WAEC and JAMB Subject for Optometry – Under Medicine

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


  • JAMB officially classified this course under Faculty/School/College of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Science.
  • Probable Degree type – [M.B.B.S., MB.B.Ch.B., B.D.S., B.Ch.D., Pharm.B, B.SC]

You must be a Science student with a good background in Science subjects for you to study this course 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.

That is, the 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 post that will be of benefit to you. You can always ignore!


WAEC subject combination (requirements) for Optometry

You’re expected to have at least 5 credits on the required WAEC subject combination needed to study Optometry in Nigeria universities.

The required subject combination must include:

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

The above WAEC subject combination is also applicable to other O’level examinations such as NECO and GCE. So now that you know the compulsory O level requirement to study Optometry, let also look at UTME and Direct requirements and course descriptions.


JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements) for Optometry

Prepare yourself well so you can score above 200 in JAMB UTME to be on a safe side (Just a piece of advice) because anything short of this score may deny you Admission/Post UTME. Of course, if you have a score below 180, you can consider College of Education or Polytechnic

Please note – JAMB is not the only option for admission. If you’re having troubles JAMB UTME maybe it’s time you pass through IJBM, JUBEB, ND or Predegree.

JAMB UTME subject combination (subjects to write in jamb) to study Optometry are

  1. Chemistry
  2. Biology
  3. Physics


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

‘A’ level passes in Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Zoology


If for some reasons you are not satisfied or cannot meet up with this admission requirement that is the subject combination above, perhaps you should consider taking 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 consider

  • The Fees
  • The Distance
  • The Environment
  • The Degree Certificate
  • Vulnerability to Strike
  • Acceptable O Level and A-level Result
  • Academic Calendar

See useful guides on how to choose a course and university

List of Universities in Nigeria offering Optometry include:

  1. Abia State University, Uturu
  2. Bayero University, Kano Click to read conditions
  3. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Click to read conditions
  4. Imo State University, Owerri (IMSU)
  5. The Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO)
  6. Madonna University, Okija

Cut-off Mark for Optometry

As you can see above, there are over 6 Universities offering Optometry. This means the cut-off mark for this Optometry varies. You can check these universities JAMB UTME cut off marks here. Optometry is a good course but not listed among the top best science courses. This does not mean you should change your mindset towards this course. Follow your heart or seek my counsel.


Optometry is how many years course?

Optometry is a four to five years course


Optometry is under which faculty?

Optometry is under the Faculty/School/College of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Science.


What is Optometry course all about: 

Optometry deals with the anatomy, physiology, and diseases that affect the eyes, including performing operations on them. Many diseases can be diagnosed by looking at the eyes, and there are several maladies that can affect the eyes only, such as blindness, cataracts and glaucoma.

This course is for students who would like to train as an optician, while also gaining a degree with a strong focus on practical working experience. In a competitive job market, Optometry leads to a secure and rewarding career, helping people regain and restore their sight.

A student who studies this course is equipped with detailed knowledge on how to diagnose, treat and manage the human eyes when abnormalities arise. The student will learn various diseases of the eyes, the structures including the attributes of light, the anatomy of the eye and the processing of vision in the brain. Optometrist and Optician are the same.


Where can I work with a Degree in Optometry 
Job areas Optometry graduate include; ophthalmologist, in radiography, dietician, optician, hospital doctor, optometrist, or orthoptist..


Special Consideration

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. You will know more when you take a look at the special consideration (waiver) for this course if available. Please take note that when you see Check, it simply means the special consideration for this course had been merge with a related course to save space. So it is advisable to click the link or search with the search bar…

Special Consideration
What is Direct Entry Special Consideration (waiver) to study Optometry
(i) Abia State University, Uturu awards Doctor of Optomery (O.D).

(ii) Abia State University, Uturu accepts B.Sc in relevant fields, HND/ND of Opthalmonic and Dispensing

(iii) Imo State University, Owerri (IMSU) – No Direct Entry.

(iv) Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) requires at least three ‘A’ level passes not below Grade C in Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Zoology. It also accepts ND/HND (Upper Credit) in Optometry. Candidates must in addition meet UTME ‘O’ Level requirements. It accepts First Degree holders with a minimum of 2nd Class honours in health related disciplines. It does not accept NCE

What is WAEC, NECO, GCE, Special Consideration (waiver) to study Optometry
Imo State University, Owerri (IMSU) accepts Maths in lieu of Physics

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