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Just to clarify. Seventh-Day Adventist isn't a cult, is a religion . As yoga mentioned Loma Linda University (California) is owned by SDA. It is very prestigious in the medical field. As far as education goes, it never gets mixed with the religious aspect of SDA. They will never try to impose, not even educate you about their beliefs. You are there to obtain a degree and that is what your education is based on.
No Pain, I have the catalog from this school, and I do believe they require you to take a class on religion. It is to be taken the first three quarters of school. This is a quote from the catolog describing the class: "begin with a devotional reading/talking and thus expose the student to Christian philosophy from the Seventh-Day Adventist perspective... While a relationship with Christ is a major topic there will be discussion of Seventh-Day Adventist doctrines. Many of these are held in common with most other churches, some will be held by only a few churches, and only one is unique to Seventh-Day Advenists." It also described the class as supporting the schools belief that "true education involve the growth of the spiritual, intellectual and physical aspect of the student".
It is my opinion in reading the material and from what I have heard from student that it is not "shoved" down your throat. It appears they simply believe that religion is a part of your growth as a student and place it as part of their curriculum to ensure your full potential. I do think it is important to consider this if you are highly opposed to any religious teachings. Seventh-Day Adventist faith is very similiar to many protestant faiths - the biggest difference is they observe the "sabbath" on Saturday instead of Sunday. The school does respect that many student observe Sunday as their religious day and make accomadation for them by keeping activities to a minimum on Sunday.
Personally, I enjoy being educated on all types of religion. I think it make you a better health care professional. What I choose to believe or not believe is up to me. The school is highly respected and I am considering it as one of my top choices.