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Universities Of Nursing Accepting 150, 160, 170, 180?

Over 90% of my chats after the release of UTME results were about having lower marks for Nursing. Candidates who had scores between 150 and 180 were finding ways to study Nursing Science with that.

Is it possible to get any university offering Nursing that will offer you admission if you have 150, 169, 170, 180, or any score in between?

Can you hold on to your present university even though they usually ask for 200 or above or you should make a new search for less competitive universities which may accept your lower JAMB score?

Well, in this post, I will be shedding more light on the possibility of using lower JAMB scores for Nursing and institutions that may accept less than 200.

Most Universities Offering Nursing Will Accept 200 and Above

Let me remind you, literally all universities that are offering Nursing in Nigeria will want 200 and above. This is usually stated as clearly as possible in their post-UTME/screening adverts.

And if you're not aware, there you have it.

But if you're still finding means to enter those universities that have declared 200 and above or that are well known for that e.g. OAU, UNILAG, UNILORIN, UNIBEN, FUOYE, LASU, EKSU, etc., you may be out of luck.

In fact, no lecturer or individual can help you into these universities' departments of Nursing if you score a mark below the required cut-off mark.

However, you can still try other universities that may accept below 200. That takes us to the next section of this post.

Universities That May Consider 150, 160, 170, 180, 190 For Nursing

Yes, you heard me! A few universities may consider you for Nursing even with a ridiculously lower score. 

The catch is that these universities are mainly private-owned.

Yes, they're private universities! And we both know they can be so exorbitantly costly. 

If you can afford to pay up to a million naira or more for yearly tuition, you can walk into any private university offering Nursing and enquire about their admission and special consideration.

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Not All Private Universities Will Accept These Scores Though

The fact that I said private universities may consider lower scores doesn't entirely hold true for all of them.

Some private universities are so competitive e.g. Covenant University, Afe Babalola University, Babcock University, etc., even with the exorbitant fees, that they can't admit a quarter of their aspirants even with scores above 200. Why would such private universities consider you with a lower JAMB score?

If you can do your homework well, many newly created private universities e.g. Fountain University, Osogbo, Redeemer's University, Ede, Rhema University, Aba, etc. may still be hungrily seeking students. With that, they can start with lower scores to compete with the old big dogs among them.

Another factor that will limit very many universities including the private ones to admit as many students as they truly want is the admission quotas which they're limited to by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN). 

Or how do you expect a private university to accept 150 or 170 when their quota is even 50 or 100 students at maximum? Won't they have candidates who are above 200 that will rightly fill those spaces?

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Most Colleges/Schools of Nursing Will Accept 150, 160, 170, 180, etc.

Going to university is not the only means to gain admission into Nursing. You can also start your Nursing career through a school/college of Nursing.

This set of schools are not universities but they offer nursing at the basic or general level. So when you're done here you're awarded the Registered Nurse or ND/HND in Nursing.

Speaking of the ND in Nursing, which was recently adopted by a few schools/colleges of Nursing, would require JAMB. And luckily most won't ask for higher scores like the hungry universities.

Some schools/colleges of Nursing will ask for between 150 to 200. In fact,

  1. Nigerian Army College of Nursing & Midwifery, Yaba takes 150 or above, and 
  2. Lagos State Teaching Hospital School of Nursing 150 or above

In the past years or till date, the Lagos State College of Nursing Igando and Oyo State College of Nursing & Midwifery Eleyele could be taking 200 and above. Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospital School of Nursing and its Wesley sibling demand 180 or above, 

In short, these sets of schools and colleges that offer National Diploma in Nursing can be more motherly about the JAMB scores required of you.

So, if you insist on using JAMB, you can take advantage of any of them even though their entrance exams equally await you before being admitted to notwithstanding.

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You Can Ignore Your JAMB Score and Still Do Nursing

Yes, I'd earlier said that some schools/Colleges of Nursing offer basic Nursing and a National Diploma in Nursing. I covered the National Diploma in Nursing in the last section stating that you'll need JAMB for those offering that but the score might be lower than what universities do ask for.

Let's now talk about basic Nursing/general nursing.

Some of these schools/colleges of Nursing still retain their basic nursing and some are still offering only just that. While ND is a two-year program that will proceed you to HND for another 2 years, Basic Nursing will be three years.

I've covered a score of schools of nursing that won't require JAMB in my post "Schools of Nursing That Do or Don't Ask for JAMB". For example, Osun State School of Nursing Osogbo and University Teaching Hospital Ilorin. You'll see 21 of them or more as I'll continually be updating the list.

These basic nursing/basic midwifery programs won't call for JAMB at all. They won't ask for UTME but only your SSCE results.

Once you have English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, you're good to go.

Like any other school, you'll be required to obtain their entrance form, sit for their exams, and if passed proceed to interview before being offered admission eventually.

With this, you don't have to worry about a lower score in JAMB or not writing JAMB in the first place - they don't need it.


Nursing will forever remain a competitive course and discipline for a long time if not forever. As such, gaining admission into it will clearly be the usual tug of war.

If you're like most smart students, if you can't win your way into universities that are offering Nursing, due to lower UTME scores, you've got the other two options to find your way through.

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