The Admissions Committee seeks individuals who reflect a high degree of personal integrity, dependability, self-discipline, intellectual vigor, and a caring and thoughtful manner. Individuals who have held military health-care occupations, licensed vocational nurses, and individuals transferring from other nursing programs may qualify for advanced placement.

Application deadlines

Applicants seeking undergraduate admission must complete the application process by the following dates:

  • Autumn Quarter
    • Application submission deadline – February 1
    • Application documents and requirements deadline – March 1
  • Winter Quarter
    • Application submission deadline – July 1
    • Application documents and requirements deadline – August 1
  • Spring Quarter
    • Application submission deadline – October 1
    • Application documents and requirements deadline – 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 basic life support certificate approved by the American Heart Association.
  4. Have earned a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on all college coursework. Exception may be made based on a specific individualized evaluation. Grades below a "C" are nontransferable.
  5. Students considering transfer of nursing coursework must 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. Complete entrance tests required for all incoming students who are not registered nurses.
  7. Complete an interview arranged by the director of admissions.
  8. Complete prerequisites. Courses are listed as they relate to general education requirements.


Domain 1: Religion (10 quarter units)

(completed during enrollment at LLU)

Domain 2: Arts and humanities (minimum 16 quarter units)

Units must be selected from at least three of the following content areas: civilization/history, art, literature, language, philosophy, religion, or general humanities electives. A minimum of 3 quarter units in an area are required to meet a "content area."

Domain 3: Scientific inquiry and quantitative reasoning (minimum 12 quarter units)

  • College algebra (4)
  • Anatomy and physiology with laboratory, complete sequence (8 units/two terms)1
  • Introduction to organic and biochemistry with laboratory (8 units)2, 3
  • Basic medical microbiology with laboratory (5 units)1

Domain 4: Social sciences (minimum 12 quarter units)

  • General psychology (4 units)
  • Lifespan development or developmental psychology (4)
  • Introduction to sociology or anthropology (4)
  • One course (or components integrated into several courses) dealing specifically with issues of human diversity is required.

Domain 5: Written and oral communication (minimum 9 quarter units)

  • English composition, complete sequence that meets the baccalaureate degree requirements of a four-year college or university. (8-9 units)
  • Public speaking (4)

Domain 6: Health and wellness (minimum 2 quarter units)

  • Nutrition (3)
  • Physical education. Must include at least two separate physical activity courses totaling a minimum of one quarter units.


As necessary, to meet the minimum total requirement of 67 transferable quarter units. These units added to the 118 undergraduate units required in the program fulfill the 185 total units required for the bachelor's degree.


Preferred within five years


A complete sequence of both general biology and general chemistry may be accepted in lieu of the Intro to organic and biochemistry requirements.


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

For graduation requirements, see LLU General Education Requirements.

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 Nursing6
NRSG 224Nursing Pathophysiology5
NRSG 230Principles of Professionalism, Clinical Reasoning, and Self-Care3
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 Pharmacology3
NRSG 314Obstetrical and Neonatal Nursing5
NRSG 315Child Health Nursing6
NRSG 316Wellness and Health Promotion3
NRSG 324Nursing Informatics and Evidence-Based Practice3
NRSG 375Introduction to Applied Biostatistics for Nursing3
NRSG 375LComputer Applications in Biostatistics1
NRSG 404Introduction to Epidemiology for Nursing2
NRSG 405Home Care Nursing3
NRSG 408Critical Care Nursing8
NRSG 416Public Health Nursing4
NRSG 416LPublic Health Nursing Clinical Laboratory 14
NRSG 418Capstone Nursing Practicum6
NRSG 419Capstone Nursing Leadership6
NRSG 429Nursing Research3
Religion: upper-division 110
Must include from each of the following content areas: RELE (ethical), RELR (relational), and RELT (theological)
Must select one course from the following:
Adventist Beliefs and Life
Loma Linda Perspectives
Adventist Heritage and Health
Current Issues in Adventism
Total Units118

Fulfills service learning requirement.

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

Normal time to complete the program

Four (4) years — 2.66 years (eight [8] academic quarters) at LLU) — based on full-time enrollment.