In 2004, physicians and community leaders throughout the northwest raised the awareness and resources to build a health sciences university, beginning with an osteopathic medical college where the next generation of osteopathic physicians would train. PNWU-COM welcomed its first class of 70 medical school students into the College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008 and graduated them in 2012. Today, Butler-Haney Hall accommodates 280 medical students who are training under the careful instruction of highly qualified faculty.
Since opening its doors in 2008, PNWU has experienced tremendous growth. The Cadwell Student Center has been constructed, a major addition to Butler-Haney Hall and a new University Conference Center have been completed, additional land parcels have been purchased for future campus growth, and seven additional classes of medical students have started their medical education. In addition to the Yakima campus, 16 core rotation sites in communities throughout the Pacific Northwest in hospitals and clinics have welcomed PNWU-COM students for clinical training rotations in years three and four.
PNWU's 66-acre campus enjoys collaborative classes with students from the Master of Arts in Medical Sciences and the Physician Assistant programs from Heritage University. In the summer of 2015, Washington State University's College of Pharmacy opened a satellite program on campus. The presence of students from these programs provides a rich opportunity for interprofessional educational experiences.