Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Location: Yakima, WA
COVID-19 Related Information
Offers Virtual Interviews: Yes, during times when social distancing is required
Requires a Letter from a Physician: DO or MD Letter Required, however, if possible, a DO Letter is preferred
Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements: Yes, if passed and taken for credit at a regionally accredited college or university
Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements: Yes, if passed and taken for credit at a regionally accredited college or university
Accepts Online Lab Coursework: Yes, but must be from a regionally accredited institution
Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework: Yes, but must meet the minimum academic prerequisite credit requirement
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM) educates and trains students to become osteopathic physicians that provide research-driven quality care to communities of the Northwest, particularly in rural and medically underserved populations
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM) is dedicated to attracting students from communities of the Pacific Northwest region (i.e., WA, OR, ID, MT and AK), and rural or medically underserved areas throughout the United States, offering an excellent osteopathic medical education. PNWU-COM utilizes community-based hospitals and physician preceptor clinics for an integral part of the clinical education in regional sites throughout the Pacific Northwest.
The college focuses on medical education utilizing the osteopathic principles and practices in the training of a new generation of physicians who will be encouraged to live, work and serve in the communities in which they have received their medical education experiences.
Year founded: 2005
Type: Private, non-profit
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM) is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
- Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
- Butler-Haney Hall is a 68,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility with a large auditorium and numerous classrooms for large- and small-group interaction, a spacious gross anatomy laboratory for pro-section and dissection, a large teaching lab for osteopathic manipulative medicine, research facilities, and a large clinical skills area for patient simulation and standardized patient interaction. Butler-Haney is designed with technology that enhances the student learning environment, and is home to the COM Dean, faculty, Academic Support, Library and Technology Services.
- Watson Hall is a 36,000 square-foot facility designed with the intent of flexibility and study habits. Interior spaces provide natural lighting, wall-length white boards, engaged learning environment, and green technologies. Watson Hall has classrooms, labs, small group rooms, open study area, conference rooms, and offices.
- Cadwell Student Center is a 10,000-square-foot facility with classrooms, student lounge and study space.
- University Conference Center is a 10,300-square-foot facility used for conferences, classrooms, boardroom and study space.
- PNWU consumes 10,000-square-feet of Iron Horse Lodge. There are multiple university offices located in this building along with administration.
Student residence options:
Students must secure their own housing. PNWU is surrounded by neighborhoods with a variety of housing options. PNWU will assist students in their search for appropriate, affordable housing
- Total medical school enrollment: 576
- Total male: 265
- Total female: 311
- First-year enrollment: 144
- First-year male: 60
- First-year female: 84
- First-year in-state: 71
- First-year out-of-state: 73
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 576
The PNWU-COM curriculum is carefully constructed to thoroughly prepare graduates for practice in any setting or specialty. In addition, the PNWU-COM educational program is tailored to meet the unique needs of patients in rural, medically underserved areas. Years I and II are on the Yakima campus. Years III and IV are spent in regional sites throughout the Pacific Northwest five-state region, supported by a regional assistant dean, and Yakima campus staff. The small class size encourages student involvement in many aspects of the university: student/faculty interaction, community clinical experience, activities, development, and community service.
Years I and II have a curriculum structure that combines lecture- and case-based learning with early clinical experiences. After an initial orientation to scientific foundations, this curriculum includes an integrated organ-systems approach to the preclinical sciences. Years III and IV consist of clinical rotations in hospital, clinic, and private practice settings and include required didactic sessions. The curriculum includes:
- Use of standardized patients
- Integrated Osteopathic Principles and Practice
- Human patient simulators
- Student to cadaver ratio of 4:1
- Interprofessional educational experiences
Dual Degree Programs
Admissions Process & Application Information
The major criteria for rating applicants are academic excellence, commitment to osteopathic primary care, commitment to practice medicine in an underserved area, and personal characteristics. Academic excellence is measured by assessing results of the MCAT and academic performance. The degree of difficulty of the program that the applicant studied is also considered. No interview is involved in this assessment.
After the initial assessment, selected applicants are invited to visit the campus for a formal personal interview. After the interview, the Admissions Committee reviews the applicant files and make recommendations to the dean. Applicants are notified as soon as final admission decisions are made.
