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Medical Courses Offered at Polytechnics and Colleges

After reading my post where made it clear that polytechnics didn’t offer Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, and the likes, a candidate visited me to ask if there was any hope for a real medical lover who couldn't secure a higher mark in JAMB to pursue related courses in universities. In other words, he wanted to know if those courses are not available in the polytechnics, can some get related courses.


This post is my best collection of courses that Nursing, health, and medical die-hard can go for, in Nigerian polytechnics. 


I’ve carefully studied the JAMB brochure and extracted a list of courses that polytechnics are offering in medical, nursing, and health lines. Hence, these were your best takes for you if you didn’t have the university cut-off marks for highly competitive university-based courses. Candidates who wish to avoid the crazy competition (in universities) may consider any of these courses in the polytechnics of their interest while registering for the JAMB UTME.

List of Polytechnics Medical and Health Courses

Below are medical/health courses in polytechnics:

1. Optometry

Optometry is a health care course that involves learning the examining the eyes and applicable visual systems for defects or abnormalities as well as the correction of refractive error with glasses or contact lenses and treatment of eye diseases.


Of course, this course is very common among universities. However, we have a few polytechnics offering the same.

Polytechnics/Colleges Offering Optometry

At present, Federal Polytechnic Nekede (FEDPO-NEK) is the polytechnic officially offering Optometry (list will be updated if more are added, subscribe).


To study Optometry, 

  1. In SSCE, you need: Five (5) SSC credit passes in English Language and four (4) credit passes in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology/Agricultural Science
  2. In UTME, you should write: English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics/Biology (the polytechnic may consider English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.    

2. Medical Imaging Technology

Medical imaging is the study of techniques and machines used to create images of various parts of the human body for diagnostic and treatment purposes within digital health. Areas of coverage include but not limited to X-ray radiography and Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).


In universities, this course is usually called Radiography.

Polytechnics/Colleges Offering Medical Imaging Technology

At present, below is the list of institutions offering this course:

  1. Anambra State College of Health Technology (ANSCOHTECH)
  2. River State College of Health Science and Technology (RIVCOST)
  3. Shehu Idris College Of Health Science & Technology (SHEHU-IDRIS)


To be admitted for Medical Imaging Technology:

  1. In SSCE, you need five (5) credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Biology/Health Science, Chemistry, and Physics. Furthermore, RIVCOST accepts NABTEB or WAEC Technical with credit passes in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology & English Language. SBE-UBTH requires credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. 
  2. In UTME, you write English, Mathematics/Physics, Chemistry, and Biology 

3. Dental Therapy

Dental Therapy is the study of the provision of preventive and restorative dental care, for children and adults. 


In the universities, this course is an aspect of Dentistry in the faculty of Medicine.

Polytechnics/Colleges Offering Dental Therapy

  1. Aminu Dabo College of Health Sciences (AMINU-DABO)
  2. Emirates College of Health Science and Technology Kano (EMIRATES)
  3. Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy, Enugu (FEDSTEN)
  4. Kwara State College of Health Technology, Offa (KWACOHTECH)
  5. Millennium College of Health Technology (MCHT) Akure (MLN-COTECH)
  6. Nigerian Navy School of Health Science, Offa (NNS-OFFA)
  7. Ogun State College of Health Technology (OGCOHTECH)
  8. Osun State School of Health Technology (OSCOHST)
  9. Shehu Idris College Of Health Science & Technology (SHEHU IDRIS)
  10. POGIL College of Health Technology Oke-Eri (POGIL)


To be admitted for Dental Therapy,

  1. In SSCE, you must have five (5) 'O' level credit passes to include English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Moreover, SHEHU IDRIS requires five (5) 'O' Level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
  2. In UTME, you must write Any three (3) of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology/Health Sciences, or Food and Nutrition.

4. Dental Technology

Dental Technology is the study of care-givings to patients with health issues and the application of devices which include dentures, crowns, bridges, and dental braces to improve patients' appearance, speech, and ability to chew.


Of course, this is also an aspect of Dentistry in Universities.

Polytechnics/Colleges Offering Dental Technology

  1. Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy, Enugu (FEDSTEN)
  2. Kwara State College of Health Technology Offa  (KWACOHTECH)
  3. Ogun State College of Health Technology (OGCOHTECH)
  4. Shehu Idris College Of Health Science & Technology (SHEHU IDRIS)


To be admitted for Dental Technology,

  1. In SSCE, you must have five (5) 'O' level credit passes to include English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Moreover, SHEHU IDRIS and FEDSTEN require five (5) 'O' Level credit passes at not more than two (2) sittings.
  2. In UTME, you must write English and any three (3) of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology. However, FEDSTEN specifically requires Chemistry, Biology, and Physics.

5. Dental Nursing

Dental Nursing the study of rendering adequate nursing care to the Dental patient and equally managing some minor dental diseases and care for dental patients admitted to the dental ward. Training includes running oral surgical operations.


As you might have guessed, this is another aspect of Dentistry in Universities.

Polytechnics/Colleges Offering Dental Nursing

  1. Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy, Enugu (FEDSTEN)
  2. Osun State School Of Health Technology (OSCOHST)


To be admitted for Dental Nursing,

  1. In SSCE, you must have at least five (5) 'O' level credit passes to include English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Moreover, SHEHU IDRIS requires five (5) 'O' Level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
  2. In UTME, you must write English and any three (3) of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology/Health Sciences or Food and Nutrition

6. Community Health

Community health is a branch of public health that focuses on people and their role as determinants of their own and other people's health in contrast to environmental health, which focuses on the physical environment and its impact on people's health.

  1. Anambra State College Of Health Technology Obosi (ACHTECH)
  2. Aminu Dabo College of Health Sciences and Technology Kano (AMINU-DABO)
  3. Bauchi State College Of Health Technology (BACOHTECH)
  4. College of Health Sciences and Technology (CHST) Ijero-Ekiti  (CHST-IJERO)
  5. College of Health Technology, Calabar (COTECH-CAL)
  6. Plateau State College of Health Technology Zawan (COTECH-ZAW)
  7. Emirates College of Health Science and Technology Kano (EMIRATES)
  8. Kwara State College of Health Technology, Offa (KWACOHTECH)
  9. Newgate College of Health Technology, Minna (NGCHTECH)
  10. NKST College Of Health Technology Mkar (NKST-COTECH)
  11. Ondo State School of Health Technology (ODSOHTECH)
  12. Ogun State College of Health Technology (OGCOHTECH)
  13. Shehu Idris College Of Health Science & Technology Markafi (SHEHU IDRIS)


To be admitted for Community Health,

  1. In SSCE, you must have at least five (5) credit passes in Mathematics, Biology/Health Science and any three (3) from the following: Nutrition, Chemistry, Physics, Religious Studies, Geography, Economics, Nigerian Language Plus at least a pass in English Language, Food and Nutrition/Home Management. Moreover, SHEHU IDRIS requires five (5) 'O' Level credit passes in English Language, Biology/Health Science, and (1) of Chemistry, Food and Nutrition/Home Economics, Physics or Geography, and two (2) subjects chosen from Economics, Accounts, Commerce, Agricultural Science, Government, and Social Science. Also, NKST-COTECH requires 'O' Level credit pass in English Language
  2. In UTME, you must write English, Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry

7. Biomedical Engineering Technology

Biomedical engineering trains students in the management of technology-related risks in the health-care industry through the application of medical devices, including specification, inspection, calibration, repair and maintenance, and technical troubleshooting. 


The course is also called Biomedical Engineering in Universities.

Polytechnics/Colleges Offering Biomedical Engineering Technology

  1. River State College of Health Science and Technology, Port Harcourt (RIVCOST)
  2. School of Biomedical Engineering University Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (SBE-MAID)
  3. School Of Biomedical Engineering, University of Benin Teaching Hospital (SBE-UBTH)
  4. School of Biomedical Engineering, University of Lagos Teaching Hospital (SBE-LUTH)
  5. School of Health Information Management University of Benin Teaching Hospital (SHIM-UBTH)


To be admitted,

  1. In SSCE, you must have at least five (5) credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Biology/Health Science, Chemistry, and Physics. Moreover, RIVCOST accepts NABTEB or WAEC Technical with credit passes in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology & English Language. Also, SBE-UBTH requires credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
  2. In UTME, you must write English, Mathematics/Physics, Chemistry and Biology

8. Environmental Health Technology 

In environmental health technology, students are trained on the combination of both state-of-the-art measurement technology and data analytics, to provide services capable of, for instance, anomaly detection, event recognition, and situational awareness.


The same course is offered at various universities with the same course name.

