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Program
Anatomy, PhD
School
School of Medicine
Degree
PhD
A four to five year program leading to the PhD degree in Anatomy
Possible Careers
Anatomists work in a variety of areas, including academia, government and industry.
Program Length
Four to five years.
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Biology, PhD
School
School of Medicine
Degree
PhD
Students in the Doctor of Philosophy in Biology program (non medical/non health related) take advanced biology courses and conduct significant, original research in preparation for writing their thesis. This program emphasizes "field-based" studies that generally address questions of "ecological" relevance such as animal biology and marine sciences. Students whose interests are more narrowly focused within health or other basic sciences should refer to programs within the School of Medicine.
Possible Careers
Some areas of specialization are: animal behavior, animal physiology, molecular systematics, ecological physiology, behavioral ecology, conservation biology, marine biology, and paleontology.
Program Length
3-6 Years
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Cancer, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, PhD
School
School of Medicine
Degree
PhD
The Cancer, Developmental and Regenerative Biology (CDRB) graduate program prepares the future biomedical workforce with the skills and information needed for successful careers as researchers and educators.
Possible Careers
Specialized areas include biomedical research and biotechnology industry.
Program Length
Four (4) years; full-time enrollment, part-time permitted
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Dentistry, DDS
School
School of Dentistry
Degree
DDS
The goal of the General Dentistry Program is to educate students to provide high quality dental care that is preventive in purpose, comprehensive in scope, and based on sound biological principles.
Possible Careers
Doctor of Dental Surgery or Dentist within private practice offices, industrial organizations, hospitals, local, state or fedral public health services, and the armed forces
Program Length
262 units, 4 years
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Earth Science, PhD
School
School of Medicine
Degree
PhD
The Department of Earth and Biological Sciences within the School of Medicine offers the program leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree in earth science.
Possible Careers
Secondary Teaching, University level teaching in Geology or Paleontology, Environmental Industries, Oil, Energy or Mining Industries, Earth System Science, Environmental Engineering, Waste Management, Sustainable Development, Paleontological Resources
Program Length
3-6 Years
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Program
Epidemiology, PhD
School
School of Public Health
Degree
PhD
The aim of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program is to prepare students entering with a strong background in the health sciences for a career in research and teaching in academic institutions, governmental agencies, research institutes, nonprofit organizations, or private industry. In contrast with the Dr.P.H. graduates, those with the Ph.D. degree may exhibit proficiency in "narrower lines of research and often with different types of research methods." They continue their careers, for example, teaching at a university, conducting research in a national laboratory, or engaging in population-based fieldwork around the world. The curriculum is designed to fulfill program requirements while also addressing the nature of the student's research interest and academic needs.  Ph.D. degree students are expected to critically evaluate and write scientific journal articles as part of their educational training. They are also expected to gain adequate experience in pedagogy. Each student is responsible for identifying an appropriate faculty research mentor during the program.
Possible Careers
Epidemiologist, Researcher, Epidemiologist Investigator, Data Analyst, Professor
Program Length
3 to 5 years (12 to 20 quarters)
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Program
Health Education, DrPH (Online)
School
School of Public Health
Degree
DrPH
The Dr.P.H. degree in health education is designed for individuals who desire to add depth to their health education specialization and develop research and leadership capabilities. The emphasis on health education offers advanced knowledge and competencies in the health education process and includes advocacy, critical analysis, leadership, professionalism, and ethics; as well as other health education domains. Graduates are eligible to sit for the credentialing examination in health education—CHES or MCHES—offered by the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing, Inc. http://www.nchec.org/.  
Possible Careers
University Professor, County Health Director, Grant Manager
Program Length
3 - 5 Years
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Program
Health Policy and Leadership, DrPH
School
School of Public Health
Degree
DrPH
The Dr.P.H. degree curriculum in health policy and leadership emphasizes a mixture of professional and academic skills, such as leadership and management, finance and philanthropy, community engagement and advocacy, policy analysis and development, ethics, and research methods. The current, rapidly changing health and health-care landscapes—marked by significant health disparities and varied challenges—demands a diversity of leadership talents. Moreover, creative approaches are needed to meet these challenges. The Doctor of Public Health degree in health policy and leadership at Loma Linda University provides a unique and wonderful opportunity to serve at the very heart of the intersection of leadership and policy. The goal is preparing participants for success in leadership positions that have major influence on policies, programs, and the public health system.
