The full timeline of the history of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

Milestones in PNWU's History

Summer, 2004 Multiple meetings are held by founders to formulate a plan to develop a health sciences university.
February 16, 2005 PNWU is founded as a 501(c)(3) corporation.
June 30, 2005 $7.2 million of land is donated to the University.
March 6, 2007 The Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board authorizes PNWU to offer the DO degree (doctor of osteopathic medicine).
May 16, 2007 Ground-breaking ceremonies are held for the construction of the first academic building on the PNWU campus, later to be named Butler-Haney Hall.
August 26, 2007 American Osteopathic Association, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (AOA COCA) awards PNWU provisional accreditation. The recruitment of students begins.
March 22, 2008 Seventy-fifth student for inaugural class is confirmed.
July 23, 2008 Dedication of the first college, College of Osteopathic Medicine.
June 23, 2010 Groundbreaking ceremony for the Cadwell Student Center.
December 1, 2011 Osteopathic Foundation of Central Washington donates $1m for the BHH Phase II expansion project.
April 22, 2012 Accreditation of the COM awarded by the AOA COCA.
May 11, 2012 First alumni meeting held.
May 12, 2012 Inaugural class of COM students graduates.
December 1, 2012 AOA COCA grants request for COM class size increase (from 70 to 135 students).
May, 2013 Phase II of Butler-Haney Hall is completed.
August 6, 2013 Increased COM class size matriculates (135 students).
March 2015 Additional acreage purchased bringing the campus to 66 acres.
May 2015 The University Conference Center opens as PNWU's third building.
June 8, 2016 PNWU purchases Iron Horse Lodge.
January 2018 University receives NWCCU accreditation two years ahead of schedule, opening the door for additional PNWU Health Sciences programs.
April 3, 2018 PNWU celebrates its newest building - a 35k sq. ft. space fit for innovative growth - with the Project NEXT Community Campfire.
October 8, 2018 Michael J. Lawler takes over as President of PNWU.
September 27, 2019 Watson Hall dedication
December 16, 2020 Master of Arts in Medical Sciences (MAMS) program is authorized and approved as the second degree program offered by PNWU.


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    111 University Parkway, Suite 202
    Yakima, WA 98901