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Admissions - Physician Assistant

Physician Assistant Admissions

PA Information Session

Interested in learning more about our Physician Assistant program at Loma Linda University?

The next session will be on Tuesday, June 13 at 10 am (PST). To register please send an e-mail to pa@llu.edu. You will be provided a link to attend the webinar. Limited to the first 50 viewers. 


Competitive Applicant Profile

Current Class StatisticsClass of 2018

Number of Applicants      1,175
Number of Supplemental Applications*  889
Number of Interviews 166
Number Accepted 36
Gender 18F/18M
Average age 30
Average GPA 3.54
*Only those applicants who have completed both a CASPA
application and a supplemental application are considered for

Preferences for Admission

The following are the groups of applicants who receive preference for admission.  Applicants who do not meet these preferences are still considered for admission to the program, and the presence of one or more of these preferences does not guarantee admission to the program.  For more information, please see our FAQs page.

  • Graduates of Loma Linda University
  • Seventh-day Adventists
  • Applicants of under-represented populations
  • Applicants with a history of meaningful, continuous involvement in community service consistent with the mission and values of Loma Linda University
  • Applicants with current or previous documented military service

How to Apply

  • Step 1  Apply through CASPA
  • Step 2  Request official transcripts be sent to CASPA
  • Step 3  Complete a secondary application
  • Step 4  Interview (by invitation only)
  • Step 5  Admissions decision
  • Step 6  Send confirmation and deposit ($500, nonrefundable for accepted students only)
  • Step 7  Request an official set of transcripts to be sent to Loma Linda from your previous institutions
    (required before registration and only for accepted students)

Dates to Remember

CASPA applications accepted May 1 – October 1, 2017, 11:59 Eastern Time zone for the school year beginning the following September .
Bachelor’s degree must be completed by December 31 of the year of application.

For 2017 admissions cycle- (for classes beginning September 2018)

CASPA opens- May 1, 2017
CASPA deadline- October 1, 2017 11:59 Eastern Time zone*
Supplemental application deadline- Must be submitted within 15 days of receipt
Supporting Documentation deadline- December 15, 2017,11:59 Pacific Time zone
Priority deadline- August 1, 2017
A maximum of 2 total prerequisite courses may be outstanding at the time of application, with only 1 science prerequisite outstanding.  All outstanding prerequisites must be completed by the end of the Spring Quarter of the year of matriculation.


If selected for an interview, applicants will be contacted via telephone to arrange an interview date. Interviews are conducted from early January to late February. Every applicant who wishes to be eligible for acceptance into the program must complete the interview process, though not every applicant who meets the minimum requirements will be invited to interview.

Where to apply


Prospective students who apply to the Loma Linda University Physician Assistant Program must do so via the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) program. This is a convenient, state-of-the-art, web-based application service. CASPA can be accessed at: http://www.caspaonline.org/.

Apply Now

Apply Online

Apply through CASPA first by clicking the apply now button above.
Once your CASPA application has been processed by CASPA and received by the University, all applicants will be provided with a link to a supplemental application.

Program Note

At its March 2017 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the Loma Linda University Physician Assistant program sponsored by Loma Linda University on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in March 2019.

Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.

Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director at gglavaz@llu.edu and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).