Updated and Policies

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Loma Linda Department of Physician Assistant Sciences has approved the following temporary updates to the admissions requirements for the 2020-2021 CASPA Application Cycle ONLYThese updates include the following:

  • We recognize the challenges that an applicant may face in meeting the in-person laboratory requirement.  For this reason, we have modified our pending/outstanding course requirements.  For the 2020-2021 CASPA Application Cycle ONLY, Loma Linda University PA Sciences will allow for three total outstanding prerequisite courses at the time of application, with a maximum of 2 science prerequisites outstanding.  An outstanding course is defined as any course listed as being in progress when the CASPA application is submitted by the applicant, even if the course will be completed prior to the applicant submitting his or her supplemental application.  Transcripts demonstrating completion of outstanding coursework must be received by the department no later than August 31, 2021 at 12:00 PM.
  • Science courses must be for science majors and include an on-campus laboratory or a hybrid (at least 50% of lab on-campus) laboratory component.  Online science courses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but must have an on-campus or hybrid laboratory component in order to be considered.  It is required that all prerequisite science courses have been taken within the last 10 years.
  • An alternative option for those who are facing difficulty in registration of online laboratory components are to register for the lecture component of the course online for the Spring quarter/semester, and complete the laboratory component of the course at a later date.  Please note, both courses must carry an institutional registration (i.e. two separate registered courses - lecture and lab, ex. ANAT1 - Anatomy Lecture, ANAT1A - Anatomy Laboratory) and the syllabus may be requested to ensure that the laboratory component occurred in the on-campus setting.  Additionally, the applicant must have received a passing grade in both components of the course to be considered.  The PA Admissions requirements will return to their original status following closure of the 2020-2021 CASPA cycle.
  • If you are an international applicant, please note that WES has temporarily suspended all in-office operations due to COVID-19.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, an AERC Detailed Evaluation Report will be accepted as both evaluation and transcript for a given institution for the duration of this outbreak.  Be sure to pay for your original documents to be mailed back to you.  All application deadlines will remain the same.  Please visit the AERC website or contact them to learn about their processing time, requirements, and pricing. / 626-339-4404 /
  • We will not be accepting prerequisite courses which were changed to Pass/Fail (P/F) due to closure of their academic institution during the COVID-19 pandemic.  All pre-requisite courses must contain a letter grade to be accepted for our admissions process.  Please note that a passing grade is considered a C or better, and C- grades or below are not accepted for prerequisite courses.  Our requirement is as follows: "Pass/fail or credit/no-credit grades are not accepted for prerequisite courses. Grades of “pass” or “credit” for non-prerequisite courses will not be included in GPA calculations.”
  • We will still require that you complete a minimum of 2000 hours of Patient Care Experience (PCE) by matriculation.  These hours must be paid, and you will be required to submit a document from your payroll or human resources indicating that these hours were completed prior to beginning the program.  Our requirement is as follows: "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.”
  • PA shadowing/observation hours do not meet the direct patient care requirement.  This is not a required element of your application, but is strongly recommended (at least 8 hours).  Face to face shadowing/observation hours is strongly recommended but we will accept telemedicine shadowing/observation hours with a PA-C for this CASPA cycle.   
  • If invited to interview, you will be invited to a virtual or telecommunications style interview. 
  • All other requirements and preferences remain in place at this time. For any additional questions, please visit our website or email
  • This document is subject to change based on University and/or governmental regulations.

Physician Assistant Program Loma Linda University

Welcome to the Department of Physician Assistant Sciences!

Welcome to the Loma Linda University Department of Physician Assistant Sciences! We look forward to welcoming you as a part of the Loma Linda University campus family.

The faculty and staff in our department are committed to making your education and training the experience of a lifetime.

We are pleased that you are taking the time to explore the LLU Physician Assistant Program website and hope that you find all of the information that you need to assist you in your search for the right program for you.

We are excited to be able to offer quality physician assistant education at a time when growth and job opportunities for the profession are on the rise to meet the demands of America's changing healthcare delivery system.

Our Master of Physician Assistant Program was established in the year 2000 to train physician assistants with an emphasis on primary care. It is our goal to prepare our students to serve others through the practice of medicine with both excellence and compassion. We feel it is important for our students to become culturally proficient, service‐minded, and prepared to serve the community around them.

We look forward to working with you to fulfill your educational goals.

Warmest regards,

Catherine Oms, DrPH, MPA, PA-C

Catherine Oms, DrPH, MPA, PA-C

Department Chair


Program Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Loma Linda University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Loma Linda University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2027. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy. View our Accreditation History.