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 spring of 2012 marked 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.