Polytechnics/Colleges Offering Environmental Health Technology

  1. Anambra State College Of Health Technology Obosi (ACHTECH)
  2. Aminu Dabo College of Health Sciences (AMINU-DABO)
  3. Anambra State College of Health Technology (ANSCOHTECH)
  4. Osun State College of Health Technology, Ilesa (CHT-ILESA)
  5. Bauchi State College Of Health Technology, Ningi (CHT-NINGI)
  6. College of Health Sciences and Technology (CHST) Ijero-Ekiti  (CHST-IJERO)
  7. Delta State College Of Health Technology, Ofuoma Ughelli (COHTECH-OFU)
  8. College of Health Technology, Calabar (COTECH-CAL)
  9. Lagos State College of Health Technology (COTECH-LG)
  10. College of Health Technology, Zawan, Plateau State (COTECH-ZAW)
  11. And 17 Others Offering Environmental Health Technology


To be admitted for Environmental Health Technology,

  1. In SSCE, you must have at least five (5) credit passes in Mathematics, Biology/Health Science and any three (3) from the following: Nutrition, Chemistry, Physics, Religious Studies, Geography, Economics, Nigerian Language Plus at least a pass in English Language, Food and Nutrition/Home Management. 
  2. In UTME, you must write English, Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. 

9. Health Information Management

Health Information Management (HIM) is the study of information management applicable to health and health care. It equips students for the processes of protecting digital and traditional medical information important to quality patient care.


It's nearly uncommon to find this course in the universities if at all any.

Polytechnics/Colleges Offering Health Information Management

  1. Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Anambra State College Of Health Technology Obosi (ACHTECH)
  2. Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kana (AKNTH)
  3. Aminu Dabo College of Health Sciences (AMINU-DABO)
  4. Anambra State College of Health Technology (ANSCOHTECH)
  5. Bauchi State College Of Health Technology (BACOHTECH)
  6. College of Health Sciences and Technology (CHST) Ijero-Ekiti  (CHST-IJERO)
  7. Delta State College Of Health Technology, Ofuoma Ughelli (COHTECH-OFU)
  8. College of Health Technology, Calabar (COTECH-CAL)
  9. Lagos State College of Health Technology (COTECH-LG)
  10. Plateau State College of Health Technology Zawan (COTECH-ZAW)
  11. And 24 other polytechnics offering Health Information Management 


To be admitted for Health Information Management,

  1. In SSCE, you must possess at least five (5) credit passes in Mathematics, English Language, Biology/Health Science and any two (2) from Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Economics, Religious Knowledge, Nigerian Language. 
  2. In UTME, you must write English, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics/Biology. 

10. Orthopedic Cast Technology

An orthopedic cast, or simply cast, is the study and application of shell, frequently made from plaster or fiberglass, that encases a limb (or, in some cases, large portions of the body) to stabilize and hold anatomical structures - most often a broken bone (or bones), in place until healing is confirmed. It is similar in function to a splint.

This is an aspect of Physiotherapy in universities.

Polytechnics/Colleges offering Orthopeadic Cast Technology

  1. Federal College Of Orthopedic Technology, Igbobi (FECOT) 
  2. Students of School of Orthopeadic Cast Technology Kano (SOCAST-KAN)
  3. School Of Orthopedic Cast Technology Hospital Enugu (SOCAST-ENU)
  4. School Of Orthopedic Cast Technology Teaching Hospital Ilorin (SOCAST-ILR) 


To be admitted for Orthopedic Cast Technology, 

  1. In SSCE, you must have at least five (5) credit passed in Mathematics, English Language, Biology, Physics/Chemistry, plus any other subject. Moreover, SOCAST-KAN requires 'O' Level credit passes in Mathematics, English Language, Biology/Health Science, and any other two (2) subjects.
  2. In UTME, candidates must write English, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. However, SOCAST-KAN requires Mathematics, Biology, and any other subject.

10. Pharmaceutical Technology

Pharmaceutical technology grooms for the application of scientific knowledge or technology to pharmacy, pharmacology, and the pharmaceutical industry. It includes methods, techniques, and instrumentation in the manufacture, preparation, compounding, dispensing, packaging, and storing of drugs and other preparations used in diagnostic and determinative procedures and in the treatment of patients.


This is an aspect of Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy in universities.

