A Seventh-day Adventist Organization


Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy admitted its first class in the Fall quarter of 2002. The specific objective of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program is to educate pharmacists in a Seventh-day Adventist Christian setting. Graduates will be able to provide high quality pharmacy care as fully participating members of health-care teams committed to whole-person care.

The four-year program leads to the Pharm.D. degree and is the first offering of the professional doctorate in pharmacy degree program by a Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher learning. Priority is given to those students who are on track to complete a bachelor's degree in biological, chemical or related sciences (see full list of prerequisites and admissions information).

The School of Pharmacy administrative offices and Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science are located in Shyrock Hall. The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is located in Chan Shun Pavilion where faculty are close to research facilities. A wide variety of experiential education sites are available for students. These include the exceptional resources of the LLU Medical Center and the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center as well as a number of other locations in the surrounding area.


Loma Linda University's Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/664-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.

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School of Pharmacy Student Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of the doctor of pharmacy curriculum, all graduates will be able to do each of the following:

  • Perform the functions necessary to provide patient-centered care;
  • Perform the functions necessary to provide population-based care;
  • Perform safe medication distribution and handling;
  • Apply the LLU philosophy of wholeness in their personal and professional lives;
  • Apply core biomedical knowledge to patient-centered care.

Each course in the curriculum will provide students with learning opportunities to adequately prepare them to achieve these outcomes. Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy prides itself on developing practitioners that have high-level technical skills and who are committed to the principles of whole person care, including the spiritual, physical, relational, and intellectual domains. 

School of Pharmacy Student Facts

Graduate Success Statistics NAPLEX Pass Rate (through September 2015)
2013 95%
2014 97.4%
Graduate Success Statistics
CPJE Pass Rate (through September 2014)
2013 N/A
2014 88%
Graduate Success Statistics
Percentage going to residency
2013 33%
2014 25%
Graduate Success Statistics
On-Time Graduation Rate
2013 86%
2014 88%
Graduate Success Statistics
Retention Rate
2013 95%
2014 98%
Graduate Success Statistics
Percentage of those applying for residency matching
2014 50%
Graduate Perceptions I understand the importance of maintaining balance in all areas of my life (agree)
2013 96%
2014 100%
Graduate Perceptions
LLUSP provided me with a quality education (agree)
2013 86%
2014 95%

Profession of Pharmacy

While pharmacists continue to provide traditional services as dispensers of prescriptions and advisors on over-the-counter medications, their roles have expanded significantly in the last 25 to 30 years. Pharmacists working in community, ambulatory, long-term care, and hospital settings are increasingly called to work in close concert with physicians, nurses, and other health professionals as important members of the health-care team. Other pharmacists work within the pharmaceutical industry, insurance, law, home health, nuclear, public health, and numerous other aspects of the health-care industry. Pharmacist-led research teams are also instrumental in data gathering and drug development and evaluation.

The pharmacist's specialized knowledge of drug actions, interactions, toxicities, alternative treatments, drug level monitoring, and costs are important factors when critical decisions are made concerning patient therapy. This can be especially important in critically ill patients requiring complex treatment regimens or when patients utilize several independent practitioners.

Pharmacists also serve as educators to their health-care colleagues through their abilities to evaluate the medical literature, put new "claims" into perspective, and communicate that information. The patient is also a key recipient of such educational activities as pharmacists counsel them on proper medication dosing, side effects, and toxicities. Increasingly, pharmacists are also involved in disease prevention and health-care enhancement activities.

The pharmacist is often the most accessible member of the health-care team and will frequently be the first person with whom a patient will confer on a health question. They are also likely to be the final professional providing information and advice on medication use and other interventions. It is, therefore, vitally important that today's training of pharmacists for tomorrow can be accomplished in a high-level health-care facility such as exists at Loma Linda University.


Department of Pharmacy Practice Annual Report

DPP Annual Report 2014-2015.pdf

Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences Annual Report

PAS Annual Report 2012-2013.pdf