Possible Careers
University professors, positions requiring leadership, scholarship, effective communication, systems thinking and community building, mid-level positions within private and government health care organizations, health-related non-profits
Program Length
3 - 5 years
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Health Policy and Leadership, DrPH (Online)
School
School of Public Health
Degree
DrPH
The Dr.P.H. degree curriculum in health policy and leadership emphasizes a mixture of professional and academic skills, such as leadership and management, finance and philanthropy, community engagement and advocacy, policy analysis and development, ethics, and research methods. The current, rapidly changing health and health-care landscapes—marked by significant health disparities and varied challenges—demands a diversity of leadership talents. Moreover, creative approaches are needed to meet these challenges. The Doctor of Public Health degree in health policy and leadership at Loma Linda University provides a unique and wonderful opportunity to serve at the very heart of the intersection of leadership and policy. The goal is preparing participants for success in leadership positions that have major influence on policies, programs, and the public health system.
Possible Careers
University professors, positions requiring leadership, scholarship, effective communication, systems thinking and community building, mid-level positions within private and government health care organizations, health-related non-profits
Program Length
3 - 5 years
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Program
Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, PhD
School
School of Medicine
Degree
PhD
Students interested in careers in independent research, and teaching in a university, clinical, or biotechnology environment. Doctoral degree students are expected to develop creativity and independence in addition to technical skills.
Possible Careers
Program Length
Five (5) years; based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted
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Program
Integrated Biomedical Graduate Studies, PhD
School
School of Medicine
Degree
PhD
A four to five year program leading to the PhD degree in either Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology or Physiology.
Possible Careers
Biomedical scientists work in a variety of areas, including academia, government and industry.
Program Length
Four to five years
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Program
International Dentist Program, DDS
School
School of Dentistry
Degree
DDS
The International Dental Program provides internationally trained dentists a DDS degree in the United States.
Possible Careers
Doctor of Dental Surgery or Dentist within private practice offices, industrial organizations, hospitals, local, state or federal public health services, and the armed forces.
Program Length
117 units, 27 months
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Program
Marital & Family Therapy DMFT (Online)
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
DMFT
The DMFT prepares graduates to systemically intervene and address mental health disparities at family and community levels.
Possible Careers
Community Mental Health Administration, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Mental Health Administration within the elementary and secondary school settings, Academia—Adjunct and Full-time faculty positions, Research, Clinical positions in many mental health settings
Program Length
3 years
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Program
Medical Scientist, PhD
School
School of Medicine
Degree
PhD
A combined MD/PhD program designed for those interested in academic medicine and medical research.
Possible Careers
Graduates of MD/PhD programs pursue careers as physician-scientists who are involved in biomedical research as well as clinical practices. They often become faculty members at medical schools, universities and research institutes such as the NIH.
Program Length
Average 8 years
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Program
Medicine, MD
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MD
A four year program leading to the MD degree
Possible Careers
Physicians work in a variety of specialties and health care settings.
Program Length
Four years
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Neuroscience, Systems Biology and Bioengineering, PhD
School
School of Medicine
Degree
PhD
The core curriculum provides a broad background in molecular biology, immunology, and medical microbiology and infectious diseases.
Possible Careers
Program Length
Five (5) years; based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted
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Program
Nursing (Acute Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner), DNP (Online)
School
School of Nursing
Degree
DNP
The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program at the Loma Linda University School of Nursing, will prepare you to meet the specialized physiologic and psychological needs of adults (18+) with complex acute and chronic health conditions. The continuum of care spans the geographic settings of the home, emergency departments, hospitals, sub-specialty clinics, and intensive care units. The program is offered in a hybrid format, only requiring four to ten days on campus each quarter.
Possible Careers
AGACNPs are prepared for careers in a variety of settings, including emergency departments, hospitals, sub-specialty clinics, and intensive care units.
Program Length
3 years and 9 months full-time
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Program
Nursing (Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner), DNP (Online)
School
School of Nursing
Degree
DNP
The Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AC-PNP) program at the Loma Linda University School of Nursing, will prepare you to meet the specialized physiologic and psychological needs of children (birth to 21 years) with complex acute and chronic health conditions. The continuum of care spans the geographic settings of the home, emergency departments, hospitals, sub-specialty clinics, and intensive care units. The program is offered in a hybrid format, only requiring four to ten days on campus each quarter.
