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Career Option of Physiotherapy And Admission Requirements in Nigeria

I want to use this article to address some questions students who wish to study physiotherapy have been hoping to get answers to them. Some of the issues include:

  • Is Physiotherapy a good career option or is physiotherapy a good course?
  • Is studying physiotherapy hard?
  • Universities offering physiotherapy in Nigeria
  • Admission requirements to study physiotherapy in Nigeria universities

career option of physiotherapy

It is important to note that physiotherapists are self-reliant professionals who take active roles in the prevention of disease and the advancement of wellness, as well as physical fitness and rehabilitation.

I will try to provide answers that will be satisfying based on the research I have made on the course.


Is Physiotherapy a good career option or is physiotherapy a good course?

According to an article published by Akinpelu et al., a group of physiotherapists at the University of Ibadan, they said that Physiotherapists in Nigeria is perceived as a profession having moderate occupational prestige, meaning it is a marketable and desirable profession. And this prestige placed it in the fifth position below accountant, lawyer, doctor, and engineer in Nigeria.

He further stated that occupation prestige is measured on five levels, which are levels of income, education, social standing, responsibility, and usefulness to the society. By these five dimensions, he was able to establish that the course has a moderate occupational prestige in Nigeria.

Life is about what you are passionate about and not necessary about the views or opinions of the people around you. Choosing physiotherapy as a career isn’t a bad idea, and I can assure you that you will be successful if you are focused and determined.

Some of the things that will make you successful as a physiotherapist are a good character, ability, and personal acceptability, and level of intelligence and education.

It is a dynamic profession that offers numerous opportunities in terms of research, clinical practice, and academic learning.

Lastly, I was able to gather that the average salary after considering the entry-level position, mid-level position, and senior level position is N150,000.


Is studying physiotherapy hard?

No course in Nigeria University that doesn’t have its challenges. So you must be prepared to face any difficult that might come your way during the period of your study. If physiotherapy as a course will be hard, that will depend on your attitude and commitment.

You should make sure you associate with your colleagues that are A-student, don’t hesitate to ask questions while in class, make use of the school library, and you will level all the difficulties.


Universities offering physiotherapy and admission requirements in Nigeria

Seven universities are offering this course in Nigeria

  • Bayero University Kano
  • University of Benin
  • Bowen University
  • University of Ibadan
  • University of Lagos
  • University of Maiduguri
  • Ondo State University of Medical Science

This list has shown that the only private university where you can study physiotherapy is Bowen University.

Admission requirements to study physiotherapy in Nigeria universities

Direct Entry: Two (2) ‘A’ level passes chosen from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

O’level result: Five (5) SSC credit passes in English Language, Maths, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry.

JAMB subject combination: Use of English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

Note: your JAMB score must not less than 200, and you must do well in Post-UTME to gain admission into any of the above university.

Read: JAMB Cut-off mark for tertiary institutions in Nigeria

Special Notice


UI requires three (3) ‘A’ level passes in Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Zoology plus B.Sc in relevant programme.

UI and UNILAG require O’ level credit passes at one (1) sitting.

Bolarinwa Olajire

A tutor with a demonstrated history of working in the education industry. Skilled in analytical skills. Strong education professional with a M. SC focused in condensed matter. You can follow me on Twitter by clicking on the icon below to ask questions.

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