Basic Admission Requirements for Studying Pharmacy in Nigeria!

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A pharmacist is trained and educated for a wide range of scientific, professional and managerial functions which best serve the needs of the community and possess sufficient adaptability to meet the demands and challenges of a changing health care delivery system.

Get facts about basic admission requirements for studying pharmacy in Nigeria, accredited universities for pharmacy programmes in Nigeria, pharmacy curriculum and core courses in pharmacy.

Admission Requirements for Studying Pharmacy in Nigeria

WAEC subject combination/ requirements for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates

A candidate who wishes to study pharmacy is expected to have five (5) Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) credit passes in

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry and
  • Biology

This subject combination is also applicable to other O’ level examinations such as National Examination Council (NECO) and General Certificate Examination (GCE) also known as WAEC GCE.

A-level subject/ result requirements for Direct Entry candidates

In addition to the required WAEC subject combination for pharmacy, Direct Entry candidates are required to have Three (3)“A” level passes in Chemistry, Biology/Zoology and Physics or Mathematics.

JAMB UTME Subjects combination/ requirements for Pharmacy

  • Use of English (compulsory)
  • Physics
  • Chemistry and
  • Biology.

Other Considerations include: –

  • University of Ilorin, Niger Delta University, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and University of Uyo require the five O-level credit passes in not more than two sittings.
  • For Direct Entry: Ensure that you have a Bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences or a related field.

UTME cut-off marks for pharmacy

While the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) has the power to set UTME cut-off marks for universities, some schools may have an understanding with JAMB to increase or decrease cut off marks due to personal school policy. It is worth mentioning that UTME cut-off mark is different from departmental cut-off mark or what is often referred to as Post UTME cut-off mark.

The Post UTME cut-off is usually higher than UTME cut-off mark and it varies form from institution to institution. The higher your Post UTME score, the greater your chances are of getting into the university. But even a perfect Post UTME score is no guarantee of admission at the most selective institutions especially if your UTME score is poor.

To be on a safer side it is advisable that you score high in both UTME and Post UTME.