Possible Careers
AC-PNPs are prepared for careers in a variety of settings, including emergency departments, hospitals, sub-specialty clinics, and intensive care units.
Program Length
3 years and 9 months full-time; 5 years for part-time
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Program
Nursing (BS to PhD), PhD (Online)
School
School of Nursing
Degree
PhD
Prepares nurses to engage in research that develops knowledge relevant to nursing science and practice.
Possible Careers
Nurse Scientist, Nurse Faculty, Nurse Leader
Program Length
3-4 years full-time; Up to 7 years part time
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Program
Nursing (Clinical Nurse Specialist: Adult-Gerontology), DNP (Online)
School
School of Nursing
Degree
DNP
The Clinical Nurse Specialist: Adult/Gerontology (CNS) is an expert in evidence-based practice, integrating knowledge of disease and medical treatments into the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients’ illnesses to improve patient outcomes. The CNS curriculum offers the opportunity for students to choose a selected area of clinical nursing. The program is offered in a hybrid format, only requiring four days on campus each quarter. Part-time study is available, and courses are offered to accommodate working nurses.
Possible Careers
Clinical nursing leadership positions in acute-care settings
Program Length
3-4 years full-time
5 years part-time
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Program
Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner), DNP (Online)
School
School of Nursing
Degree
DNP
As an FNP you are positioned to become an expert in each patient’s health history, and health background. Providing care throughout each individual’s life span will help you make the best healthcare recommendations possible. With an emphasis on preventative care, many Family Nurse Practitioners practice primarily in ambulatory care settings, and make significant contributions to underserved populations. The program is offered in a hybrid format, only requiring four days on campus each quarter. Part-time option available.
Possible Careers
Private practice and clinics where primary care is given.
Program Length
3 years and 9 months full-time, 5 years part-time
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Program
Nursing (MS to DNP), DNP (Online)
School
School of Nursing
Degree
DNP
The MS to DNP program allows nurses who already have a masters degree to achieve a doctoral degree.
Possible Careers
Program Length
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Nursing (MS to PhD), PhD (Online)
School
School of Nursing
Degree
PhD
Prepares nurses to engage in research that develops knowledge relevant to nursing science and practice.
Possible Careers
Nurse Scientist, Nurse Faculty, Nurse Leader
Program Length
3-4 years full-time; Up to 7 years part time
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Program
Nursing (Nurse Anesthesia), DNP
School
School of Nursing
Degree
DNP
Prepares critical care nurses to practice as anesthesia practitioners within the care team model and independently.
Possible Careers
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in settings where anesthesia services are needed
Program Length
3 years
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Program
Nursing (Nurse Leadership), DNP (Online)
School
School of Nursing
Degree
DNP
The nurse leader sets the vision for nursing practice in the delivery of safe, timely, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care. Working within a collaborative and inter-professional environment, the nurse in executive practice is influential in improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction), improving the health of populations and reducing the per capita cost of health care.
Possible Careers
Middle and Upper Management positions in nursing and healthcare settings, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Management Director in various settings, Various Nursing Leadership positions
Program Length
3 years and 9 months full-time, 5 years part-time
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Program
Nursing (Primary Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner), DNP (Online)
School
School of Nursing
Degree
DNP
The Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) program at the Loma Linda University, School of Nursing, will prepare you to exercise independent judgment in assessment, supervision, and management of the primary health care needs of adults and elders. The AGNP program emphasizes preventative care for patients 12 years of age and older.
Possible Careers
Private practice, clinics, nursing homes, and any environment where primary care is given.
Program Length
3 years and 9 months full-time, 5 years part-time
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Nursing (Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner), DNP (Online)
School
School of Nursing
Degree
DNP
The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) prepares professionals for advanced training in quality nursing care for children, adolescents and infants. Upon completion of the LLU School of Nursing Pediatric NP program, graduates will be equipped with the skills necessary to act as a primary care provider for patients under the age of 21.
Possible Careers
Private practice, clinics, nursing homes, school districts, and any environment where primary care is given.
