Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences campus

About Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

In 2004, doctors and elected members around the Northwest donated funds and sources to create a university dedicated to health sciences, starting with an osteopathic college of medicine. Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine was established in 2005. PNWU overtime developed a plan to hire-train-return to assist in solving a severe shortage of Northwest health care practitioners. PNWU stresses the selection of people who live in rural or medically unprivileged regions and teaches students in all those communities with the expected result of learners contributing to work in those areas or areas with matching background. In October of 2017, the PNWU-COM graduated 488 doctors and residents and registered their designation as a practitioner, more than 80 % are in the Northwest and 57 % are in remote or medically deprived places. PNWU has undergone a significant rise ever since it officially opened in 2008. 2011 saw the addition of the Cadwell Student Center to the college. The prominent complex, Butler-Haney Hall, got a significant extension in 2012 that incorporates a 400-person capacity hall, employee cabinets, and a student cafe section. The Conference Center was constructed in 2015. In 2016 Iron Horse Building was acquired and potential acquisitions of adjacent plots of land were done.


    Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences teaches and enlightens medical professionals across the Northwest, highlighting the provision of health assistance among remote and medically unprivileged communities.


    Dedication to Mission: Dedicated to the development, maintenance and enhancement of the standard of educational programs particularly for remote and deprived areas

    Collaborative: Collaborating with constructive acts, initiatives, and perceptions to address any incentive, problem or obstacle presented

    Compassionate: Any person is valued and regarded with respect, compassion, and love

    Genuine: actual humans delivering concrete strategies that directly affect community safety, finances, and consequences

    Focused on students: Unwavering assistance for every student encourages PNWU to understand their maximum potential

    Health: At PNWU, you’ll learn to grow up to be a member of a safe culture, and also how you succeed as part of that culture


    Admission Requirements

  • For PNWU-COM age limit to enroll is 18 years. 
  • Candidates are expected to be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Candidates should have completed a baccalaureate, master’s degree, or doctoral degree from an institute that has regional accreditation.
  • Authorized results are needed for Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), and should be sent to AACOMAS.
  • MCAT exam results from the actual examination are eligible for 3 years 
  • Reasonable performance, prior enrollment, of the following college courses which may include laboratory research.
  • English composition and literature: 6 semester hours/9 quarter hours
  • General chemistry: 8 semesters hours/12 quarter hours
  • Organic chemistry: 8 semesters hours/12 quarter hours (4 semester hours can be biochemistry)
  • Physics: 8 semesters hours/12 quarter hours
  • Biological Sciences: 12 semesters hours/18 quarter hours
  • In addition to the required academic prerequisite courses listed above, the following courses are recommended.
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Candidates and students should fulfill all minimum standards and regulations with or without reasonable accommodation, which recognize requirements of osteopathic medical students and doctors in carrying out prevalent tasks. PNWU will not hold a bias judgement against impaired candidates or otherwise eligible students and will have fair provisions.
  • An individual needs to be able to work relatively independently. PNWU should aim to create new ways to enable disabled people to get medical school admissions and educate themselves.
  • Applicants and students should be able to endure physically charging workflows and be able to perform well under high stress.
  • Application Timeline


  • The primary application, AACOMAS, opens
  • July

  • PNWU-COM begins reviewing AACOMAS applications and emails invitations for applicants to begin the supplemental application
  • Submit the required letters of recommendation through the AACOMAS evaluation process
  • Monitor your application status with AACOMAS and PNWU-COM
  • September

  • PNWU-COM begins emailing invitations to interview
  • October – April

  • On-campus interviews begin and admission offers are made until the class is full
  • February 1

  • Last day to submit an AACOMAS application
  • March 1

  • Last day to submit a supplemental application and all required documents
  • MCAT

    A Medical College Admission Examination (MCAT) should be completed by all candidates before acceptance by the Admissions Committee.  The MCAT is focused on the information obtained from the appropriate courses of science. MCAT scores older than three years from the date of registration are not accepted.

