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It is very important for every student who is aspiring to gain admission in any Nigerian University to study Optometry to know the relevant WAEC and JAMB subject requirement.

This post literally answers that question with other important points and vital information.

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WAEC and JAMB UTME Subject Combination for Optometry: What Is Optometry?

Optometry is the science of the human eye.

Both in practice and theory, Optometry deals with the diagnosis, physiology and treatment of eye-related problems.

Scholars of this course are referred to as “Optician” and it is most suitable for people that are passionate about reviving people’s eye-sight.

A graduate in this field of study should be capable of handling any abnormalities that arises from the eyes department.

It is also pertinent to note that Optician are also referred to as Optometrist.

What Are The WAEC Subject Combination For Optometry In Nigeria?

As part of the admission requirement to study Optometry in any Nigerian University, WAEC has it that you must have at least 5 credits on your subject combination which pertains to the course.

Moreover, this requirement also applies to O-level candidates that are using their NECO, and GCE statement of result aside WAEC.

Therefore, the required O-level subject combination for Optometry are:

  1. English Language
  2. Physics
  3. Mathematics
  4. Chemistry
  5. Biology
  6. A trade subject

Special notice

If you are applying for admission in any tertiary institution in Lagos State, the Yoruba language is compulsory and must be included as a member of your O-level subjects.

What Is The JAMB Cut-off Score For Optometry?

The joint admission and matriculation board – JAMB, has a fixed Cut-off mark of 180 for Optometry.

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But to be on the safe side, aim for a JAMB Score of 200 and above.

This is because the more you score, the higher your chances of admission increase.

What Are The JAMB Subject Combination For Optometry?

Before we dish out the correct JAMB subject combination required to study Optometry in any Nigerian University, you have to note that English language is the first and compulsory subject and not just for this course but for all other courses.

And moreover, if you do not find mathematics in the list, then it is not compulsory for this course.

So, Here is the list of JAMB subjects required to study Optometry –

  1. English Language
  2. Chemistry
  3. Biology
  4. Physics

Are They Other Alternatives To Gain Admission And Study Optometry Without Jamb?

They are other ways of gaining secured admission to study Optometry in Nigeria without writing JAMB.

Alternatively, you can gain admission through:

  1. JUBEB
  2. IJBM
  3. HND
  4. ND
  5. Predegree

What Are The Direct Entry requirements To Study Optometry?

In the direct entry system of admission, it is mandated that in order to gain admission and study Optometry, you must have the following in addition to the required WAEC subject combination:

(A) Two ‘A’ level passes which must come from Biology or Zoology, Physics and Chemistry.

Which University In Nigeria Can I Study Optometry?

Here is a comprehensive list of universities in Nigeria that runs certified degree programs on Optometry –

  1. Abia State University, Uturu
  2. Bayero University, Kano
  3. Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO)
  4. Imo State University, Owerri (IMSU)
  5. Madonna University, Okija
  6. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
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WAEC and JAMB Subject Combination for Optometry: How Many Years Am I expected To Study Optometry?

Normally, if you are using jamb post UTME method to secure admission to study the course, it will take you 4-years to finish up.

The deficit is reduced to 3 years if you are using direct entry method for admission.

However, due to academic reason, you can study the course up to 5-years or more depending on the magnitude of your carry-over courses.

Are There Any Special Consideration?

Yes there are. To this effect, here are some of the special consideration you should know:

  • Some universities do accept an O-level result with D7 or E8 even if it is on a compulsory subject (instead of credit)
  • Moreso, some tertiary institution accept two sittings in O-level result.

WAEC and JAMB UTME Subject Combination for Optometry: Conclusion

Optometry is a very good course with nice future prospects.

But like I earlier said, it is meant for enthusiast that are Keen on “vision balance”.

Moreover, opportunities abounds every where once you finish college.

In this post, we have given you what you should know about the subject combination for Optometry.

However, we would love to hear from you and if you have any inputs, let us know in the comment section.

Princewill Ubaha is an electrical engineer by profession, a content writer by perspiration, and an Akwa Ibomite by birth. He always believed that the habit of persistence is the habit of victory.

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