2019-20 Applicants

Loma Linda University


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Contact Information more...

Heather Hebron
Admission Liaison
Department of Physical Therapy
School of Allied Health Professions
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda CA, 92350
(909) 558-4632 ex:83254
hhebron@llu.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/15/2020
Institution's religious affiliation
Seventh-day Adventist
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
68
Anticipated size of next entering class
70
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
87%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
1%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
11%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
1%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
33%
% Female
66%
% Declining to State
1%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
32%
% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2%
% Asian
26%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
2%
% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
1%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
32%
% Declining to State
5%

Program Description more...

Loma Linda University is a Seventh-day Adventist educational health-sciences institution which provides an environment for learning, emphasizing excellence in education, personal integrity, intellectual development, community service and personal commitment to Christ. Loma Linda University has an enrollment of approximately 4,000 among its eight schools which include the School of Allied Health Profession, School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, School of Behavioral Health and the School of Religion.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is housed within the School of Allied Health Professions. The Department has 22 full time faculty, 5 part time faculty and a significant number of clinicians who assist with the educational process on a contract basis. The Department offers degrees in the following areas: Physical Therapist Assistant, entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy, post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

On exit interviews, the graduates of the Department of Physical Therapy consistently mark the faculty as a high strength of the program citing their availability, compassion, knowledge, and high quality of teaching.

We welcome your interest in Loma Linda University and are here to assist in any way that we can.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

The program will begin accepting applications on July 1, 2019.  The program has a Priority Deadline of September 1, 2019  and a Final Deadline of November 1, 2019 for the program beginning in June 2020.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their PTCAS application prior to September 1, 2019.  The Admission Committee will review and give preference to those who apply to Loma Linda University through PTCAS  in succeding order: September 1 then November 1.

Final deadline to submit to PTCAS is November 1, 2019. 

Applicant is encouraged to apply as early as possible as it takes PTCAS 4-6 weeks to verify your application.  It is also recommended that the applicant log into PTCAS on a weekly basis to make sure that all transcripts have been received.  PTCAS will not evaluate the application if official transcripts have not been received from all institutions the applicant has attended.

Once Loma Linda University receives the verified application from PTCAS, a secondary application will be emailed to the applicant.  The email will include the link to the secondary application and the applicants password.  The applicant will have a two week deadline to complete the secondary application and submit it to Loma Linda University.

If the applicant's application is received from PTCAS after December 30, 2019, a secondary application will not be mailed to the applicant as December 30 is the final deadline for all application material to be submitted to the University.

Applicants are encouraged to email unofficial final grades from summer to Heather Hebron at hhebron@llu.edu.  The Department will use summer term grades to update the applicant's workup. Updates submitted to PTCAS often are received by the Department too late to be used in the admission process.

The Admission Committee will select which candidates to grant an interview to and will contact them to set up a date and time.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$350.00
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/16/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.40
3.70
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.40
3.70
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Although the minimum GPA is a 3.4, to be competitive, the applicant should have at least a 3.6 to 3.7 overall GPA. The average prerequisite GPA for the students entering the program in June 2016 was 3.7 science and 3.8 non-science. If the applicant has repeated a course, the program will use the most current grade in calculating the GPA. Though the program allows for applicants to retake courses, the maximum allowable retakes are two. For example, if an applicant takes General Chemistry I four times, the program will use the grade from the third attempt in calculating the GPA. The program will use the listed prerequisites when calculating the GPA. In addition, the program will count two Humanities, one Social Science, and the English Sequence as part of the non-science GPA.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
No

Observation Hours

 
The Department requires a minimum of 80 PT Observation hours. Of the 80 hours, 20 must be in an inpatient setting and 20 must be in an outpatient setting. The remaining 40 hours can be any combination of inpatient or outpatient. These hours may be verified by a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant. Inpatient hours would be gained in a hospital, skilled nursing facility or inpatient rehabilitation center (places where the patients are spending the night).
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
80
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Required
Outpatient
Required

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Once the applicant's application is electronically sent to Loma Linda University from PTCAS, the applicant will receive an email from University Admissions giving him/her instructions on where and how to complete the secondary application.

The applicant should adjust her/his email settings to accept emails from @llu.edu. If this is not done, the email regarding the secondary application may go to the "Junk" file or not received at all. Once the applicant has received the email from University Admissions inviting them to complete the secondary application, the applicant will have 14 days to complete the secondary application. The applicant is strongly encouraged to monitor his or her PTCAS application for "received transcripts." The application will not be forwarded to Loma Linda University until PTCAS has received all transcripts.

If you are accepted to Loma Linda University's DPT program, then you will need to send in a copy of your health records to our Student Health office. You can find the required health requirements on our Student Health page, https://home.llu.edu/campus-and-spiritual-life/student-health-service/new-students-health-requirements
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
The program finds it most efficient for the applicant to use the PTCAS portal for submitting their letters of recommendation. However, the program will accept letters of recommendation sent directly to the program.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Other
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
  • Send original Canadian transcript to institution
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to institution
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Applicants with foreign coursework will need to have official transcripts sent directly to Loma Linda University. In addition, the applicant will need to have an international evaluation service send an evaluation of their transcripts to Loma Linda University. Even if PTCAS verifies the application, the applicant will still need to have official transcripts and foreign evaluations sent directly to Loma Linda University prior to their application being processed.

LLU will accept foreign transcript evaluations from the following agencies:

* World Education Services, Inc

* Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc

* AACRAO Foreign Education Credential Services

* American Education Research Corporation

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
The applicant is strongly encouraged to look at the program web page for prerequisite specifics: http://alliedhealth.llu.edu/academics/physical-therapy/degree-options/entry-level-doctor-dpt
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
No
Anatomy & Physiology I
Complete sequence of Anatomy & Physiology with lab is required. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • Biology: General
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
Complete sequence of Anatomy & Physiology I & II with lab required. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • Biology: General
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology / Biological Science
The applicant must complete a total of two additional courses in the Biological Science area (any BIOL prefix, Anatomy, Physiology). The program will accept an Upper Division Exercise Physiology as a "Biological Science" course. The course does not need to have a laboratory component. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: Advanced
Biology / Biological Science
The applicant must complete a total of two additional courses in the Biological Science area (any BIOL prefix, Anatomy, Physiology). The program will accept an Upper Division Exercise Physiology as a "Biological Science" course. The course does not need to have a laboratory component. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: Advanced
Chemistry I
Complete sequence of General Chemistry with lab. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Complete sequence of General Chemistry with lab. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry II
Communication / Speech / Public Speaking
The program desires that each applicant has experience in giving oral presentations such as are required in a Speech course. However, the Department recognizes that many institutions integrate oral communication throughout their curriculum. If the applicant feels that they have given several presentations, this requirement might be waived. The applicant may email Heather Hebron-Roybal at hhebron@llu.edu and outline the presentations given - title, length of presentation, grade received in presentation, etc. This information will be evaluated to determine if the requirement can be waived.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Comm: Public Speaking
  • Comm: Speech
Medical Terminology
Online courses are acceptable. Some certificate courses may meet this requirement. Please check with the program for approval of certificate courses.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Medical Terminology
Physics I
Complete sequence of General Physics with lab. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Complete sequence of General Physics with lab. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
All applicants must complete a Growth & Development course. The Growth & Development course must address normal development of the child from birth to at least age two. The course may have the title of Growth & Development, Child Development, Life Span Development, Child Psychology, etc.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology
All applicants must complete a General Psychology course.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Statistics
Statistics - may be taken in any Department (e.g. Business, Math, Psychology, etc.)
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics