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

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.