University foundation


Loma Linda University is part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education. In 1905, the University (formerly College of Medical Evangelists) was founded—through a series of divine providences—at Loma Linda, California, by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The School of Nursing began in 1905. In 1909, the College of Medical Evangelists received its charter as a medical school with the express purpose of preparing physicians who could meet the needs of the whole person. Both schools emphasized the need for healthful living as a part of medical care—a revolutionary concept in 1905.

The University was designated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a center for educating health professionals. The original schools—Nursing and Medicine—have been joined by Allied Health Professions, Behavioral Health, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Religion as well as the Faculty of Graduate Studies. University curricula are approved by their respective professional organizations. From its small beginnings, the University has achieved widespread recognition, having sent more of its graduates into international service than has any other university. It remains committed to the vision of its founders and is sustained by its close association with the Adventist Church.

From 1913 to 1962, the University operated within health facilities in two cities: Loma Linda and Los Angeles. In September 1962, all health professional education was consolidated at Loma Linda. In 1967, Loma Linda University Medical Center opened in its new three-tower facility—a landmark cloverleaf structure. The medical center continues on the cutting edge of health care, providing excellent service for patients and expanding educational opportunities for students.

In 1990, the Board of Trustees designated Loma Linda University a health sciences university—part of a complex that includes Loma Linda University Medical Center, faculty practice plans, and affiliated institutions. The University is a leader in the field of health sciences education, research, and service.

The most current campus census figures (Autumn 2022) indicate that the core of the combined faculties consists of 2,319 full-time faculty. Part-time and voluntary faculty (1,699—largely clinicians in the professional curricula) bring the total to 3,488. As of Autumn Quarter 2022, 571 students from 85 countries outside the United States are represented in the enrollment of 4,325.

A century of service

Today, the original 1905 property is part of an expanding health sciences campus that includes:

  • Six medical facilities, licensed for approximately 1,076 beds—
    • Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC), 1966.
    • Loma Linda University Children's Hospital (LLUCH), 1993.
    • Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus Hospital (LLUECH), 2003, licensed under LLUMC as Loma Linda University Community Medical Center (LLUCMC), 1993—formerly known as Loma Linda Community Hospital.
    • Loma Linda University Heart and Surgical Hospital (LLUHSH), 2009.
    • Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center (LLUBMC)—an acute psychiatric care facility—1991.
    • Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta, 2011.
  • Twelve Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) institutes, two LLUH-related research centers, and various school-related research centers (see Learning Environment).
  • Loma Linda University (on campus, distance education, and online degree programs through the Schools of Allied Health Professions, Behavioral Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Religion as well as the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  • San Bernardino Campus - San Manuel Gateway College.
1905 School of Nursing
1909 The institution was named College of Medical Evangelists (CME)
1922 Department of Dietetics*
1937 School of Medical Technology*
1941 School of Physical Therapy*
1945 Radiologic Technology Program*
1948 School of Tropical and Preventive Medicine (reorganized as School of Public Health, 1964)
1953 School of Dentistry
1954 Graduate School (restructured as Faculty of Graduate Studies, 2005)
1958 Dental Hygiene Program
1959 Occupational Therapy Program*
1963 Medical Records Administration Program*
1966 Schools/Programs (see * above) consolidated as the School of Allied Health Professions
1967 Loma Linda University campus merges with La Sierra College
1968 Loma Linda University Medical Center dedicated
1990 Loma Linda and La Sierra campuses become two separate universities; Loma Linda University designated a health sciences university
1997 Loma Linda University and Medical Center (corporately linked together through Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center—LLUAHSC)
2002 School of Pharmacy
2003 School of Science and Technology
2007 School of Religion
2012 School of Science and Technology closed
2012 School of Behavioral Health
2015 Corporation name changed from Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center (LLUAHSC) to Loma Linda University Health (LLUH)
2021 Dennis and Carol Troesh Medical Campus opens