PNWUPacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (Yakima, WA)
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It has been a tremendous opportunity to serve PNWU, as its top priority is to prepare primary care osteopathic physicians for the medically underserved rural areas of the Pacific Northwest.
Since receiving provisional accreditation in August, PNWU has received more than a thousand applications for its first class of 70 students starting in the fall of 2008.
PNWU has been granted authority from the Higher Education Coordinating Board of Washington State to confer the medical degree Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).
PNWU plans to work cooperatively with other local training institutions, encouraging nursing and other allied health programs to use the simulation and anatomy labs when not occupied for physician training.