Polytechnics/Colleges Offering Pharmaceutical Technology

  1. Federal Polytechnic, Mubi (FEDPO-MUB)
  2. Federal Polytechnic Nekede (FEDPO-NEK)
  3. Kano State Polytechnic (KAN-POLY)
  4. Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (OGUN-POLY)
  5. And more institutions offering Pharmaceutical Engineering.

To be Admitted for Pharmaceutical Technology, 

  1. Candidates must, in SSCE possess five (5) credit passes in English Language and four (4) credit passes in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology/Agricultural Science. Moreover, OGUN-POLY requires four (4) 'O' Level credit passes at one (1) sitting or five (5) credits at not more than two (2) sittings to include Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics with a pass in English Language and Physics. Agricultural Science is not acceptable as an alternative to Biology.
  2. In UTME, candidates must write English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics /Biology.

11. Veterinary Laboratory Technology

Veterinary Laboratory Technology equips students with the knowledge of research on various objects (blood, cadavers, organs), along with the study of their properties, composition, structure, and of the chemical and biological processes occurring in them


This is an aspect of Veterinary Medicine in universities.

Polytechnics/Colleges Offering Veterinary Laboratory Technology

  1. Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, VOM, Pleatue (FEDANIM-VOM)


To be admitted for Veterinary Laboratory Technology,

  1. In SSCE, you must have at least five(5) credit passes in Mathematics, Physics, Biology/Agricultural Science/Health Science, Chemistry, and any other subject.
  2. In UTME, you must write the English language and any three (3) subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Agricultural Science.

12. Science Laboratory Technology

Science Laboratory Technology equips students with the necessary skills and techniques for standard, everyday science laboratory work. Science Laboratory Technology Program focuses on the fundamental principles of the biological and physical sciences and emphasizes analytical laboratory techniques and applications, specifically in the realms of chemistry and biology. 


This is equally called Science Laboratory Technology in universities.

Polytechnics/College offering Science Laboratory Technology

  1. Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic Ijebu Igbo (AAP)
  2. Abia State Polytechnic, Aba (ABIAPOLY)
  3. Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic Ikot Osurua (AKPOLY)
  4. Mai Idris Alooma Polytechnic, Geidam (ALOOMA)
  5. Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi (ATAPOLY)
  6. Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi (AUCHIPOLY)
  7. Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo (BEN-POLY)
  8. Bayelsa State College of Arts and Science (BSP)
  9. Binyaminu Usman Polytechnic, Hadejia (BUPOLY-HAD)
  10. Crown Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti (CROWN)
  11. And 69 others polytechnics/colleges offering SLT


To be offered admission into Science Laboratory Technology,

  1. In SSCE, you must have at least five (5) credit passes in Mathematics and two (2) of Physics, Biology/Agricultural Science/Health Science, Chemistry, and two (2) other subjects from Technical Drawing, Metal or Wood Work, Basic Electricity, Geography, Further Mathematics, and Fine Arts.
  2. In UTME, you must write English and any three (3) of Mathematics, Biology/Agricultural Science or Physics

13. Nutrition and Dietetics 

Nutrition and Dietetics train students on the use of nutrition and food to help people improve their health. Nutrition and dietetic technicians work with dietitian nutritionists to provide care and consultation to patients. Both dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetic technicians may also provide general nutrition education.


In universities, this course is also called Nutrition and Dietetics (Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta) or Human Nutrition (e.g Unversity of Ibadan).

Polytechnics/Colleges Offering Nutrition and Dietetics

  1. Anambra State Polytechnic, Mgbakwu (ANSCOAM)
  2. College of Health Science And Technology, Ijero (CHST-IJERO)
  3. Delta State College Of Health Technology, Ofuoma (COHTECH-OFU)
  4. Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi (FEDPO-BAU)
  5. Federal Polytechnic, Bida (FEDPO-BID)
  6. Federal Polytechnic, Ede  (FEDPO-EDE)
  7. Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro (FEDPO-ILA)
  8. Federal Polytechnic Mubi (FEDPO-MUB)
  9. Imo State Polytechnic (IMO-POLY)
  10. Kaduna Polytechnic (KAD-POLY)
  11. And 12 others polytechnics and colleges


To be offered admission for Nutrition and Dietetics, 

  1. In SSCE, you must have at least five (5) credit passes in Chemistry, Biology/Agricultural Science/Health Science, and any three (3) of the following: Food and Nutrition, Mathematics, Economics/Commerce, Physics, English Language, Home Management.
  2. In UTME, you must write English, Chemistry, Physics, Biology/Agricultural Science

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