COVID-19

Updates

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 ONLY. These updates include the following:

(1) 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 only 2 science/1 non-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 component. Online science courses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but must have an on-campus 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.

(2) 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. http://aerc-eval.com / 626-339-4404 / aerc@verizon.net.

(3) 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.”

(4) 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.”

(5) Shadowing hours do not meet the direct patient care requirement. This is not a required element of your application, but are strongly recommended.

(6) If invited to interview, you will be required to travel to campus and meet with our interview panel as in previous cycles. At this time, the Loma Linda Department of PA Sciences will not be performing virtual or telecommunications style interviews. This is subject to change based on University and/or governmental regulations.

(7) All other requirements and preferences remain in place at this time. For any additional questions, please visit our website at https://alliedhealth.llu.edu/academics/physician-assistant/admissions-physician-assistant/physician-assistant-requirements or email pa@llu.edu.

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Competitive Applicant Profile

Current Class Statistics: Class of 2021

Number of Applicants      930
Number of Supplemental Applications*  717
Number of Interviews 166
Number Accepted 38
Gender 18F/20M
Average age 27
Average GPA 3.55
*Only those applicants who have completed both a CASPA
application and a supplemental application are considered for
Interviews.
 

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, for the school year beginning the following September .
Bachelor’s degree must be completed by December 31 of the year of application.

FOR 2020 ADMISSIONS CYCLE- (FOR CLASSES BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 2021)

  • CASPA opens- May 1, 2020
  • CASPA deadline- October 1, 2020
  • Supplemental application deadline- Must be submitted within 15 days of receipt
  • Supporting Documentation deadline- December 15, 2020
  • Priority deadline- August 1, 2020

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.

Interviews 

If selected for an interview, applicants will be contacted via telephone to arrange an interview date. Interviews are conducted from October 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

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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 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 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.