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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 6/30/20):
    • University Administrators: 9
    • COM Administrators: 8
    • University Staff: 76
    • COM Staff: 62
    • Primary* Faculty: 50
      • Full-time (0.7 FTE and above): 30
      • Part-time (below 0.7 FTE): 20
Applicants

College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) Applicants (as of August 2020)

Applicants for Entrance Fall of: 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
AACOMAS Applicants* 3576 4290 4261 3999 4096 4457 4455
Supplemental Applicants 1493 1788 2031 1944 2018 2251 2199
Applicants Invited to Interview 810 871 875 767 800 884 872
Offers Made 253 264 240 262 262 288 326
Class Size 141 140 146 142 144 144 144

*AACOMAS applications downloaded into PNWU data warehouse.

Matriculants

College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) Matriculants (as of Fall 2020)

 

  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Overall
Matriculants 141 140 146 142 144 144 144 1515
Avg. Age 26.7 26.9 26.0 26.0 26.2 26.1 26.4 26.3
Age Range 21-46 20-49 21-40 22-38 21-43 20-39 21-43 20-49
% Female 42% 50% 51% 52% 55% 57% 55% 50%
% Male 58% 50% 49% 48% 45% 42% 45% 50%
Avg. Cum GPA 3.4 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.4
Avg. Sci GPA 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.3 3.3 3.4 3.4
% from the NW* 79% 66% 85% 75% 72% 72% 65% 75%
% from a Rural Area 39% 32% 31% 24% 36% 22% 32% 37%
% from a Medically Underserved Area (MUA) 30% 31% 27% 23% 32% 28% 26% 29%
% from a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) 38% 32% 40% 33% 54% 40% 53% 38%

 

Most Recent Class Profile
College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) - Class of 2024 Profile
  • Average Age (on matriculation date): 26.4
  • Age range: 21-43
  • Gender: Female 55%/Male: 45%
  • Ethnicity:
    • White - 58%
    • Asian - 17%
    • Hispanic - 10%
    • Black or African American - 3%
    • Two or more - 8%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native - 0%
    • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander - 0%
    • Undeclared - 3%
  • Matriculants from our 5-state catchment area - 64.6%
    • Alaska - 1.4%
    • Idaho - 4.2%
    • Montana - 2.1%
    • Oregon - 12.5%
    • Washington - 44.4%
  • Average Cumulative GPA: 3.4
  • Average Science GPA: 3.4
  • MCAT Score Average (highest): 503
  • From Rural Areas: 32%
  • From Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) 53%
  • From Medically Underserved Areas (MUA) 26%
  • Percent with Masters Degrees: 27.1%
Enrollment
Fall Enrollment as of August 20, 2020
CLASS LEVEL/YEAR
2008
 2009
 2010
 2011
 2012
 2013**
 2014
 2015
 2016***
 2017
2018
2019
2020

FIRST YEAR

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

SECOND YEAR

 
68
85
70
70
76
136
141
133
146
141
144
139

THIRD YEAR

 
 
64
76
72
70
77
139
144
133
144
138
145

FOURTH YEAR

 
 
 
70
77
71
72
75
140
148
140
147
143

TOTAL

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

**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 17, 2020
CLASS LEVEL/YEAR
 2009
 2010
 2011*
 2012
 2013**
 2014
 2015
 2016***
 2017
2018
2019
2020

FIRST YEAR

75
77
74
76
81
143
143
135
147
145
144
144

SECOND YEAR

 
73
75
71
70
76
136
141
133
144
137
146

THIRD YEAR

 
 
73
77
71
70
77
140
144
133
143
140

FOURTH YEAR

 
 
 
69
74
71
70
73
137
146
137
144

TOTAL

75
150
222
293
296
360
426
489
561
568
561
574

*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 2020

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

  Level 1   

 PNWU-COM 

National

5/1/2019 - 4/30/2020 92.8% 94.3%
5/1/2018 - 4/30/2019 91.6% 93.0%

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%

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

Level 2CE

 PNWU-COM 

National

6/1/2019 - 5/31/2020 97.1% 96.8%
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%

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%

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

  Level 3   

 PNWU-COM 

National

9/1/2018 - 12/31/2019 95.8% 97.5%

3/1/2017 - 5/31/2018

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%

 

Graduation/Retention

Graduation/Retention (As of August 20th, 2020)

College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM)

  • Total number of degrees conferred since the start of the COM program in Fall 2008: 902

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: 96.4%
  • 2018 Matriculant Cohort: 96.5%
  • 2019 Matriculant Cohort: 97.1%*
  • 2020 Matriculant Cohort: 89.0%**

*preliminary - 1 student from this cohort is still enrolled

**preliminary - 11 students from this cohort are still enrolled

 

Prepared by the PNWU Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) 8/19/20

Residency Placement

College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) - Residency Placement

Beginning with the first Class of 2012 99.4% (900 of 905) 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 2020

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

98.6%

98.5% 100%
Residency Match Rates by Specialty:

Specialty

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Family Medicine/General Practice 38.2% 44.0% 32.4% 26.8% 28.6% 28.8% 31.2% 33.8% 33.6%
Internal Medicine 20.6% 12.0% 12.7% 11.3% 24.3% 22.0% 21.0% 23.1% 25.3%
Pediatrics 7.4% 5.3% 8.5% 5.6% 8.6% 5.3% 5.8% 6.9% 5.5%
Psychiatry 4.4% 2.7% 7.0% 2.8% 5.7% 3.8% 2.2% 2.3% 3.4%
Obstetrics & Gynecology 2.9% 5.3% 7.0% 4.2% 5.7% 6.1% 4.3% 5.4% 2.1%
Emergency Medicine 7.4% 5.3% 9.9% 7.0% 4.3% 6.8% 8.7% 8.5% 13.7%
General Surgery 4.4% 6.7% 8.5% 9.9% 2.9% 8.3% 5.8% 3.8% 4.1%
Traditional Rotating Internship 4.4% 6.7% 5.6% 18.3% 8.6% 10.6% 2.9% 1.5% 0.0%
Transitional Internship 2.9% 5.3% 2.8% 0.0% 4.3% 2.3% 10.1% 2.3% 3.4%
Anesthesiology 1.5% 1.3% 1.4% 1.4% 1.4% 2.3% 0.7% 3.1% 2.1%
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 1.5% 1.3% 0.0% 1.4% 0.0% 0.8% 0.7% 0.8% 0.7%
Radiology & Diagnostic Radiology 1.5% 0.0% 1.4% 0.0% 1.4% 0.0% 1.4% 2.3% 1.4%
Neurological Surgery 1.5% 1.3% 0.0% 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% 0.7%
Orthopedic Surgery 1.5% 2.7% 1.4% 4.2% 1.4% 0.0% 2.2% 0.8% 2.1%
Otolaryngology 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.4% 0.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Anatomic/Clinical Pathology 0.0% 0.0% 1.4% 4.2% 0.0% 0.8% 2.2% 0.0% 0.7%
Plastic Surgery 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.7% 0.0% 0.0%
Urology 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.4% 0.0% 0.0% 1.5% 0.7%
Dermatology 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.7%
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 135
2020 138*
Total 902

 

*preliminary - final available January 2021

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Contact Information

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

    509.452.5100