B.Sc. in Neurophysiology Technology is a 3- year full- time course divided into 6 semesters, with each semester lasting a period of 6 months. Neurophysiology is a discipline within Healthcare Science where healthcare practitioners and healthcare scientists measure the functions of the nervous system to ensure normalcy and help in the diagnosis and monitoring of the progress of neurological disorders.
Healthcare practitioners and healthcare scientists perform a range of different tests, in patients of all ages, all of which require a considerable amount of patient contact and also good communication skills, as each involves attaching electrodes to the patient and encouraging co-operation before the recordings can be made.
Clinical Neurophysiology departments are usually based in hospitals and linked to neurological centres. Most investigations in neurophysiology are recorded in dedicated environments, however they are also performed at the patient’s bedside, in intensive care units, special baby care units, and also in operating theatres.
These studies measure the function of the peripheral nerves responsible for movement and sensation. The nerves are tested by applying a small electrical current to them and recording the response. These tests are used in neurological and other conditions that affect the function of the peripheral nerves. These tests are performed by healthcare practitioners, healthcare scientists, and also Clinical Neurophysiologists.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Under Graduate|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Admission Process||Counselling after taking entrance examination|
|Course Fee||INR 10,000 to 1,90,000|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2,00,000 to 16,00,000|
The course is designed to offer eligible candidates the requisite knowledge, skills, and practical experience to work as professional healthcare scientists in neurophysiology. The role involves working closely with patients of all ages to investigate the functioning of the nervous system in order to diagnose and monitor neurological disorders, such as epilepsy, strokes, dementia, nerve and muscle dysfunction, and multiple sclerosis.
The average annual course fee in India ranges between INR 10,000 and 1,90,000, depending upon the institute offering the course. The average annual starting salary offered in India to successful graduates of the course ranges between INR 2 and 16 lacs, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.
This course offers to eligible candidates, the requisite skills and practical experience to operate as professional healthcare providers in neurophysiology.
Some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by the respective colleges are listed below.
|COLLEGE NAME||CITY/ STATE||AVERAGE ANNUAL FEES|
|Christian Medical College||Vellore||INR 1,31,000|
|KLE University||Belgaum||INR 80,000|
|SGT University||Haryana||INR 1,20,000|
|SVC||Andhra Pradesh||INR 11,540|
Candidates wishing to apply for the course need to meet a minimum criterion of eligibility, which is a 10+2 (Higher Secondary School Certificate), or equivalent qualification completed from a recognized educational Board, in the science stream, and with a minimum aggregate score of 45%.
Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in the qualifying examination, which is a competitive examination called the Undergraduate Entrance Test, and is conducted by the Controller of Examinations, across multiple locations.
Successful professionals of the discipline can pursue both medical and non-medical career options, as Neurosurgeons, Neurophysicians, Neurologists, Neuro-anaesthetists, Neuropathologists, Neuro-ophthalmologists, Neuro-radiologists (interventional and non-interventional), Neuro-physiologists, Psychiatrists, Clinical psychologists, Physic, Rehab and Occupational therapists, or Speech therapists.
Radiographers trained in CT, MRI, CAT labs, may pursue Interventional Neuroradiology. Researchers in Neurophysiology, Neuropharmacology and basic neurosciences including biomedical engineers and scientists serve the ever- expanding equipment needs in the field.
For most medical options mentioned above, super specialisation in subspecialties is required. Neurophysiology involves monitoring and treating people who have disorders affecting the brain, including viral encephalitis, meningitis, strokes, or are suffering with dementia.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such graduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|JOB POSITION||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY|
|Neurosurgeon||A Neurosurgeon is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system including congenital anomalies, trauma, tumours, vascular disorders, infections of the brain or spine, stroke, or degenerative diseases of the spine.||INR 2,75,000|
|Cardio-consultant||Cardiologists review one’s medical history and perform physical examinations which may include checking blood pressure, weight, heart, lungs, and blood vessels. They carry out additional tests such as an ECG, x-ray, or blood test, and prescribe lifestyle and medicine- related changes.||INR 16,00,000|
|Neuro-anesthetist||Neuro-anesthetists are the physicians trained to administer and manage anaesthesia given during a surgical procedure. They are also responsible for managing and treating changes in one’s critical life functions - breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. Also, they diagnose and treat any medical problems that might arise during and immediately after surgery.||INR 11,00,000|
|Medical Representative||Medical Representatives are the key points of contact between pharmaceutical and medical companies and healthcare professionals. Excellent sales skills are a key requirement for medical representatives.||INR 2,57,000|
|Lecturer||Lecturers undertake teaching, research and administrative duties within a specific subject matter.||INR 3,00,000|
A year - wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|Physiological sciences 1|
|Healthcare science 1|
|Healthcare science 2|
|Physiological science 2|
|Research methods and professional practice|
|Medical instrumentation and imaging|
|Applied clinical neurophysiology 1|
|Applied clinical neurophysiology 2|