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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 6/30/18):
    • University Administrators: 11
    • COM Administrators: 7
    • University Staff: 123
    • COM Staff: 65
    • Primary* Faculty: 51
      • Full-time (0.7 FTE and above): 26
      • Part-time (below 0.7 FTE): 25
Applicants

College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) Applicants (as of August 2018)

Applicants for Entrance Fall of: 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
AACOMAS Applicants* 1945 2241 2334 2354 2494 3075 3576 4290 4261 3999 4105
Supplemental Applicants 713 560 686 590 771 1171 1493 1788 2031 1944 2018
Applicants Invited to Interview**             810 871 875 767 799
Offers Made 126*** 119*** 116 139 148 262 253 264 240 262 262
Class Size 75 75 76 75 75 138 141 140 146 142 144

*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 - 2018 (as of Fall 2018)

 

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Overall
Matriculants 75 75 76 75 75 138 141 140 146 142 144 1227
Avg. Age 26.31 26.20 26.37 26.41 26.56 26.20 26.73 26.88 25.96 26.87 26.24 26.34
Age Range 21-43 21-46 21-44 22-37 22-48 22-44 21-46 20-49 21-40 22-43 21-43 20-49
% Female 49% 41% 53% 40% 55% 46% 42% 50% 51% 52% 55% 49%
% Male 51% 59% 47% 60% 45% 54% 58% 50% 49% 48% 45% 51%
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 3.43
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 3.36
% from the NW* 76% 79% 87% 80% 85% 72% 79% 66% 85% 75% 72% 77%
% from a Rural Area 51% 56% 46% 57% 60% 41% 39% 31% 31% 24% 36% 40%
% from a Medically Underserved Area (MUA) 25% 40% 39% 24% 31% 28% 30% 30% 27% 23% 32% 30%
% from a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) 36% 35% 26% 35% 21% 33% 38% 32% 40% 33% 54% 36%

 

Most Recent Class Profile
College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) - Class of 2022 Profile
  • Average Age (on matriculation date): 26.24
  • Age range: 21-43
  • Gender: Female 55%/Male: 45%
  • Ethnicity:
    • White - 66.0%
    • Asian - 11.8%
    • Hispanic - 12.5%
    • Black or African American - 0%
    • Two or more - 4.9%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native - 0%
    • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander - 0.7%
    • Undeclared - 4.1%
  • Matriculants from our 5-state catchment area - 72.2%
    • Alaska - 2.1%
    • Idaho - 2.8%
    • Montana - 4.9%
    • Oregon - 7.6%
    • Washington - 54.8%
  • Average Cumulative GPA: 3.43
  • Average Science GPA: 3.35
  • MCAT Score Average (highest): 501.89
  • From Rural Areas: 36.1%
  • From Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) 54.2%
  • From Medically Underserved Areas (MUA) 31.9%
  • Percent with Masters Degrees: 27.1%
Enrollment

Fall Enrollment as of August 23, 2018

CLASS LEVEL/YEAR  2008  2009  2010  2011*  2012  2013**  2014  2015  2016***  2017 2018
FIRST YEAR 75 81 76 78 81 143 144 140 152 146 145
SECOND YEAR   68 85 70 70 76 136 141 133 146 141
THIRD YEAR     64 76 72 70 77 139 144 133 144
FOURTH YEAR       70 77 71 72 75 140 148 140
TOTAL 75 149 225 294 300 360 429 495 569 573 570

*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

Student Performance (COMLEX)

Student Performance (COMLEX), as of August 2018

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

  Level 1   

 PNWU-COM 

National

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

91.9%

92.3%

5/1/2014 - 4/30/2015

96.0%

93.9%

5/1/2013 - 4/30/2014

94.2%

92.0%

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

Level 2CE

 PNWU-COM 

National

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

97.2%

92.6%

6/1/2013 - 5/31/2014

93.4%

92.3%

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

Level 2PE 

 PNWU-COM 

National

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%

3/1/2012 - 2/28/2013

96.1%

96.4%

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 August 7, 2018)

College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM)

  • Total number of degrees conferred since COM program start date of March 2018: 627

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% (preliminary)*
  • 2018 Matriculant Cohort: 90.8% (preliminary)**
    *1 student is still enrolled
    **9 students are still enrolled

Prepared by the PNWU Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) 08/07/2018

Residency Placement

College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) - Residency Placement (2017 Residency Match)

Beginning with the first Class of 2012 99.7% (625 of 627) of all PNWU-COM students eligible and seeking a post graduate year-1 residency match have secured a residency match in their first attempted year.

Residency Match Rate by Year:

(students eligible and seeking a residency match)

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

98.6%

Residency Match Rates by Specialty:

Specialty

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Family Medicine

38.2%

44.0%

32.4%

26.8%

28.6%

28.7%

31.2%

Internal Medicine

20.6%

12.0%

12.7%

11.3%

24.3%

22.0%

21.0%

Pediatrics

7.4%

5.3%

8.5%

5.6%

8.6%

5.2%

5.8%

Psychiatry

4.4%

2.7%

7.0%

2.8%

5.7%

3.8%

2.2%

Obstetrics & Gynecology

2.9%

5.3%

7.0%

4.2%

5.7%

6.1%

4.3%

Emergency Medicine

7.4%

5.3%

9.9%

7.0%

4.3%

6.8%

8.7%

General Surgery

4.4%

6.7%

8.5%

9.9%

2.9%

8.3%

5.8%

Traditional Rotating Internship

7.4%

12.0%

8.5%

18.3%

12.9%

12.9%

0.7%

Anesthesiology

1.5%

1.3%

1.4%

1.4%

1.4%

2.3%

0.7%

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

1.5%

1.3%

0.0%

1.4%

0.0%

0.8%

0.7%

Diagnostic Radiology

1.5%

0.0%

1.4%

0.0%

1.4%

0.0%

1.4%

Neurological Surgery

1.5%

1.3%

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%

Orthopedic Surgery

1.5%

2.7%

1.4%

4.2%

1.4%

0.0%

2.2%

Otolaryngology

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.8%

0.0%

Anatomic/Clinical Pathology

0.0%

0.0%

1.4%

4.2%

0.0%

0.8%

2.2%

Plastic Surgery

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

1.4%

0.0%

0.0%

0.7%

Allergy & Immunology

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

1.4%

0.0%

0.0%

Urology

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

1.4%

0.0%

0.0%

Alumni

College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM)

Graduation Year Number of Graduates
2012 69
2013 73
2014 71
2015 72
2016 72
2017 133
2018* 137
Total Number of Alumni 627

*preliminary data (4 students are expected to complete all requirements and be counted within the 2018 alumni cohort by December 31, 2018).

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Contact Information

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

    509.452.5100