Loma Linda University LLU BSN RN Nursing Program Admissions Info

Loma Linda University (LLU) has a School of Nursing with programs that allow students to earn a BSN as well as an RN. It is located in Loma Linda, CA which is located just south of San Bernardino, CA and about an hour east of Los Angeles. Students located in Southern California, especially those in the Riverside/San Bernardino area or San Gabriel Valley should consider LLU as one of their options for nursing education. Other nearby LA area nursing programs that offer the opportunity to earn a RN license include Mt. San Antonio College.

Loma Linda University BS Nursing Programs

Below is the list of nursing programs Loma Linda University offers:

♦ Basic BS Program
♦ BA/BS to BS Track – for those with a baccalaureate
degree in another field
♦ BA/BS to MS Track – for those with a baccalaureate
degree in another field
♦ LVN to BS Track – for LVNs with a license in CA
♦ RN to BS Track – for RNs with a license in CA
♦ RN to BS/MS Track – for RNs with a license in CA

For those who already hold a baccalaureate degree, Loma Linda also offers additional tracks for master’s and doctoral nursing degrees including an accelerated master’s program. It also offers several nurse practitioner programs.

Loma Linda University Tuition Costs

The tuition for the 2009-2010 school year is estimated to be $26,790. After adding cost of books ($1,200) and living expenses ($13,230), the total cost of attendance at Loma Linda University for one year is $41,220. LLU estimates that 75% of its students get financial aid to help pay for the cost of education.


Loma Linda University Nursing Prerequisite Courses

Following is LLU’s prerequisite courses for their regular BSN program as well as their accelerated counterparts. They can be completed at any college including California community colleges. LLU offers a list of equivalent transfer courses for many colleges located in Southern California.  The prerequisite course list  looks very intensive and long with a lot of college credits.

Keep in mind that Loma Linda University is on the quarter system.  Each 4 quarter unit course is worth the equivalent of 2.67 semester units. The list of courses required for the BSN program are:

  • Intermediate Algebra (or high school Algebra 2) – 4 quarter units
  • Physics (or high school physics) – 4 quarter units
  • Anatomy and Physiology (with lab) – 8 quarter units / must be taken within the past 5 years
  • Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (with lab) – 8 quarter units / must be taken within the past 5 years
  • Microbiology (with lab) – 5 quarter units / must be taken within the past 5 years
  • Public Speaking – 4 quarter units
  • One full year of college English composition – 9 quarter units
  • General Psychology – 4 quarter units
  • Lifespan Development (Developmental Psychology) – 4 quarter units
  • Introduction to Sociology – 4 quarter units
  • Physical Education – 2 activity classes
  • Humanities (including a foreign language) – 16 quarter units
  • Statistics (with computer application) – 4 quarter units (ONLY for those already with a baccalaureate degree)
  • Minimum college GPA of 3.0 (3.3 GPA for accelerated BS tracks)
  • All of the above courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better

LLU Nursing Application

The advantage of Loma Linda University is that students can apply for admissions prior to completing all of the prerequisites as long as it’s during the final semester before entry into the program. The deadlines to apply to LLU’s nursing program are:

  • March 31st (for fall quarter admissions)
  • August 15th (for winter quarter admissions)
  • November 1st (for sprint quarter admissions)

The following factors are used in determining which students are accepted:

  • Grades in prerequisite courses (minimum 3.0 GPA / 3.3 GPA for accelerated BS tracks)
  • Personal essay from the nursing school application
  • Three letters of recommendation (2 academic, 1 professional)
  • Interview (for qualified candidates)

Due to exceptionally high demand to enter nursing programs all over California and the nation, students need to come in with the strongest academic record possible even with the high price tag of attending LLU.  Most students would be best served by applying broadly and widely, which means applying to every nursing program within driving distance. If a student does not get into any program, her nursing career is delayed for one year which potentially represents thousands of dollars in salary lost.  Either an associate degree or bachelor degree will work since they lead to the same RN license. It doesn’t matter as long as the student gets in somewhere. With the recent recession and the housing bust, demand and competition to enter nursing school is a lot higher than it has ever been all over California.