Medical Courses without NEET
Amita Jain, 17 Nov 2018, #NEET

Medical Courses without NEET – Healthcare is one of the biggest and most rapidly growing sectors in India. MBBS doctors, however, form only one small part of the whole medical system. But even today, choosing Biology at Class 12 level more often than not indicates one should be prepared to engage in rigorous preparation for NEET so as to pursue MBBS in undergraduation.

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Nevertheless, there are a plenty of alternative medical courses without NEET which are high in demand and can be pursued by those not looking at MBBS as their ideal career path. These constitute allied medical courses and careers which play a vital role in the smooth running of the medical system. The various professions that can be pursued through medical courses without NEET include phlebotomists, medical lab technologists, nutritionists, physician assistants and many more. These professionals primarily work as auxiliaries to doctors with the goal of helping them simplify their tasks.

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A comprehensive list of some alternative medical courses and careers without NEET is shared in this article, along with the prominent institutes offering them. These courses and careers are integrated with the medical field but do not require one to pass NEET for admissions. If you are looking for a medical career which is not akin to that of a MBBS/BDS doctor, or wish to pursue medicine without having to go through NEET, then you can choose from the many medical courses without NEET, as listed in the below article.


Candidates can pursue these alternative medical courses and career paths if they have studied a combination of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (PCB) or Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) at Class 12 level. Some of these courses can even be pursued irrespective of the stream one has passed his/her Class 12 from. One common element about all the career options and courses mentioned below is that they are all connected with the medical field and these alternative medical course and career options can be taken up without having to appear in NEET 2019.


Career Scope

The scope of work and remuneration in these professions increases steeply with increase in experience, expertise and qualifications. These professionals can work with doctors or as researchers or even run their independent practice.


Medical Courses without NEET

Alternative Medical Career Field

Course and Duration

Admission  Requirement

Institutions Offering the Course

Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists help people of all ages to live a better and more fulfilling life, by helping them overcome some physical or mental illness or injury. The reason of the patient’s illness could vary from an injury, accident, long standing illness, paralysis, stroke, autism, old age or anything else.

Occupational therapists work on a one-on-one basis with clients in clinical settings, in NGOs and in schools among others. They use exercise, functional training, environmental restructuring, etc. as rehabilitation tools.

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (4.5 years)

Diploma in Rehabilitation (Occupational Therapy) DR(OT) (1 year)

Class 12 with PCB

Christian Medical College, Vellore; Manipal University; Indraprastha University, New Delhi; Rajiv Gandhi Paramedical Institute, New Delhi; Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi; All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mumbai


Biotechnologists synthesise the knowledge of Biology and technology to develop/invent products and processes aimed at improving the overall quality of life. It may involve study of genetic manipulation in microorganisms, etc.

Biotechnologists can work in a variety of research settings belonging to a wide range of fields like agriculture, pharma, food, genomics, chemistry, etc.

Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology (3 years)

Class 12 with PCB/M

Christ University, Bangalore; Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi; Fergusson College, Pune; Loyola College, Chennai; VIT Vellore; SRM Institute of Science and Technology


Biomedical Engineer

While biotechnologists concern themselves with a broader scope of the interaction of natural science with technology, biomedical engineers study interaction of medicine with technology to understand the cause of diseases, invent/develop solutions, etc.

Biomedical engineering is a budding field. Biomedical engineers can join research labs or can liaise with doctors and scientists to use their expertise in building robust medical technology, bioinformatics systems, etc.

Bachelor of Technology  in Biomedical Engineering (4 years)

Class 12 with PCB/M

Amity University; Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences; VIT Vellore; Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology

Microbiologist (Non-Clinical)

Microbiologists study microscopic organisms present in various materials around us like soil, water, food, humans and plants. They make sure that the food we eat and environment we live in are safe.

Microbiologists can work in research environments including labs, food industry, distilleries, agriculture, etc. They can also go for government jobs and work as safety officers for relevant departments. 

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (3 years)

Class 12 with PCB

University of Delhi; The Oxford College of Science, Bangalore; Madras Christian College, Chennai; Punjab University; Amity University; Delhi Institute of Technology and Paramedical Sciences

Cardiovascular Technologist

Cardiovascular Technologists assist physicians in timely and correct diagnosis and treatment of heart and blood vessel related ailments. They perform tests, ultrasounds and other cardiovascular procedures on patients, review their files and monitor them.

Cardiovascular technologists work in hospitals and clinics where physicians are present. They may also get employed in testing labs.

Bachelor of Science in Cardiac or Cardiovascular Technology (4 years)

Class 12 with PCB

Christian Medical College, Vellore; Manipal University; Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham; Hamdard Institute of Medical Science and Research


Perfusionists are specialized healthcare professionals who know how to operate machines in the operating theatre and keep a patient alive during surgical procedures. For instance during open heart or lung surgery, while doctors operate on the organ, perfusionists ensure that blood keeps circulating in the body to keep other organs alive.

Perfusionists interact with surgeons and other healthcare professionals directly to help them in critical medical procedures. They can work in hospitals and clinical centres. 

