MAMS Admission Information

The MAMS program accepts 30 to 40 students for each new class which starts in the fall. PNWU uses a "rolling admissions" process. Offers of admission are made following the first interview until the class is full. Once the class is full, applicants will be given the option for admission to the following cohort. It is strongly recommended to apply early. 


The MAMS Admissions Committee will consider applications from all qualified individuals; however, in order to meet the PNWU mission preference is given to applicants from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and rural and/or medically underserved areas of the country. 

The major criteria for rating applicants are academic potential, commitment to service in underserved areas, and personal characteristics. 

MAMS Application Timeline



  • PNWU- begins reviewing PostbacCAS applications and emails invitations for applicants to begin the supplemental application 

  • Submit required letters of recommendation through the PostbacCAS evaluation process 

  • Monitor your application status with PostbacCAS and PNWU 


  • PNWU begins emailing invitations to interview 

March - July 

  • Interviews begin and admission offers are made until the class is full 

MAMS Primary Application

The minimum age to matriculate at PNWU is 18 years of age and the applicant must be a US Citizen or permanent resident. The application to the MAMS program begins by submitting a primary application through the Postbaccalaureate Centralized Application Service (PostbacCAS). Applicants must designate PNWU to receive their application. 

  • Applicants to the PNWU-COM DO program may request that their application be considered for the MAMS program.

A verification of the information provided on the application will take place. This may take as much as 30 days or longer. PNWU will receive the application only after the verification is complete by PostbacCAS. Applicants should review the PostbacCAS quick start guide and FAQ to assist them in submitting their application properly. 

Foreign Coursework: Coursework taken at foreign institutions must have a course-by-course evaluation for US equivalence by an evaluation service and an official copy must be sent directly from the service to PostbacCAS.  

MCAT/PCAT/DAT/GRE/OAT and other entrance exams: Due to the COVID-19 impact on entrance exam testing dates, PNWU will process applications with a planned exam date.  

  • Once the entrance exam is taken, release the official score to PostbacCAS. 

  • Entrance exam scores are valid for three years from the original test date. This may be adjusted depending on test date availability due to COVID-19.  

Academic Requirements: Achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in college or university coursework or a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale during the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate degree study. This requirement may be waived at the discretion of the MAMS Admission Committee based on a written appeal from the applicant explaining any extenuating circumstances and what has changed in their situation. 

Completion of the typical prerequisite coursework for admission into medical, dental, optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy, or other health profession schools. Prospective students are responsible for determining the prerequisites for the health professional program and institution of their choice.  

These prerequisites must be passed and taken for credit at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better (grades of C- may not be acceptable to health professional programs). Prerequisites often include: 

  • 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 

  • Physics 8 Semester Hours/12 Quarter Hours 

  • Biological Sciences 8 Semester Hours/12 Quarter Hours 

PNWU admissions and the MAMS Admission Committee will review applicants in a holistic manner and consider the applicants intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, commitment and suitability to meet the PNWU mission. 

If you have any questions regarding your specific situation, we strongly encourage applicants to contact their pre-medical/pre-health advisor, or a PNWU admissions counselor at or 509.249.7888 

Supplemental Application

An email invitation to complete a supplemental (secondary) application will be sent to selected applicants after the primary application has been received and reviewed. Check your junk email folder to ensure emails from PNWU are being received. 

The supplemental application essay is an opportunity to highlight specific or additional reasons you should be selected for an interview. A nonrefundable supplemental application fee of $50 is required at time of submission. The fee is paid online using a bank account, credit or debit card. 

  • Requests for a supplemental application fee waiver must be submitted to and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  

  • Supplemental Application Instructions 

    • Use a compatible web browser: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari 

    • Turn off all pop-up blockers 

    • The supplemental essay prompt is at the top of the application. 

    •  At the bottom of the application use the Submit option once you are ready to pay the application fee and upload the supplemental essay. 

    • The nonrefundable application fee must be submitted prior to uploading the essay. The prompt to upload the essay is after the application fee is paid. 

    • If you have been approved for a fee waiver, you need to pay the fee first to submit your secondary application. Once we have received your secondary we will start the refund process which is typically complete within a two-week timeframe.  

    • If you are unable to upload your essay please email it to in pdf format. 

Letters of Reference

Three letters of reference from professionals with knowledge of the applicant’s ability to successfully complete a rigorous graduate program.  

PNWU does not have a standardized reference form. All references should be on official letter head, signed, and dated by the writer. References must be written within two years prior to your application. 

References should be submitted using Letters by Liaison in the PostbacCAS application. PNWU will accept two additional letters of recommendation.  


Due to the COVID-19 restrictions PNWU will only do one-on-one remote interviews.


After the interview, the MAMS Admissions Committee reviews the applicants’ file and makes recommendations to the program director. Applicants are notified via email and the Self-Service portal is updated as soon as a final admissions decision has been made. 

A nonrefundable acceptance fee of $500 is required from accepted applicants. Those accepted prior to May 15 will have 30 days, those accepted prior to June 15 will have 14 days, those accepted after June 15 will be asked for an immediate deposit. 

Acceptance is conditional until all required documentation is received and completed to PNWU’s satisfaction.  

PNWU does not usually defer admission. Requests submitted will be reviewed by the MAMS Admission Committee and a recommendation made to the program director. 

Note: Intentional misrepresentation or omission of information relative to scholastic records, test records, background reports, etc. will subject the applicant or student to dismissal.  

Admission Requirements

Acceptance is conditional until all required documentation is received and completed to PNWU’s satisfaction.  

  • Applicant must have earned a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. 

  • Final, official transcripts from all previously attended institutions must be on file prior to matriculation. 

  • Foreign institution coursework must be submitted to a foreign evaluation service for a course-by-course US equivalency report. 

  • A cleared criminal background check 

  • A cleared drug screening, if randomly selected 

  • Certify the ability to meet the Minimal Technical Standards and can perform the requirements with or without reasonable accommodation. 

  • Documentation of required immunizations 

  • Documentation of health care coverage/insurance 

  • Other required matriculation forms, surveys, training, counseling, etc.