I found it all joy to know that there are many alternatives to study your desired course in Nigeria especially candidates that wanted to study Medicine and Surgery in Nigeria in UI, UNILAG, UNILORIN, UNN, OAU, UNIBEN, etc. This dream can be achieved if you studied medical related courses.
The JAMB cut-off mark and the Post-UTME score for Medicine and Surgery have been a stumbling block for many students to study this course. However, there is always a way no matter how difficult it may look on the surface.
For instance, you must score at least 250 in JAMB and 75% in Post UTME for you to gain admission into UI, UNILAG, UNILORIN, UNN, OAU, etc. to give you a high chance of studying this course. And if you are unable to the JAMB cut-off mark for Medicine, you can take up the medical related courses I will discuss below to make your dream come true.
You don’t need to stay at home wasting away all in the name of “I am waiting for a time I will meet the cut-off point for Medicine and Surgery.” This act can be an effort in futility. In your next UTME, choose any of these medical related courses (Biochemistry, Dentistry, and Dental surgery, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Physiology, anatomy, microbiology) because they are less competitive and you see that you are on the way to see your desire come true.
Although the alternative I want to discuss is for students that are highly determined to study Medicine and Surgery in Nigeria, this approach is not for the faint-hearted, but it is for those that are highly focused and determined.
I have seen people that used this method and are now a medical doctor. They have defied all odds and eventually realized their dream course.
What can you do to study Medicine and Surgery when JAMB or Post-UTME failed you?
I know you are aware that Cambridge A level, IJMB, and JUPEB is an alternative to gain admission into the university once you can pass these exams excellently. However, I am not discussing any of these alternatives in this article.
Some weeks ago, I had that one of my secondary school mates is now a Medical doctor. I was happy about this news being fully aware that he had B.Sc. in Human Nutrition from the University of Ibadan.
This means that my friend went back to school after he had finished his B.sc in the said school. He is not the only person that has used this approach to realize their dream course – Medicine and Surgery.
This approach of gaining admission to study Medicine and Surgery is to first study the courses below with the aim of having at least Second Class Honours Upper. Most of these courses take four years to complete in the University.
I know it isn’t an easy route, but if you are determined and focused, you will eventually become a medical doctor. I encourage you not to give up on the dream because it is possible.
Related Medical Courses that can make you study Medicine and Surgery
After the completion of these courses in the University, you will need to obtain a Direct Entry (DE) for you to be offered admission.
- Dentistry and Dental surgery
- Human Nutrition and Dietetics
- Medical Laboratory Science
University of Ibadan (UI) accepts at least B.Sc Second Class Honours (Upper) in Biochemistry, Dentistry and Dental surgery, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Physiology, Physiotherapy, Medical Laboratory Science
University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) accepts at least B.Sc Second Class Honours (Upper) in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physiology, Zoology, and other Basic Science programme.
University of Lagos (UNILAG) accepts B.Sc Second Class Honours in B.Sc. first class/second class upper in programmes such as Physiology, Biochemistry, Physiotherapy, Ophthalmology, Pharmacology, and Zoology.
University of Benin (UNIBEN) accept at least a Second Class Upper Division from a recognized University in either B.Sc Biological Sciences or B.Sc. Medical Sciences
Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) takes B.Sc. with a minimum of second class upper division in a relevant programme (Sciences).
Recommended: Direct Entry requirments for Medicine and Surgery