This page contains 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


Course Physiotherapy
Qualifications M.B.B.S., MB.B.Ch.B., B.D.S., B.Ch.D., Pharm.B, B.SC
Duration 5 – 6 Years
Suitability Science Students


Is Physiotherapy a good course in Nigeria and what is the salary?

Yes, it is a good course. Physiotherapy is one of the oldest degrees in Nigeria with limited job roles to explore. There is no standard salary for any job in Nigeria. It depends on where you get the job. A person working as a Physiotherapist in Nigeria typically earns around 131,000 NGN per month. Salaries range from 130,000 NGN to 250,000 NGN

A Physiotherapy degree is not competitive and this course is popular amongst science students in secondary school. From our records, 18 Nigerian universities offer this degree course.

So while you are here to get information on the O level subject combination for Physiotherapy, we also expect you consider the total number of students currently studying Physiotherapy and the employment rate we will show you below so that you will know what you are up against when you choose to study this course.

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WAEC Subject Combination For Physiotherapy

In WAEC, NECO or GCE, you are expected to register a maximum of 9 subjects for a Physiotherapy degree. You can register for less than 9 subjects if you are resitting.

However, you must have at least 5 credit passes amongst the 9 subjects listed below before you can gain admission into any Nigerian university to study for a Physiotherapy degree.

Remember, the requirement you’re about to read is also applicable to all o level examinations. (WAEC, NECO and GCE). We have painstakingly highlighted (in red) the core subjects on which you must obtain credit before you can gain admission. Any subject with blue colour means, a pass is allowed.

If however, you fail one of the core subjects, you should read through each university’s special requirements for this course below to see if there is a university that may accept another subject in lieu of the one you failed. The 9 WAEC/NECO/GCE subject combinations for Physiotherapy are:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Civic Education 
  • Trade Subject 
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Geography/Further Mathematics

If you have your O level result already and the subjects you have is not the same as 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 course subject requirements.

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


JAMB subject combination for Physiotherapy

For this degree, you are also required to register for 4 subjects and English is compulsory. More so, your JAMB score in addition to your POST UTME score will determine the cumulative score that the university will use to decide your candidacy for admission.

You should score 200 or above in JAMB to stand a better chance of gaining admission to study Physiotherapy. You can still gain admission if you score between 180-190 upward but you do not stand a chance with those who had scored higher. Try out JAMB Admission Simulator.

The 4 JAMB subject combination for Physiotherapy are:

  • English
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics/Physics

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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These 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
  9. Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto (UDUSOK)
  10. University of Uyo (UNIUYO)
  11. Nnamdi Azikiwe University
  12. University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  13. Evangel University, Akaeze
  14. University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED), Ondo
  15. Redeemer’s University
  16. PAMO University of Medical Sciences
  17. Zamfara State University (ZAMSUT)
  18. Obafemi Awolowo University
Estimated number of students currently studying Physiotherapy in Nigerian Universities is 4,910
Physiotherapy has 15% employment rate in Nigeria

Admission Rate:

Physiotherapy has 45% admission rate.

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Physiotherapy is how many years course?

In Nigeria, if you gain admission to study a 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 an 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

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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 a 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.

Physiotherapy course description:

Studying the Physiotherapy course equipped students with the knowledge and extensive understanding of the physical structure of man and how to use physical or mechanized force and motions to examine, diagnose, 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 include geriatric medicine, intensive care, mental health, outpatients, orthopaedics, paediatrics, and stroke services.

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9 thoughts on “WAEC and JAMB Subject Combination for Physiotherapy”

  1. Pls you said Yoruba language is compulsory but I didn’t register for yoruba in my waec can I still study physiotherapy?

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