Program
School
Degree
Program
Advanced Practitioner Respiratory Care, BS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
BS
This degree is for respiratory therapists with a previous AS degree in respiratory therapy who would like to continue on in pursuit of their bachelor of science.
Possible Careers
Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Technician, Respiratory Researcher
Program Length
8 quarters (2 years)
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Advanced Practitioner Respiratory Care, BS (Online)
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
BS
This degree is for respiratory therapists with a previous AS degree in respiratory therapy who would like to continue on in pursuit of their bachelor of science.
Possible Careers
Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Technician, Respiratory Researcher
Program Length
8 quarters (2 years)
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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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Bioethics, MA
School
School of Religion
Degree
MA
Interdisciplinary master's degree designed to help students gain clinical experience along with academic knowledge within the field of bioethics. Graduates are prepared for education, research and service pertinent to the ethical issues in healthcare and beyond.
Possible Careers
This program is especially valuable for those preparing for careers as clinical ethicists, nurses, physicians, dentists, theologians, lawyers, and most healthcare professions.
Program Length
MA program: 48 units of coursework, plus comprehensive exams. Students must also prepare a publishable research paper targeted toward a bioethics or clinical journal, and an oral defense of their paper. Post-baccalaureate Certificate: 28 units of coursework only; no additional requirements.
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Biology, MS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MS
Students in the Master of Science 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 LLU Medical School. See Medicine in program drop down.
Possible Careers
Secondary and University Teaching, Fields of Ecology, Conservation, Environmental Sciences, Genetics, Marine Sciences, Natural Resources. Some areas of specialization are: animal behavior, animal physiology, molecular systematics, ecological physiology, behavioral ecology, conservation biology, marine biology, and paleontology.
Program Length
2-5 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 LLU Medical School. See Medicine in program drop down.
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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Cardiac Electrophysiology Technology, AS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
AS
Electrophysiology (EP) is an emerging healthcare science and therapy. EP is a subspecialty of cardiology that focuses on diagnosing and treating cardaic arrhythmias. Technologists assist the cardiologist during diagnostic and invasive procedures including programmed electrical stimulation, sterile scrub technique, electro-anatomical 3D mapping, catheter ablation for cardiac arrhythimias and device implantation for cardiac rhythm management such as pacemakers and other advanced implantable devices.
Possible Careers
Cardiac Cath Labs, Hospital and Clinical settings, Sales positions for Bio-technology companies.
Program Length
12 months: Please note: The AS program is taught on the LLU Campus while the Certification program is offered online.
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Chaplaincy, MSChap
School
School of Religion
Degree
MSChap
A specialized clinical master's degree which prepares students wishing to pursue chaplaincy as a career. In addition to chaplaincy and leadership coursework, four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) will be earned. Our goal is to prepare chaplains who can model the "teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ," and are trained at the highest level of professionalism, in preparation for board certification by APC.
Possible Careers
Graduates will meet the requirements for employment as a full, board-certified chaplain as defined by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). Chaplains may choose careers in healthcare, military, education, corporate, and beyond.
Program Length
108 quarter units. The average length of time to complete if enrolled full-time is 3 years.
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Child Life Specialist, MS
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS
An advanced program degree for careers working with children in many diverse areas of healthcare environments.
Possible Careers
Child life is a growing but competitive field. Although child life has its traditional foundations in hospitals, an increasing number of child life specialists are applying their unique expertise to help children in other environments, including outpatient healthcare facilities, doctor offices, hospice care, specialized camps, schools, court systems, and funeral homes.

Qualified graduates of the School of Behavioral Health are given priority interviewing for behavioral health positions with Loma Linda University Health.

Program Length
2 years
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Clinical Laboratory Science, BS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
BS
Clinical Lab Scientists aid health care providers in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Possible Careers
This career opens the doors to many medical and scientific opportunities. The majority of clinical laboratory scientists work in hospitals or similar medical facilities. Some CLS's work in private and government reference laboratories where they may perform specialized testing. Other opportunities exist in public health agencies and laboratories, forensic medicine, home health diagnostics, blood banks and transfusion services, health and patient education as well as in physician's offices and medical clinics. CLS personnel are also employed by medical consulting firms, DNA technology and genetic engineering corporations, research laboratories, medical product development companies, and in health information management systems.
Program Length
2 years
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Communication Sciences and Disorders (Comm Sci Transitional Program), MS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MS
The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders- Transitional Program is designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with a major in a field other than Speech Language Pathology or Communication Disorders. Any individual with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is eligible for the Transitional Program. This program permits completion of undergraduate coursework (generally completed in one year of full time study) prior to enrolling in graduate level courses.
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
11 quarters (3 years)
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Communication Sciences and Disorders, BS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
BS
Speech-language pathologists and audiologists provide services to prevent, diagnose, evaluate, and treat communication disorders. Speech Language Pathology assistants perform tasks prescribed, directed, and supervised by ASHA-certified speech-language pathologists.
Possible Careers
Preparation for a graduate program in Speech Language or Audiology; Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.
Program Length
2 years
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Communication Sciences and Disorders, MS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MS
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
7 Quarters (2 years)
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Computed Tomography (CT) & Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Cert
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
Cert
Special Imaging technologists work in a highly specialized field operating sophisticated imaging equipment. They provide detailed cross-sectional images of the human body, assisting physicians with quality patient diagnosis and treatment.
Possible Careers
Computed Tomography and/or Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Program Length
4 quarter (12 months)
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Computed Tomography (CT), Cert
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
Cert
Assisting primary health care providers in patient diagnosis and treatment through cross-sectional images of the human body using highly specialized equipment.
Possible Careers
Computed Tomography Specialist in a hospital or clinic setting.
Program Length
6 months (2 quarters)
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Computed Tomography (CT), Cert (Online)
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
Cert
Assisting primary health care providers in patient diagnosis and treatment through cross-sectional images of the human body using highly specialized equipment.
Possible Careers
Computed Tomography Specialist in a hospital or clinic setting.
Program Length
6 months (2 quarters)
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Counseling, MS
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS
The Master of Science in Counseling ls designed to give students a broad academic background in mental health counseling and professional training for a wide variety of careers working with individuals, families, and groups. Professional counselors assist clients in working through personal and emotional concerns such as anxiety, depression, adjustment problems, family stress, developmental transitions, crisis, trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, medical problems, disability, education and career planning, personal loss, and grief.
Possible Careers

