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, 2018

  • 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, 2018

  • All pre-matriculation documents are due.

Week of August 6, 2018

  • New Student Orientation Agenda (posted closer to event)
  • 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.
    • Student Advocate Association Information - an organization run by and for significant others, families, and friends of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences students will hold a meeting, date and time TBD.

August 10, 2018

August 13, 2018

  • Fall term classes begin and tuition is due.

Matriculation Requirements

Monitor your Checklist on Self-Service for the status of your matriculation requirements. You will receive an E*Value login in the spring prior to matriculation

  • Immunization Form based on Center for Disease Control recommendation for Health Care Providers
  • Minimum Technical Standards
  • Minimum Laptop Requirements
  • Criminal Background Check
    • Register for criminal background check with Certiphi. An email from Certiphi is sent to you after PNWU receives your acceptance of the offer of admission 
  • Transcripts
    • If the transcripts you submitted to AACOMAS with your primary application are the final official transcript, and it meets our criteria we will download that document to your permanent academic record
    • If not, request the final, official transcripts directly from each college or university you have attended and have it sent to PNWU
    • Monitor your Checklist on Self-Service for any missing documents or transcripts
  • Drug Screening
    • Drug screen requests are randomized and sent via email with instructions
  • Health Insurance
    • All students must provide proof of health insurance by July 1. Some commonly used options and resources to help you find coverage are provided, Student Health Insurance
    • Scan or take a picture of your insurance card and upload to E*Value
  • Financial Literacy Debt Management Module
    • Complete the Borrowing Considerations and Repayment Options module. You will need to enter information about yourself in order to access the module. You are welcome to complete any of the other modules but the one specified is required.
  • Matriculation Form
  • Parking Permit Form
  • Identification Badge Form
  • Read the 2018-19 Student Catalog (available in June)
  • Read the 2018-19 Student Handbook (available in June)
  • Complete the 2018-19 Student Catalog and Handbook Review Form (available in June)
  • AACOM Entering Student Survey 
  • Direct Deposit Form
  • White Coat & Scrub Order Form 
  • Sexual Assault Prevention (Title IX) Training 
    • To help create a safe environment for you and other students this is a required on-line course. Instructions on how to complete the on-line training will be emailed to you from PNWU Admissions
    • Upload your certificate of completion to E*Value
  • HIPAA Training
    • Instructions on how to complete the on-line training will be emailed to you from PNWU Admissions
    • Upload your certificate of completion to E*Value
  • Hazardous Materials Training (OSHA)
    • Instructions on how to complete the on-line training will be emailed to you from PNWU Admissions
    • Upload your certificate of completion to E*Value
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Training
    • Instructions on how to complete the on-line training will be emailed to you from PNWU Admissions
    • Upload your certificate of completion to E*Value
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) research training
    • Instructions on how to complete the on-line training - please use your current email until you are issued a PNWU email
    • Human Subject Research basic content is organized into two courses: Biomedical and Social-Behavioral-Education (complete both courses)
    • Upload your certificate of completion to E*Value

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:

  • 2018-2019 Student Catalog
  • 2018-2019 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

For 2018-19, you may complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1, 2017, 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 (excluding any parental information you have provided). 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. 

Take time to watch the AACOM/CSFAA Financial Aid Modules for Osteopathic Medical School Students and Graduates.  This is a series of educational debt management modules.  Each module contains specific information and resources to help osteopathic medical students borrow strategically as well as ensure they are prepared to responsibly repay their loans after they graduate and enter residency training.  As a new student, you are required to view the “Borrowing Considerations and Repayment Options” module.

Regularly monitor the PNWU 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 2022." 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.

Like us on the PNWU Facebook page and Student Affairs Facebook page @pnwumsa or Twitter @PNWUhealth. 


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.