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Fast Facts about Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

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General Information

Opened in 2005, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences offers the Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree. It is fully accredited nationally by the COCA and regionally by the NWCUU. Our mission is to educate physicians to serve rural and medically underserved areas in the Pacific Northwest. 

  • Year Opened: 2005
  • Number of Colleges/Programs: 1
  • Avg. Number of PNWU Employees (as of 6/30/19):
    • University Administrators: 11
    • COM Administrators: 9
    • University Staff: 80
    • COM Staff: 63
    • Primary* Faculty: 51
      • Full-time (0.7 FTE and above): 27
      • Part-time (below 0.7 FTE): 24
Applicants

College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) Applicants (as of August 2019)

Applicants for Entrance Fall of: 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
AACOMAS Applicants* 1945 2241 2334 2354 2494 3075 3576 4290 4261 3999 4105 4461
Supplemental Applicants 713 560 686 590 771 1171 1493 1788 2031 1944 2018 2251
Applicants Invited to Interview**             810 871 875 767 800 884
Offers Made 126*** 119*** 116 139 148 262 253 264 240 262 262 288
Class Size 75 75 76 75 75 138 141 140 146 142 144 144

*AACOMAS applications downloaded into PNWU data warehouse.
**Number of applicants invited to interview not tracked by student or in PNWU data warehouse for years 2008-2013.
***Offered/Accepted data not tracked by student or PNWU data warehouse for years 2008 and 2009.

Matriculants

College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) Matriculates from 2008 - 2019 (as of Fall 2019)

 

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Overall
Matriculants 75 75 76 75 75 138 141 140 146 142 144 144 1371
Avg. Age 26.31 26.20 26.37 26.41 26.56 26.20 26.73 26.88 25.96 26.87 26.24 26.13 26.33
Age Range 21-43 21-46 21-44 22-37 22-48 22-44 21-46 20-49 21-40 22-43 21-43 20-39 20-49
% Female 49% 41% 53% 40% 55% 46% 42% 50% 51% 52% 55% 56% 50%
% Male 51% 59% 47% 60% 45% 54% 58% 50% 49% 48% 45% 42% 50%
Avg. Cum GPA 3.42 3.45 3.48 3.38 3.35 3.37 3.41 3.46 3.46 3.46 3.43 3.44 3.43
Avg. Sci GPA 3.30 3.37 3.40 3.36 3.30 3.31 3.36 3.37 3.37 3.40 3.35 3.34 3.35
% from the NW* 76% 79% 87% 80% 85% 72% 79% 66% 85% 75% 72% 72% 76%
% from a Rural Area 51% 56% 46% 57% 60% 41% 39% 31% 31% 24% 36% 22% 38%
% from a Medically Underserved Area (MUA) 25% 40% 39% 24% 31% 28% 30% 30% 27% 23% 32% 29% 29%
% from a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) 36% 35% 26% 35% 21% 33% 38% 32% 40% 33% 54% 40% 36%

 

Most Recent Class Profile
College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) - Class of 2023 Profile
  • Average Age (on matriculation date): 26.13
  • Age range: 20-39
  • Gender: Female 56%/Male: 42%
  • Ethnicity:
    • White - 50%
    • Asian - 28%
    • Hispanic - 9%
    • Black or African American - 2%
    • Two or more - 5%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native - 1%
    • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander - 1%
    • Undeclared - 4%
  • Matriculants from our 5-state catchment area - 71.6%
    • Alaska - 2.1%
    • Idaho - 2.8%
    • Montana - 4.2%
    • Oregon - 11.8%
    • Washington - 50.7%
  • Average Cumulative GPA: 3.44
  • Average Science GPA: 3.34
  • MCAT Score Average (highest): 502.68
  • From Rural Areas: 22.2%
  • From Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) 39.6%
  • From Medically Underserved Areas (MUA) 28.5%
  • Percent with Masters Degrees: 27.1%
Enrollment
Fall Enrollment as of August 23, 2019
CLASS LEVEL/YEAR
2008
 2009
 2010
 2011*
 2012
 2013**
 2014
 2015
 2016***
 2017
2018
2019

FIRST YEAR

75
81
76
78
81
143
144
140
152
146
145
147

SECOND YEAR

 
68
85
70
70
76
136
141
133
146
141
144

THIRD YEAR

 
 
64
76
72
70
77
139
144
133
144
138

FOURTH YEAR

 
 
 
70
77
71
72
75
140
148
140
147

TOTAL

75
149
225
294
300
360
429
495
569
573
570
576

*2011 first year with all four class levels filled
**2013 class size increased from 70 to 135
***2016 first year with all four class levels filled to reflect class size increase to 135

Spring Enrollment as of January 16, 2019
CLASS LEVEL/YEAR 2009 2010 2011 2012* 2013 2014** 2015 2016 >2017*** 2018 2019

FIRST YEAR

75

77

74

76

81

143

143

135

147

145

144

SECOND YEAR

 

73

75

71

70

76

136

141

133

144

137

THIRD YEAR

   

73

77

71

70

77

140

144

133

143

FOURTH YEAR

     

69

74

71

70

73

1437

146

137

TOTAL

75

150

222

293

296

360

426

489

561

568

561

*2012 first year with all four class levels filled
**2014 class size increased from 70 to 135
***2017 first year with all four class levels filled to reflect class size increase to 135 

Student Performance (COMLEX)

