Notice of Public Comment Opportunity Regarding PNWU’s Interim Candidacy Evaluation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (Regional Accreditation)

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) received candidate for accreditation status on June 21, 2016, and is seeking accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

PNWU is currently undergoing the required interim candidacy self-evaluation process.  An interim report is being prepared and will be posted on the PNWU website by August 25, 2017. An NWCCU evaluation committee will review the report and will conduct an on-site visit of the PNWU campus October 18-20, 2017. The college of osteopathic medicine at PNWU is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (effective April 21, 2012). The process currently underway is for regional accreditation of the University.

Members of the public are invited to participate in the accreditation of PNWU by sending written comments to be received no later than September 18, 2017, directly to:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Ave. N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052

All comments with original signatures are forwarded, as received, to PNWU, the evaluation committee and the Commission. Comments will be considered with regard to PNWU’s qualification for accreditation.

Regional accreditation of postsecondary institutions is a voluntary, non-governmental, self-regulatory process of quality assurance and institutional improvement, and serves to recognize higher education institutions for performance, integrity, and quality to merit the confidence of the educational community and public. The NWCCU is an independent, non-profit membership organization and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. It establishes accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed.

More information about public notification and third-party comments are available on the Commission’s Web site ( under Operational Policy A-5) or by calling the Commission at (425) 558-4224.