Apply to PNWU

The application process begins 15 months before matriculation. PNWU-COM accepts 135 students for each new class of osteopathic medical students. PNWU-COM uses a "rolling admissions" process.  Offers of admission are made throughout the entire application cycle. It is strongly recommended to apply early. PNWU is a member of AACOM and uses their application service (AACOMAS) for your primary application submission.  For AACOMAS application information or to apply, click here.  for more specific PNWU application info and timelines, please see below.  

 

Notice: Change to AACOMAS Repeat Coursework Policy for 2017-2018 AACOMAS Application Cycle

In an effort to increase transparency, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) has approved the following change regarding the AACOMAS Repeat Coursework Policy:

Effective May 1, 2017, AACOMAS will include all course attempts in the GPA calculation. This change applies to students matriculating into the 2018-2019 academic year. In the event of multiple attempts of the same course, AACOMAS will no longer drop initial course attempts from the GPA calculation.

Osteopathic medical schools may continue recalculating and weighing applicant GPAs per their established admissions practices. The scope of this policy change is limited to the AACOMAS verified GPA calculation.

The current AACOMAS Repeat Coursework Policy drops the initial course attempts from the GPA calculation. In the upcoming 2017-2018 AACOMAS application cycle, applicants will continue to identify repeated courses during coursework entry, but they will no longer enter 0.00 credit hours for initial attempts. Credit hours for all attempts will be entered as they appear on the official transcript and all grades will be averaged. The AACOMAS application instructions will be updated in advance of the 2017-2018 application cycle to reflect this change in policy. 

Effective May 1, 2017, applicants using the 2017-2018 application cycle Reapplicant feature in AACOMAS for matriculation into the 2018-2019 academic year must adhere to the new policy. Therefore, AACOMAS will automatically update previously verified repeated coursework to ensure all applications adhere to the new policy.

Should you have additional questions, please email AACOMAS Customer Service at moc.sacnosiail@ofnisamocaa.

 

In light of AACOM’s policy change regarding repeat coursework, PNWU-COM would like to reiterate the following:

  1. In accordance with past and current policy, PNWU-COM does not recalculate any of the information provided by AACOMAS.
  2. Both PNWU admissions and the selection committee will continue to review applicants in a holistic manner, recognizing that GPA is only one of many factors in the selection process.
  3. If you have any questions regarding your specific situation, we strongly encourage prospective applicants to contact their pre-medical/pre-health advisor, or a PNWU admissions counselor at ude.uwnp@noissimda or 509.249.7888 

Application Timeline

May

  • Begin the primary application through AACOMAS

July

  • PNWU-COM begins reviewing AACOMAS applications and emails invitations for applicants to begin the supplemental application before the deadline
  • Submit required letters of recommendation and monitor your application status

September

  • PNWU-COM begins emailing invitations to interview

October

  • On-campus interviews begin and admission offers are made until the class is full

February 1

  • last day to submit an AACOMAS application

March 1

  • last day to submit a supplemental application

Primary Application

The application to PNWU-COM begins by submitting a primary application through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Services (AACOMAS). Applicants designate PNWU-COM to receive your application. 

A verification of the information provided on the application will take place. This may take as much as 30 days or longer. PNWU-COM will receive the application only after the verification is complete by AACOMAS. Applicants should review the AACOMAS instructions and FAQ to assist them in submitting their application properly.

AACOMAS applications without MCAT scores will not be processed by PNWU, and could be denied. If you apply without your MCAT scores and get denied, Contact Enrollment Services once your AACOMAS application has been updated with an MCAT score to reactivate your application.

 

Notice: Change to AACOMAS Repeat Coursework Policy for 2017-2018 AACOMAS Application Cycle

In an effort to increase transparency, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) has approved the following change regarding the AACOMAS Repeat Coursework Policy:

Effective May 1, 2017, AACOMAS will include all course attempts in the GPA calculation. This change applies to students matriculating into the 2018-2019 academic year. In the event of multiple attempts of the same course, AACOMAS will no longer drop initial course attempts from the GPA calculation.

