Christian Colleges in California with Medical Programs

Oct 24, 2019

Students can prepare for a career in medicine at several Christian schools in California, including those affiliated with the Lutheran and Seventh Day Adventist denominations. Here we discuss a few of these schools and their medical programs.

As of 2018, there is one Christian university in California that has a School of Medicine. However, there are several Christian schools that offer pre-medicine programs for undergraduates. These schools are located in various cities throughout the state and are associated with different denominations. Explore a handful of the Christian schools in California that have medical programs.

School Comparison

Cities in California like Loma Linda, Redding and San Diego are home to 4-year Christian schools with medical programs. Compare a few of the schools and their undergraduate tuition rates (unless noted) below.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Loma Linda University 4-year, private not-for-profit Seventh Day Adventist Loma Linda, CA $30,720
$25,440 (graduate)
Point Loma Nazarene University 4-year, private not-for-profit Church of the Nazarene San Diego, CA $34,600
Concordia University-Irvine 4-year, private not-for-profit Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod Irvine, CA $34,100
Simpson University 4-year, private not-for-profit Christ and Missionary Alliance Church Redding, CA $27,700
Azusa Pacific University 4-year, private not-for-profit Undenominational Azusa, CA $37,506

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of the Christian Colleges in California with Medical Programs

Students wishing to study medicine should consider what kind of pre-medical (or medical) program a school offers and ensure they receive a well-rounded background in health and science. Students may also wish to consider the size of a school and/or the spiritual growth opportunities the institution offers. Learn some of these details about a few of the Christian colleges in California with medical programs.

Loma Linda University

According to the NCES, Loma Linda University had about 1,180 undergraduate students and nearly 3,235 graduate students in 2017. The university is home to the School of Medicine that offers traditional medical student education, as well as residency programs, continuing medical education, basic sciences graduate courses and a pathologists' assistant program. Students in the medical program have the opportunity to do clinical rounds in a variety of areas, including surgery, family medicine, pediatrics and psychiatry. Many medical students participate in Social Action Community Health System or Students for International Mission Service to put their skills to practical use serving others. Other spiritual growth opportunities on campus include chapel and worship services, such as Refresh! (midweek worship) and spiritual retreats.

Point Loma Nazarene University

Students interested in applying to medical school can pursue Point Loma Nazarene University's pre-health program to earn a bachelor's degree in chemistry or biology. Students in the pre-health program receive special pre-health advising meetings to ensure that their degree pathway is customized to fit their specific medical career goals. According to the NCES, the university had 3,100 undergraduate students in 2017. The university promotes spiritual growth in its students by offering chapel services, Alpha Groups (faith community), mission programs and homeless or tutoring ministries.

Concordia University- Irvine

Students at Concordia University- Irvine can grow in their faith by attending chapel services offered four days a week, as well as SHOUT! services each Thursday evening which include devotions, testimonials, worship and prayer. The university's School of Arts and Sciences offers a bachelor's degree program in chemistry with a pre-medical emphasis. Students in this program take a few additional courses in topics like nutritional sciences, molecular and cellular biology and physical chemistry. In 2017, the NCES reported that the school had close to 1,855 undergraduate students.

Simpson University

Simpson University does not have a specific pre-med degree program; however, the university offers degree programs that support professional career pathways, including a medical school path. Students in the medical school pathway take coursework in biology, physics, chemistry and biochemistry that meet pre-requisites for medical school and prepare students to take the MCAT. Simpson University had 777 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. Undergraduate students on campus are required to attend twice weekly chapel services. Students may choose to participate with a WorldSERVE team, which involves a year-long discipleship and a short-term service project.

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University had 5,671 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. The school offers a pre-medical/pre-dental track that prepares students for the medical or dental school admission process and includes mock interviews and an application support letter. Students in this track have their own advisor to help them throughout the program and have the opportunity to participate in clinical programs and medical mission trips to countries such as Haiti and India. In addition to mission trips, students on campus can grow in their faith through chapel services, discipleship groups and service-learning opportunities.

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