Program Description

Since 1909, our School of Medicine has educated medical students in a supportive Christian environment of excellence and caring. Our educational process has followed the best practices of medical education throughout its history while holding true to our original mission, to “continue the healing and teaching ministry of Jesus Christ to make man whole.”

Our instructional methods are an effective blend of lectures, small group sessions and problem-based learning. Our students are educated in state-of-the-art educational facilities including our technologically advanced amphitheaters and anatomy laboratory. A medical simulation center enables our students to learn, practice, and be assessed on medical procedures in a safe, educationally progressive hospital-simulated environment. Our physical diagnosis exam rooms are equipped with video recording for student feedback.

However, beyond our up-to-date pedagogy and instructional equipment, our professors are truly invested in the success of their students, both professionally and personally. Our curriculum and environment is distinctively Christian, emphasizing a holistic approach to patient care. Our mission permeates our educational process, with courses that approach medical ethics and decision making from a Christian perspective and clinicians that role model caring professionalism. Our students are actively involved in service. Whether through international medical mission trips or outreach to neighboring underserved communities, our students consistently demonstrate their care for the welfare of others.

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Program Length

Four years

Possible Careers

Physicians work in a variety of specialties and health care settings.

Application Deadlines

See Application Timeline below.

Admissions Requirements

For admission to Loma Linda University School of Medicine, applicants are expected to obtain a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or Canada prior to matriculation.  The degree can be in any field of study with the recommendation that the applicant advance beyond the basic courses of the chosen field.  No major field is given preference.  A curriculum that includes the study of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences is recommended to provide a solid preparation for the MCAT, medical school, and the future role as a physician. 

Students currently in a degree-granting program must complete all degree requirements and show documentation of graduation or completion of requirements prior to matriculation.

On rare occasions, academically exceptional applicants may be considered for admission who have completed 90 semester/135 quarter hours at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or Canada.

Application Timeline

Early May

AMCAS application opens

July - November

Verified AMCAS applications and letters of recommendation are received; invitations to submit secondary application are sent by email

July - September

Early Decision Program invitations to interview are sent by email

July - March

Regular MD and MD/PhD applications are reviewed

August 1

Early Decision Program AMCAS application deadline

August 15

Early Decision Program secondary application and letters of recommendation deadline

October 1

Early Decision Program applicants are notified of Admissions Committee decisions by email no later than this date

October - March

Regular MD and MD/PhD invitations to interview are sent by email

November 1

Regular MD and MD/PhD AMCAS application deadline

November 15

Regular MD and MD/PhD secondary application and letters of recommendation deadline

December - April

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis until class is filled

February 19

“Plan to Enroll” option opens for accepted students

April 15

Accepted students narrow their acceptance offers to three medical schools (if applicable), with no limit on alternate/waitlist offers

April 30

“Commit to Enroll” option opens for accepted students

21 days prior to Orientation start

“Commit to Enroll” required for accepted students

Late July-Early August

Orientation and Matriculation; White Coat Ceremony at end of first orientation day

“Plan to Enroll”
(opens February 19)

Per AAMC AMCAS Tool for Choosing Your Medical School, accepted students can select this option.  Accepted students select and update this option at any time, continue to hold other acceptances, remain on waitlists, and continue to interview at other schools.

Highly recommended


“Plan to Enroll” and “Commit to Enroll” (opens April 30)

Selecting “Commit to Enroll” indicates the accepted student has made a final selection and withdrawn from all other schools.

Highly recommended


“Commit to Enroll” (21 days prior to Orientation start)

If not done previously, accepted students are to select “Commit to Enroll” and withdraw from all other schools.



Required courses must be completed at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or Canada. We recommend the required courses be taken at a four-year institution. The following courses are required for consideration:

General Biology (excludes Microbiology and Anatomy & Physiology)

One year sequence with lab

General or Inorganic Chemistry

One year sequence with lab

Organic Chemistry

One year sequence with lab


One academic term. Lab recommended

General Physics

One year sequence with lab

Introductory courses in basic statistics, psychology, and sociology are recommended.

PLEASE NOTE:  CLEP, pass/fail performances, and online classes are not acceptable for the science required courses. Additionally, science credits earned in professional schools (e.g., allied health professions, business, dentistry, nursing or pharmacy) do not fulfill requirements for admissions to medicine. Advanced Placement (AP) credits for the required science courses generally are not accepted. However, if the applicant’s undergraduate institution has accepted the AP credits, upper division science courses in the same area may be substituted for the required credit hours.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT): All applicants must complete the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) prior to consideration by the Admissions Committee.  The MCAT is based on the knowledge gained from the required science courses. It is recommended that the test be taken no later than September of the year prior to matriculation.  MCAT scores older than three years from the date of matriculation are not considered. For the 2020 application cycle, the earliest MCAT accepted is one taken any time in 2017.

Health Care Experience: Applicants are required to obtain physician shadowing experience and direct patient care exposure to better inform their decision for a career in medicine.

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

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2019-2020

Year of Program:Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Books & Supplies$1,517$805$69$100
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)$630$1,920$4,000


Expected costs for the 2019-2020 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

Students typically meet the cost of medical education with student educational loans. The Association of American Medical Colleges website offers a full range of financial information, resources, services, and tools for medical school applicants and students (

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2019-2020, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program:Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Months enrolled1091211
Room & Board$12,950$11,655$15,540$14,245
Personal Expenses$2,300$2,070$2,760$2,530


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.