Bachelor of Perfusion Technology or Bachelor of Science in Cardio Pulmonary Perfusion Technology  (3-4 years)

Class 12 with PCB

Manipal University; PGI Chandigarh; JIPMER Puducherry; Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham; CMC Vellore; JSS Academy of Higher Education, Mysore; NIMS University, Rajasthan

Respiratory Therapists

Respiratory Therapists take care of patients who have breathing issues or problems relating to the pulmonary system. Their patients come from diverse age groups, from infants to people in their old age. They provide life-saving care to these and trauma patients as well.

Respiratory therapists work in acute care hospital and clinical settings, such as in emergency care, ICU, newborn units, etc.

Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy (4 years)

Class 12 with PCB

CMC Vellore; Manipal University; Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham; JSS Academy of Higher Education, Mysore

Nutritionist (Public Health Nutritionist, Sports Nutritionist, etc.)

Nutritionists advise patients on health and food choices after understanding their underlying conditions, allergies, etc. While dieticians have the expertise to make food charts and manage the eating habits of patients, nutritionists mainly concern themselves with the promotion of a healthy lifestyle through healthy food. With advance degrees and expertise, nutritionists can also assume the role of dieticians.

Nutritionists can work independently or with a hospital or clinic. They can also specialize in a particular field like sports, public health, food technology, etc. and then join the relevant industry.

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (3 years); Or

Bachelor of Sciences in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics (3 years); Or

Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition (3 years)

Class 12

Manav Rachna University, Haryana; Lovely Professional University, Punjab; Andhra University; Amity University; Manipal University; Mount Carmel College, Bangalore


Psychologists help people cope with life and mental health issues effectively through therapeutic methods, psychoanalysis and tests. Psychologists with clinical expertise may also suggest appropriate medicine to enhance a patient’s quality of life.

Psychologists can work in hospitals, clinics, schools, etc. or work independently.

Bachelor's in Psychology (3 years)

Class 12

University of Delhi; Amity University; Christ University; NIMS University, Rajasthan


Cytogeneticists study chromosomes to detect genetic disorders and diseases. They are responsible for detecting, analyzing and interpreting genetic diseases through blood, tissue and other bodily fluids. They use microscopy, photography, DNA techniques, etc. to detect genetic anomalies.

Cytogeneticists work at hospitals, clinics and research labs and the work involves testing on unborn babies and other patients. It is a budding field in India. The specialization in cytogenetics is introduced at Master's level and those desirous of pursuing this field can opt for genetics or biotechnology degree at undergraduate level.

Bachelor of Science in Genetics (3 years); Or

Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology (3 years)

Class 12 with PCB/M

Institute of Genetic Engineering, West Bengal; Bangalore City College; Bhavan’s Vivekananda College; Amrita  Vishwa Vidyapeetham; AIMS Institutes, Bangalore

Besides the alternative medical careers listed above, there are plenty of other medical courses without NEET, which can be checked from the list below:-

  1. Advance Care Paramedic

  2. Anaesthesia Assistants and Technologist

  3. Anatomy (Non-clinical)

  4. Assistant Behaviour Analyst

  5. Behaviour Analyst

  6. Biochemistry

  7. Burn Care Technologist

  8. Cell Geneticist

  9. Clinical Coder

  10. Clinical Social Worker (other than Counsellors)

  11. Critical Care or Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Technologist

  12. Cytotechnologist

  13. Diagnostic Medical Radiographer

  14. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

  15. Dialysis Therapy Technologist

  16. Dietician including Clinical Dietician, Food Service Dietician

  17. Ecologist

  18. Electrocardiogram (ECG) Technologist or Echocardiogram (ECHO) Technologist

  19. Electroencephalogram (EEG) or Electroneurodiagnostic (END) or Electromyography (EMG) Technologist or Neuro Lab Technologist

  20. Emergency Medical Technologist (Paramedic) or Emergency Medical Technician - Basic

  21. Endoscopy and Laparoscopy Technologist

  22. Environment Protection Officer

  23. Forensic Science Technologist

  24. Health Educator including Disease Counsellors, Diabetes Educators, Lactation Consultants

  25. Health Information Management Assistant, Medical Secretary,

  26. Transcription (Including Medical Record Technician or Medical Records Analyst)

  27. Health Information Management Technologist

  28. Hemato-technologist

  29. Histo-technologist

  30. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Counsellors or Family Planning Counsellors

  31. Integrated Behavioural Health Counsellors

  32. Medical Equipment Technologist

  33. Medical Laboratory Technologist

  34. Mental Health Support Workers

  35. Molecular Biologist (non-clinical)

  36. Molecular Geneticist

  37. Movement Therapist including Art, Dance and Movement Therapist or Recreational Therapist

  38. Nuclear Medicine Technologist

  39. Occupational Health and Safety Officer

  40. Operation Theatre (OT) Technologist

  41. Ophthalmic Assistant

  42. Optometrist

  43. Physician Associate and Assistant

  44. Physiology (Non-clinical)

  45. Physiotherapist including Geriatric Physical Therapist, Orthopaedic Physical Therapist, Pediatric Physical Therapist

  46. Podiatrist

  47. Radiology and Imaging Technologist or Assistants (Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), Mamography)

  48. Radiotherapy Technologist

  49. Sleep Lab Technologist

    and many more...

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