Osteopathic medical schools may continue recalculating and weighing applicant GPAs per their established admissions practices. The scope of this policy change is limited to the AACOMAS verified GPA calculation.

The current AACOMAS Repeat Coursework Policy drops the initial course attempts from the GPA calculation. In the upcoming 2017-2018 AACOMAS application cycle, applicants will continue to identify repeated courses during coursework entry, but they will no longer enter 0.00 credit hours for initial attempts. Credit hours for all attempts will be entered as they appear on the official transcript and all grades will be averaged. The AACOMAS application instructions will be updated in advance of the 2017-2018 application cycle to reflect this change in policy. 

Effective May 1, 2017, applicants using the 2017-2018 application cycle Reapplicant feature in AACOMAS for matriculation into the 2018-2019 academic year must adhere to the new policy. Therefore, AACOMAS will automatically update previously verified repeated coursework to ensure all applications adhere to the new policy.

Should you have additional questions, please email AACOMAS Customer Service at moc.sacnosiail@ofnisamocaa.

 

In light of AACOM’s policy change regarding repeat coursework, PNWU-COM would like to reiterate the following:

  1. In accordance with past and current policy, PNWU-COM does not recalculate any of the information provided by AACOMAS.
  2. Both PNWU admissions and the selection committee will continue to review applicants in a holistic manner, recognizing that GPA is only one of many factors in the selection process.
  3. If you have any questions regarding your specific situation, we strongly encourage prospective applicants to contact their pre-medical/pre-health advisor, or a PNWU admissions counselor at ude.uwnp@noissimda or 509.249.7888 

Supplemental Application

An email invitation to complete a supplemental (secondary) application will be sent to selected applicants after the primary application has been received and reviewed. Check your junk email mail folder to ensure emails from PNWU-COM are being received.

The supplemental application essay is an opportunity to highlight specific or additional reasons you should be selected for an interview. A nonrefundable supplemental application fee of $85 is required at time of submission. The fee is paid online using a bank account, credit, or debit card.

  • Requests for a supplemental application fee waiver must be submitted to ude.uwnp@noissimda and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 
    • applicant must meet the AACOMAS fee waiver eligibility
    • submit a written request for a supplemental application fee waiver
    • submit supporting documentation, federal tax return

Supplemental Application Instructions

Letters of Recommendation

A letter of recommendation is required from each of the following sources:

  • a physician (preferably a DO who is a member of the AOA)
  • a science faculty member who is familiar with the applicant’s undergraduate academic work
    • Non-traditional students who have taken time off between undergraduate and post graduate studies may use professors in their graduate program to meet the science faculty recommendation requirement.
  • a pre-medical source (a pre-medical advisor or committee)
    • Individuals serving in the military may use a supervisor, such as a commanding officer to meet the pre-medical source requirement.
    • If your college or university does not provide pre-medical advisor or committee letter, an additional science faculty member or physician letter may be substituted.

Recommendations must be written within two years prior to making application. Recommendations may be submitted using Evaluations in the AACOMAS application, VirtualEvals, the US Postal Service, or fax. PNWU-COM will accept up to three additional letters of recommendation from other sources such as employers, researchers, etc. These additional letters may not be used to substitute for the three required letters.

Interview

The interview day is an opportunity for PNWU to get to know you and for you to get to know PNWU. Opportunities to communicate directly with faculty, staff, and current students will be provided. The dress for this day is professional. The interview day includes:

  • an informational session
  • multiple individual interviews (MMI)
  • a campus tour
  • a group activity
  • an osteopathic manipulative medicine demonstration
  • a light lunch

Contact Enrollment Services at 509-249-7888 or at ude.uwnp@noissimda if you are traveling with family or friends and would like a tour at the end of the interview day.

 

Frequently Asked Questions