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Program Information - CMSD

About US

Our Mission:

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders seeks to fulfill the mission of Loma Linda University and the School of Allied Health Professions through the academic and clinical education of communication sciences and disorders professionals.

Our Purpose:

The Department participates in the mission of Loma Linda University and the School of Allied Health Professions: (1) through the education of competent, ethical speech-language pathologists and other related professionals; (2) through the application and expansion of professional knowledge; and, (3) through the speech, language, and hearing services provided as part of the educational program.

Our Vision:

We prepare excellent professionals who are ethical, knowledgeable, proficient, and ready for professional practice.

Loma Linda University is a small private university located about 70 miles east of Los Angeles. It is operated by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is relatively small. It has ten full-time faculty members, additional contract faculty, and approximately 120 students. This student-teacher ratio allows for personal contact with faculty members.

Speech-Language Pathology is a great profession for individuals who want to work in a helping profession. Typically, students choosing this profession have good academic abilities, compassionate personalities, and positive interpersonal skills. 

Clinical education is a strength of this department. Clinical experience is available in areas such as child and adult language, fluency, swallowing, voice, speech sound disorders and behavioral medicine.  Our clinical settings range from hospital to schools to private clinics. Our undergraduate students get their first introduction to clinic in a faculty supervised setting. This is a valuable experience and allows students to know if this career is for them.  Our students in the bachelor's program are also encouraged to complete the fieldwork experience that will allow them to apply for registration in California as a speech-language pathology assistant.

Loma Linda University offers three programs of study

The Bachelor of Science program (BS in CMSD)

  • Begins autumn quarter of the junior year.
  • Applications are accepted October 1st through June 1st.
  • For students who have completed two years of required general education at an accredited college other than Loma Linda University. 
  • Minimum GPA for admission is 3.0; however, to be competitive a 3.3 GPA is recommended.

The Transitional Master's program (TMS in CMSD)

  • This program is for students who have an undergraduate degree in a program other than speech-language pathology.
  • This is a three-year program. (11 quarters)
  • Begins autumn quarter.
  • Applications are accepted October 1st through March 1st.
  • Minimum GPA requirements for consideration for admissions include:
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Minimum GPA for last 96 quarter credits or 64 semester credits (last 2 years of your bachelor’s degree) is 3.3
  • Students are accepted into the graduate program, but must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.3 in the first year in order to advance to the graduate level.
  • Foundational courses comprise the first year of study.

The Master of Science program (MS in CMSD)

  • This program is for students who have an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology or communication sciences and disorders.
  • This is a two-year program (seven quarters)
  • Begins autumn quarter.
  • Applications are accepted October 1, 2016 through January 1, 2017.
  • Minimum GPA requirements for consideration for admissions include:
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Minimum GPA for last 96 quarter credits or 64 semester credits (last 2 years of your bachelor’s degree) is 3.3

Strategic Plan

Read our strategic plan (PDF)

Contact information

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
School of Allied Health Professions
Loma Linda University
Nichol Hall Room A506
Loma Linda Ca 92350

Department phone: (909) 558-4998
Fax: (909) 558-4305
Email: cmsd@llu.edu