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Cut Off Marks for Universities and Schools of Nursing in Nigeria

I’ve got some calls from candidates who wanted to obtain schools of nursing forms of certain state- or federal-owned institutions. They wanted to know the JAMB Cut off marks for those schools.

I didn’t take it seriously further than to answer them as quickly as possible.

But the question keeps cropping up almost every day since JAMB released the results for admission this year.

This is why I think I must address this on my blog and to help more people who can’t reach me on the phone or visit me in the office.

Do You Need JAMB UTME for School of Nursing Admission?

The answer is NOT for all schools of Nursing.

A majority of schools of Nursing, especially those awarding only Register Nursing (RN). Hence, not all schools or colleges of Nursing need specific cut-off marks.

Get this right!

Only schools/colleges of nursing that are awarding ND/HND in nursing are under the control of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB). For example, Nigerian Army College of Nursing Yaba Lagos, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Ile-Ife, and a few others recently added JAMB UTME score as an entry requirement.

JAMB generally only has all the universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, a few schools of health information management (health-tech), and initiative enterprise institutions (IEI) under her control.

The nursing programme is being administered, majorly, by the Hospital Management Board of the institution of interest and the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. Hence, you gain admission to a majority of these institutions offering Nursing without passing through JAMB.

If you’ve written UTME and you got a certain score, you wouldn’t need it for the nursing admission into colleges offering it except for the very few already listed and linked above.

What of Nursing Programme in Universities?

I had differentiated between the school of Nursing and University Nursing in the past. You can check the differences before you proceed.

But in brief here, while degree nursing is offered in our universities, Registered Nursing (RN) is offered in those colleges/schools of nursing under the hospital management board. While a degree in nursing runs for 5 years, the school of nursing is 3 years.

Having said that, to gain admission into a university for a degree (BSN) in Nursing, you will need JAMB UTME, hence a cut-off mark for it.

Universities offering Nursing will draw their cut-off marks. They don’t accept the same score, of course. For instance, while some accept 200 and above in JAMB, some may require up to 250 before a candidate can stand any chance. 

In fact, for any university, I recommend 250 - 270 in UTME before you can be confident about possible admission. This course is crazily competitive.

Check the post UTME adverts of your proposed university to see what they require of you. However, stating 200 and above in the adverts doesn't mean they will take the 200. Admission will only favor people with the highest marks - starting from that benchmark.

Polytechnics Offering Nursing Need JAMB and They Draw Cut Off Marks

In case you don't know, there are polytechnics and colleges that are admitting students for National Diploma Nursing. These schools require their aspirants, just other polytechnics and colleges, to obtain the JAMB UTME form, sit for the exams and pass their cut-off marks before they can be considered for the course.

For example, the Nigerian Army College of Nursing Yaba, Lagos offers ND/HND in Nursing and requires usually 160 and above in UTME before aspirants can obtain its entrance form. Obafemi Awolowo University, Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife requires 150 or above.

So, for this set of schools offering Nursing too, JAMB is a must.

How Will Schools/Colleges that Don't Need JAMB for Nursing Admit?

Since they won’t need JAMB, how will schools/colleges of Nursing offer admission then?

The process of admission to the schools of nursing is detailed below:

  1. The hospital management will announce sales of their entry forms e.g UITCH, UNILORIN TCH, FMC Ido-Ekiti, LUTH, School of Nursing Kaduna, FCT School of Nursing, etc
  2. Interested applicants are to obtain their forms online or on-campus (depending on the method being used by the college)
  3. After a successful application, applicants will be scheduled for entrance exams/tests.
  4. Then, the management will draw the cut-off marks. For example, if the test total score is 100, they may demand 60 or above for the candidates that will be qualified for the succeeding interview. They higher your score, the better.
  5. Next is the interview which usually takes the form of physical checking of candidates’ O’level results and related credentials together with the oral interactive session.
  6. Finally, the admission list will be released in favor of those who passed both the test and the interview.


While you’ll need to meet up with certain drawn cut-off marks for Bsc Nursing of Universities and for schools of Nursing offering ND/HND, schools/colleges of Nursing offering general/basic nursing won’t need UTME or any cut-off marks whatsoever.

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