Program Length
3 years and 9 months full-time; 5 years part-time
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Nursing (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner), DNP (Online)
School
School of Nursing
Degree
DNP
The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (Psych NP) program promotes whole person care, by focusing on the mental, physical, and spiritual health of patients. Students are prepared to promote optimal mental health, prevention, and treatment of psychiatric disorders and health maintenance within a variety of settings across the life span.
Possible Careers
Behavioral medical centers, clinics, private practices, jails, schools.
Program Length
3 years and 9 months full-time, 5 years part-time
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Program
Nutrition, PhD
School
School of Public Health
Degree
PhD
The aim of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in nutrition is to prepare students for a career in academia, governmental agencies, research institutes, nonprofit organizations, or private industry. The program is designed to provide an advanced curriculum in nutrition, professional skills, and competencies required to support careers in teaching and research. This program is unique in that it is situated in the School of Public Health in a health sciences university. The program engages in interdisciplinary research that encourages collaboration across public health disciplines and the basic sciences, and that promotes and builds on its core legacy on vegetarian and plant-based nutrition. Areas of curricular strength and research emphasis include plant-based diets and the health of the individual, populations and the planet, nutritional epidemiology, diet and chronic disease risk reduction, and community nutrition.
Possible Careers
Nutritional Consultant, University Professor, Nutrition Programming Director
Program Length
3 to 5 years (12 to 20 quarters)
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Program
Occupational Therapy (Entry-level), EOTD
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
OTD
Possible Careers
Clinic and hospital settings, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, educational institutions, administration, school-based practice, private practice and community-base agencies.
Program Length
3 years (12 quarters)
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Program
Occupational Therapy (Post-Professional), OTD (Online)
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
OTD
This program embraces people-centered interventions that include both traditional and emerging practice settings. Graduates will be challenged to reflect upon their social responsibilities as health professionals to promote health and participation not only at the individual level but also at the community and societal levels.
Possible Careers
Teaching, Administration, Research, Hospital settings, Community, School-based, private practice.
Program Length
2+ years (9 quarters)
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Program
Pharmacy, PharmD
School
School of Pharmacy
Degree
PharmD
Clinically driven professional degree for those who wish to enter the field of Pharmacy.
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.
Program Length
214 units or 4 years.
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Program
Physical Therapy (DPT Entry-Level/Prior BS), DPT
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
DPT
Physical Therapists apply techniques to restore strength, flexibility, and coordination, and to reduce pain and generally prepare the patient to function more effectively at work and in activities of daily living. Agents such as heat, light, electricity, water exercise, and massage are used.
Possible Careers
Within the profession there are many specialties including orthopaedics, neurology, pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiopulmonary, hand rehabilitation, and sports physical therapy. Physical therapists work in acute-care and convalescent hospitals, rehabilitation centers, children's centers, private practice, athletic training and sports medicine programs, research institutions, school systems, and home-care agencies.
Program Length
3 years
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Program
Physical Therapy (Post-Professional DPT (prior BS in PT)), DPT
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
DPT
For currently practicing Physical Therapists with a PT degree to meet current and future expectations for physical therapy practice.
Possible Careers
Physical Therapist
Program Length
18 months
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Program
Physical Therapy (Post-Professional DPT (Prior MPT)), DPT
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
DPT
For currently practicing Physical Therapists with a MPT degree to meet current and future expectations for physical therapy practice.
Possible Careers
Physical Therapist
Program Length
11 months
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Program
Physical Therapy, PhD
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physical Therapy (PT) is offered by the Department of Physical Therapy within the School of Allied Professions, one of the eight schools at Loma Linda University. This program provides national and international physical therapy graduates with the skills necessary to pursue careers as researchers and educators.
Possible Careers
Research, Administration, Teaching, Advanced clinical practice.
Program Length
4 to 7 years
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Program
Preventive Care, DrPH (Online)
School
School of Public Health
Degree
DrPH
The Preventive Care Program is designed to prepare high-level health professionals in wellness and lifestyle-management intervention. Emphasis is on academic preparation, practical skills, and administrative abilities in developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and protocols designed to address a wide spectrum of health issues—particularly those dealing with chronic disease. These programs and protocols include physical and mental health risk appraisal, nutritional assessment and recommendations, exercise testing and prescription, and smoking-cessation counseling. The program seeks to demonstrate and elucidate the intimate connection between mind and body. Graduates address the combined influences of nutrition, exercise, stress, smoking, and other lifestyle factors on the promotion of health and the prevention of disease.
