Want to Study Medicine? Requirements to Study Medicine in Nigeria

Requirements to Study Medicine in Nigeria: Back in the senior secondary school more than half of the class would always want to study Medicine, not until they are jammed by JAMB, Post-UTME, WAEC, or life generally, leaving only less than a hand full of such dreams to truly come to fulfilment.

Want to Study Medicine? Requirements to Study Medicine in Nigeria

For those of us whose dream were thwarted, we could look back today and see how we were more in love with the idea of being medical doctors – saving the world, but less equipped with what was required to be a medical doctor. To make sure that history isn’t repeated, we have decided to put together an article on the requirements to study Medicine.

In response to enqueries from our Nigerian audience, just like other regions which will follow soon, this post will be focussed on what is required to study medicine in Nigeria. Remember to signup for updates at the end of this post so as to follow up with our guide for studying Medicine in other study destinations.

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Not only will you love to be a doctor and save the world, after reading this article, but you will know the nitty-gritty of what you require to ensure that dream of being a medical doctor in Nigeria isn’t aborted.

Let’s jump right in!

What You Need To Know.

To qualify to practice as a medical doctor in Nigeria, your first step should be to select a medical school. This is very crucial because not only will you be spending the next six years of your life there, but to ensure you end up in an institution that has stood out more than others in training students in the field of medicine.

However, there are many medical schools in Nigeria that it can become really difficult to choose a very good one to attend. Notwithstanding, it is very important to choose a medical school carefully. Note that, all accredited medical schools in Nigeria are good, but some are better!

Here, we have listed up to 20 universities accredited to offer medicine and surgery in Nigeria. Among which there are 10 of the best as listed at buzznigeria.com. It should be noted that the list here is not exhaustive but it is a handful of them. Apparently, also, more universities are gaining accreditation on the go.

1.) Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU).

2.) University Of Benin, Benin-city, Edo State.

3.) Niger Delta University (NDU).

4.) Lagos State University.

5.) Ambrose Alli University, Ikoma.

6.) University Of Ibadan, Oyo State.

7.) The University Of Lagos, College Of Medicine.

8.) University of Port-Harcourt.

9.) University of Calabar

10.) Obafemi Awolowo University.

11.) University Of Ilorin, Kwara State.

12.) Ahmad Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State.

13.) University of Nigeria, Azara-ituku Enugu State.

14.) University of Uyo, Uyo

15.)  Abia State University.

16.)  Ebonyi State University.

17.)  Bayero University Kano.

18.)  Madonna University, Okija1e.

19.) Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto

19.) University of Maiduguri

20.) Michael Okpara University of Agriculture (Veterinary Medicine)

You could find complete list of accredited universities offering medical/clinical courses from the accreditation bodies themselves like the the National Universities Commission (NUC) and Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).

Usually, it is also wise to always check with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) while doing background findings as well about your school of choice to be sure you are making the right choice.


UTME and Direct Entry Requirements

* A level passes to include physics, chemistry, and biology, or zoology.

* Five (5) SSCE (O level) credit passes in English language, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology.

*Score above 280 in your JAMB (UTME), also score beyond the school Post-UTME cut of mark or school screening exercise, as the case may be. Worthy of note is that some institutions combine the JAMB and Post-UTME/school screening score, so you could score really low in your JAMB but if you do really well in your Post-UTME/school screening you could have a high chance of getting in.


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Sideline Info for International students:

What Are The Entry And Exit Requirements For A Nigerian Visa?

* A valid passport

* A visa: You should obtain your Nigerian visa from a Nigerian embassy or consulate in advance of your travel.

* Medical report: Proof of polio and yellow fever vaccinations. You maybe also obtain a “visa upon arrival” at the airport only by official prior arrangements before travel.

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