This page contains 2024 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
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

You must be a Science student for you to be able to study Optometry in Nigeria Universities, and that can only be possible if you meet admission requirements. This page literally covers answers to questions related to WAEC, JAMB and A-level admission requirements.

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

Yes, it is a good course. Optometry 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 an Optometrist in Nigeria typically earns around 424,000 NGN per month. Salaries range from 391,000 to 1,090,000 NGN

An Optometry 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 Optometry, we also expect you consider the total number of students currently studying Optometry 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 Optometry

In WAEC, NECO or GCE, you are expected to register a maximum of 9 subjects for an Optometry 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 an Optometry 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 Optometry 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 Optometry, don’t give up. You should consider other Optometry 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 Optometry

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 250 or above in JAMB to stand a better chance of gaining admission to study Optometry. You can still gain admission if you score between 180-200 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 Optometry are:

  • English
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics

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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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
  7. University Of Benin, Benin City.
  8. Gregory University, Uturu
  9. Novena University
  10. Arthur Jarvis university
  11. University of Ilorin
  12. Lead City University, Ibadan
  13. University of Ibadan
  14. University of Port Harcourt
  15. University of Nigeria
  16. University of Lagos
  17. Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto
  18. Lagos State University Teaching Hospital

Some of the listed universities offer this course as Ophthalmology

Estimated number of students currently studying Optometry in Nigerian Universities is 3,698
Optometry has 20% employment rate in Nigeria

Admission Rate:

Optometry has 25% admission rate.

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Optometry is how many years course?

In Nigeria, if you gain admission to study Optometry degree course 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 also 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 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 Optometry is through GCE.

What is an Optometry degree 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 focused on practical working experience. Optometry leads to a secure and rewarding career in a competitive job market, 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 about 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. Optometrists and Opticians are the same.

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

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7 thoughts on “WAEC and JAMB Subject Combination for Optometry”

    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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