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Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

Region: Washington Country: USA

President's Welcome
Welcome to Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. It is an honor and privilege to serve as the new president of PNWU. My wife and I are excited to begin our work with this young, vibrant, health care-focused university in Yakima, Washington. Located on a developing 43-acre campus, PNWU graduated its first class from the College of Osteopathic Medicine on May 12, 2012.

PNWU is an accredited, nonprofit university founded in 2005 by a visionary and dedicated board of trustees. We enjoy the generous and total support of Yakima community leaders and a host of other forward-thinking individuals throughout the Pacific Northwest who share in the vision of a medical university dedicated to our core themes of exceptional education, access to health care for all, and research that supports primary health care.

PNWU's mission is to train compassionate and competent osteopathic physicians and other health care providers to fill the health care needs in the Pacific Northwest, especially in rural and underserved areas. Over 90% of our students are from Washington,Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska - and bring enthusiasm, optimism and positive energy to our campus. Clinical training sites across the Pacific Northwest provide excellent community-based medical education experiences.

In June, 2012, PNWU embarked on the Phase II expansion of Butler-Haney Hall. This wing will include two, 150-seat auditoriums and additional faculty and staff offices. The university is poised for growth and expansion guided by a dynamic strategic plan.

Our culture of teamwork, transparency, and keeping the success of our students at the forefront makes working at PNWU a positive experience. Thank you for visiting our website. You are also invited to visit our campus to experience the excitement and high energy of this young institution.

College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) Accreditation
PNWU-COM has been granted accreditation by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association, 142 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Accreditation status is the highest level of accreditation awarded, and confers all rights and privileges of accreditation. Accreditation status is reviewed on a seven (7) year cycle unless otherwise directed by the COCA for a shorter period. Renewal of accreditation is subject to an on-site visit. Once accreditation status is attained, the COM will retain that status until such time as it may be withdrawn by the COCA or may be voluntarily withdrawn at the request of the COM.

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences to offer the following degree program: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Authorization by the HECB does not carry with it an endorsement by the board of the institution or its programs

What started as a conversation around a table in 2004 to address critical health care shortages in the five-state region of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska soon became Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences through the tireless efforts of dedicated and generous founders. Today the university is a four-year postgraduate institution, and its college of osteopathic medicine is one of 26 schools of osteopathic medicine nationally. The first students entered the university in the fall of 2008, and thus the spring of 2012 will mark the graduation of the university's first class.

With its founding, the university and its college of osteopathic medicine became the Pacific Northwest's first new medical school in 60 years. It will substantially increase the number of new practicing physicians each year and prepare a new generation of doctors to serve the five million at-risk people in the area's underserved communities.

Located in the city of Yakima, in the heart of Central Washington, the university is two hours east of Seattle, three hours west of Spokane, and three hours northeast of Portland, Oregon.

Yakima Living
The Yakima Valley climate is mild and dry, having characteristics of both maritime and continental climates modified by the Cascade and Rocky Mountains. The summers are dry and hot, and the winters are cool with light snowfalls. The fall and spring are mild and dry, as the valley receives an average of 290 days of sunshine each year. On a clear day, the majestic Washington mountains, Mount Adams and Mount Rainier, are visible on the skyline.

Yakima's downtown district is home to a burgeoning mecca of fine restaurants and eateries. Most are locally owned, so you know each recipe has all the attention to detail you could want from a dinner out on the town or even a lunch with friends and family.

Yakima Hospitals
Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center
Since opening their doors in 1891 as a seven room hospital, to performing Central Washington's first open heart surgery in 1978, Yakima Regional is now a 214 bed hospital and serves as the region's only full service cardiac care provider. They offer a spectrum of cardiac services - including life-saving open-heart surgery and a 24/7 heart team, giving patients a reason to stay in the valley for treatment.

Yakima Regional is the Valley's only hospital with a full-service Cardiac Center that offers:

  • 24/7 heart team
  • Open-heart surgery
  • Diagnostic & interventional cath lab (elective and emergent)
  • Advanced Care Unit
  • Accredited Chest Pain Center
  • Accredited Cardiac Rehab Phase I through III
In addition to heart care, Yakima Regional offers:
  • Inpatient rehab
  • Outpatient therapy
  • Home health and hospice
  • The Sleep Disorders Center
  • The Breast Health Center
  • Cancer care
  • Emergency services
  • Technology and imaging

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
In recent years, Memorial has come to represent state-of-the-art, quality-of-life health care services, such as the addition of the Children's Village facility, cancer care available at North Star Lodge, occupational and return-to-function services available at The Springs or `Ohana, Memorial's mammography and women's health care center.

Through community collaborations, Memorial has built a network of support encompassing primary health care and health education. Trusted comprehensive medical and surgical care teamed with advanced technology provides patients with modern and immediate attention to acute medical needs. Our 225-bed not-for-profit campus hospital serves more than 130,000 patients annually.

Memorial is home to the following Centers of Excellence:

  • Cancer care
  • Heart care
  • Children's services,
  • Family Birthplace
  • Hospice and home care
  • Orthopedics
  • Mental health
  • Sleep Center at Memorial
  • Women's services
  • Wound care
  • Work injury

The Yakima Valley's excellent weather makes it a wonderful location for outdoor activities. The Yakima River Canyon, a designated state scenic route connecting interstates 90 and 82, offers excellent wildlife viewing, world-class fly-fishing, river rafting, and camping. A 40-minute drive from Yakima will take you to the foot of two spectacular mountain passes, White Pass and Chinook Pass. Skiing, water sports, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, and a myriad of other activities are all within an hour's drive of Yakima.


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Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences Degree Programs :


  • Master Degree
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Video Presentation

Surgeon Mark Johnson, MD and Cullen Taplin, medical student on medical education

General Surgeon Mark Johnson, MD, with Skagit Regional Clinics - Surgery and Cullen Taplin, a medical student with Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences discuss the medical education program at Skagit Valley Hospital, a teaching hospital in Mount Vernon, WA. Skagit Valley Hospital also offers residency programs in internal medicine and family medicine with additional residencies to be offered in the future.

Contact Details

Address: 111 University Parkway  Yakima, WA 98901


(509) 452-5100

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