History of the School of Allied Health Professions
The School of Allied Health Professions (formerly named School of Health Related Professions) was established in 1966 with the consolidation of several programs at Loma Linda University (medical technology, physical therapy, medical radiography, occupational therapy and health information management. Since 1970, new curricula has been added to form additional programs.
The School's purpose is to prepare our graduates to be employees of choice for premier organizations around the world by providing them with practical learning experiences through partnerships with those open to sharing our vision.
Since 1966, the school has been training highly skilled and dedicated health care professionals in many fields. Whatever their specialty, Loma Linda University graduates and alumni enjoy job security, good paying wages, and the pleasures of a personally rewarding career.
The Schools primary responsibility is the education of our students who come from diverse religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds enabling them to acquire the foundation of knowledge, skills, values, attitudes, and behaviors appropriate for their chosen academic or health-care ministry. They learn to nurture their intellectual curiosity and facilitate their development into active, independent learners. The school also provides continuing educational opportunities for alumni and professional peers.
Our students have a choice of academic degree offerings including:
We offer specialized higher education in the fields of:
Loma Linda University offers students the opportunity to graduate with a higher education college degree providing the necessary requirements for entry level employment in various fields of healthcare. Our graduates are highly sought after by employers who want to hire the best trained graduates fresh out of school.
Our programs have added advantages of offering students clinical experiences in working healthcare settings as part of their curriculum with hands on supervised training in progressive, state-of-the-art medical centers and in clinical facilities locally and throughout the country giving students not only the knowledge of their chosen profession but giving them experience within their profession. Many of our alumni choose return as faculty, clinical instructors and mentors within their professions. Currently there are over fifty alumni who work full time at our school.
Allied Health students are also encouraged to participate in community service of their choice before during and after attending Loma Linda University. Most programs incorporate community service into their curriculum. A general portfolio class is part of many of our programs were students participate in service projeects and complete a portfolio before they graduate.
Several programs offer students the opportunity to serve abroad. The School of Allied Health Professions is very active in Haiti where several trips have taken place to help rebuild in earthquake areas. SAHP also has stepped up and offers a Rehab Tech program to teach Haitians rehabilitation techniques where they can graduate from Loma Linda University and serve their fellow countrymen. Students may also participate on SIMS mission trips with other Loma Linda University students from other schools. In 2013 SAHP Students from several programs also traveled to Belize to offer assistance in their chosen professions.
World Class Students
Our students are as diverse as our programs. Our young adult students are coming to us once they complete college course requirements, while others may be adult learners returning to advance their educational goals with many years of life and professional work experiences.
We accept students who are local in California, are from other states within the US, as well as international students from all over the world. Many of our International students then return to their homeland with advanced knowledge and a prestigious higher educational degree within their chosen profession.
Loma Linda University accepts students from all religions and faiths. Over 60 religions are represented. Students do not need to convert to the Seventh-day Adventist Church to attend our University but are encouraged to learn more about our beliefs through religion courses offered as part of our programs.
Students also are encouraged to attend weekly chapel services where all LLU students meet as a student body.
The school is committed to provide education including support services and reasonable accommodations for disabilities to qualified applicants for whom such accommodation does not fundamentally alter the chosen program or create an undue burden. Learn more about accommodations.
Our Faculty and Staff
We respect our administration, faculty, and staff, who through their education, experience, ongoing research, and service, create a stimulating learning environment. They contribute to the development of new understandings in their chosen fields. They demonstrate both Christian values and competence in their professions. They educate and respond to the therapeutic and rehabilitative needs of people.
We believe in educating ethical and proficient Christian health professionals and scholars through instruction, example, and the pursuit of truth while expanding knowledge through research in the biological, behavioral, physical, and environmental sciences and applying this knowledge to health and disease.
Our faculty members seek to enhance the quality of life for individuals in local, regional, national, and world communities by educating the future competent practitioners that will sustain their respective professions.
Loma Linda University is located in Inland Empire region of Southern California where the weather is warm and the sun shines virtually year around. The University is located next to the Loma Linda University Medical Center that provides students with clinical opportunities in certain allied health areas, and close to other local premiere health care facilities that provide quality healthcare. Students may also opt to returning to their hometowns once their didactic work is complete to finish their clinical rotations in an affiliated facility. A formal agreement between LLU and the facility is required for students to complete their clinicals closer to home.
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