Programs are accredited by ARC-PA. "Accreditation-Provisional" is an accreditation status granted for a limited, defined period of time to a new program that has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards. "Accreditation-Probation" is a temporary status of accreditation assigned when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened. The maximum period of probation is two years. "Developing-Not Accredited" programs are working towards accreditation, but have not yet passed ARC-PA accreditation review. There is no guarantee that the program will be accredited.
All programs operate in accordance with the ARC-PA Standards, but programs may focus on specific populations, regions, teaching methods, etc. In addition, each program is unique, and has some things that make it stand out from the other programs.
|Mission||The Loma Linda University Department of Physician Assistant Sciences educates primary care physician assistants who will complement the work of physicians by providing health care as active members of a professional healthcare team, excellence and compassion in health care for the whole person, and quality health care for underserved individuals and communities nationally and globally in accordance with the mission of Loma Linda University and the School of Allied Health Professions.|
|Notable Features||Our primary care program focuses on preparing future physician assistants to be able to provide culturally proficient care for underserved populations with special attention to the Spanish-speaking community. In addition to a medical Spanish curriculum for learners of all proficiency levels, students are connected with local Spanish-speaking families for cultural immersion so students are better prepared to serve a diverse population. The university’s emphasis on treating the whole person (physical, emotional, and spiritual) equips the physician assistant student with the tools needed for optimal patient-centered care.|
Some programs offer a preprofessional degree designed to prepare students for a full professional PA program. Some programs also offer online masters programs designed to provide graduate education to someone with an undergraduate professional PA degree.
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|Online Masters Degree||None|
The program website and any social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) maintained by the program.
Some programs have created support systems and pathways for veterans to help them more easily transition into civilian life and matriculate into PA school. These include:
|Yellow Ribbon Program||—|
General information about the degree offered, the size and length of the program, whether the program can be pursued part-time, etc.
|Class Dates||September 2015 — September 2017|
|Class Duration||24 months|
|Class Capacity||36 students|
|Campus||Loma Linda, CA|
|Part Time Option||No|
Some programs may accept applications from people who are not US citizens. International applicants may be required to submit educational documentation for review, demonstrate proficiency in English, and other additional requirements.
|Additional information||More information|
Many programs are members of CASPA, the central application service for PA programs. Applications to these programs are submitted through the CASPA website. Applications to non-CASPA programs are submitted directly to the individual programs.
There are three kinds of CASPA program deadlines:
Deadlines for non-CASPA programs have different meanings depending on the program. Check the program's website for complete details.
October 1, 2014
Programs may design their individual courses or their entire curriculum around particular learning methodologies and styles. These include:
|Curriculum Design||Organ-Based Learning/System-Based Learning|
Early Clinical Exposure
Hybrid of Traditional & Case-Based Learning
Organ-Based Learning/System-Based Learning
Mailing address and other contact details for the admissions office. The admissions office may be in a different city and state than the program's main campus.
Loma Linda University SAHP Admissions
24951 N. Circle Drive
Nichol Hall, Room A1605
Loma Linda, CA 92350
Tuition listed is for the entire duration of the program. Some programs may include student fees and other costs into the tuition figure.
Programs may require specific exams such as the GRE or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). In some cases, high scores on other tests such as the MCAT may be substituted for the GRE. For details, check the program's website.
|TOEFL||Required (for international applicants)|
Programs may recommend or require health care experience. If health care experience is required, the program will specify the kinds of experiences that are acceptable and the minimum number of hours.
|Acceptable Experience||Paid experience with hands-on patient care|
Programs may require one or more of the following: a minimum overall GPA; a minimum GPA for prerequisite coursework; and a minimum GPA for science coursework. Programs calculuate minimum science GPAs differently, so details are provided if a minimum science GPA is required.
|Prerequisite GPA||No minimum|
|Science GPA Method||OVERALL|
Programs may require recommendation letters from specific people: university professors, physician assistants that you've worked with, etc.
|Anyone specific?||One from a practicing MD, DO, or PA with whom the applicant has worked with, not shadowed|
Programs may require a supplemental application. This may be an application to the graduate school, or additional information that is not provided in the CASPA application.
December 15, 2014
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|Link to Application||
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Programs may have a number of specific required courses that applicants must complete prior to matriculating. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of required coursework, but to identify some typical classes that are required by programs. For a complete list of prerequisites and course substitutions, visit the program's website.
|Name||Lower Level||Upper Level||Lab|
|Biology - Cell|
|Biology - General|
|Biology - Genetics|
|Biology - Immunology|
|Biology - Microbiology/Bacteriology|
|Biology - Virology|
|Chemistry - Biochemistry|
|Chemistry - General|
|Chemistry - Organic|
|Physiology - General|
|English - Composition|
|English - Literature|
|English - Speech|
|Math - Algebra|
|Math - Calculus|
|Math - General|
|Math - Precalculus|
|Math - Statistics|
|Psychology - Abnormal|
|Psychology - Developmental|
|Psychology - General|