Students enrolled in the counseling degree program may choose to specialize as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) for work in environments such as community mental health agencies, career centers, recovery programs, legal systems, educational institutions, churches, medical facilities, or in private practice. Students may also choose to specialize as school counselors by completing the requirements for the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in order to qualify for work as K-12 counselors in California public schools. Two hundred LPCC hours can count toward PPS elective hours.

Qualified graduates of the School of Behavioral Health are given priority interviewing for behavioral health positions with Loma Linda University Health.

Program Length
2 years
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Criminal Justice, MS
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS

The MS in Criminal Justice emphasizes integrated behavioral health interventions, restorative justice, and community reintegration to address the prevention, early intervention, treatment and rehabilitation needs of persons at risk for or who have already been incarcerated. Students learn to work with social services, law enforcement, courts, probation and parole to support at risk, incarcerated and recently released inmates. 

Possible Careers

Forensic mental health therapist (combined with a licensable mental health degree), Family reunification advocate, Juvenile justice/criminal court social worker (combined with a BSW/MSW), Victim/witness advocate, Correctional Counselor, Juvenile or Criminal Rehabilitation Specialist, Administrator/program director.

Program Length
2 Years
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Cytotechnology, BS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
BS
Cytotechnology is a specialty within the broad field of clinical laboratory science. The cytotechnologist, working under the direction of a pathologist, examines cells under the microscope for early signs of cancer and other diseases.
Possible Careers
Cytotechnologists work in hospitals, clinics, and independent pathology laboratories. Cytotechnologists can advance to supervisory positions, participate in research activities, or become teachers in the field.
Program Length
2 years
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Dental Hygiene, BS
School
School of Dentistry
Degree
BS
Dental Hygiene is a rewarding personal touch profession that naturally encourages one-to-one patient relationships. It provides a challenging, independent, and satisfying work environment with flexible hours.
Possible Careers
Dental Hygienist in various settings; private practice offices, industrial organizations, schools, hospitals, local, state or federal public health services, and the armed forces
Program Length
113 units, 2 years
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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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Dentistry/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, 2 years
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Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography, Cert
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
Cert
Leading to exciting specialty fields such as abdominal, neurologic, obstetric/gynecologic, and opthalmic ultrasound, sonographers use the latest technologies to aid the health care team in patient diagnosis and treatment.
Possible Careers
Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS), Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT), Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS)
Program Length
Track 1: 24 months; Track 2: 12 months
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Diagnostic Medical Sonography, BS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
BS
Leading to exciting specialty fields such as abdominal, neurologic, obstetric/gynecologic, and opthalmic ultrasound, sonographers use the latest technologies to aid the health care team in patient diagnosis and treatment
Possible Careers
Sonographer, Ultrasound Technologist, Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Registered Vascular Technologist
Program Length
27 months
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Drug and Alcohol Counseling, PB CERT
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PB CERT
The Drug and Alcohol Counseling certificate program prepares clinical professionals to effectively counsel substance using and addicted adults and their families.
Possible Careers

Candidates who successfully complete certificate requirements find employment in a variety of settings, including County departments of Mental/Behavioral Health, non-profit social service agencies, as well as private practice settings.

Program Length
1 Year
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Earth Science, PhD
School
School of Medicine
Degree
PhD
The Department of Earth and Biological Sciences within the School of Science and Technology 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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Endodontics (27-month Track), FP CERT
School
School of Dentistry
Degree
FP CERT
The Advanced Dental Education Program in Endodontics specializes in treating the tooth pulp, performing root canal therapy, and implant dentistry treatment.
Possible Careers
Endodontist in private practice, dental education, or in a hospital setting.
Program Length
Twenty-seven months
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Environmental Sciences, BS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
BS
This interdisciplinary program studies the chemical, physical, and biological interactions that make life possible within our environment, and seeks a deeper understanding of the effect of human activities on environmental sustainability and management.
Possible Careers
Career options in the field of environmental sciences are diverse and abundant. The Environmental Sciences Program prepares students for entry-level jobs in environmental sciences or GIS fields. Graduates may pursue jobs in the public sector through local, state, and federal agencies such as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and Department of Fish and Game. In the private sector, graduates may seek jobs in environmental consulting firms, foundations, and organizations. Some examples of career paths that environmental science graduates pursue include environmental engineering, science and social policy, and a wide variety of natural resources management fields such as soil science, forestry, agriculture, watershed science, range management, wildlife conservation, recreation resources, land management, and ecology; landscape architecture, conservation science, geographic information science (GIS), climatology, diverse health sciences; as well as public policy, law, or planning careers.
Program Length
2 Years
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Program
Epidemiology, MPH
School
School of Public Health
Degree
MPH

The M.P.H. degree in epidemiology is designed to give theoretical and practical training in how to study and control factors that influence health-related problems. This degree prepares students to work in federal, state, and local health departments/agencies, academic and research institutions, health maintenance organizations, and hospitals.

Possible Careers

Epidemiologist, Parasitologist, Researcher, Infection Control, Epidemiologist Investigator, Data Analyst, PhD Epidemiology candidate, positions in federal, state, and local health departments, academic and research institutions, health maintenance organizations, and hospitals.

Program Length

1.5 to 2 years (6 to 8 quarters)

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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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Geology, BS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
BS
The Department of Earth and Biological Sciences offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in geology. This program provides the student with a field-oriented education, emphasizing the application of geological principles in interpreting data.
Possible Careers
A baccalaureate degree in geology prepares a student to enter graduate programs in geology or paleontology or health-related programs, or for employment in environmental and energy-related industries; or (with the necessary education courses) for teaching in secondary schools. Most employment opportunities in industry, research, or college teaching require a graduate degree.
Program Length
2 Years
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Gerontology, MS
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS

The MS in Gerontology degree emphasizes a multidisciplinary biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to of aging and aging processes, and prepares students to enhance and support the lives of older adults and their families in the community and geriatric practice settings.

Possible Careers

Gerontologist can work in hospitals, nursing homes, or retirement communities either working directly with older adults or in administrative roles overseeing proper care procedures; Many Gerontologists work in the areas of advocacy or as consultants and/or directors for community programs and senior centers; Teaching and research are also career options.

Program Length
2 years
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Global Health, MPH
School
School of Public Health
Degree
MPH

The M.P.H. degree earned in the Global Health Program prepares a graduate to practice public health with a transformational development worldview—seeking positive change in the whole of human life materially, physically, socially, psychologically and spiritually. The M.P.H. degree in global health prepares graduates with technical competence and cross-cultural skills to create and manage sustainable health and development programs in diverse settings and populations worldwide.

Possible Careers

NGO Country Director, Non Profit, World Health Organization (WHO), ADRA, Program Planner, Tsunami Relief Program Manager, doctoral candidate

Program Length

2 years (8 quarters)

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Health Education, DrPH
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. The Dr.P.H.degree in health education is offered in two formats: on campus and online. 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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Health Education, MPH (Online)
School
School of Public Health
Degree
MPH
Graduates of this degree program may function as community-health educators in a variety of settings, both public and private. They are academically prepared to conduct community assessments; design, implement, and evaluate health-education interventions; organize health-promotion efforts; be involved in research and assist individuals and communities to better utilize techniques of health-behavior change.
Possible Careers
County Health Manager, University Instructor, Health Educator
Program Length
3 years
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Health Informatics, MS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MS
The future success of healthcare organizations is their ability to manage information. The curriculum of the MS in Health Informatics blends the topics of leadership, system theory and management, technology, data management, and regulatory constraints.
Possible Careers
Employment opportunities include hospitals, clinics, health information exchanges, elevated managerial roles, system development, project management, electronic health record system specialists, clinical decision support, database administrators, clinical documentation specialists, and consultants.
Program Length
7 quarters (1 3/4 years)
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Health Informatics, MS (Online)
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MS
The future success of healthcare organizations is their ability to manage information. The curriculum of the MS in Health Informatics blends the topics of leadership, system theory and management, technology, data management, and regulatory constraints.
Possible Careers
Employment opportunities include hospitals, clinics, health information exchanges, elevated managerial roles, system development, project management, electronic health record system specialists, clinical decision support, database administrators, clinical documentation specialists, and consultants.
Program Length
7 quarters (1 3/4 years)
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Health Information Administration, BS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
BS
Health information administrators find many opportunities in policy-making, financial management, decision support and research by combining the fields of computer science, business management, the law, and health care.
Possible Careers
Health information management, health policy, financial management, computer science, business management, health care management, health care leadership
Program Length
2 years
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Health Information Administration, BS (Online)
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
BS
Health information administrators find many opportunities in policy-making, financial management, decision support and research by combining the fields of computer science, business management, the law, and health care.
Possible Careers
Health information management, health policy, financial management, computer science, business management, health care management, health care leadership
Program Length
2 years
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Health Information Administration, Cert
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
Cert
A great way to tie together business management, law, medicine, and computer science in the health care setting. Health information administrators enjoy policy making, financial management, and decision support and research opportunities.
Possible Careers
Health Information Administration, Management, Health Care Administration, Leadership
Program Length
Between 78 to 85 quarter units, or about 2 years
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Health Information Administration, Cert (Online)
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
Cert
A great way to tie together business management, law, medicine, and computer science in the health care setting. Health information administrators enjoy policy making, financial management, and decision support and research opportunities.
Possible Careers
Health Information Administration, Management, Health Care Administration, Leadership
Program Length
Between 78 to 85 quarter units, or about 2 years
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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 Professions Education, MS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MS
Better your teaching skills while earning a masters degree or certificate in health education.  This program is designed for the working professional.
Possible Careers
Educator, professor, or teacher in health related fields.
Program Length
Varies depending on course load.
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Health Professions Education, MS (Online)
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MS
Better your teaching skills while earning a masters degree or certificate in health education.  This program is designed for the working professional.
Possible Careers
Educator, professor, or teacher in health related fields.
Program Length
Varies depending on course load.
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Health Professions Education, PB CERT
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
PB CERT
Better your teaching skills while earning a masters degree or certificate in health education.  This program is designed for the working professional.
Possible Careers
Educator, professor, or teacher in health related fields.
Program Length
27 units
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Health-Care Administration, BS (Online)
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
BS

LLU’s Health-Care Administration program is a degree completion program which prepares students to serve in mid-level health-care administration positions.  The BSHA program is taught online, allowing students to complete coursework on their own schedules. This format is great for students wanting to balance employment, family life, and higher education. Likewise, students employed in the health-care industry may more easily earn a degree and pursue career advancement, because they may be able to apply previously-completed clinical units towards degree requirements.

Possible Careers

Administrative positions in various healthcare settings, including, but not limited to:

• Clinical Department Manager
• Hospital Administrator
• Health-care Human Resources Manager
• Social and Community Services Manager
• Medical Office Administrator
• Health-care Initiative Project Manager
• Dental Office Business Manager
• Health Information Officer
• Nursing Home Administrator
• Coordinator, Health-care Administration
• Director of Admissions, School of Medicine

Program Length
15 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time)
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Health-Care Administration, MHA
School
School of Public Health
Degree
MHA

The School of Public Health offers a Master of Health-Care Administration (M.H.A.) degree. The degree provides students with a broad understanding of health-care management in line with appropriate and relevant industry-leading competencies. In addition, students will engage in practical experience to apply the principles learned through an 800-hour practicum in the health sector. Graduates are prepared for administrative careers in health service organizations—including medical centers, health plans, physician groups and dental practices, and long-term and managed-care settings, among others.

This degree program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and practice necessary to further their administrative careers in the health-care sector.

Possible Careers

Practice Administrator, Marketing Director, CEO, Manager of Physician Practice

Program Length
2 years (8 quarters)
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Implant Dentistry, FP CERT
School
School of Dentistry
Degree
FP CERT
The Advanced Education Program in Implant Dentistry is a three-year program leading to the award of a First Professional Certificate and an optional Master of Science (MS) or Master of Science in dentistry (MSD) degree. The certificate program has been offered for over 30 years allowing clinicians to undertake extensive training focused on clinical proficiency in both the surgical placement of dental implants and the complete fabrication of implant-supported restorations.
Possible Careers
Private Practice, Education
Program Length
Thirty-six months in residence full time.
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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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Magnetic Resonance Imaging/MRI, Cert
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
Cert
Using highly specialized computerized equipment to provide detailed cross-sectional images of the human body to help with diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Possible Careers
MRI Specialist in a hospital or clinic setting.
Program Length
2 quarters or 6 months
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Marital and Family Therapy (prior COAMFTE accredited MS), DMFT
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
Graduates of the DMFT program are well prepared to serve as ethically-competent leaders in communities and advance the MFT profession as therapists, clinical supervisors, program developers, evaluators, grant writers, and clinic administrators.
Program Length
3-4 years of full-time coursework
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Marital and Family Therapy (prior COAMFTE accredited MS), 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
  • Elementary and Secondary Administration and 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
2 years
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Marital and Family Therapy (prior nonCOAMFTE accredited MS), DMFT (Online)
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
DMFT
The DMFT prepare graduates to systemically intervene and address mental health disparities at family and community levels.
Possible Careers
  • Community Mental Health Administration
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor
  • Elementary and Secondary Administration and 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
  • Private Practice
Program Length
3 years
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Marital and Family Therapy, MS
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS
The Master of Science degree in Marital and Family Therapy is designed to give students a broad academic background as well as professional practice for working with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings.
Possible Careers
Graduates from Loma Linda University's MFT Master's program are in demand as administrators, educators, psychotherapists, consultants, medical family therapists, alcohol and drug specialists, case managers, family and clinical mediators, clinic directors in working environments - both for and non-profit agencies, hospitals, colleges and universities, family court, group homes, private practice, and professional organizations.

