WAEC and JAMB Subject for Nursing/Nursing Science


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


Course Nursing/Nursing Science
Qualifications M.B.B.S., MB.B.Ch.B., B.D.S., B.Ch.D., Pharm.B, B.SC
Duration 4 – 5 Years
Suitability Science Students
Cut off mark Varies
Entrance Very Competitive
Related courses Nursing/Nursing Science related courses
Job Availability High and Competitive


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


You must be a Science student for you to study Nursing 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 Nursing/Nursing Science

You’re expected to have at least 5 credits on the required WAEC subject combination needed to study Nursing 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 Nursing 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 Nursing/Nursing Science. So now that you know the compulsory O level subject requirement to study Nursing/Nursing Science, let also look at JAMB UTME and Direct requirements.


JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements) for Nursing/Nursing Science

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 Nursing/Nursing Science 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 Nursing/Nursing Science. 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 Nursing must include:

  1. Chemistry
  2. Biology
  3. Physics


Direct Entry requirement (required A-level result) to study Nursing/Nursing Science

If you’re one of those seeking admission into the University to further your studies, in addition to the required WAEC subjects combination for Nursing/Nursing Science, you are expected to have:

(i) Two ‘A’ level passes from Biology/Zoology, Chemistry and Physics plus 3 other ‘O’ level credit pass in Mathematics, Physics, and English Language.

(ii) NRN or its approved equivalent plus five ‘O’ level credit passes in English Language and one Science subjects chosen from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Human Nursing/Nursing Science, Physiology and Hygiene, Health Science, Further Mathematics and General Science.


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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 Nursing/Nursing Science, don’t give up. You should consider other Nursing/Nursing Science 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 Nursing/Nursing Science in Nigeria

  1. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
  2. Bayero University, Kano
  3. University of Benin (UNIBEN)
  4. University of Calabar (UNICAL)
  5. Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU)
  6. Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
  7. University of Ibadan (UI)
  8. Igbinedion University Okada
  9. University of Jos (UNIJOS)
  10. Imo State University, Owerri (IMSU)
  11.  University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
  12. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH)
  13. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  14. Madonna University, Okija
  15. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)
  16. Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU)
  17. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU)
  18. University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT)
  19. Usumanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK)
  20. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)
  21. The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  22. National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) (registered nurse only)
  23. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
  24. Abia State University, Uturu
  25. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  26. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State
  27. Achievers University, Owo
  28. Osun State University Osogbo (UNIOSUN)
  29. Adeleke University Ede (AUE)
  30. Bowen University, Iwo
  31. Federal University, Birnin Kebbi (FUBK)

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Cut-off Mark for Nursing/Nursing Science course

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


Nursing/Nursing Science is how many years course?

In Nigeria, if you gain admission to study Nursing/Nursing Science at the university through JAMB UTME, you will study Nursing/Nursing Science 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.


Nursing/Nursing Science is under which faculty in Nigeria?

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

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

What is Nursing/Nursing Science course all about: 

Nursing is a healthcare branch focused, not on direct medical techniques, but on the care of individuals, families, and communities who are unwell or in need of help, so they may maintain health and quality of life. If hospitals were a film set, the doctors and surgeons would be the actors and actresses, while nurses would be the lighting and make-up – you may think the stars could do a job without them, but really they’d be stuck.

You learn a complete set of medical skills. Think nursing is all about sticking needles in arms You’re wrong. Your training spans health science, social science, technology and theory. Better get revising. Having all the problems of the patients – and the doctors – thrown at you at once is a challenge, but many nurses say this is what they thrive on. If you like variety and a job that keeps you on your toes, this is for you.

Degree in Nursing/Nursing Science is one of the known course that deals with the management of human health and its immediate environment with or without a physician. Females have been known to major in this course.

It is a profession within the health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life. Nurses may be differentiated from other health care providers by their approach to patient care, training, and scope of practice.

At the end of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply leadership and informatics concepts in decision making to promote patient safety and quality care.
  • Use evidence based on the sciences, humanities, and research to guide nursing practice across the health-illness continuum in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Evaluate the implications of policy on issues of access, equity, affordability, and social justice in healthcare delivery including the health of vulnerable populations and healthcare disparities.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration skills to improve patient outcomes.
  • Implement individual and population-focused interventions to promote health and to prevent and manage disease and injuries.
  • Exhibit accountability for personal and professional behaviours in accordance with standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct with a commitment to continuous professional development.
  • Provide patient-centred nursing care based on a comprehensive and focused health assessment across the lifespan using sound clinical judgment as well as developmentally and culturally appropriate approaches


Where can I work with a Degree in Nursing/Nursing Science 
Job areas Nursing/Nursing Students include, as well as the traditional adult nurse, as a home visitor, nursing those with learning disabilities or mental health issues, midwifery, paramedic, paediatrician, counsellor, or social worker.

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Nursing Course outline

There are more than 90 courses you will study under Nursing, which includes Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology etc. To learn more about these courses start here

Special Consideration

Now I am confident that you know the compulsory subjects needed to study Nursing 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 Nursing/Nursing Science below if available. Please take note that when you see Check, it simply means the special consideration for Nursing/Nursing Science 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 Nursing/Nursing Science
(i) University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) accepts: (a) Nurses registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (N&MCN), who also possess UTME requirement (c) Three GCE “A” level certificate with passes in Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry in not more than two sittings plus UTME requirement. (d) First degree holders in related disciplines.

