History and Information

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 Pharmacy Practice are located on in Shyrock Hall. The Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative 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.

School of Pharmacy Student Learning Outcomes

Domain 1 - Foundational Knowledge

Subdomain 1.1. Learner (Learner) - Develop, integrate, and apply knowledge from the foundational sciences (i.e., pharmaceutical, social/behavioral/administrative, and clinical sciences) to evaluate the scientific literature, explain drug action, solve therapeutic problems, and advance population health and patient- centered care.

Domain 2 - Essentials for Practice and Care

Subdomain 2.1. Patient-centered care (Caregiver) - Provide patient-centered care as the medication expert (collect and interpret evidence, prioritize, formulate assessments and recommendations, implement, monitor and adjust plans, and document activities).
Subdomain 2.2. Medication use systems management (Manager) - Manage patient healthcare needs using human, financial, technological, and physical resources to optimize the safety and efficacy of medication use systems.
Subdomain 2.3.  Health and Wellness (Promoter) - Design prevention, intervention, and educational strategies for individuals and communities to manage chronic disease and improve health and wellness.
Subdomain 2.4. Population-based care (Provider) - Describe how population-based care influences patient-centered care and influences the development of practice guidelines and evidence-based best practices.

Domain 3 - Approach to Practice and Care

Subdomain 3.1. Problem Solving (Problem Solver) - Identify problems; explore and prioritize potential strategies; and design, implement, and evaluate a viable solution.
Subdomain 3.2. Educator (Educator) - Educate all audiences by determining the most effective and enduring ways to impart information and assess understanding.
Subdomain 3.3. Patient Advocacy (Advocate) - Assure that patients’ best interests are represented.
Subdomain 3.4. Interprofessional collaboration (Collaborator) - Actively participate and engage as a healthcare team member by demonstrating mutual respect, understanding, and values to meet patient care needs.
Subdomain 3.5. Cultural Sensitivity (Includer) - Recognize social determinants of health to diminish disparities and inequities in access to quality care.
Subdomain 3.6. Communication (Communicator) - Effectively communicate verbally and nonverbally when interacting with an individual, group, or organization.

Domain 4 – Personal and Professional Development

Sub Domain 4.1. Self-awareness (Self-aware) – Examine and reflect on personal knowledge, skills, abilities, beliefs, biases, motivation, and emotions that could enhance or limit personal and professional growth. 
Sub Domain 4.2. Leadership (Leader) - Demonstrate responsibility for creating and achieving shared goals, regardless of position.
Sub Domain 4.3. Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Innovator) - Engage in innovative activities by using creative thinking to envision better ways of accomplishing professional goals.
Sub Domain 4.4. Professionalism (Professional) - Exhibit behaviors and values that are consistent with the trust given to the profession by patients, other healthcare providers, and society.