Paramedical Courses after Class 10th: Eligibility, Placements and Job

The strength of the healthcare sector depends on the diverse roles and plethora of professionals that work towards a common goal of providing better care. Trained and skilled professionals shoulder multiple responsibilities in the entire setup and aid doctors in saving lives and working towards life expectancy.

If one dreams of getting a career in healthcare and saving lives, then a paramedical profession is perfect to opt for. Tech Mahindra SMART Academy for Healthcare offers various courses that a student can join after completing their Class 10th. It is also ideal for those who have to shoulder responsibilities for their family early in life. The best part is that there are some courses that a student can join before 10th and get a well-paying career in the healthcare domain.

These job oriented courses not only train students to be critical elements of healthcare industry but also comes with numerous career rewards such as good remuneration, job satisfaction and instant gratification.

Paramedical Courses after 10th offered by SMART Academy

Here are the paramedical courses after 10th that can help in beginning an early career in paramedics:

1. Certificate in General Duty Assistant:

The role of a General Duty Assistant (GDA) is critical to the functioning of any healthcare establishment. Also referred to as nursing or medical assistants, these professionals are responsible for caring for and helping the admitted patients. The GDA is also trained to work in home-based setups. This course is perfect for candidates who look forward a career in paramedics and have empathy and commitment to serve the sick. An individual opting for General Duty Assistant will be trained in the following aspects:
  • Basics of Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Basic Health & Hygiene
  • Basic Hospital Operations
  • Special Skin care for Radiotherapy
  • Skin Care for Pressure Sores
  • Blind Care
  • Everyday Chores of Patients
  • Drug Administration
  • General Nursing Skills
  • Biomedical Waste Management
  • Handling, Lifting and Transferring sick patients
  • Fall Prevention Care
  • Emergency First Aid and CPR

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2. Home Health Aide:

The main responsibilities of a Home Health Aide (HHA) are providing nursing and personal care for elderly people, patients and persons with disabilities. The tasks performed by Home Health Aide are important for any healthcare organisation. This programme trains to provide individualised health care to patients and the elderly at their home. The HHA is trained to help nurses and other healthcare professionals along with taking care of patients’ safety and comfort. The curriculum of Home Health Aide will cover the following topics:
  • Basic Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • General Health &  Hygiene
  • Understanding Patient’s needs
  • Special Skin Care for Pressure Sores
  • Caring for the Visually Impaired
  • Role of a Patient Care Assistant
  • Daily Care of a Patient
  • Bathing a Patient
  • Feeding a Patient
  • Administering Drugs as per Prescriptions
  • Basic Nursing Skills
  • Disposal of Medical Waste
  • Understanding Body Mechanics
  • Patient Handling, Lifting, and Moving Patients
  • Fall Prevention Care and Restraints
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Communication with Patients and their Careers

Paramedical Admission: Eligibility for GDA and HHA

Before the interested students apply for the General Duty Assistant and Home Health Aide offered by SMART Academy, they are advised to go through the eligibility criteria of the paramedical courses offered in Tech Mahindra SMART Academy. The GDA and HHA eligibility criteria are as follows:

Eligibility CriteriaGeneral Duty AssistantHome Health Aide
Education QualificationClass 8Class 8
Minimum Age18 years20 years

Paramedical Courses: Placements for GDA and HHA Courses

The comprehensive curriculum for both the paramedical courses General Duty Assistant and Home Health Aide inculcates the requisite skills and also offers a great scope for securing jobs with good remuneration. Placements for both these jobs are mostly in –
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Old Age Homes
  • Patient Care Camps
  • Community Centres
  • Medical Charity Organizations
  • Individual or Private Homes

Paramedical Courses: Job Description for GDA and HHA Courses

The growth hierarchy also has numerous opportunities such as those of supervisors and managers. As the field of medicine continues to grow, demand for trained personnel as medical assistant increases. The growing life expectancy also adds to the number of job opportunities as General Duty Assistants and Home Health Aide in medical institutes.

The job description of GDA and HHA are as follows –

General Duty AssistantHome Health Aide
Providing basic patient careProviding personal care for patients (e.g. bathing, dressing, and grooming) in hospitals as well as in home settings
Dressing and feeding patientsMonitoring the patient health status and reporting to the doctor regarding the same
Assisting patients with their daily exercise and getting in and out of bedAssisting patients in their daily tasks and exercises (as prescribed)
Hygiene of the patientSupervise the prescribed medication on time
Extra care as required including housekeepingKeep the environment safe for the patient

This role is associated with loads of responsibility. It requires immense attention and discipline to monitor the patients. One may also be required to work in rotational shifts and be functional over the weekends. Therefore, only the students who are dedicated to becoming a paramedical and serving the community are advised to go for the course.

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