Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

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Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, also referred to as PNWU, is a private, not-for-profit graduate school in Yakima, Washington that is fully accredited. Founded in 2005, PNWU’s was the first medical school to open in the Pacific Northwest in over 60 years. Its inaugural program is the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree which was launched in 2008. The university also offers a masters of clinical counseling; a masters of public health; a doctorate in clinical psychology (PsyD); a physician assistant masters program (P.A.), and for registered nurses with an associate’s degree the school offers a transition program to earn a 4-year bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN).

Osteopathic Medical School

PNWU’s college of osteopathic medicine is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, a member of the American Osteopathic Association. The school’s first class of 2012 consisted of 75 students. The osteopathic medical school at PNWU consists of two years of education in the basic sciences (didactic training), followed by two years of clinical training and clinical rotations. Applicants to PNWU’s medical school must first complete a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, have 12 semester hours of Biology (8 of which must be in Inorganic Chemistry), 6 semester hours of English, 8 hours of Physics, and pass the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

The PNWU medical school offers off-site clinical rotations in a number of communities located in Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

The school’s campus consists of two buildings located in Yakima. The first building, Butler-Haney Hall, is the central training center for the school and the location of the College of Osteopathic Medicine Library. The second building, Cadwell Center, which opened in January of 2011, offers several study rooms, classrooms and research facilities.

General Information

200 University Parkway, Yakima, WA 98901

General Information:(509) 452-5100
Institution Type:Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Awards Offered:Doctor’s degree – professional practice (new classification)
Campus setting:Suburb: Midsize
On-campus housing:No
Student Population:75 (0 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:2 to 1

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