Qualified graduates of the School of Behavioral Health are given priority interviewing for behavioral health positions with Loma Linda University Health.
Program Length
2 Years
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Medical Dosimetry (Med Dosimetry/BS Physics Track), Cert
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
Cert
Medical Dosimetry trains students to correctly calculate the dose of radiation that will be used for treatment. Allows for the love of physics and mathematics to be incorporated in health care with a previous BS in physics.
Possible Careers
Radiation Therapist, Dosimetrist
Program Length
7 quarters
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Medical Dosimetry (Med Dosimetry/Rad Therapy Trac), Cert
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
Cert
Use your ARRT registration in radiation therapy technology and two or more years of clinical experience to extend your education to become certified in calculating the dose of radiation that will be used for treatment.
Possible Careers
Radiation Therapist, Medical Dosimetrist
Program Length
5 quarters
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Medical Radiography, AS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
AS
The Medical Radiography program helps prepare students for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination and to work as an X-Ray Technologist.
Possible Careers
Radiologic technologist
Program Length
A 21-month program; student involvement during the program is 40 hours a week, mainly during regular daytime hours.
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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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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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Natural Sciences, MS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MS
The Natural Sciences Program leads to a non-thesis Master of Science degree. Students do a project instead of a thesis. This program is designed for the student who plans to teach at the secondary level or with other goals that do not include seeking a PhD degree.
Possible Careers
The goal is to prepare students for effective careers in teaching or government.
Program Length
2-5 Years
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Nuclear Medicine Technology (ARRT Certified), BS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
BS
Uses several procedures to aid in diagnosis of disease, the most familiar being the x-ray.
Possible Careers
Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Program Length
8 quarters (2 years)
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Nuclear Medicine Technology (Not ARRT Certified), BS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
BS
Uses several procedures to aid in diagnosis of disease, the most familiar being the x-ray.
Possible Careers
Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Program Length
9 quarters (27 months)
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Nursing (Clinical Nurse Specialist: Adult-Gerontology), DNP
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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Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner), DNP
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
4 years full-time, 5 years part-time
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Nursing (MS to DNP), DNP
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
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Nursing (Nurse Anesthesia), DNP
School
School of Nursing
Degree
DNP
Prepares critical care nurses as independent anesthesia providers for the perioperative setting
Possible Careers
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in perioperative settings
Program Length
3 years
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Nursing (Nurse Educator: Adult and Gerontology), MS
School
School of Nursing
Degree
MS
Prepares nurses for faculty positions in nursing education.
Possible Careers
Clinical or classroom teaching in nursing education at colleges/universities
Program Length
2-3 years
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Nursing (Nurse Educator: Obstetrics and Pediatrics), MS
School
School of Nursing
Degree
MS
Prepares nurses for faculty positions in nursing education.
Possible Careers
Clinical or classroom teaching in nursing education at colleges/universities
Program Length
2-3 years
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Nursing (Nursing Administration), MS
School
School of Nursing
Degree
MS
Prepares nurses for administration/leadership in health care settings
Possible Careers
Nurse manager, administrator, or executive
Program Length
2-3 years
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Nursing (Prim Care Adult-Gero Nurse Pra), DNP
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 18 years of age and older.
Possible Careers
Private practice, clinics, nursing homes, and any environment where primary care is given.
Program Length
4 years full-time, 5 years part-time
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Nursing (Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner), DNP
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 Peds NP program, graduates will be equipped with the skills necessary to act as a primary care provider for patients under the age of 18.
Possible Careers
Private practice, clinics, nursing homes, and any environment where primary care is given.
Program Length
4 years full-time, 5 years part-time
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Nursing (Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner), DNP
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
4 years full-time, 5 years part-time
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Nursing (RN to BS Curriculum), BS (Online)
School
School of Nursing
Degree
BS
The BS program prepares students for professional nursing in acute and community settings, and is structured to accommodate schedules of working RNs by allowing students to attend full- or part-time.
Possible Careers
Nurse in hospitals, public health, community clinics, emergency, schools.
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Nursing, BS
School
School of Nursing
Degree
BS
Prepares students for professional nursing in acute and community settings.
Possible Careers
Nurse in hospitals, public health, community clinics, emergency, schools.
Program Length
2 1/2 years
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Nursing, PhD
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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Nutrition (Coordinated Program in Public Health Nutrition and Dietetics), MPH
School
School of Public Health
Degree
MPH
Many work environments, particularly those in medical and health care settings, require that an individual be credentialed as an RD. This program prepare graduates who demonstrate competence as public health nutrition and dietetic professionals, apply science-based evidence to practice, function independently as leaders and cooperatively as team members to promote health, undrerstand the contribution of vegetarian dietary practices to human and environmental well being.
Possible Careers
Dietitians and Nutritionists work in hospitals, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, cafeterias offices of physicians, and non-profit organizations. Career titles are: Clinical Dietician, Management Dietician, Emergency Nutrition Advisor, Urban Health, and Nutrition Manager
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Nutrition and Dietetics (Coordinated Program in Dietetics, BS & MS), BS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
BS

This is a coordinated program in Nutrition and Dietetics that is accredited by ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics).  Eligibility to take the Registered Dietitian (RD) exam is obtained upon completion of the BS curriculum.

Possible Careers
The majority of RDs work in the treatment and prevention of disease (administering medical nutrition therapy, often part of medical teams) in hospitals, HMOs, private practice or other health-care facilities. In addition, a large number of RDs work in community and public health settings and academia, and research. A growing number of RDs work in the food and nutrition industry, in business, journalism, sports nutrition, and corporate wellness programs. Reference – AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) www.eatright.org
Program Length
3 years (11 quarters)
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Nutrition and Dietetics (Post Didactic Program in Dietetics), MS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MS

This is a coordinated program in Nutrition and Dietetics that is accredited by ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education and Dietetics).  Eligibility to take the Registered Dietitian (RD) exam is obtained upon completion of the MS curriculum.