    Letters of Recommendation

  • A letter of recommendation is to be obtained from each of the following resources:
  • A doctor and it is recommended if he/she is an osteopathic doctor
  • A biology department member who has assessed the curriculum for the candidate
  • A pre-medical reference (pre-medical consultant or commission);
  • People serving in the military might use a senior, such as a commanding officer, to seek the approval of a pre-medical link.
  • PNWU-COM has no structured form of recommendations. All recommendations must be written, approved, should have a date mentioned on the authorized letter. Letters must be published within 2 years of the filing. Recommendations will be sent in the AACOMAS form.
  • Interview

    All candidates asked to interview with PNWU-COM must finish the U.S. Online CASPer evaluation, for the prevailing admission process, before their appointment. An on-campus interview day offers a chance for the applicants and candidates to know about PNWU. It will provide forums for direct contact with the teachers, personnel, and students. A professional dress code is required for the interview day. The day of the interview will include:

  • A practice session
  • Mini-Multiple Interviews (MMI)
  • A tour through the campus
  • A peer activity
  • A description of osteopathic coercive medicine
  • A Q&A Test for Students
  • A refreshment as lunch

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences Scholarships

    First Year and Continuing Students

  • AMA Foundation Scholarship
  • American Indian College Fund
  • American Society of Hematology Minority Medical Student Award Program
  • Chinese American Physicians Society
  • GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program
  • Give Semi-Annual Student Scholarship Award
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences Scholarship
  • Helen S. Davis Medical School Scholarship (Montana residents only)
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • Howard G. Lapsley Memorial Scholarship Fund for Medical Education (graduated from a New Jersey high school only)
  • Indian Health Service
  • LGBTQ and Straight Ally Scholarships – Pride Foundation
  • LGBTQ and Straight Ally Scholarships – GSBA Scholarship Fund
  • Making a Difference Foundation (MADF)
  • Medical Field Scholarship
  • Morgagni Medical Scholarship (must be at least 50% Italian)
  • MSK Summer Fellowship Program
  • National Health Service Corps
  • National Medical Fellowship
  • Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship
  • PNWU Scholarships
  • ProgressIQ Student Scholarship
  • Rural Health and Human Services
  • Save a Life
  • Sea Mar Community Health Centers (Washington only)
  • Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship
  • SOMA Scholarship (Student Osteopathic Medical Association)
  • Tylenol Scholarships
  • United Negro College Fund Scholarships, Programs, Internships and Fellowships
  • Washington State Health Professional Loan Repayment and Scholarship Programs
  • WICHE PSEP (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s Professional Student Exchange Program)
  • Yakama and Native American Scholarship Sites
  • Only Continuing Students

  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians Scholarship
  • American Osteopathic Foundation
  • Beta Sigma Phi Healthcare Scholarship (for current OMS2 students only)
  • Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation
  • Denver Osteopathic Foundation
  • Field Scholarship (for OMS4 only)
  • Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation
  • Oklahoma Educational Foundation for Osteopathic Medicine
  • Paul Ambrose Scholars Program
  • Piscano Scholars Leadership Program
  • Washington Osteopathic Foundation
  • Washington Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Washington Student Achievement Council Health Professional Loan Repayment Program
  • Veterans Scholarships

  • Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation opportunities for children of current and former Marines
  • Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
  • com Scholarship Search
  • National Military Family Association Scholarships available to military spouses with a valid military ID
  • Thanks, USA Scholarships awarded to spouses and dependent children of active-duty military personnel
  • Pat Tillman Military Scholarship supports our nation’s active-duty service members, veterans, and military spouses by investing in their higher education
  • VA Mortgage Center Military Education Scholarships offers scholarships twice a year, in May and November
  • The American Legion Scholarships
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America Scholarship
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Scholarships
  • Washington State Guide for Veterans Attending College
  • S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences Campus Life

    Housing Facilities

    Students find difficulty in living at hostels and even before that finding the appropriate housing facility is not an easy task. Students need to consider many factors before they consider renting or living at a place. The place should be near the main campus, the fair should be affordable, food resorts should be nearby, the place should be clean, and the landlord should be a reasonable person. Considering all these concerns below are listed the off-campus apartments which are suitable for living.

  • Terrace Heights
  • 115 North Naches Ave
  • 20 E Staff Sgt. Pendleton Way
  • 513 North 2nd Street
  • 606 S. 6th Ave
  • 1411 Roosevelt Ave
  • 1006 W. Mead Avenue
  • 1708 S. 11th Ave
  • 1113 W. Washington
  • 1020 S. 20th Ave.
  • 2803 W. Nob Hill Blvd.
  • 913 S. 42nd Ave.
  • Arlington Apartments 905 S.44th…
  • 103 Ladwig Lane 103 Ladwig Lane
  • 305 Southern
  • The Karlee Apartments 404
  • Student Ethics

    PNWU-COM Student Board of Ethics and Professionalism is a panel of students tasked with investigating the allegations of allegedly moral or occupational abuse. This committee is the result of the willingness of the students to maintain their colleagues to the standards of conduct and actions required to be a good doctor. The board is comprised of students from all 4 years and examines problems including but not confined to breaches of dress code; study room conflicts; social intervention concerning school activities; problems pertaining to improper sharing of information among students; and discussing issues related to the correct and ethical usage of emerging technology not yet defined in the student manual.

    Student Organizations

    The definitive Voice for Students is the PNWU Student Government Association (SGA). SGA is available to students and accepts ideas from all members of the student committee and their involvement. SGA is able to distribute resources for student services, for liaising the school community, for supporting health care system careers, for promoting the league and school activities, and for increasing performance.

    PNWU-COM Clubs and Societies

  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians/Family Medicine Interest Group (ACOFP)
  • Biomedical Ethics Club
  • Christian and Medical Dental Association (CMDA)
  • Dermatology Club
  • Emergency Medicine Club
  • Geriatrics Interest Group
  • Global Health Interest Group
  • Grand Rounds (AMSA)
  • Health Equity Club
  • Infectious Disease Club
  • Internal Medicine Club
  • Latter-day Saint Student Association (LDSSA)
  • LGBTQ+ Alliance for Health
  • Multi-Faith Club (MFC)
  • Neuroscience Club
  • Pediatrics Club
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Club (PM&R)
  • PNWU Developmental Medicine Club
  • PNWU Sports Medicine Club
  • PNWU Student Osteopathic Surgery Association (SOSA)
  • Prevention & Lifestyle Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Club
  • Radiology Club
  • Reproductive Health Club
  • SAAO – The OMT club
  • Sigma Sigma Phi Gamma Delta Chapter
  • Spanish Club
  • Student Advocate Association (SAA)
  • Student Association for Clinical and Anatomical Pathology (SACAP)
  • Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS)
  • Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
  • Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)
  • Student Osteopathy Obstetricians and Gynecologists Association (SOOGA) – OBGYN Club
  • Veteran’s Club
  • Wilderness Medicine Club
  • Women in Medicine
  • Run for your Life

    RFYL is a yearly charity 5000 Enjoyable Race / Walk & Wellness Festival, solely arranged by PNWU medical students. Its first major event took place on Terrace Heights campus in 2011. Since then, RFYL has been relocated to Yakima to highlight the fantastic city that managed to create PNWU. As future doctors, the students strive to bring together the society to encourage healthy ways of life. This festival is now a way for PNWU students to make a contribution by offering family entertainment, balanced, and secure exercise to the bigger Yakima region. In fact, all funds are transferred to a small charity that supports the health of the population and well-being.

    Dr. Najeeb Lectures

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How to Prosper in a Medical College

    Find your drive

    Discover what keeps you moving. For some it might be good grades, for some it might be getting the top position, for some, it might be learning things in-depth, for some, it might be gaining knowledge about new concepts, for some, it might be a better future for their family, for some, it might be family pressure. But you should try to find your drive before starting to work on anything. For in the medical college the journey is very long and it can get exhausting at times. What keeps you from leaving things in the middle unsolved and running away is the drive, it’s that sense of achievement that satisfaction you get when you are following your dream. It is normal for human beings to fail in several things which they are attempting but the drive that helps you in overcoming failure and standing up on your feet once again. When there is a motivation it has it’s own super energy which keeps you on track despite all the hardships and difficulties. What you need to do is find your drive and make it the tool for a forward push.

    Learn do not Pass Courses Only

    In university, it is a common practice and even students get to hear this a lot from seniors to just pass the course either by cramming or cheating. In the case of difficult courses normally students give up and do not even try to learn the concepts and this is very dangerous. Doctors have the lives of patients at their hands so they cannot just trespass a concept. Even if you do not score well in a certain subject but you have an understanding of the concepts then you are a successful professional. Students focus on grades and ignore the aspect of learning. This, in turn, leads to students struggling when they enter professional life and they are unable to cope up with the pace and get yelled at for not knowing the concepts well enough. Remember always what matters is the learning and that is the key to success.  

    For more information you can visit the School’s official website.



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