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Table 1 Types of health professionals, their educational qualification and registering agencies

From: Size, composition and distribution of health workforce in India: why, and where to invest?

Health workers Educational qualification Registering agencies
Allopathic doctors (physician and surgeon) Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in medicine/surgery or postgraduate diploma Medical council of India
Dental practitioner Graduates with a bachelor’s or postgraduate degree in dentistry Dental council of India
AYUSH practitioner Graduates with a bachelor’s or postgraduate degree in Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, or homeopathy Department of AYUSH/MoHFW
Nurse Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery (3·5 year course) or a 4-year bachelor’s degree or a 2- to 3-year postgraduate degree Indian Nursing Council
Auxiliary nurse and midwife A diploma in auxiliary nurse midwifery (2-year course) Ministry of health and Family Welfare
Pharmacist Diploma or bachelor’s degree course in pharmacy Pharmacy council of India
Physiotherapist, diagnostic and others technician Diploma/certificate in medical allied fields Indian Association of Physiotherapist and Ministry of health and Family Welfare
  1. Sources: using information from CBHI 2019 and Councils of health professionals