Pharmacy — Pharm.D. with Bioethics — M.A.

Program director, Bioethics, School of Religion

Zdravko Plantak

Program director, School of Pharmacy

Rashid Mosavin

Faculty

The faculty of the M.A./Pharm.D. combined degrees program is primarily drawn from Loma Linda University's School of Pharmacy and School of Religion.

Admissions

Students are selected through a competitive process led by the School of Pharmacy in conjunction with the Bioethics Program. The School of Pharmacy academic dean recommends students, triggering a streamlined admissions process of the M.A. degree in bioethics. HSRT scores are accepted in lieu of the GRE for pharmacy students.

The program

The M.A./Pharm.D. combined degrees program is designed to fit the schedule of Pharm.D. students. Loma Linda University has been a leader in bioethics education for health-care professionals for nearly half a century. The University's School of Pharmacy places a high premium on moral values and is a pioneer as one of the very few pharmacy schools in the nation to offer a Pharm.D./M.A. combined degrees program.

An M.A. degree in bioethics taken as a stand-alone degree requires 48 units in bioethics courses. But the M.A./Pharm.D. combined degrees student is able to double count 25 units of the needed 48 units as follows:

  1. Eight (8) units come from three courses in the pharmacy curriculum that are counted for M.A. degree in bioethics credit: a) RXSA 545 Public Health and Lifestyles, b) RXSA 547 Pharmacy Law, and c) RXSA 751 Social-Behavioral Aspects of Pharmacy Practice. Acceptance of these courses for M.A. degree credit requires an integrative, supplemental eight-page paper that relates the courses' content to bioethics.
  2. Eight (8) units come from the substitution of three School of Religion courses in the Pharm.D. curriculum with courses in the Bioethics Program because their content is duplicated.
  3. Nine (9) units of additional credit come from three electives in bioethics taken by Pharm.D. students.

M.A. degree requirements

School of Pharmacy courses that apply to the M.A. degree in bioethics
RXSA 545Public Health and Lifestyles3
RXSA 547Pharmacy Law2
RXSA 751Social-Behavioral Aspects of Pharmacy Practice3
Total Units8
A model curriculum of bioethics course work taken throughout the four years of the pharmacy curriculum
First Year
Spring Quarter
RELE 567World Religions and Bioethics3
RELE 565The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Moral Aspects of Art and Illness3
Second Year
Summer Quarter
RELE 524Bioethics and Society4
Autumn Quarter
RELE 542Bioethics Integration I1
Winter Quarter
RELE 543Bioethics Integration II1
RELE 588Explorers of the Moral Life3
Spring Quarter
RELE 555Clinical Ethics Practicum II4
Third Year
Summer Quarter
RELE 568Bioethics and the Law3
RELE 589Biblical Ethics3
Autumn Quarter
RELE 544Bioethics Integration III1
RELE 5__ Elective3
Winter Quarter
RELE 598Master's Seminar I3
RELE 5__ Elective3
Spring Quarter
RELE 566Heroes of Health Care3
RELE 599Master's Seminar II2
 Total Units: 40