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Gateway to the Health Professions Program 

(Formerly known as College Exodus and Sí Se Puede) 

Gateway group photo 

CLICK HERE to fill out an application!

Application deadline: extended to June 6, 2014

About Us

Loma Linda University (LLU) is a nonprofit Seventh-day Adventist educational health-sciences institution with more than 4,000 students located in Southern California. The LLU Community-Academic Partners in Service (CAPS) Office is sponsored by the Institute for Community Partnerships (ICP), under the leadership of Dr. J.C. Belliard. ICP provides coordination of community and diversity activities for the entire university and medical center and collaborates with the community to educate and empower future leaders in the health professions.  

Gateway Program Overview

The Gateway Program was created by merging former summer programs College Exodus and Si Se Puede. The Gateway Program is a two-week opportunity for underrepresented and underprivileged minority Inland Empire high school students. It provides them a skills to prepare for college and allows them to explore the many fields within the health professions.

During the summer, participating students will experience two weeks on the campus of Loma Linda University and take part in the following:

  • An interactive learning environment highlighting the importance of patient care
  • An introduction to careers in the fields of Allied Health, Behavioral Health, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Medicine
  • Skills seminars focusing on SAT preparation, interviewing and leadership skills
  • Active participation in a learning and study skills enhancement program
  • Daily lunch and snacks
  • Daily physical activity at Loma Linda University's Drayson Center

LLU Gateway Program from Loma Linda U on Vimeo

Selection Criteria:

This program is designed for youth living in the counties of Riverside and San Bernardino, California. Due to limited availabilty, we cannot accept out-of-state students or students living in other counties.

  • Entering juniors through graduating seniors in high school
  • Good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above
  • Interest in health, science, and math
  • Participation in leadership, extra-curricular activities, and community service
   Shadowing in Lab                          Gateway Participation


Program Dates for 2014:

Orientation: Sunday, July 6

Week 1: Monday, July 7th to Friday, July 11 (Monday-Thursday from 8:30am-5:30pm and Friday from 8:30am-3:00pm)

Week 2: Monday, July 14th to Friday, July 18 (Monday-Thursday from 8:30am-5:30pm and Friday from 8:30am-3:00pm)

Week 3 (By Invite only): Monday, July 21 to Thursday, July 24 (Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-4:00pm)

Program fee: $35 non-refundable application fee

How to Apply:

An online application is now available. Paper applications are also available in the CAPS Office. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance by the beginning of June.

Deadline for application: May 9, 2014 Extended to May 16, 2014

Send paper application, documents and payment to:

Attn: Tina Pruna
24945 Mound St.
Councilors Student Pavilion, Rm 1402
Loma Linda, CA 92350

Frequently Asked Questions:

What happens if I miss a day?
You will miss relevant information regarding a particular field.

Would I be penalized for missing a day?
No, but we would like to be notified ahead of time. Nevertheless, if you miss two or more days you will not receive a Certificate of Completion.

Do we have to stay for the Drayson Center (Gym) activity?
Yes, the gym activity is a relevant part of the program and may only be skipped with a valid reason.

If I have attended the program before can I apply again?
No, we would like to allow other students an opportunity to experience the Gateway Program.

Do you provide housing?
We have very limited housing options available for students who live in the outskirts of San Bernardino/Riverside counties and for whom it would be burdensome to make the daily commute to Loma Linda University. Housing may be provided only during the weekdays if you qualify. Please contact Tina Pruna at for more information.

Can this program be used for college credit?
Since this program is to provide awareness of the different health fields, it cannot be used as college credit. However, the information given during the first two weeks of the program will help you prepare for college.

How are students chosen for the 3rd week of shadowing?

At this time, shadowing is only available for students ages 18 and up. Students are chosen for the shadowing program based on their application essay, level of maturity and responsibility. Preference is given to high school seniors. 

May I do the Shadow section of the program if I don’t provide evidence of taking the TB test?

Only if you are shadowing in a non-clinical site. If you would like to shadow
at the Medical Center or any other affiliated clinics, you must present proof of TB results.

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