Due to the clear rumors of non-accreditation of the BMU, it has become necessary to clarify and make public the accreditation status of the Bayelsa Medical University (BMU) following the loud speculations making rounds that BMU is not accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

It is important to note that BMU is a specialized institution and that the accreditation process for specialized Universities especially Medial Universities is slightly different from that of other Universities.

BMU got its NUC  approval (License), on the 31st of January 2019. The next phase for the University is the Resource Verification Exercise which will enable the NUC ascertain if the approved academic programmes to be run meet the minimum requirements to commence the full-time mode of study. 

It is no child's play that BMU got NUC approvals for nine Academic Programmes in 2019 and another nine professional programmes in 2021, which makes it a total of 18 programmes approved by the NUC.  NUC will visit BMU again for the Accreditation Exercise of the first nine programmes when students get to the 300 level for the 4-year programme, 400 level for the 5-year Programme and 500 level for the 6-year Programme. BMU has not reached  that stage yet as its students are still in the 200 level, when it does Management of the University has already set the machinery in place to enable all it's academic programmes to be accredited to enable the students to graduate at the right time. 

For clarification, accreditation of academic programmes is meant to determine if the University has met the minimum requirements for students to obtain a degree in a particular course of study or programme. Unfortunately some people usually confuse Resource Verification for the commencement of full-time mode of study with Accreditation to ascertain that a particular academic Programme/Course of study meets the minimum requirements for students to obtain a degree. Even within the academia some do not know the difference between resource verification and accreditation exercise. 

The Management of BMU therefore, calls on students, prospective students and the public to be assured that there is no cause for alarm, BMU is on the right track as the University has not reached the stage for its academic programmes to be accredited, however when it does it will receive full accreditation.  Currently recent ranking initiated by the National Universities Commission (NUC), shows that BMU is doing well.

According to the 2021 ranking, the Bayelsa Medical University came top (1st position) in ranking by percentage of Female Students of all State Universities in Nigeria. BMU also came 1st in ranking by percentage of Female Students in State Universities in South South Geopolitical Zones. 

Another feat was won as BMU took the 1st place in ranking of the best University in Nigeria in terms of  Student-Teacher Ratio. It also came out number 1in ranking of all State Universities in Nigeria. 

According to NUC, BMU came up strongly with an overall position of 66 out of 113 Universities in the country.

Also BMU recorded an excellent momentum in the ranking of State Universities in Nigeria, by occupying the 14th position out of 32 universities in Nigeria ahead of big names such as  Imo State University, Abia State University, Kaduna State University and others.

Due to its strong internationalization policy championed by the Institute of Foreign Languages and Biomedical Translations (IFL-BT), BMU came 3rd by percentage of International Students for State Universities in the South South Geopolitical Zone,

In the Overall Ranking of State Universities in the South South Geopolitical zone BMU secured a positive position, with an outstanding performance, it took the 4th place out of the 6 Universities, ahead of NDU and cross Rivers State University and ranked 3rd  by percentage of Female Students from all 113 Universities in Nigeria.

From the above analysis, the young BMU has done well and Management of the Bayelsa Medical University  therefore wishes to inform all prospective candidates that registration for admission into all Courses/Programmes for the 2021/2022 Academic Year is now open.

The list of approved programmes  are:

Medicine and Surgery MBBS

Public Health B.Sc

Community Health B.Sc

Physiotherapy B.Sc

Medical Laboratory Science BMLS

Optometry OD

Dentistry BDS

Nursing Science BNSC

Human Nutrition and Dietetics BSc

Human Anatomy

Human Physiology




Physics with electronics




Interested applicants should log on to the Bayelsa Medical University website www.bmu.edu.ng for more information.

They can also visit the Admissions Office of the Bayelsa Medical University, Imgbi road, amarata. Or register through the Jamb Portal.

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