Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

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Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
PNWU Logo.jpg
Established 2005
Type Private, non-profit
President Keith Watson, DO
Dean Thomas A. Scandalis, DO
Academic staff
Administrative staff
294 (total)[2]

Yakima, Washington,

Coordinates: 46°36′20″N 120°27′23″W / 46.6055°N 120.4564°W / 46.6055; -120.4564
Campus Urban (mid-sized)[3] 42 acres[1]

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) is an accredited private, non-profit graduate school located in Yakima, Washington, United States. The university's inaugural program was the first new medical school to open in the Pacific Northwest in sixty years, and it confers the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree. The school was founded in 2005, accepted its first class in 2008 and graduated its first class in May, 2012.


Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences educates and trains health care professionals emphasizing service among rural and medically underserved communities throughout the Northwest.


In 2005, the school was raising funds, and working towards securing land.[4] The university’s main building, Butler-Haney Hall, was dedicated in 2008, and cost $13 million to build.[5]

The school opened for classes on August 2008. In 2009, the university received a $400,000 federal grant to expand the College of Allied Health Sciences.[6] The first class of 69 medical students graduated from the Pacific Northwest University on May 12, 2012.[7][8]

Osteopathic Medical School[edit]

The college of osteopathic medicine is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.[9] The inaugural class of 2012 in the College of Osteopathic Medicine was made up of 75 students. Students perform two years of didactic training, where they focus on basic sciences, followed by two years of clinical rotations in off-site communities.[4] Pre-requisites for the program include:

  • a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution,
  • 12 semester hours of Biology, 8 semester hours of Inorganic Chemistry,
  • 8 semester hours of Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours of Physics,
  • 6 semester hours of English, and completion of the MCAT exam.

The school currently has 18 sites for clinical rotations over the five-state region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Rather than all of the students receiving their clinical training in Yakima, students are required to go to many parts of the Northwestern United States to receive hands-on training, often near to their homes. These sites include Fairbanks, Alaska; Blackfoot, Idaho; and Portland, Oregon among 15 others.


The campus now consists of four buildings. Butler-Haney Hall is the center of the school where instruction and training occur, as well as housing the College of Osteopathic Medicine's Library. A new addition to Butler-Haney Hall was completed in 2013. Cadwell Center opened in January 2011, and provides additional rooms for study, classroom and research space.[10] A new University Conference Center is expected to be complete by the spring of 2015 and this building coupled with Iron Horse Lodge (Administration building) brings the total of four buildings to the growing PNWU campus. Starting in the fall of 2015 PNWU in conjunction with Washington State University will be opening a Pharmacy school which will be granting PharmD degrees to it's new class. A local business developer is in the finishing touches of completing a three story series of single,two and three bedroom apartments immediately to the south of campus and in essence creating a block of new university housing for the growing health science university.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Chief Advancement Officer: Overview". Academic Search, Inc. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences". College Navigator. Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Pacific Northwest University of Health Science, College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM)". American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. pp. 66–67. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  4. ^ a b The Associated Press. "School for Osteopaths Expected to Open in '07" The Seattle Times, 15 Apr. 2005. Web. 01 Feb. 2012
  5. ^ Ward, Leah Beth (August 9, 2009). "It's Year Two for the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences". Yakima Herald. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Pacific Northwest University receives $400K federal grant". Yakima Herald. December 22, 2009. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ Shannon McCann (May 9, 2012). "PNWU First Graduation". KVEW TV. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  8. ^ Molly Rosbach (May 12, 2012). "With first graduating class, Pacific Northwest University's medical dream is realized". Yakima Herald. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine". AOA. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Cadwell Student Center Gift". Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. Archived from the original on 2012-02-29. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 

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