Possible Careers
Wellness Program Administrator, University Professor, Grant Program Manager
Program Length
3 - 5 years
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Program
Psychology PhD (Clinical)
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PhD
The PhD in Psychology follows the traditional scientist-practitioner model. The Department of Psychology is committed to the highest levels of excellence in all aspects relevant to graduate education in psychology and meets all of the APA standards of accreditation for graduate programs. Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002. Phone 202-336-5979 / Email apaaccred@apa.org / Web www.apa.org/ed/accreditation.
Possible Careers
Our psychology programs prepare individuals for careers in settings such as general hospitals, mental health facilities, managed care, and academics.
Program Length
6 years (including internship)
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Psychology PsyD (Clinical)
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PsyD
The PsyD program follows the practitioner-scholar model and places more emphasis on clinical practice. The Department of Psychology is committed to the highest levels of excellence in all aspects relevant to graduate education in psychology and meets all of the APA standards of accreditation for graduate programs. Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002. Phone 202-336-5979 / Email apaaccred@apa.org / Web www.apa.org/ed/accreditation.
Possible Careers
Our psychology programs prepare individuals for careers in settings such as general hospitals, mental health facilities, managed care, and academics.
Program Length
5 years (including internship)
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Rehabilitation Science, PhD
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science is designed to include many of the rehabilitation professions and offers opportunities for qualified clinical professionals to prepare for careers in independent research, teaching, and administration. Currently the degree is approved for professionals from physical therapy, occupational therapy, orthotics and prosthetics, nutrition and dietetics, and communication sciences and disorders.
Possible Careers
Research, Teaching and Administration
Program Length
Varies per student based on completion of required Academics, Research, and Dissertation. Most students complete the coursework for the degree in two years and then spend two to three years working on their research.
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Program
Social Welfare & Social Research PhD
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PhD
The Social Welfare and Social Research PhD is a 92 quarter unit academic program that promotes integrative and interdisciplinary research focusing on chronic social issues, social justice, implementation science, and global practice.
Possible Careers
Graduates of the program are prepared for advanced administrative and research roles in national and international health and human services, policy development and analysis, and as university faculty.
Program Length
4 years
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Program
Social Work DSW (Online)
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
DSW
Doctor of Social Work (Clinical Leadership) The Doctor of Social Work (Clinical Leadership) degree is a three-year full-time program (83 quarter units) and is designed to meet the needs of post-master's social work professionals desiring to advance their careers to become scholar-practitioners in the areas of clinical leadership and practice innovation.
Possible Careers
Clinical leadership; upper administration in large public and community-based non-profit agencies; behavioral health research and evaluation; health care administration.
Program Length
3 years (11 quarters)
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Speech-Language Pathology, SLPD (Communication Sciences and Disorders) (Online)
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
SLPD
Speech-language pathologists work in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, and research. They typically evaluate and treat speech and language disorders in children and adults. The master's degree is entry-level for the profession.
Possible Careers
Public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, short-term and long-term nursing care facilities, community clinics, colleges and universities, private practice offices, state and local health departments, state and federal government agencies, home health agencies (home care), adult day care centers, centers for persons with developmental disabilities, research laboratories.
Program Length
9-11 quarters; Students have the ability to spend longer in the program in order to complete their research capstone project and prepare a manuscript ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.
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Systems, Families & Couples PhD
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PhD
The mission of the PhD in Systems, Families, and Couples is to bring health, healing, wholeness, and hope to individuals, families, and communities through education, research, clinical training, and service to the community. The program prepares students to be scholars in the field of Family Science. Specialties are available in Couple and Family Therapy (clinical) and Family Studies (non-clinical).
Possible Careers
Graduates of the PhD program in Systems, Families, and Couples are multiculturally-informed and well-prepared to serve as ethically competent leaders who advance the field of family science in the areas of couple and family therapy and family life education. Our alumni most often work as faculty members in academic and clinical programs, social and behavioral science researchers, clinic directors, advanced clinicians and clinical supervisors, both nationally and internationally. Additional career paths that our alumni have taken have included organizational consultation and ministry. Qualified graduates of the School of Behavioral Health are given priority interviewing for behavioral health positions with Loma Linda University Health.
Program Length
3-4 years full-time (part-time options available)
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