(ii) University of Jos (UNIJOS) requires three ‘A’ level and passes in Chemistry, Physics and Biology/Zoology plus ‘O’ level credit passes in Mathematics and English Language.

(iii) Benson Idahosa University, Benin City and University of Calabar (UNICAL) require NRN or its approved equivalent plus five ‘O’ level credit passes in English Language and one Science subject from the subjects as listed in “Direct Entry Requirement” column plus two years registration nursing of experience. University of Ibadan (UI) accepts possession of any one of the following professional qualifications: (a) General Nursing; (b) Psychiatric Nursing; (c) Mid-Wifely.

(iv) University of Ibadan (UI) accept: (a) Nursing/Midwife; (b) Nursing Admin; and (c) ‘A’ level passes.

(v) University of Ibadan (UI) requires two years Post Registration Experience but will give preference to those with more than five years experience and candidates with 1st Degree in health related disciplines.

(vi) Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria accepts: (a) ‘A’ Level/IJMB Passes in three subjects in Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Zoology. (b) Registered Nurse (RN) certificate with at least 5 credits in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

(vii) Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH) and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU) accept RN or its equivalent (as approved by Senate) plus ‘O’ level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

(viii) University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT) – No Direct Entry.

(viii) University of Ibadan (UI) requires 2 A’ level passes in Chemistry, Biology and Physics plus UTME requirements.

(ix) Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) requires at least ‘A’ level passes not below Grade C in any two of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. It also accepts ND/HND (Upper Credit) in Health Related Disciplines. Candidates must in addition meet UTME ‘O’ Level requirements. It does not accept First Degree or NCE.

(x) Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH) accepts: (a) (i) GCE ‘A’ Level or its approved equivalent with passes in Chemistry, Biology and Physics (or Zoology) (b) Registered Nurse (RN) Certificates(plus UTME requirements) (c) First Degree of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH) approved by Senate in any related courses or profession(plus UTME requirements)may be considered for admission.

(x) Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU) accepts Certificate of Registered Nurse (RN) or SRN. (xi) University of Calabar (UNICAL) also accepts HND in Public Health, ND in Environmental Health, Public Health Nursing from West African Health Examination Board in addition to O’ Level requirements.

(xii) Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma accepts (a) Registered Nurse/Midwife RN, RM with one year post registration experience; as well as RN,RPN or RN,RNA, or RN,RNT for DE admission. They must also satisfy UTME requirement. (b) A good first degree in related field e.g. Biochemistry, Nursing/Nursing Science, Human Physiology, Health Education, Psychology, Guidance and Counselling. (c) Does not accept a degree in Zoology and Botany for Direct Entry Admissions.

(xiii) University of Benin (UNIBEN) requires three GCE (A/L) in Biology/Zoology, Chemistry and Physics plus the O’ Level credit in five other subjects including Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English.

(xiv) University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) requires two A’ level or equivalent in a minimum of two relevant subjects from Biology, Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, Physics/Mathematics.

(xv) Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU) accepts A. NURSES: Registered Nurses (NRN), Registered Midwives (RM), Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN) plus five (5) ‘O’ level (GCE, NECO or SSCE) at credit passes in English Language, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology, at not more than two sittings. B. NON-NURSES: B.Sc. (Not lower than Second Class) in relevant fields such as: Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology, Human Nutrition, Medical Laboratory Sciences and any other relevant discipline.

(xvi) Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki accepts HND, NCE and ND with a minimum of Merit and Upper credit respectively in the relevant fields.

(xvii) University of Lagos (UNILAG) requires that: (a) All direct entry candidates satisfy the minimum O/Level requirements. (b) Candidates must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria as RN or RN/RM with at least 2 years post- registration cognate experience. (c) Candidates must have very good passes in three (3) JUPEB subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Physics (d) Candidates must have GCE A/Level subjects or its equivalent in at least two (2) subjects from the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Zoology. (e) Candidates with good degree in any health related subjects from a recognized University with minimum entry requirement for College of Medicine programme may be considered. (f) Without prejudice to all requirements above, the Department may also conduct an interview for prospective candidates.

(xviii) Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma – ND must be at the credit level plus the ‘O’ level minimum requirements.

What is WAEC, NECO, GCE Special Consideration (waiver) to study Nursing/Nursing Science
(i) Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and University of Ibadan (UI): No admission through UTME.

(ii) University of Ibadan (UI) requires 5 or 6 ‘O’ level credit passes at one or two sittings to include English Language, Biology/Health Sci, Chemistry, Mathematics and any other one of the following: Economics, Government, Lit-in-English, History, Geography, Physics, (this will be an advantage).

(iii) University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) requirements not more than two sittings in SSCE or its equivalent.

(iv) Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma requires five ‘O’ Level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry at a sittings.

(v) Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU) requires the credit passes in not more than two sittings

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  1. I don’t want to write jamb again bcos I have written jamb three times and i score from 200 above but am always having problem with the post utme exam pls which other way can I go about to study nursing

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