WAEC and JAMB Subject for Optometry – Under Medicine



This page contains 2020/2021 official WAEC and JAMB subject combination (admission requirements) for Optometry, including the List of Nigeria Universities Offering this Course, A level requirements and much more


Course Optometry – Under Medicine
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
Cut off mark Varies
Entrance Very Competitive
Related courses Optometry related courses
Job Availability High and Competitive



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


You must be a Science student for you to study Optometry 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 post that will be of benefit to you. You can 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. This subject combination is also applicable to other O’level exams such as NECO AND GCE. The O level requirement, that is, the required WAEC subject combination for Optometry must include:

  1. English Language
  2. Physics
  3. Mathematics
  4. Chemistry
  5. Biology
  6. 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 Optometry. So now that you know the compulsory O level subject requirement to study Optometry, let also look at JAMB UTME and Direct requirements.


JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements) for Optometry

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 Optometry 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 Optometry. If you’re having troubles with JAMB UTME, maybe it’s time you pass through IJBM, JUBEB, ND, HND or Predegree!..

 JAMB UTME subject combination to study Optometry must include:

  1. Chemistry
  2. Biology
  3. Physics


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

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


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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 Optometry, don’t give up. You should consider other Optometry 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

These are the list of Universities offering Optometry in Nigeria

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


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Cut-off Mark for Optometry course

As you can see, more than one University offers Optometry. This means the cut-off mark for Optometry varies. You can check these universities JAMB UTME cut off marks here. Optometry 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.



Optometry is how many years course?

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


Optometry is under which faculty in Nigeria?

According to JAMB, a body responsible for your admission into the University or other institutions, Optometry 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 Optometry?

No! If you are a Commercial or Art student, you can’t study Optometry 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 Optometry is through GCE.


What is Optometry course all about: 

Optometry deals with the Optometry, 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 Optometry 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

Now I am confident that you know the compulsory subjects needed to study Optometry 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.

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

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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3 thoughts on “WAEC and JAMB Subject for Optometry – Under Medicine”

    1. Aisha… credit is the least accepted grade… you can check for courses you can study without credit in english language using the search box

    2. Sorry aisha… credit is the least grade for this course but you can check for courses you can study without english using the search box

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