Nursing — BS (generic)

The Admissions Committee is looking for individuals who reflect a high degree of personal integrity, dependability, self-discipline, intellectual vigor, and a caring and thoughtful manner.

Application deadlines

Applicants seeking undergraduate admission must have the application process completed by the dates indicated in the following.

  • Autumn Quarter—March 1
  • Winter Quarter—August 1
  • Spring Quarter—November 1

In addition to Loma Linda University admission requirements, the applicant must:

  1. Have completed a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  2. Have a current first aid certificate.
  3. Have a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate approved by the American Heart Association.
  4. Have earned a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on all college course work. Grades below a "C" are nontransferable.
  5. For students considering transfer of nursing course work, provide course descriptions or outlines for clinical nursing courses in order for the school to determine the amount of transfer credit to be granted.
  6. Have completed science courses within the past five years or have them validated at Loma Linda University.
  7. Complete entrance tests required of all incoming students who are not registered nurses.
  8. Complete an interview arranged by the director of admissions.
  9. Complete prerequisite courses listed below:
Domain 1: Religion and humanities28
Religion: 1
Prorated, based on units taken at a Seventh-day Adventist college or university. (See University Division of General Studies for religion and humanities specifics.)
Humanities (12 units minimum):
Must be chosen from three of the following areas: civilization/history, fine arts, literature, modern language, philosophy, or performing/visual arts (not to exceed 4 quarter units)
Domain 2: Scientific inquiry and analysis (35 quarter units)
Natural Sciences (23 units minimum):
Intermediate algebra (or high school algebra II—not counted toward domain total) R
Human anatomy and physiology with laboratory, complete sequence8
Introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry, with laboratory 28
Basic medical microbiology with laboratory5
Social Sciences (12 units minimum):
Sociology or Anthropology4
General psychology4
Developmental psychology (life span development)4
Domain 3: Communication (12 quarter units)
English composition, complete sequence9
Domain 4: Health and wellness (5 quarter units)
Physical education (two separate physical activity courses) R
Nutrition (must include a clinical nutrition course) 14
Domain 5: Electives
To meet total GE requirements and total degree requirements of 185 quarter units.



Some of these may be completed while a student at LLU.


 A combined organic and biochemistry course of less than 8 units may be accepted if determined the course has covered the necessary content adequately.

Pre-entrance requirements

  1. A completed background check
  2. Health clearance, including immunizations as outlined in the "Admissions Policies and Information"
NRSG 217Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 16
NRSG 224Nursing Pathophysiology5
NRSG 324Nursing Informatics and Evidence-Based Practice3
NRSG 230Principles of Professionalism, Clinical Reasoning, and Self-Care4
NRSG 231Foundations of Nursing3
NRSG 232Fundamentals of Nursing7
NRSG 233Health Assessment3
NRSG 301Adult Health Nursing I6
NRSG 302Adult Health Nursing II8
NRSG 303Adult Health Nursing III7
NRSG 305Nursing Pharmacology2
NRSG 314Obstetrical and Neonatal Nursing5
NRSG 315Child Health Nursing6
NRSG 316Wellness and Health Promotion3
NRSG 375Introduction to Applied Biostatistics for Nurses3
NRSG 375LComputer Applications in Biostatistics1
NRSG 404Introduction to Epidemiology for Nursing2
NRSG 405Health Transitions and Post-Acute Care3
NRSG 408Critical Care Nursing8
NRSG 416Public Health Nursing4
NRSG 416LPublic Health Nursing Clinical Laboratory4
NRSG 418Capstone Nursing Practicum 46
or NRSG 424 Professional Practice for the Working RN
NRSG 419Leadership Principles and Trends in Nursing6
NRSG 429Nursing Research3
REL _4__Upper-division Religion 210
Select one course from the following:2
Adventist Beliefs and Life
Loma Linda Perspectives
Adventist Heritage and Health
Current Issues in Adventism
Total Units120

May be taken concurrently while at junior-level status 


Students are required to take at least one course from the content areas of RELE, RELR, and one of the required RELT courses listed above.  Total units required are based on the percentage of course work from an SDA college/university. The maximum requirement is 16 units including transfer credit.


Course may be waived based on selected admission criteria


NRSG 424 Professional Practice for the Working RN is for students who have taken the NCLEX early and are working as an RN.

Total unit requirement for graduation is 185 quarter units (transfer units plus above-listed courses).

Normal time to complete the program

4 years — 2.66 years (8 academic quarters) at LLU) — based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted