Must be from a regionally accredited institution
Any degree is acceptable but a strong science background is encouraged
Must be received by December 31 of the application year, for example, December 31, 2013 for the class beginning September 2014.
Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA)
Overall GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale AND Science GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Prerequisite Courses* (All prerequisite courses must be taken at a regionally accredited institution)
General Education Courses
*A maximum of 2 total prerequisite courses be outstanding at the time of application, with only 1 science prerequisite outstanding. An outstanding course is defined as any course listed as being in progress when the CASPA aplication is submitted by the applicant, even if the course will be completed prior to the applicant submitting his or her supplamental application. All outstanding prerequisites must be completed by the end of Spring Quarter of the year of matriculation.
**Science courses must be for science majors and include a laboratory component. Online courses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis but must have an on-campus laboratory component in order to be considered. It is strongly recommended that all prerequisite science courses have been taken within the last 10 years, especially for those applicants who have only been in clinical practice for a short time. Introductory courses are not accepted for Anatomy/Physiology or Microbiology.
***New Program Update: A single course in basic conversational Spanish is recommended for the 2014-2015 cycle and will be required for the 2015-2016 cycle and beyond. Those who have indicated fluency in Spanish on their CASPA application will be required to pass a test of proficiency administered by our program should they be selected for an interview.
Patient Care Experience
2,000 hours of hands-on patient care experience must be completed prior to enrollment
Preferred experiences include accredited, credentialed professions that provide patient assessment, treatment, patient care plans, and diagnostic testing.
Preferred applicants will have direct patient care experience working in clinical settings that involve a range of patient responsibility and involve a high level of critical thinking. Only paid hours are acceptable.
Examples of preferred clinical experiences
Other professions not listed above (e.g. phlebotomy, scribe, etc.) will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are dependent upon the quality of patient interaction.
Examples of clinical experiences not preferred
Letters of Reference
Three letters of reference, one of which must be from a practicing physician (MD or DO) or physician assistant
Health Screening and Immunizations
Students must meet specific health requirements prior to enrolling in classes. A physical exam is not necessary for enrollment in the Physician Assistant program. All vaccination policies are developed in accordance with current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). For more information regarding pre-admission health requirements including a list of required vaccinations, please visit our Student Health page for more information.
Standards for Students
Loma Linda University has certain policies and standards for all students who attend the University. We encourage all prospective applicants to review these standards as printed in the student handbook.