legal aspects and statuary laws related to health care. The course is designed for the systemic documentation of a single patient’s medical history and care across time. They are generally employed in large hospitals and clinics.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT)
A career in physiotherapy can lead to a variety of interesting and challenging jobs in the health care system. Physiotherapist are required in each department of a hospital, be it ICU or geriatrics. They can choose to work independently or be a part of multidisciplinary medical team. Also, they can get trained in the specialised fields such as cardiovascular & respiratory geriatrics, orthopaedics, sports medicine, neurology, obstetrics and community rehabilitation etc. Alternately, these professionals can pursue inter and trans disciplinary research in areas including sports medicine, physical rehabilitation etc. They can be employed as resident physiotherapists and could be bestowed even with opportunities to grow in managerial positions.
M.Sc. MLT Clinical Chemistry
A clinical chemist uses the knowledge of chemistry to evaluate patient health. He/she may evaluate/ assess parameters in blood and other biological specimens including tissues, study DNA, involve in research to develop diagnostic products etc. These professionals are generally employed in laboratories as Senior Technical Assistants, Technologists, specialists and R& D scientists in clinical laboratories. Besides, they can take up research and also associate them with health industry. Greater opportunities are certainly available to work in government regulatory agencies.
M.Sc. Clinical Nutrition
A nutritionist/dietician is a mandatory link between the patient and the medical professionals in decision making about the nutritional care. He/she is responsible for planning food and nutrition programs, recommending dietary modifications, educating patients on diets that may help improve their condition of health, coordinating with health professionals in taking care of patients’ nutritional needs etc. They can further specialize in frontier areas such as clinical dieticians, community dieticians, consultant dieticians, management dieticians etc. Alternately, these professionals can be employed in government health departments, corporate hospitals, industries and schools and colleges for planning nutritional regimen. They can also take up teaching and research career.
Postgraduate Diploma Yoga Therapy/ M.Phil. Yoga Therapy
Yoga is an ancient art to keep our mind and body in a healthy state. In the modern life style, yoga practice is in great demand. The young and old alike want to learn yoga to experience inner solace attributed to controlling the mind and the body, especially in view of the stress which has become an inherent component of present day life.The course aims at imparting therapeutic skills and knowledge of yoga as a science/discipline related to therapy, through the promulgation and application of theoretical and practical modules. One can enhance skill and knowledge in Yoga by pursuing the well structured M.Phil. program. There is a great career scope in India and also in abroad. Employability is no problem at all in view of the diverse opportunities that are available including Yoga teacher or instructor in Therapeutic centres, Naturopathy centres, Hotels, Resorts, Government health establishments, Health clubs, etc.
Postgraduate Diploma in Music Therapy/ M.Phil.In Music Therapy
Music is a universal form of emotive communication regardless of age, socio-economic status etc. Music Therapy is a course that is essentially aimed at working with music to overcome the limitations of a health problem, personal problem, adjustment difficulty or a disability. Moreover, the course aims at imparting therapeutic skills augmented with a working knowledge of Music – facets that promote this discipline through scientific, theoretical and musical dimensions in order to alleviate the suffering of the people from physical, emotional and mental problems. Upon successful completion, the music therapist could find employment in geriatric centres, hospitals, Universities, Research centres, Palliative care centre, Mental Health centre etc. Alternately, an avid music therapist can pursue M.Phil. Music Therapy and get an opportunity to work in the education sector as a qualified Music Therapist. In recent times, music therapy has been viewed as a perfect tool to promote salutogenesis or wellness.
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Professions Education / M.Phil.in Health Professions Education
The availability of competent and dedicated faculty members has long been recognized as a key factor culminating in the robust development of health manpower in the country. While the training of doctors, nurses and dental professionals has been largely governed by the respective Statutory Councils, there is an urgent need to develop a cadre of competent and resourceful health profession educators under a common umbrella, to promote team approach to the delivery of health care services. This is all the more essential, in view of the rapid expansion of health professional infrastructure and framework in the country leading to the perceived imbalance in production of qualified professionals and acute shortage of educators in terms of both quality and quantity, across the health professions.