Program Description

Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy opened its doors in the fall of 2002 and was granted full accreditation status in 2007 from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The specific objective of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program is to educate pharmacists in a fully integrated, faith-based environment. The School of Pharmacy offers exceptional academic training and develops competent, compassionate pharmacists whose professionalism integrates the physical, mental, social, and spiritual dimensions of health. Graduates will be able to provide high quality pharmacy care as fully participating members of healthcare teams committed to whole-person care.

Dual degree options:
  • MA in Bioethics
  • MS in Health Informatics
  • MS in Health Professions Education
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Program Length

186 units or 4 years.

Possible Careers

Graduates may work in community pharmacies, ambulatory care, long-term care, and in clinical or hospital settings. In addition, they may practice in the pharmaceutical, insurance, law, home health, nuclear medicine, public health, and education arenas. Pharmacists serve as educators to other health care professionals and as disease prevention and health care advisors to patients.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for our program are published annually in May for the following academic year's admission. Our program uses the national application service The typical PharmCAS application submission window is from mid-July through early April. Please check the admissions pages on our website for the currently published deadlines.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Application Procedure
  1. All applicants to the PharmD program must complete their application through PharmCAS. The admissions cycle begins in mid-July and ends early May.
  2. A minimum of two letters of reference are required. Letters of reference are recommended from science professors and professionals in the field of pharmacy and must be submitted through PharmCAS. A letter of reference is recommended from a pastor, clergy, or spiritual advisor. If an applicant is currently attending a Seventh-Day Adventist institution, a recommendation letter from the pre-professional committee is preferred. This letter will fulfill all requirements for letters of reference.
  3. Application reviews will be conducted as completed applications are received. After the review process has been finalized, selected applicants will be invited for an interview.
All decisions will be corresponded through postal mail.

 Preferred minimum GPA:
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
  • Math/Science GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
*Passing grade of “C” or better in all of the listed prerequisite courses

PCAT scores are not required nor evaluated if submitted
Applicants who have pharmacy experience and have obtained a Bachelors degree are preferred.
International students, in addition to meeting the above minimum requirements, are required to:
  • Pass the TOEFL test (minimum score of 80 for internet-based and 213 for computer based)
  • Submit foreign transcripts for evaluation to WES
  • Submit foreign transcripts and evaluations to Loma Linda University no later than May 1st. Documents need to be mailed to:
Admissions Processing
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA 92350


Semester Hours
Quarter Hours
 General Biology, with laboratory
 General Chemistry, with laboratory
 Organic Chemistry, with laboratory
 General Physics I, with laboratory (Mechanic, Newtonian Physics) Survey courses Okay

For a detailed description of prerequisites, please visit the School of Pharmacy website. 

A student who has not completed a Bachelor's degree will be considered for admission into the School of Pharmacy. Applicants without a Bachelor's degree must complete additional coursework as follows:

  • Additional 12 semester or 16 quarter units of coursework in Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Additional 12 semester or 16 quarter units of coursework in Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Additional 6 semester or 9 quarter units of English Composition.

Recommended Additional Courses:

  • Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

  • Cell Biology
  • Genomics
  • Histology
  • Human Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology

Recommended Experience:

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

Integrating faith and health
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

The following estimated cost of attendance is based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. Estimated amounts may vary based on a number of factors. Students may use these estimates when applying for financial aid.

Required Program Costs

Academic Year 2024-2025

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Tuition & Fees $57,035 $57,035 $57,035 $57,035
Books, Materials, Supplies & Equipment Allowance
(May or may not be purchased through the school)
$3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000

Other Educational Costs

Non-required costs that can be funded with scholarships/loans.

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Living Expense (Food & Housing Allowance)
Students will be assigned one of the following Living Expense Budget Options:
  • On Campus Dorm
  • $11,835 $11,835 $11,835 $11,835
  • LLU Owned Rental Property
  • $18,900 $18,900 $18,900 $18,900
  • LLU Owned Rental w/ Dependents
  • $19,800 $19,800 $19,800 $19,800
  • Undergraduate Dependent w/ Parents
  • $7,200 $7,200 $7,200 $7,200
  • Off Campus
  • $18,900 $18,900 $18,900 $18,900
    Transportation Allowance $3,150 $3,150 $3,150 $3,150
    Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $3,150 $3,150 $3,150 $3,150
    Federal Student Loan Fees $2,555 $2,555 $2,555 $2,555
    Cost of Obtaining Professional License 0 0 0 0
    Dependent Care
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request
    Disability-Related Expenses
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request


    • Estimated amounts are for the academic year specified only. Amounts are based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on these amounts.
    • Amounts are expected to increase each year consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.
    • To qualify for financial aid, most students must be enrolled at least half time in an aid eligible program and be taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.