Student Performance (COMLEX), as of August 2019

COMLEX-USA Level I Board Pass Rate (1st Attempt)

  Level 1   

 PNWU-COM 

National

5/1/2018 - 4/30/2019 91.61% 92.98%

5/1/2017 - 4/30/2018

97.7%

96.0%

5/1/2016 - 4/30/2017

91.5%

92.7%

5/1/2015 - 4/30/2016

92%

92.3%

5/1/2014 - 4/30/2015

96.0%

93.9%

COMLEX-USA Level 2 CE Board Pass Rate (1st Attempt)

Level 2CE

 PNWU-COM 

National

6/1/2018 - 5/31/2019 95.5% 95.6%

6/1/2017 - 5/31/2018

87.1%

92.8%

6/1/2016 - 5/31/2017

89.6%

93.2%

6/1/2015 - 5/31/2016

86.3%

92.2%

6/1/2014 - 5/31/2015

97.1%

92.6%

COMLEX-USA Level 2PE Board Pass Rate (1st Attempt)

Level 2PE 

 PNWU-COM 

National

3/1/2018 - 2/28/2019 94.9% 93.2%
3/1/2017 - 2/28/2018 95.8% 93.2%

3/1/2016 - 2/28/2017

94.1%

92.9%

3/1/2015 - 2/28/2016

97.0%

93.0%

3/1/2014 - 2/28/2015

92.0%

92.1%

3/1/2013 - 2/28/2014

97.5%

92.6%

COMLEX-USA Level 3 Board Pass Rate (1st Attempt)

  Level 3   

 PNWU-COM 

National

3/1/2017 - 2/28/2018

91.8%

95.4%

3/1/2016 - 2/28/2017

98.4%

96.7%

3/1/2015 - 2/28/2016

97.3%

96.5%

3/1/2014 - 2/28/2015

97.3%

96.4%

3/1/2013 - 2/28/2014

95.8%

96.0%

 

Graduation/Retention

Graduation/Retention (As of July 11, 2019)

College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM)

  • Total number of degrees conferred since the start of the COM program in Fall 2008: 761

Overall Graduation Rates by Matriculant Cohort: 

  • 2012 Matriculant Cohort: 98.7%
  • 2013 Matriculant Cohort: 97.3%
  • 2014 Matriculant Cohort: 94.7%
  • 2015 Matriculant Cohort: 98.7%
  • 2016 Matriculant Cohort: 98.7%
  • 2017 Matriculant Cohort: 95.7%
  • 2018 Matriculant Cohort: 96.5%
  • 2019 Matriculant Cohort: 90.0% (preliminary)*
    *11 students are still enrolled

Prepared by the PNWU Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) 07/11/2019

Residency Placement

College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) - Residency Placement

Beginning with the first Class of 2012 99.5% (755 of 759) of all PNWU-COM students eligible and seeking a post graduate year-1 residency match have secured a residency match.

Residency Match Rate by Year:

(students eligible and seeking a residency match)

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019*

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

98.6%

98.5%
Residency Match Rates by Specialty and match year:

Specialty

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019
Family Medicine/General Practice 38.2% 44.0% 32.4% 26.8% 28.6% 28.8% 31.2% 33.8%
Internal Medicine 20.6% 12.0% 12.7% 11.3% 24.3% 22.0% 21.0% 23.1%
Pediatrics 7.4% 5.3% 8.5% 5.6% 8.6% 5.3% 5.8% 6.9%
Psychiatry 4.4% 2.7% 7.0% 2.8% 5.7% 3.8% 2.2% 2.3%
Obstetrics & Gynecology 2.9% 5.3% 7.0% 4.2% 5.7% 6.1% 4.3% 5.4%
Emergency Medicine 7.4% 5.3% 9.9% 7.0% 4.3% 6.8% 8.7% 8.5%
General Surgery 4.4% 6.7% 8.5% 9.9% 2.9% 8.3% 5.8% 3.8%
Traditional Rotating Internship 4.4% 6.7% 5.6% 18.3% 8.6% 10.6% 2.9% 1.5%
Transitional Internship 2.9% 5.3% 2.8% 0.0% 4.3% 2.3% 10.1% 2.3%
Anesthesiology 1.5% 1.3% 1.4% 1.4% 1.4% 2.3% 0.7% 3.1%
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 1.5% 1.3% 0.0% 1.4% 0.0% 0.8% 0.7% 0.8%
Radiology & Diagnostic Radiology 1.5% 0.0% 1.4% 0.0% 1.4% 0.0% 1.4% 2.3%
Neurological Surgery 1.5% 1.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Neurology 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.4% 0.0% 1.5% 0.0% 3.8%
Orthopedic Surgery 1.5% 2.7% 1.4% 4.2% 1.4% 0.0% 2.2% 0.8%
Otolaryngology 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.4% 0.8% 0.0% 0.0%
Anatomic/Clinical Pathology 0.0% 0.0% 1.4% 4.2% 0.0% 0.8% 2.2% 0.0%
Plastic Surgery 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.7% 0.0%
Urology 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.4% 0.0% 0.0% 1.5%

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Alumni

College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM)

Graduation Year Number of Graduates
2012 69
2013 73
2014 71
2015 72
2016 72
2017 133
2018 139
2019 132*
Total Number of Alumni 761

*Class of 2019 numbers are preliminary - final numbers will be released after 12/31/2019

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Contact Information

  • Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
    111 University Parkway, Suite 202
    Yakima, WA 98901

    509.452.5100