Possible Careers
The majority of RDs work in the treatment and prevention of disease (administering medical nutrition therapy, often part of medical teams) in hospitals, HMOs, private practice or other health-care facilities. In addition, a large number of RDs work in community and public health settings and academia and research. A growing number of RDs work in the food and nutrition industry, in business, journalism, sports nutrition, and corporate wellness programs. Reference – AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) www.eatright.org
Program Length
2 years (8 quarters)
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Nutrition and Dietetics (Post-RD certification), MS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MS
A Registered Dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements for the credential "RD." Reference - AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) - www.eatright.org
Possible Careers
The majority of RDs work in the treatment and prevention of disease (administering medical nutrition therapy, often part of medical teams) in hospitals, HMOs, private practice or other health-care facilities. In addition, a large number of RDs work in community and public health settings and academia and research. A growing number of RDs work in the food and nutrition industry, in business, journalism, sports nutrition, and corporate wellness programs. Reference – AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) www.eatright.org
Program Length
1 year/4 quarters
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Nutrition and Dietetics (Prior bachelor's degree in a non-nutrition major), MS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MS
This track is designed for students who have a bachelor's degree in an area unrelated to nutrition or non DPD.
Possible Careers

The majority of RDs work in the treatment and prevention of disease (administering medical nutrition therapy, often part of medical teams) in hospitals, HMOs, private practice or other health-care facilities. In addition, a large number of RDs work in community and public health settings and academia, and research. A growing number of RDs work in the food and nutrition industry, in business, journalism, sports nutrition, and corporate wellness programs. Reference – AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) www.eatright.org

Program Length
3 years (11 quarters)
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Nutrition and Dietetics, BS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
BS
Participate as an active member of the nutritional care team in multiple clinical settings while preparing to take the Registration Examination of the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association.
Possible Careers
The majority of RDs work in the treatment and prevention of disease (administering medical nutrition therapy, often part of medical teams) in hospitals, HMOs, private practice or other health-care facilities. In addition, a large number of RDs work in community and public health settings and academia, and research. A growing number of RDs work in the food and nutrition industry, in business, journalism, sports nutrition, and corporate wellness programs. Reference – AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) www.eatright.org
Program Length
2 years (7 quarters)
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Nutrition, MPH
School
School of Public Health
Degree
MPH
Public Health Nutrition at Loma Linda University takes a holistic view of the causes and consequences of the major issues in public health nutrition. Students learn to design, implement, and evaluate programs, participate in the development and implementation of food and nutrition policies and come up with ways to improve food access, change eating habits, and increase physical activity across communities. 
Possible Careers
Public health nutritionists work in a variety of settings in government and voluntary agencies, public and private community health centers, ambulatory care clinics, schools, industries, private practice, and specialized community health projects. They function as directors and administrators of nutrition programs, nutrition care providers, advocates, educators, counselors, consultants, and researchers.
Program Length
2 years
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Nutrition, MS
School
School of Public Health
Degree
MS

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree Nutrition Program is suitable for persons planning to pursue a doctoral degree in nutrition or other related areas and for persons preparing to teach at the secondary or university level. The program provides background experience for those interested in research careers in academic or industry settings and provides advanced training in basic nutrition for physicians and other health professionals.

Possible Careers

The M.S. in Nutrition prepares students to pursue advanced degrees, or to seek leadership roles in their careers as health practitioners. Successful completion of the M.S. will enable students to obtain employment in academia, the government or the food industry.

Program Length

1.3 to 2 years (5 to 8 quarters)

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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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Occupational Therapy (Entry-Level MOT/Prior BS), MOT
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MOT
The Master's degree requires a previous Bachelor's degree. Students receive a Masters of Occupational Therapy degree upon successful completion of all didactic and fieldwork requirements. Students are then eligible to sit for the NBCOT exam for OTR.
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
2 3/4 years
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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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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (MD/OMFS Combined Program), FP CERT
School
School of Dentistry
Degree
FP CERT
The Advanced Dental Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery trains residents to become a specialist surgeon treating the entire craniomaxillofacial complex: anatomical area of the mouth, jaws, face, skull, as well as associated structures.
Possible Careers
Oral surgeon in a hospital or in private practice.
Program Length
Six years
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Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, MS
School
School of Dentistry
Degree
MS
The Advanced Dental Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics teaches students to examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. The Orthodontist designs and fabricates appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance.
Possible Careers
Orthodontist in private practice treating pediatric and adult patients. May also go into the teaching of Orthodontics.
Program Length
Twenty-seven months
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Orthotics and Prosthetics (Entry-level), MSOP
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MSOP
Orthotics and Prosthetics is the evaluation, fabrication, and custom fitting of artificial limbs and orthopedic braces.
Possible Careers
Orthotists and Prosthetists work in a variety of settings: private practice, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, specialty clinics, home health settings and nursing homes.
Program Length
3 years (10 quarters)
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Orthotics and Prosthetics (Entry-level/Prior BS), MSOP
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MSOP
Orthotics and Prosthetics is the evaluation, fabrication, and custom fitting of artificial limbs and orthopedic braces.
Possible Careers
Orthotists and prosthetists work in a variety of settings: private practice, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, specialty clinics, home health settings and nursing homes.
Program Length
The length of the program is 10 quarters.
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Pathologists' Assistant, MHS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MHS
Possible Careers
Pathologists' Assistant, University Instructor, Sales, Insurance
Program Length
Two years
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Pediatric Dentistry, FP CERT
School
School of Dentistry
Degree
FP CERT
The Advanced Dental Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry is designed to prepare residents for a practice limited to the care of children and adolescents.
Possible Careers
Pediatric dentist working in private practice, dental education, or a hospital setting.
Program Length
Twenty-four months
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Periodontics, FP CERT
School
School of Dentistry
Degree
FP CERT
The Advanced Dental Education Program in Periodontics teaches dentists specializing in diseases of the gums and other structure surrounding the teeth.
Possible Careers
Periodontist in private practice or in local, state, or federal public health services.
Program Length
Thirty-six months
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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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Phlebotomy, SCH CERT
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
SCH CERT
Phlebotomists draw blood to assist with diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Possible Careers
Phlebotomist in a hospital or clinic setting.
Program Length
1 quarter
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Physical Therapist Assistant, AS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
AS
Physical Therapist Assistants train patients in exercises and activities for normal daily living, and performs treatment interventions according to the treatment plan.
Possible Careers
Clinical and hospital settings, long term care facilities, Health and sports related environments.
Program Length
15 months (5 quarters)
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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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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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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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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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Physician Assistant, MPA
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MPA
Physician Assistants (PAs) are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine under physician supervision. They are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive health care services.
Possible Careers
Private practice, Clinic or hospital settings, Research, Teaching and Administration.
Program Length
2 years or 8 quarters
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Play Therapy, PM CERT
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PM CERT

