Loma Linda University

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Office of Admissions

School of Pharmacy
Shryock Hall, Room 106
Loma Linda, California 92350

Phone (Work): 909-558-1300

Phone (Fax): 909-558-4859


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: January 7, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Institution Type: Private
Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
Type of academic term:
  • Block
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.S.
  • Other
  • If Other, please list:Pharm.D./M.A. in Bioethics Pharm.D./M.S. in Health Informatics
Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
Open House Information:
  • Dates

    January 27, 2019


    Our Annual Open House is for all programs offered on the Loma Linda University campus. For more information and registration go to: http://www.llu.edu/central/openhouse/

Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
Alternative enrollment options available
  • None
Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:

Program Description (back to top)

Admissions Overview:

The School of Pharmacy, one of eight schools that comprise Loma Linda University, is owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Because of this, preference for admission is given to members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. No candidate is accepted on the basis of religious affiliation alone. It is a firm policy of the admissions committee to admit individuals who desire a faith-based education and demonstrate a commitment to Christian principles.

The students admitted to the School of Pharmacy come from diverse backgrounds, and therefore represent many religious and ethnic groups. They are all talented individuals who are self-motivated and have demonstrated academic excellence as well as hold a passion for reaching out into the community and helping others towards wellness.

The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants based on a variety of criteria such as academic achievement, communication skills, pharmacy experience, and involvement in extracurricular activities. We especially value activities that demonstrate leadership and community service. Showing strong aptitude in the biological and physical sciences is important; however, we also encourage a well-balanced academic background that includes the humanities and social sciences.

The mission of the School of Pharmacy is to educate and train pharmacists within a Christian environment so that they can become caring competent health care professionals. A Loma Linda University pharmacist is someone for whom the pursuit of excellence—both professional and personal—is a way of life. If this describes you, we encourage you to apply to Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy today.

Please visit http://pharmacy.llu.edu  for more detailed information.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 200
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 100-120
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 80
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: N/A
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75 (3.00 preferred)
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: We do not evaluate the GPA for prerequisite courses only, but for ALL Science & Math courses taken during your secondary education. The minimum is 2.75 Cumulative GPA for ALL Science & Math courses.
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 40%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 60%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.32
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 22-39
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 6:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 77
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 41
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 115
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 77  115 
General Biology: One year of General Biology lectures and labs designed for science majors. Courses in Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Botany, Microbiology, and Biochemistry are not acceptable.  12 
General Chemistry: One year of General Chemistry lectures with labs. Courses should be a course sequence designed for science majors.  12 
Organic Chemistry: One year of Organic Chemistry lectures with labs. Courses should be a sequence designed for science majors.  12 
General Physics I (Mechanics, Newtownian Physics): One course of General Physics lecture with lab. (Survey Courses Okay) 
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or Cell Biology: One course of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or Cell Biology designed for science majors. A lab is not required with this course. 
English Composition: Students Not Planning to Receive a Bachelor's Degree should complete the freshman composition sequence. Remedial English & ESL courses are not acceptable. 
Humanities/Fine Arts: Students Not Planning to Receive a Bachelor's Degree must complete courses in history, literature, philosophy, religion, fine art appreciation/history, classics and ethics   12  16 
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Students Not Planning to Receive a Bachelor's Degree must complete courses anthropology, political science, psychology, psychobiology, economics, geography, & sociology.  12  16 

Additional Information

  • Prerequisites must be taken at an accredited two-year or four-year U.S. institution.
  • Prerequisites must be completed with letter grade of ‘C’ or better.
  • Pass/No Pass courses will not be accepted to fulfill prerequisites.
  • For a course to be acceptable in fulfilling the prerequisites, it must be at the level of those required for a major in the field. Introductory courses in the sciences are not accepted. The science sequences must be completed with the full sequence of courses offered at your institution. Final determination of acceptability of course as prerequisites resides with the School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee in conjunction with the Loma Linda University Registrar.
  • Applicants who have completed academic work in countries outside the U.S. must have all prerequisites completed at a two or four-year regionally accredited U.S. institution. 
  • The approved academic record evaluation for foreign transcripts will still be required as supplemental material for evaluating the potential for success of that student.

Please visit http://www.llu.edu/pharmacy  for more information.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: The January 7, 2019 deadline only applies to your PharmCAS application. Information about the supplemental application will be emailed to all applicants directly once a verified PharmCAS application has been received by LLU School of Pharmacy. The deadline for completing the application is 15 days after the invitation is emailed to you.
Deadline: 15 days after receiving the supplemental application invitation e-mail from LLUSPReceived by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $75
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

After PharmCAS has verified and processed your completed application, you will be sent an e-mail invitation. The invitation will contain instructions and a link on how to access and complete the online LLUSP Supplemental Application. The deadline for completing the application is 15 days after the invitation is sent to you. The LLUSP Supplemental Application is sent to all students who apply to Loma Linda University.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



The TOEFL may be required if a student has completed the majority of their undegraduate work in a non-English speaking environment or if they are an international student whose native language is not English.

Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: January 7, 2019 Postmarked by deadline

International students must have their foreign transcripts reviewed by one of the following evaluation services prior to applying and submitted to PharmCAS by January 7, 2019:  Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES).  Evaluations by different companies are not accepted. WES is strongly recommended. Applicant's who have done their foreign coursework evaluation through WES will not be required to send original transcripts from the foreign school they attended. Students must submit original foreign transcripts directly to Loma Linda University unless they have submitted the transcripts to WES for the foreign evaluation. Please send the transcript to:

Admissions Processing
Loma Linda University
11139 Anderson St.
Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA  92350

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Four (4)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

We require a minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation.  One letter of recommendation must be from a pastor, clergy, or spiritual advisor. If you have already met the PharmCAS limit of four (4) letters, you may submit the spiritual letter of recommendation through the LLU Supplemental Application.  LLUSP will only accept a spiritual leader LOR directly.  All other letters of recommendation must be submitted directly through PharmCAS.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Clergy


  • Pharmacist
  • Professor (Science)


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
Details: Committee letters from Seventh-day Adventist schools are the only type that will be accepted. The Committee letter is a requirement for applicant's who have graduated from a Seventh-day Adventist school. The letter will fulfill all requirements for letters of recommendation.
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with one interviewer
Interview Dates:
  • October 1, 2018 - March 29, 2019

Applicants selected for an interview are contacted by phone to schedule an interview date and time.  Interviews are conducted Monday - Thursday from October through the end of March.

Interview appointments consist of the following:  writing sample, two one-on-one interviews, video about Loma Linda University and a session and tour with admissions personnel.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are e-mailed to applicants when a decision is made by the Admissions Committee. All applicants will be notified by mail no later than April 16.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Accepted students have 15 days from the date the acceptance e-mail is sent to confirm their acceptance.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500
Due: 15 days from the date they receive their acceptance letter
Refundable? No
Details: Accepted students have 15 days from the date the acceptance e-mail is sent to respond with their deposit. The non-refundable deposit amount is $500. The deposit will be applied to the first year's tuition.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 12 - 16, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: First day of classes begins on August 12, 2018.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes