Applying to the Osteopathic Medicine Program
Currently, PNWU-COM accepts 135 students for each new class of osteopathic medical students. Please see below for the complete application process.
If you have already submitted your Primary AACOMAS application and a PNWU-COM supplemental application, you may check your application status by clicking here.
Steps to Apply:
- Primary Application
- Supplemental Application
- Letters of Recommendation
- Academic Requirements
- Minimal Technical Standards
- Medical History and Immunizations Requirements
Applications to PNWU-COM are made by submitting a primary application through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Services (AACOMAS). You must designate PNWU-COM to receive your application. The minimum age to matriculate at PNWU-COM is 18 years of age and the applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
AACOMAS Application Services
5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 310
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7231
Telephone: (301) 968-4190
To go directly to the ACCOMAS website to apply, click here.
AACOMAS applications without MCAT scores will not be processed, and could be denied. Once your AACOMAS application has been updated with an MCAT score contact email@example.com to reactivate your application.
An invitation to complete a supplemental application will be sent to the applicant after the primary application has been received. This invitation will be sent via email. Please check your junk mail folder to ensure emails from PNWU-COM are being received.
A nonrefundable supplemental application fee of $85 is required at time of application. You may submit this fee online with an eCheck, credit or debit card. For instructions on how to complete your supplemental application click here.
- Requests for a supplemental application fee waiver will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The applicant must already be approved by AACOMAS for a primary application fee waiver. You will be required to submit a copy of the AACOMAS fee-waiver approval, a letter of request, and supporting documentation. Requests without the required information will not be granted. Submit request and all supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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; and
- A pre-medical source (a pre-medical advisor or committee).
Non-traditional students who have taken time off between undergraduate and post graduate studies may use professors in their graduate program to mee the science faculty recommendation requirement. Similarly, 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 letters, then 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 Interfolio or VirtualEvals, the U.S. Postal Service, or fax. PNWU-COM will accept up to 3 additional Letters of Recommendation from other sources such as employers, researchers, etc. These additional letters may not be used to substitute for the 3 required sources.
The admission cycle begins June 1 for the following year's fall class. The AACOMAS primary application deadline is February 15th. The PNWU-COM supplemental application deadline, including all required letters of recommendation, is March 15th.
For example,. an applicant who wishes to matriculate in the fall of 2017 could submit an application as early as June 1, 2016. The deadline for the primary AACOMAS application for the fall 2017 class would be February 15, 2017. The deadline for the PNWU-COM supplemental application for the fall 2017 class would be March 15, 2017.
It is advantageous to submit your application as early as possible. PNWU-COM may close the application cycle early if the class is full and an adequate wait list is available.
1. A baccalaureate, masters, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
2. The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Students must take the exam and have the official scores sent to AACOMAS. MCAT test scores are only valid for three years from the original test date.
3. Satisfactory completion of the following college courses, including laboratory work.
- English composition and literature: 6 semester hours/9 quarter hours
- General chemistry: 8 semester hours/12 quarter hours
- Organic chemistry: 8 semester hours/12 quarter hours (4 hours of which can be biochemistry)
- Physics: 8 semester hours/12 quarter hours
- Biological sciences: 12 semester hours/18 quarter hours
These basic requirements must be passed and taken for credit, with a grade of C or above, at an accredited college or university.
PNWU-COM will attempt to develop creative ways of opening medical school admissions to disabled individuals. In doing so, however, the COM must maintain curriculum requirements deemed essential to the education of an osteopathic physician.
It is the policy of PNWU-COM that no student shall be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program sponsored by the university because of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, handicap, or national origin.
Regarding disabled (or handicapped) individuals, the university does not discriminate against such individuals who are otherwise qualified but does require that applicants and students meet certain minimal technical standards. These standards identify reasonable expectations of osteopathic medical students and physicians in performing common functions.
A candidate for the DO degree must have multiple abilities and skills, including observation, communication, motor, conceptual, integrative and quantitative, behavioral and social. Accommodations can be made for various handicaps, but a candidate must be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.
See the Student Catalog for descriptions and examples of the technical standards.
Preparation for your interview day is critical for acceptance to PNWU-COM. It is your opportunity to communicate directly with members of the admissions committee, other faculty and staff members, and current students. The day is broken into five blocks: an informational session, the interview, a campus tour, a Q&A session with current students and a hands-on OMM (osteopathic manipulative medicine) presentation. Currently, PNWU-COM uses the Multiple Mini Interview format for conducting interviews. Light snacks and drinks are available througout the day. The dress for this day is professional.
Your interview day is a chance for us to get to know you and for you to get to know us. We therefore request that you not invite family and/or friends to accompany you on this day. If you are traveling to Yakima from out of town with family and/or friends and they would like to take advantage of the opportunity to tour the facilities, we can make arrangements for them to return to campus after your day is complete. Please call 509-249-7888 prior to your scheduled interview day to arrange for a family tour. This will ensure someone will be available to provide this after interview day is completed.
PNWU-COM will require the following information PRIOR to matriculation. Some of these proceedures may take as much as 6 months to complete.
PNWU requires the following immunizations current as of July 15th. Incomplete immunizations may delay class attendance.
*Schedule a physical with your health care provider as early as one year prior to beginning classes*
- TB testing: A PPD skin test or QuantiFERON-TB test is required within 6 months of matriculation, on or after February 1st prior to matriculation.
If PPD results are positive (past or current), provide evidence of either having completed a QuantiFERON-TB test or evidence of having taken INH prophylaxis for at least 9 months and then a chest X-ray.
If a positive QuantiFERON-TB test, provide evidence of having taken 9 months of INH prophylaxis and then a chest X-ray.
- Hepatitis B immunization: Documentation of three vaccinations with a Hepatitis B Surface Antibody titer drawn 6-8 weeks later
If Hepatitis B Surface Antibody titer is negative or equivocal, repeat series of three vaccinations then re-titer 6-8 weeks later.
- Tetanus: Within last 10 years
Tdap: Required (after 2005)
- DPT: Documentation of primary series of four doses with Dtap or DPT. Titer documentation of immunity if vaccine record is unavailable.
- MMR: Documentation of three dose series. Titer documentation of immunity if vaccine record is unavailable.
- Varicella: Documentation of two dose series. Titer documentation of immunity if vaccine record is unavailable.
- Polio: Documentation of four dose series or adult three dose series. Titer documentation of immunity if vaccine record is not available.