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I received admission to University of the Pacific's 24-month program and have an interview next week for Loma Linda University's Transitional Masters, but am having a hard time deciding which to choose (if I am admitted to LLU). Has anyone heard anything (positive or negative) about either program? I am NOT Seventh Day Adventist, and religion is not affecting my decision process.

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From what I've heard religion-wise Loma Linda isn't extremely shove-down-your-throat religious. They do have a medical ethics class that is centered around christian morals though I think, if that's something that would affect our decision. The area around Loma Linda has pretty dang cheap housing for California (~$500 for splitting a two bedroom). I've heard good things about the program itself, lots of great opportunities in the medical field!

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2 hours ago, SLPborn2b said:

I received admission to University of the Pacific's 24-month program and have an interview next week for Loma Linda University's Transitional Masters, but am having a hard time deciding which to choose (if I am admitted to LLU). Has anyone heard anything (positive or negative) about either program? I am NOT Seventh Day Adventist, and religion is not affecting my decision process.

Please Help!!

I currently attend Loma Linda and I do have to say that the program is very supportive, very organized. As a TM you would finish in three years. The university itself is not forcefully religious, as snoves mentioned, but you may have to attend chapel during your first year. There are religious services that are mandatory if you have class before 3PM on a Wednesday, which may be possible your first year, but almost guaranteed to not occur your second and third year since you will be taking the graduate courses which mostly occur in the evenings. There are also spiritual emphasis weeks on the third week of every quarter where you are asked to go to chapel if you have class before 3PM on Monday-Thursday. You are allowed to skip chapel twice per quarter though, so you could apply those during those weeks.

I'm not seventh-day adventist myself, but I enjoyed my undergrad here. The chapel services are a great time to catch up on homework (they're very lenient on whether you actually listen or not), and there are no classes or clinics held on Fridays because they observe the Sabbath. You essentially get a three-day weekend every week.

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On 4/12/2018 at 2:19 PM, joannly said:

I currently attend Loma Linda and I do have to say that the program is very supportive, very organized. As a TM you would finish in three years. The university itself is not forcefully religious, as snoves mentioned, but you may have to attend chapel during your first year. There are religious services that are mandatory if you have class before 3PM on a Wednesday, which may be possible your first year, but almost guaranteed to not occur your second and third year since you will be taking the graduate courses which mostly occur in the evenings. There are also spiritual emphasis weeks on the third week of every quarter where you are asked to go to chapel if you have class before 3PM on Monday-Thursday. You are allowed to skip chapel twice per quarter though, so you could apply those during those weeks.

I'm not seventh-day adventist myself, but I enjoyed my undergrad here. The chapel services are a great time to catch up on homework (they're very lenient on whether you actually listen or not), and there are no classes or clinics held on Fridays because they observe the Sabbath. You essentially get a three-day weekend every week.

Thanks Joannly! Could you tell me the average age of the people in your undergrad classes? Also if you worked with the TMs, which you probably did, could you guess their average age? Any guess would be helpful!

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On 4/12/2018 at 11:57 AM, SLPborn2b said:

I received admission to University of the Pacific's 24-month program and have an interview next week for Loma Linda University's Transitional Masters, but am having a hard time deciding which to choose (if I am admitted to LLU). Has anyone heard anything (positive or negative) about either program? I am NOT Seventh Day Adventist, and religion is not affecting my decision process.

Please Help!!

Hi! I accepted my offer to Loma Linda earlier this month. I am also not Seventh Day Adventist, but after learning more about the program I do not think that will be an issue. From what I've heard, attending chapel isn't mandatory for our program since our classes overlap with the evening chapel time. I'm Christian and something that drew me to the program was how they work to combine medicine and faith. They also prayed with us before our interview, which I thought was extremely powerful! Loma Linda also guarantees medical placements to all of their students and they have a variety of medical placements as well. This was a draw for me since other schools I was deciding between could not guarantee medical placements. These are just a few of my reasons for choosing Loma Linda, hope it helps!

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On 4/14/2018 at 7:39 AM, SLPborn2b said:

Thanks Joannly! Could you tell me the average age of the people in your undergrad classes? Also if you worked with the TMs, which you probably did, could you guess their average age? Any guess would be helpful!

The average age of people in my undergrad range from 20-22 between the juniors and seniors. With the TMs, the ages can vary greatly! There are people who have just finished a non-CMSD major (21/22) or people who have decided to pursue speech from a different profession. I've seen people from anywhere between their 20s to late 30s. 

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