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FAQ - Physician Assistant

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do you accept any courses in lieu of the courses offered in your program?
No, every student who enters the program must complete all courses in the program in order to graduate from the program and be eligible for licensure as a Physician Assistant.

Do you offer advanced placement for experiential learning?
No, every student who enters the program must complete all components of the program.

Do I have to have a bachelor’s degree in order to apply?
You must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college by December 31 of your application year.

When does the program start?
A new class of students begins every September and goes through the program together full‐time.

My GPA is less than 3.0 (total or science). What can I do?
In order for your application to be accepted, you must meet our minimum requirements. To improve your GPA, you can retake classes for which you received a low grade. Note that CASPA will calculate your GPA based on the original grade and the new grade.

If my GPA from graduate‐level coursework is above a 3.0 but my undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0 (total or science), can you use my graduate GPA instead of my undergraduate GPA for admissions decisions?
An applicants’ cumulative college performance is considered in the GPA calculations by CASPA. The admissions committee factors both undergraduate and graduate level performance in its decisions.

My overall GPA is less than 3.0 but my GPA in your prerequisites is higher. Can I be considered for admission into the program?
As a matter of policy, we do not calculate prerequisite GPAs if the overall or science GPA does not meet the minimum.

I have completed post‐professional (doctoral) coursework. Are these courses included in my GPA?
Yes, CASPA calculates all coursework completed by an applicant for the overall GPA. This includes all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral coursework that is given a letter grade. Please see CASPA's website for a more detailed explanation.

If I have met all requirements and prerequisites, am I guaranteed a seat in your program?
Not every applicant who meets the minimum requirements will be invited for an interview, and the interview is a required step in the admissions process.

If I have already completed medical school training here or in another country, do I have to go through your program in order to receive a Physician Assistant license?
Yes, every student who enters the program must complete all courses in the program in order to graduate from the program and be eligible for licensure as a Physician Assistant.

If I have already completed medical school training here or in another country, can I test out of any of your courses?
No, every student who enters the program must complete all courses in the program in order to graduate from the program and be eligible for licensure as a Physician Assistant.

If I graduated from LLU, can I skip any of the coursework?
LLU graduates will be evaluated on a case‐by‐case basis. However, the majority of LLU grads who enter the PA program are unable to skip any of the courses in the program.

I completed my application with CASPA. When can I expect to hear from the program regarding my status?
CASPA takes up to 4 weeks to process your application. Once the university receives your application from CASPA, you are provided a link to the supplemental application.  After your supplemental application is complete, your application will be reviewed by the admissions committee to determine whether or not to grant an interview.  Interviews are conducted in January and February, and we inform every applicant of his or her status by the end of March.

Is there a supplemental application?
Yes, all applicants will receive a link to a supplemental application which must be completed before your application can be evaluated by the program. Completion of a supplemental application does not guarantee an interview or acceptance into the program.

Where can I access your supplemental application?
The program's supplemental application is available only to those applicants whose CASPA applications have been received by the department.  It is not available on the LLU Admissions website.

I applied last year through CASPA and want to reapply for this year. Can I use the same application from last year?
No, each year you must complete a new CASPA application and complete all of the requirements, including submitting new letters of reference. Log on to the CASPA website using your PIN from last year to see what if any of your personal data or transcripts is eligible to be carried over.


Do I have to take the GRE?
We do not require GRE scores for admission.

Do you accept advanced placement (AP) credit for prerequisites?
AP credit is acceptable for the College Algebra and English requirements.

Is there a time limit on prerequisite courses?
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. For non‐science prerequisite courses, there is no time limit.

Do you accept community college courses for prerequisites?
Yes, if the college is regionally accredited.
Science prerequisites must be at the level of science majors and include a hands‐on laboratory.

See our prerequisites section under Admissions Requirements for details.

Do you accept online courses for prerequisites?
Yes, for non‐science courses if taken through a regionally accredited college or university.
Online science courses will be evaluated on a case‐by‐case basis but must have an on‐campus laboratory component to be considered.

Do you accept pass/fail credit for prerequisite coursework?
We do not accept pass/fail credit for any prerequisite science course when taken at an undergraduate level. Graduate level prerequisite science courses will be considered on a case‐by‐case basis.
Non‐science prerequisite courses will be evaluated on a case‐by‐case basis.

What if I have not completed all the required coursework when it comes time to apply?
You are still eligible to apply, as long as you only have 2 prerequisite courses outstanding and complete the remaining coursework by Spring Quarter of the year of matriculation.

Do I have to have completed 2,000 hours of patient care experience before I apply?
It is strongly recommended that the 2,000 hours are completed before you apply, however the hours must be completed upon matriculation into the program.

About LLU or the PA Program

Do I have to be a Seventh‐day Adventist to apply to your program?
No, students from all faiths and religions are accepted at Loma Linda University. We both respect and value diversity among our students. All students are expected to abide by the mission, values and behavioral standards of Loma Linda University while enrolled in our program.

May I schedule an appointment with a PA advisor or faculty member to discuss the program and/or my application?
At this time, faculty members are not available for appointments with individual potential or current applicants. We would invite you to attend an Information Session or school open house where you will be given an opportunity to learn about the program and ask questions.

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Our Address

Loma Linda University
School of Allied Health Professions
Physician Assistant Program
24785 Stewart Street
Evans Hall 201
Loma Linda, CA 92350

Our Phone
(909) 558‐7295
(Our published 800# is no longer in service)

Our Fax Number
(909) 558‐0495

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Office Hours
Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday