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WAEC and JAMB Subject Combination for Physiotherapy


This page contains 2022 official WAEC and JAMB subject combination (admission requirements) for Physiotherapy, including the List of Nigeria Universities Offering this Course, A level requirements and much more


QualificationsM.B.B.S., MB.B.Ch.B., B.D.S., B.Ch.D., Pharm.B, B.SC
Duration5 – 6 Years
SuitabilityScience Students
Cut off markVaries
EntranceVery Competitive
Related coursesPhysiotherapy related courses
Job AvailabilityHigh and Competitive
Course OutlinesCourses under Physiotherapy


On this page, I will guide you on the required O level subject combination to study Physiotherapy. if you are a returning visitor, you can skip reading repetitive paragraphs.

You must be a Science student for you to study Physiotherapy in Nigeria Universities, and that’s can only be possible if you meet admission requirements. This page literally covers answers to questions related to O level and A-level admission requirement.

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That is the O level / WAEC subject combination (requirements), JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements), Direct Entry requirements, Special consideration (waivers) and the required screening documents for admission into Nigeria universities. In other to help you avoid having difficulties with getting admission in Nigeria Universities, we have some student guide articles that will be of benefit to you. You can ignore.

WAEC subject combination (requirements) for Physiotherapy

You’re expected to have at least 5 credits on the required WAEC subject combination needed to study Physiotherapy in Nigeria universities. This subject combination is also applicable to other O’level exams such as NECO AND GCE.
These are the subject combination for Physiotherapy:

  1. English Language
  2. Physics
  3. Mathematics
  4. Chemistry
  5. Biology
  6. Economics
  7. Civic Education
  8. Nigerian Language
  9. A trade subject

These listed subjects are compulsory for anyone writing WAEC and other O level examinations. I will advise you to include a Language in your O level subjects. For the record, if you are one of those students seeking admission into any universities, college or polytechnics in Lagos State, Yoruba Language is compulsory for Physiotherapy. So now that you know the compulsory O level subject requirement to study Physiotherapy, let also look at JAMB UTME and Direct requirements.


JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements) for Physiotherapy

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is a body responsible for your admission into the University or other institutions. Now I’m going to show you the compulsory JAMB subjects for Physiotherapy that you must register (English must be included because it is compulsory even though it may not be listed among the JAMB subjects below), and I will honestly advise you to aim for a score of 200 and above in JAMB UTME instead of 180 to be on a safe side because anything short of that may deny you of Admission/Post UTME. Of course, if you have a score below 180, you can consider the College of Education or Polytechnic… Read how to answer and pass JAMB once.

Please note– English Language is compulsory. If Mathematics is not listed among the Jamb subject on this post, then Mathematics is not compulsory for this course. JAMB is not the only option to gain admission into Nigerian Universities to study Physiotherapy. If you’re having troubles with JAMB UTME, maybe it’s time you pass through IJBM, JUBEB, ND, HND or Predegree!..

 These are JAMB subject combinations for Physiotherapy:

  1. Chemistry
  2. Biology
  3. Physics/Mathematics
  4. English


Direct Entry requirement (required A-level result) to study Physiotherapy

If you’re one of those seeking admission into the University to further your studies, in addition to the required WAEC subjects combination for Physiotherapy, you are expected to have Two ‘A’ level passes chosen from Chemistry, Physics and Biology

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If you have your O level result already and the subjects you have is not the same with the admission requirement that is the required O level subject combinations to study Physiotherapy, don’t give up. You should consider other Physiotherapy similar courses or take a look at Polytechnic or College of Education related courses.

You can also study online with a foreign university right from your bedroom or apply for a scholarship to study abroad. Education is now a choice. And please before you make a decision on which University to choose, please read useful guides on how to choose a course and university

This are the list of Universities offering Physiotherapy in Nigeria

  1. Bayero University, Kano
  2. University of Benin (UNIBEN)
  3. Bowen University, Iwo
  4. Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State (FUNAI)
  5. University of Ibadan (UI)
  6. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  7. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)
  8. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo

I know some of you will start searching for the best university to study Physiotherapy. Listen, I don’t encourage such but if you’re bent on knowing the best universities or top universities to study Physiotherapy in Nigeria, Check here

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Cut-off Mark for Physiotherapy course

As you can see, more than one University offers Physiotherapy. This means the cut-off mark for Physiotherapy varies. You can check these universities JAMB UTME cut off marks here. Physiotherapy is a good course and you can also check the top best science courses. This should not influence you. Follow your heart or seek my counsel.

Physiotherapy is how many years course?

In Nigeria, if you gain admission to study Physiotherapy degree course at the university through JAMB UTME, you will study Physiotherapy for 6 years. If you gain admission through direct entry, you will study this course for 5 years. And of course there is room for more years if you have extension; the aftermath of carryover courses.

Physiotherapy is under which faculty in Nigeria?

According to JAMB, a body responsible for your admission into the University or other institutions, Physiotherapy is under the Faculty/School/College of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Science but may be under a different faculty in some universities in Nigeria.

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Can a science or art student study Physiotherapy?

No! If you are a Commercial or Art student, you can’t study Physiotherapy degree course at the university. This is a pure science course. But if you are good with Science subjects, you can take your chances I won’t discourage you provided you have the required subjects combination in your O level result. If you’re still in secondary school, you may find it difficult to change subjects to fit your desired course during WAEC registration because some schools may go against it.

Also, during WAEC or NECO registration make sure you know which subjects are been registered for you because some secondary schools are ignorant about the importance of O level requirements for university courses. Another alternative way to register the required subject combinations for Physiotherapy is through GCE.

Course description: Studying the Physiotherapy course equipped students with knowledge and extensive understanding of the physical structure of man and how to use physical or mechanized force and motions to examine, diagnosis, prognosis, treat illness and promote mobility function and quality of life.

Physical therapy is a professional career that has many specialities including musculoskeletal, sports, neurology, wound care, cardiopulmonary, geriatrics, orthopaedics, women’s health, and paediatrics. Outside of knowing what muscles to rub to make people better, physiotherapy also teaches a wide variety of other skills in healthcare provision. A degree here can also lead to jobs in neurological or musculoskeletal care.

Where can I work with a Degree in Physiotherapy 
Job areas for a physiotherapist to work in include geriatric medicine, intensive care, mental health, outpatients, orthopaedics, paediatrics, and stroke services.

Special Consideration

Now I am confident that you know the compulsory subjects needed to study Physiotherapy in WAEC. But note this — Some Universities may accept D7 or E8 in some a compulsory subject instead of Credit. And some may accept or reject two sittings. That is combinations of WAEC, NECO, or GCE results.

What is Direct Entry Special Consideration (waiver) to study physiotherapy
(i) University of Lagos (UNILAG) – Same as in Medicine and Surgery.
(ii) University of Ibadan (UI) requires 3 ‘A’ level passes in Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Zoology plus B.Sc in relevant fields.

What is Waec, Neco, Gce Special Consideration (waiver) to study physiotherapy
(i) University of Ibadan (UI) and University of Lagos (UNILAG) Same as in Medicine and Surgery

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