PUBLISHED: 4:57 PM on Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Accreditation milestone signals student recruitment for Pacific Northwest University of Health
YAKIMA, Wash. - Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences reached its newest milestone with the achievement of provisional accreditation granted by the American Osteopathic Association.

This status signals the latest significant advancement toward improving access to health care for the people of the Pacific Northwest.

PNWU can now actively recruit and advise students, with an aggressive timetable set in place to meet its target of opening in the fall of 2008. Provisional accreditation represents a vital accomplishment and is realized only after extensive review by the American Osteopathic Association, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.

Earlier in 2007, the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board granted PNWU the authority to confer the degree Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

PNWU's College of Osteopathic Medicine is the first medical school to be built in the Pacific Northwest in 60 years.

Construction is under way on a 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art two-story facility.

The university's top priority is to prepare new physicians for the medically underserved five states of the Pacific Northwest, which are Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

The college will offer a rigorous, four-year medical degree program to train primary care physicians.