Almost every student in a science class if wanting to be in health inlined fields aspires to be a medical doctor, pharmacist, or probably a nurse. Many are not aware that they are other top lucrative medical-related courses that can also be studied in Nigeria. Knowing these courses exist isn’t enough, in this post, we will tell you the schools that offer them, admission criteria, and how to choose a suitable medical course.
Choosing a career part can not only be difficult but also very confusing, as such it’s easy to make avoidable mistakes and A medical-related course has to do with any health inclined course of study
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Medicine and Surgery
This is the first course that comes to mind, not only is it popular, medical doctors are believed to be the highest-paid in the health sector is one of the most essential in modern society, it deals with lives that’s why medical degrees are lengthy, demanding and altogether among the most challenging and competitive paths to embark upon. Its 6-year course this period consists of 12 months in preliminary basic sciences, 18 months in the preclinical program in Basic Medical Sciences (which includes courses in human anatomy, medical biochemistry, and human physiology, etc), and the remaining 42 months as clinical training in the teaching hospitals.
The top universities that offer this course are the University Of Ibadan, University Of Ilorin , Obafemi Awolowo UniversityUniversity Of Lagos and University Of Nigeria
An optometrist examines eyes for vision disorders. Prescribe, fit and supply glasses or contact lenses, it’s their job to analyze and treat eye coordination and focusing disorders. They also prescribe other specialized optical aids.
They are not the same as ophthalmologists (a medical doctor that specialized in eye care that perform medical surgeries or intervention on the eyes). After 4 years they are award Doctor of Optometry. Because the eyes is a sensitive organ studying this course required dedication and attentivenesS
Some schools that offer optometry are Abia State University, Uturu, Bayero University Kano State, and Imo State University, Owerri.
This is a majorly overlooked course in Nigeria but as well very lucrative Veterinary medicine deals with the control, prevention, diagnosis, prescribe drugs, routine, and treatment of disease, disorder, and injury in animals. A veterinary doctor treats different animals ranging from domestic to wild animals dogs, cats, horses, birds, etc. It requires 6 years of study in the university. A veterinary doctor can open a private clinic, work as a consultant, in the zoo, laboratories, or even lecture in the university. They have a lot of job opportunities.
Universities that offer these courses may include Usman Fodio University, University of Maiduguri, University of Nigeria, Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, University of Illorin, University of Abuja, etc
Medical Laboratory Science
This is a very important course in the medical line as it deals with the clinical analysis (chemical, immunological, hematological, bacteriological and microscopic) of tissues or body fluids like blood, urine, plasma, sputum, and special fluids found in the spinal cord and brain for foreign bodies and abnormalities. If the analysis of any fluid is not done properly, a patient is diagnosed and treated wrongly which may lead to death or complications. They have a wide range of opportunities which includes working in a research facility, in the hospitals, have a private laboratory, forensic laboratories and a veterinary clinic.
Top schools that offer this course include Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, University of Lagos.
Anatomy deals with the identification and description of the structures of living things. It is a branch of biology and medicine. There are three broad areas: plant anatomy (phytotomy), human anatomy, and animal anatomy (zootomy). Anatomy requires specialization in any of the 3 fields listed above. Anatomy is applied in forensics, histology, autopsies archeology. It can either be comparative, gross, or microscopic depending on where to be applied. It takes 4 years of study to be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy.
Universities that offer Anatomy includes Afe Babalola University, Madonna University, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Olabisi Onabanjo University.
Physiotherapy/ Medical Rehabilitation
Physiotherapy as described by World Physiotherapy is a profession concerned with human function and movement and maximizing physical potential after a musculoskeletal injury or due to age. It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological, and social well-being, taking into account variations in health status. It is a 5-year course in Nigerian Universities. Physiotherapists work in hospitals, old people’s homes, have private clinics.
These schools offer Physiotherapy: University of Calabar, Bowen University, Bayero University, Kano, Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, University of Benin.
These two are very similar but have a little difference. Radiography is the art and science of using radiation to provide images of the tissues, organs, bones, and vessels that comprise the human body.
Radiologists are physicians who have had special training in interpreting diagnostic images, read or diagnose these images. They are used in cases of bone fracture, identify tumours, abnormal growths, and even cancer. This is a very important field in medicine as diagnosis is key to treatment.
Schools like: University Of Nigeria NsukkaUniversity Of MaiduguriUniversity Of Calabar, CalabarBayero University, Kano
Other medical-related courses include nursing, pharmacy, dermatology, dentistry, Cosmetic and plastic surgery.
Admission criteria of medical courses may include a JAMB score of 250(depends on your chosen course and university), subject combination in JAMB should be Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and English Language. Also 6 credits in science courses including Mathematics and English Language.