New Students

Welcome to the PNWU Community. We are excited that you will be arriving soon and look forward to getting to know you better. Below are several important items that will assist you in your preparation for osteopathic medical school. Plan to check this page for updates. As you review the information and prepare for the transition, please feel free to contact ude.uwnp@noissimda with any questions. 


Please update the following on Self-Service > My Profile. If you have forgotten your user name or password contact admissions to have your account reset.

  • Addresses: Update address(es) and phone number(s)
  • Ethnicity and race for federal reporting (optional)
  • Security question in case you forget your password 

Dates to Remember

April 8, 2017

  • Open House, this is an opportunity to meet future classmates, interact with students and staff, and get tips on transitioning to medical school and the Yakima community.

July 1, 2017

  • All pre-matriculation documents are due.

Week of August 7, 2017

  • New Student Orientation Agenda (coming in July)
  • Official photos will be taken the first day of orientation. Please dress professionally.
  • There will be events throughout the week for your family and guests to attend.

August 12, 2017

August 14, 2017

  • Fall term classes begin and tuition is due.

Curriculum Preparation

Classes for first-year students are typically 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, as well as up to 40 hours of additional study time. Very few students have time to work off campus. This requires understanding and support from your family and friends. Your non-school time will be limited, and time management will need to be strictly enforced. You need to make the commitment to take personal responsibility to prepare for and attend classes in order to be successful in the osteopathic medicine program. To assist you in preparing for the first-year curriculum, read, study, and understand the following by July 15:

  • 2017-2018 Student Catalog
  • 2017-2018 Student Handbook
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote
  • If you would like additional academic preparation for medical school you may want to consider registering for Scientific and Medical Terminology, an audio visual e-textbook course.  A 2-year subscription is offered by Caduceus International Publishing, Inc. for $149.95 at

Financial Aid

New for 2017-18, you may complete the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning in October, 2016 using prior year tax information.   

  • As a health profession student, PNWU recommends that you provide your parents’ information on your FAFSA. Parental information may be required for certain scholarships; providing it up front may prevent delays or missing scholarship deadlines later. Please be assured that providing this information has absolutely no impact on your dependency status (you are independent for FAFSA purposes), or the type of federal financial aid received at PNWU (unsubsidized loans only), nor on the loan amount for which you are eligible (all federal loans are offered to you at the maximum annual rate allowed by federal regulation).
  • PNWU will determine your eligibility based on information from your FAFSA. Financial aid award notifications start being mailed in April. Monitor Self-Service > Finances > Financial Aid for required documents and aid award.

Your financial aid eligibility is based on a modest but adequate budget. Plan and prepare to live as a student and not a doctor for the next four years. If you will be using loans to cover living expenses, reduce your non-essentials as much as possible because they will cost a lot more with years of interest added. For new students, relocating to Yakima is an expense incurred prior to matriculation and cannot be included in the financial aid budget. Prepare to budget up to $1,800 for relocation costs. 

Watch the Scholarships page for opportunities. New student loan borrowers must sign a Direct Loan Electronic Master Promissory Note and complete Entrance Counseling.

Contact financial aid if you have questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment.


The entering students start communicating among themselves on Facebook using student group "PNWU Class of 2021." Classmates discuss social events, housing, financial aid, etc. Don't miss out on the networking.

Big Doc - Little Doc program; new students are paired with current students to assist in making connections and transitioning to medical school. Complete this form to provide information used in the assignments.

Remember to like us on the PNWU Facebook and PNWU Admissions pages.


PNWU does not have on-campus housing but there is residential options very near campus. We have provided some resources on the Relocation Information page.