A Seventh-day Adventist Organization

Requirements

Grade Point Average Requirement

To be eligible for admission, applicants must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate as well as cumulative science/math GPA of 2.75 at the time of application. Applications from individuals with GPA's below 2.75 will not be reviewed for admission.

2016 - 2017 Prerequisite Educational Requirements

NOTE: The prerequisite requirements have changed for the upcoming July 2016 - 2017 application cycle and are listed below.  For previous application cycle prerequisite requirements, please click here.

  • Baccalaureate degree is highly recommended to become most competitive.
  • Prerequisites must be completed by the end of Spring Term prior to matriculation.
  • Prerequisites must be taken at a regionally accredited U.S. two-year or four-year institution.
  • Prerequisite science courses must be completed in a traditional classroom format.
  • 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 coursework as prerequisites resides with the School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee in collaboration with the Loma Linda University Registrar.

Foreign Coursework Prerequisite Policy

Applicants who have done academic work in countries outside of the U.S. must have all prerequisites completed at a regionally accredited U.S. two-year or four-year 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. In addition, the international student must complete 9 quarter or 6 semester units of English Composition. This should be the freshman composition sequence (equivalent to ENGL 1A and 1B). Remedial English and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are not acceptable to fulfill the requirement. English courses must be taken from the English Department.

Biological Sciences

General Biology: One year (12 quarter or 8 semester units) of General Biology lectures with laboratories. Courses should be a course sequence designed for science majors. Courses in Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Botany, Microbiology, and Biochemistry are not acceptable to fulfill this requirement

Physical and Mathematical Sciences

General Chemistry: One year (12 quarter or 8 semester units) of General Chemistry lectures with laboratories. Courses should be a course sequence designed for science majors.

Organic Chemistry: One year (12 quarter or 8 semester units) of Organic Chemistry lectures with laboratories. Courses should be a course sequence designed for science majors.

General Physics I (Mechanic, Newtownian Physics): One course (4 quarter or 4 semester units) of General Physics lectures with laboratories. (Survey Courses Okay)

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Or Cell Biology: One course (4 quarter or 3 semester units) of Biochemistry designed for science majors. A lab is not required with this course.

Prerequisite Course Listings Summary

Courses Quarter Hours Semester Hours
General Biology with Labs 12 8
General Chemistry with Labs 12 8
Organic Chemistry with Labs 12 8
General Physics with Labs 4 4
General Biochemistry 4 3

Final determination of acceptability of courses as prerequisites resides with the School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee in collaboration with the Loma Linda University Registrar.

Strongly Recommended Courses

The following courses are not required, but will further prepare students for the rigorous curriculum provided at LLUSP and should be considered whenever possible:

Cellular and Molecular Biology
Genomics
Human Genetics
Histology
Immunology
Microbiology
Physiology

Student Not Planning to Obtain Bachelor's Degree

For applicants not planning on obtaining a bachelor's degree prior to matriculation into LLUSP, additional coursework is required. Coursework may not be the same course(s) used for prerequisites for the program. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required in these courses. The applicant must submit the Academic Prerequisite Record - Non-Degree Applicant form. This form will be emailed to the applicant when the LLUSP admissions office has completed the initial evaluation. The additional course requirements are listed below.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Social and Behavioral Sciences: Applicants who have a baccalaureate degree automatically fulfill this category. Students who will not be earning a baccalaureate degree must complete an additional 16 quarter or 12 semester units of courses in the social and behavioral sciences. Courses in anthropology, political science, psychology, psychobiology, economics, geography, and sociology may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Humanities/Fine Arts

Humanities/Fine Arts: Applicants who have a baccalaureate degree automatically fulfill this category. Students who will not be earning a baccalaureate degree must complete 16 quarter or 12 semester units of courses. Courses in history, literature, philosophy, religion, fine art appreciation/history, classics and ethics may be used to fulfill this requirement.

English

English Composition: Applicants who have earned a baccalaureate degree in the U.S. automatically fulfill this category. Students who will not be earning a baccalaureate degree or have earned their degree outside of the United States must complete 9 quarter or 6 semester units of English Composition. This should be the freshman composition sequence (equivalent to ENGL 1A and 1B). Remedial English and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are not acceptable to fulfill the requirement. English courses must be taken from the English Department.

Additional Information

Standardized Tests

PCAT/GRE: We do not require the PCAT or GRE. Scores received will not be used in determining the viability of your file.

Official Advanced Placement Scores

AP scores of 3, 4, or 5 may be used toward the first quarter or semester of one-year series prerequisite courses such as the first quarter or semester of general biology, physics, or chemistry.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Credit

We do not accept CLEP (College Level Examination Program) credit to fulfill prerequisite courses.

Technical Standards

The School of Pharmacy maintains technical standards required of all students for admission, progression, and graduation. The technical standard document can be downloaded here.

Recommended Pharmacy Experience

It is highly recommended that applicants obtain volunteer or paid pharmacy work experience.