Admissions/CASPA

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 need a bachelor’s degree in order to apply?

You must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college by December 31 of the 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 both the original grade and new grade.

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. 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 apply for 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 to apply 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 to apply for licensure as a Physician Assistant.

If I graduated from LLU, can I skip any of the coursework?

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.

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 October through 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 verified.  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.

Prerequisites/Requirements

Do I have to take the GRE or PA-CAT?

We do not require GRE or PA-CAT scores for admission.

Do you accept advanced placement (AP) credit for prerequisites?

AP credit is acceptable for the College Algebra and English requirements.  An official transcript from the AP Board indicating successful passage of the AP examination must be submitted to the University if accepted into the program following interview.

Is there a time limit on prerequisite courses?

It is required that all prerequisite science courses have been taken within the last 10 years.  There is no time limit for non-science pre-requisite courses.

Do you accept community college courses for prerequisites?

Yes, if the college is regionally accredited.  See our prerequisites section under Admissions Requirements for more details.
 

Do you accept online courses for prerequisites?

Yes, for non‐science courses if taken through a regionally accredited college or university. Science courses must be for science majors and include an on-campus or hybrid laboratory component (at least 50% of the lab on campus).

Do you accept pass/fail credit for prerequisite coursework?

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.

What if I have not completed all the required coursework when it comes time to apply?

For the 2021-2022 CASPA Application Cycle, Loma Linda University PA Sciences will allow for three total outstanding prerequisite courses at the time of application, with a maximum of 2 science courses outstanding at the time of application.  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.  All outstanding prerequisites must be completed by the end of Spring quarter of the year of matriculation.

Do I have to complete 2,000 hours of patient care experience before I apply?

It is strongly recommended that the 2,000 hours are completed before you apply.  All paid patient care experience hours must be completed by August 31 prior to matriculation into the program.

General

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 Open House where Oyou will be given an opportunity to learn about the program and ask questions.

Financial Information

Estimated Student Expenses are highlighted on our explore site.  Contact the department for additional information.

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.

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