An acceptance fee is required from successful applicants. Acceptance is conditional until all required documentation is received and completed to PNWU’s satisfaction. Transcripts must be on file prior to matriculation.
PNWU is a private institution and encourages applications from qualified students who are interested in pursuing a career in osteopathic medicine. Qualified applicants from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, and rural and/or medically-underserved areas of the country will be given preference for admission to PNWU.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/5/2020)
- Primary application deadline: 2/1/2021
- Supplemental application deadline: 3/1/2021
- Submission timing for best consideration:
For best consideration, applicants should submit their application at least four weeks prior to this school’s latest filing date.
First-Year Class Matriculants’ Selection Factors:
PNWU-COM requires applicants to have a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Any undergraduate major is acceptable as long as prerequisites are passed and taken for credit at a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or hold a permanent resident visa.
PNWU-COM considers all applicants for admission without respect to age, gender, sexual orientation, race, color, ethnicity, sex, marital status, religion, disabilities, gender identity, or national origin. Applicants are considered on their intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, leadership, maturity, record of community service, commitment and suitability to succeed in the study of osteopathic medicine. Applicants from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and rural or medically underserved areas of the United States will be given preference in order to meet the mission of PNWU-COM. A criminal background check, and completion of immunization records will be required for matriculation to the university.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered:No
- Oldest MCAT considered: June 2017
- Accept September 2020 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2021 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Earliest supplemental application submission date: 7/1/2020
- Supplemental application deadline: 3/1/2021
- Supplemental application requirements:
- A verified AACOMAS application, including official MCAT score
- A complete PNWU-COM supplemental application and nonrefundable application fee
- A letter of recommendation from each of the following, written within two years prior to making application.
- A physician (preferably a DO)
- A science faculty member who is familiar with the applicant’s academic work
- A pre-medical source. If a pre-medical source is not available, a second physician or science faculty may be substituted
- All candidates must meet health and minimum technical standards as outlined in the PNWU Student Catalog.
- Fee waiver available: Yes
- Waiver conditions:
Fee waiver requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The applicant must have received or be eligible to receive an AACOMAS fee waiver. Fee waiver funds may be limited.
- Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
Screened applicants: A combination of academic performance, MCAT, and personal characteristics.
- Supplemental application fee: $85, non-refundable
Interviews begin in late-September and continue to early-April. MMI interviews are a combination of open and closed file. The interview day includes time with current students, group activities, a tour, and a light lunch.
- Biology/Zoology, 12 semester hours with lab
- Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
- Inorganic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
- Physics, 8 semester hours with lab
- College English, 6 semester hours
- Behavioral Sciences
Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following AACOMAS traffic guideline schedule:
- Those accepted prior to November 15 will have until December 14
- Those accepted between November 15 and January 14 will have 30 days
- Those accepted between January 15 and May 14 will have 14 days
- Those accepted after May 15 may be asked for an immediate deposit
- After May 15 of the year of matriculation, each medical college may implement college-specificprocedures for accepted students who hold one or more seats at other medical colleges
- Earliest acceptance date: 10/1/2020
- Latest acceptance date: 8/16/2021
- Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes
PNWU-COM does not usually defer admission, requests submitted to the Admission Committee will be reviewed and a recommendation made to the dean for final decision.
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: 8/9/2021
Early Decision Program
- Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants
|American Indian/Alaska Native||1%|
|Black or African American||2%|
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||1%|
Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
- 2019-20 annual resident tuition: $56,000
- 2019-20 annual non-resident tuition: $56,000
- 2019-20 annual resident fees: $0
- 2019-20 annual non-resident fees: $0
- 2019-20 annual health insurance fee: $0
- Tuition and fees include:
- Student Services
- Student Activities
- Technology (not computer)
- Microscope Rental
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $19,385
- Average 2019 graduate indebtedness: $310,566
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $1,000, non-refundable
- Additional deposit amount: $0
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes
- Financial Aid Website
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 85%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: $8,410
Contacts & Additional Resources
200 University Parkway
Yakima, WA 98901
Main phone: (509) 249-7888
Phone: (509) 249-7888
Fax: (509) 249-7907