7 Best Medical Courses for Nigerian Students
The Medical profession is important and calls for global attention. Medical courses are therefore in higher demand and applications by Nigerian students, seeking admission into various accredited medical institutes of learning.
Over 25,000 Nigerian students apply for medicine at various Universities, but there are other medical courses you can pursue to become medical personnel.
More so, the medical profession comprises Nurses, doctors, Neurologists, pharmacists, psychotherapists, and other Health related technicians, providing adequate medical care for patients and routine checkups.
Nigeria needs more than enough medical personnel to handle varying health emergencies, be it accidental, malnutrition, organ failure, and ignorance of the victim.
Why study medical courses?
There are enormous job opportunities for medical personnel’s not only in Nigeria but also at the international level. Different Government and Non-governmental Health organizations are in need of health personnel to work with them.
Good Salary Structure
Due to the risk involved, the salary of the Medical professional is very fat and attractive
This article will provide you with some of the medical courses to consider applying for, in any institution of your choice, to contribute to the health and well-being of Citizens. They include the following:
Medicine and Surgery
Medicine and surgery are one of the best medical courses to study. It is very tasking and challenging being a medical student which requires investing your whole time and energy.
The course requires a minimum of 7 years in Nigeria to be through with the program for UTME students but 6 years for direct entry students. Some of the universities that offer this program include the University of Calabar, Benue State University, University of Lagos.
The estimated Tuition Fee per year is less than $1000.
Medical Laboratory Sciences
Medical Laboratory Sciences is one the study of the medical course that produces medical lab scientists certified and charged with the responsibility of conducting varying tests on patient’s blood samples.
This aspect strike to know the disease affecting the overall health condition of the patient, they are principally responsible for the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases.
Nigerian students can also consider this course to be very profitable and marketable as well to improve their standard of living.
The time frame to study is 5 years to become a certified Medical Lab Scientist (MLS), some of the Universities offering this course include the University of Jos (UNIJOS), Bayero Univerisity, Alishan-Remo, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki etc
The estimated Tuition Fee per year is less than $800
A nurse is tasked with the responsibility of Assessing, observing, and monitoring of patients health conditions in case of side effects arising from their medication.
Nigerian students embarking on studying this course should be devoted to service to humanity with patience to handle emergency health cases, most accident victims, and pregnancy complications.
It is a 5-year program in most Nigerian University Such as Benue State University (BSU), University of Ibadan, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), and University of Nigeria (UNN)
Its Estimated Tuition Fee per year is about $500.
Radiology is one of the best medical courses for Nigerian students, as it uses imaging technology to diagnose and help treat illnesses, people who study this course are called radiologists specializing in either diagnostics or interventional radiology.
The course requires much dedication and commitment because, in the medical practice as a radiologist, one is open to different hazards and risks ranging from exposure to disinfectants and other contrast agents during preparation and administration.
It is a 5-year program leading to the award of a Bachelor of Science Degree ( B.Sc RAD) in Radiography and Radiological Sciences usually 2 years in Pre Clinical and 3 years Clinical. Some universities offering radiology include Nnamdi Azikwe University, University of Uyo, University of Nigeria, Nsukka among others.
The tuition fee per year is less than $265.
As the world is moving toward preventive medicine, public health will become the backbone of the medical approach, as it aims at prevention and promotion of the health of the people and the community thereby prolonging life.
However, public health workers are in high demand in the country with enormous job opportunities at their fingertips to be employed by Government or Non-governmental Health Organizations.
It is a 3-4 year course at degree level offered by Universities such as Abia State University (ABSU) Adeleke University (ADELEKE), Bauchi State University (BASUG) etc
Its tuition fee is estimated to be less than $400 per year
Dentistry Medical Sciences
This is one of the best medical courses that take charge of the teeth health condition, handled by a dentist who specialized in teeth operations and treatments for better health results and feedback. They are responsible for promoting and educating good dental health practices patients.
Nigerian students should consider applying for dentistry as it is a marketable medical course in the society with good job opportunities available at various Dental institutes across the country.
It is a 5-6 years course for undergraduate program and dental Training to certify you as a dentist. It is tuition fee is approximately less than $170 per session.
Universities offering Dentistry include Amadu Bello University (ABU), Lagos State University (LASU), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) etc.
This is another “hot cake” medical course to study in Nigeria, which broads your knowledge on how to diagnose, prevent, and treat diseases as well as injuries related to animals.
Most people assume veterinary medicine is only about dogs and goats but there is more to it, as they work in farms, hospitals, laboratories, national parks, and many other places.
It is a 6-7 year course offered by Universities such Federal University of Agriculture (UNIAGRIC), Makurdi, University of Abuja, University of Maiduguri, Federal University of Agriculture, and Abeokuta. An estimated tuition fee of about $185 per session.
People often believe pharmacology is about the buying and selling of drugs but there is more to it. With Drugs abuse becoming a trend pharmacists are there to prescribe adequately how to make use these drugs.
Pharmacists specialize in different branches of pharmacology either pharmacokinetics or pharmacodynamics, both are centered on improving our lives on the use and intake of pharmaceutical products respectively.
It is a 6-year course for UTME students and 5 years for Direct Entry applicants which are offered by universities such as the University of Jos (UNIJOS), the University of Ibadan, University of Benin, and Federal University, Oye Ekiti.
Its tuition fee per year is about $300.
There are some requirements needed before applying for a medical course:
O “Level ( Waec, Neco, Nabteb,etc) or SSEC External
UTME/JAMB (250 and Above)
Internal School exams are very important in securing admission into Medical programs in Nigeria universities
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