The Play Therapy Certificate Program is designed to provide advanced training to professionals and graduate students who have completed or who are enrolled in a mental health degree program who have a strong desire to work with children and adolescents. The goal of this program is to provide individuals with the needed course work and professional contacts that will help prepare them for becoming a future Registered Play Therapist (RPT).

The 12-month program is offered fully online and includes 13 university-based units.

Possible Careers

Play Therapist in a number of settings including private practice, non-profit agencies, child abuse assessment and treatment centers, fostering and adoption programs, and hospitals.

Program Length
4 academic quarters - based on part-time enrollment
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Polysomnography, Cert
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
Cert
The certificate in polysomnography is designed for current clinical practitioners and students who are interested in specializing in sleep disorder studies. Both didactic theory and clinical application offered in the program will provide an avenue to gain knowledge, skills, and experience in the expanding discipline of polysomnography. Topics include sleep terminology, sleep structure and disorders, complete patient set-up and monitoring, data acquisition and scoring, and pharmacological and noninvasive interventions.
Possible Careers
polysomnography, sleep study clinics
Program Length
three academic quarters (34 weeks)
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Population Medicine, MPH
School
School of Public Health
Degree
MPH

The Population Medicine Program is designed to meet the needs of practicing health professionals who have experience in direct patient care and wish to augment their current careers with additional information and skills in population management. The students will be competent in analyzing the health of a patient population and understanding the social, environmental, and biological determinants of health in that population. Individuals who may benefit from this program are practicing health professionals, such as physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, and psychologists; and students who are currently enrolled in clinical practice-related doctoral degrees (e.g., M.D., D.O., D.D.S., Pharm.D.). This degree will provide clinicians with cutting-edge knowledge and a skill set to integrate population-based, health-care approaches into their everyday clinical practice.

Possible Careers

Physician leader, Research Analyst, Researcher, Population Health manager

Program Length

1.5 to 2 years (6 to 8 quarters)

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Preventive Care, DrPH
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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Prosthodontics, FP CERT
School
School of Dentistry
Degree
FP CERT
The Advanced Dentistry Education Program in Prosthodontics trains dentists who specialize in dealing with the replacement of teeth and related mouth or jaw structures by artificial devices.
Possible Careers
Prosthodontist in private practice, hospital, or in local, state, or federal public health services.
Program Length
Thirty-six months
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Psychology (Clinical), PhD
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PhD
The Ph.D. in Psychology program 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 the APA standards of accreditation for graduate programs.
Possible Careers
An important goal of our psychology programs is to prepare psychologists for careers in such settings as general hospitals, mental health facilities, managed care, and academic settings.
Program Length
6 years (Including Internship)
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Psychology (Clinical), PsyD
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PsyD
The Psy.D. 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 the APA standards of accreditation for graduate programs.
Possible Careers
An important goal of our psychology programs is to prepare psychologists for careers in such settings as general hospitals, mental health facilities, managed care, and academic settings.
Program Length
5 years (Including Internship)
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Radiation Sciences, BS (Online)
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
BS
Like to see what's going on inside? Imaging of body structures using radiologic technology defines this career. Having a bachelor's degree opens doors to opportunities in management, supervision, and research in the field.
Possible Careers
radiologic technologist, nuclear medicine technologist, sonographer
Program Length
2 years
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Radiation Sciences, MSRS (Online)
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MSRS
The online Master of Science in Radiation Sciences (MSRS) provides students a solid foundation in the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in leadership, management, administration, and education.
Possible Careers
manager, administrator, and educator
Program Length
2 years (7 quarters) - part-time or 12 month (4 quarters) - full-time
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Radiation Therapy Technology (ARRT Certified), BS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
BS
Possible Careers
Radiation Therapist
Program Length
21 months (7 quarters)
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Radiation Therapy Technology (Not ARRT Certified), BS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
BS
Radiologic technologists take x-rays and administer nonradioactive materials into the bloodstream for diagnostic purposes.
Possible Careers
Radiation Therapist
Program Length
24 months (8 quarters)
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Radiologist Assistant, MSRS (Online)
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MSRS
The student will receive didactic and clinical mentoring in neonatal, pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations. Courses will be a mix of discussion, projects, case studies, and Web-based learning. Students are responsible for finding their own clinical site and radiologist mentor. This is an online/blended program. The rest of the time, coursework is taken online within Loma Linda University's web-enhanced learning environment.
Possible Careers
Radiologist Assistant in clinical and hospital settings
Program Length
2 years (7 quarters)
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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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Religion and Society, MA
School
School of Religion
Degree
MA

The Master of Arts in Religion and Society degree, offering customizable options of study, is designed for those seeking to serve the church and world in the 21st century in a variety of capacities. The degree is ideal for individuals seeking deeper biblical, theological, and philosophical insight, spiritual growth, practical competency, and cultural literacy in the context of a range of vocational settings—healthcare, the local church (non-ordained ministry), non-profit organizations, secondary education (teaching certifications must be obtained independently), further graduate study and more.

Possible Careers

Graduates of this program will:

  1. Be able to responsibly interpret the Bible in an increasingly scientific, globalized, and pluralistic society.
  2. Be able to assess Christian reflection and praxis as it engages with culture(s).
  3. Demonstrate a broad, basic knowledge of the field of ethics.
  4. Demonstrate growth in spiritual maturity.

This degree does not generally lead directly to employment and is intended mainly for personal and professional enrichment. Graduates may be better-prepared for further graduate studies in religion, public health and policy, therapy, law, medicine or ministry.

Program Length
48 quarter units; undergraduate degree in religion not requried. The average length of time to complete if enrolled full-time is 2 yrs. (5 yrs maximum allowed).
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Program
Respiratory Care (Entry-level), BS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
BS
Respiratory therapists evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders.
Possible Careers
Respiratory Care Practitioner, Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Researcher
Program Length
2 years
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Program
Respiratory Care, MSRC (Online)
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MSRC
Respiratory therapists evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Therapists manage ventilators, which deliver pressurized oxygen into the lungs of patients who cannot breathe for themselves.
Possible Careers
Respiratory care educator, Respiratory researcher, Respiratory care manager, Advanced Respiratory care practitioner, industry leaders and consultants.
Program Length
One year full-time. May be completed on a part-time basis.
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Program
School Counseling, PM CERT
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PM CERT

The School Counseling Certificate is designed specifically for M.S.  Counseling and M.S. in Marital and Family Therapy students who wish to add the California Pupil Personnel Services {PPS) Credential in School Counseling to their program. All degree requirements and certificate requirements must be met and the degree awarded prior to recommendation for the PPS credential.

Possible Careers
In addition to working with students on campus, professional school counselors serve as consultants for school administrators, faculty, staff, parents, community leaders, and other professionals who work with and for students. The role of professional school counselors varies with the district and grade levels ranging from preschool through college and university.
Program Length
2 Year Degree
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Program
Social Welfare and Social Research, PhD
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PhD
The Doctoral program is designed to promote students with a unique interdisciplinary core curriculum in social science, social ethics and social policy. With its emphasis on the whole of life, social, economic, political, individual, and personal aspects, this PhD program promotes the values and actions of social and economic justice.
Possible Careers
This program prepares Leaders and educators. Whether your profession is social work, community nursing, health-care administration, public health, or another field, you will receive the scholarly preparation necessary to contribute to your discipline through research. The PhD program in Social Policy and Social Research will prepare you for College or University teaching, Program and agency administration, Social research, program evaluation, and outcomes assessment
Program Length
4-5 years
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Program
Social Work, MSW
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MSW

The Master of Social Work (MSW) is a 78-unit program emphasizing biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to advanced clinical social work practice in behavioral health institutions and agencies. Students gain expertise in cutting-edge and evidenced-based trauma- and resiliency-informed interventions that support prevention, early intervention, diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Experiential learning through Loma Linda University’s internationally recognized health system provide students with advanced learning opportunities in integrated behavioral health, tertiary level inpatient care and global practice setting.

Possible Careers

Clinical Social Worker, Psychiatric Social Worker, Medical Social Worker, Child and Family Social Worker, Geriatric Social Worker, Hospice Social Worker, Forensic Mental Health Social Worker, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker, Community Social Worker, Healthcare Administrator, Public Health Administrator, Research Social Worker, and Social Work Educator. 

Program Length

The MSW degree can be completed through the 2-, 3-, or, 4- year curriculum options. Other program options include:  a 3-year hybrid program for individuals working full-time (and individuals working part-time who live 25 miles or more from campus); and Advanced Standing options for recent Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) graduates (12-month Advanced Standing students must start summer quarter).

 

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Program
Special Imaging: Cardiac and Vascular Imaging, Cert
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
Cert
Cardiac Interventional (CI) and Vascular Interventional (VI) technologists work in a highly specialized field operating sophisticated imaging equipment. This technology provides detailed fluoroscopic images of the human body, assisting physicians with quality patient diagnosis and treatment.
Possible Careers
Cardiac Interventional (CI) and Vascular Interventional (VI) technologist
Program Length
4 quarters (12 months)
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Program
Speech-Language Pathology, SLPD (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 quarters; Students have the ability to spend longer in the program in order to take a lighter course load.
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Program
Systems, Families, and Couples, PhD
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PhD
The mission for 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 PhD program in Systems, Families, and Couples prepares students to be scholars in the field of Family Science. This PhD program offers a Family Studies specialty (non-clinical) and a Couple and Family Therapy specialty (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
Minimum of 3-4 years full-time study (part-time plans available)
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