How to Become a PNWU-COM Student

Currently, PNWU-COM accepts 135 students for each new class. The admission cycle begins June 1 for the following year's fall class start. The deadline for the primary AACOMAS application is February 15 of the current class-start year. The deadline for the PNWU-COM supplemental application is April 1 of the current class-start year.  For example,. an applicant who wishes to matriculate in the fall of 2017 could submit an application as early as June 1, 2016. The deadline for the primary AACOMAS application for the fall 2017 class start would be February 15, 2017. The deadline for the PNWU-COM supplemental application for the fall 2017 class start would be April 1, 2017.  It is advantageous to submit your application as early as possible.  Please see below for the complete PNWU-COM application process. 

If you have already submitted your Primary AACOMAS application and a PNWU-COM supplemental application, you may check your application status by clicking here.

How to Apply:

STEP 1: Primary Application

Applications to PNWU-COM are made by submitting a primary application through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Services (AACOMAS). You must designate PNWU-COM to receive your application. AACOMAS applications without MCAT scores will not be processed, and could be denied.  Applicants without MCAT scores at the time of primary application submission should contact us directly and ask us to hold for processing until the applicant receives the score and updates the application.  PNWU currently accepts applications from US Citizens and Permanent Residents only.

AACOMAS Application Services
5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 310
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7231
Telephone: (301) 968-4190

To go directly to the ACCOMAS website to apply, click here.

STEP 2: Supplemental Application

Once PNWU-COM has received and reviewed your AACOMAS application, we may invite you to submit a PNWU-COM supplemental application. This invitation will be sent via email. Please check your junk mail folder to ensure emails from PNWU-COM are being received.

A nonrefundable supplemental application fee of $85 is required. You may submit this fee online with an eCheck, credit or debit card. You will be instructed on how to do this as you complete your supplemental application. 

  • A request for a fee waiver will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The applicant must already be approved by AACOMAS for a fee waiver. You will be required to submit a copy of the AACOMAS fee-waiver approval, a letter of request, and supporting documentation via email. Requests without this required information will not be granted. You can submit this request and all of the supporting documentation to

STEP 3: Letters of Recommendation

A Letter of recommendation from each of the following sources:

  • A physician (preferably a DO who is a member of the AOA);
  • A science faculty member who is familiar with the applicant’s undergraduate academic work; and
  • A pre-medical advisor or committee. If a pre-medical advisor or committee letter is not available, then an additional natural science faculty member or physician letter may be substituted.

PNWU-COM will accept up to 3 additional Letters of Recommendation from other sources such as employers, researchers, etc.  These additional letters may not be used to substitute for the 3 required sources.  Recommendations must be written within the two years prior to making application. Recommendations may be submitted electronically using Interfolio or VirtualEvals, the U.S. Postal Service, or fax.  Non-traditional students who have taken time off between undergraduate and post graduate studies may use professors in their graduate program to meet the science faculty recommendation requiremetns.  Similarly, individuals serving in teh military may use a supervisor, such as, a commanding officer.

STEP 4: Interview

Preparation for your interview day is critical for acceptance to PNWU-COM. It is your opportunity to communicate directly with members of the admissions committee, other faculty and staff members, and current students. The day is broken into five blocks: an informational session, the interview, a campus tour, a Q&A session with current students and a hands-on OMM (osteopathic manipulative medicine) presentation.  Currently, PNWU-COM uses the Multiple Mini Interview format for conducting interviews.  Light snacks and drinks are available througout the day. The dress for this day is professional.

Your interview day is a chance for us to get to know you and for you to get to know us. We therefore request that you not invite family and/or friends to accompany you on this day. If you are traveling to Yakima from out of town with family and/or friends and they would like to take advantage of the opportunity to tour the facilities, we can make arrangements for them to return to campus after your day is complete. Please call 509-249-7888 prior to your scheduled interview day to arrange for a family tour. This will ensure someone will be available to provide this after interview day is completed. 


PNWU-COM may close the application cycle early if the class is full and an adequate wait list is available. AACOMAS primary application deadline is February 15. The deadline for the PNWU supplemental application, including all three required letters of recommendation, is April 1.

PNWU-COM will require the following information PRIOR to matriculation.  Some of these proceedures may take as much as 6 months to complete.

Medical History and Immunizations Requirements:

  • PNWU requires the following immunizations current as of July 15th.  Incomplete immunizations may delay class attendance. 

    *Schedule a physical with your health care provider as early as one year prior to beginning classes*

    • TB testing:  A PPD skin test or QuantiFERON-TB test is required within 6 months of matriculation, on or after February 1st prior to matriculation.  

    If PPD results are positive, provide evidence of either having completed a QuantiFERON-TB test or evidence of having taken INH prophylaxis for at least 9 months and then a chest X-ray.

    If a positive QuantiFERON-TB test, then 9 months of INH prophylaxis and then a chest X-ray.

    • Hepatitis B immunization:  A Hepatitis B Surface Antibody titer, if negative or equivocal get a booster and re-titer 6-8 weeks later.
    • Tetanus:  Within last 10 years
    • Tdap: Required (after 2005)
    • DPT:  Primary series of four doses with Dtap or DPT.  Titer documentation of immunity if vaccine record is unavailable.
    • MMRTiter documentation is required for Mumps, Rubella, and Rubeola.  If any titers are negative, proceed with the MMR vaccine which is a two-step vaccine; initial and 4 week lapse for the second dose, followed 6-8 weeks later by another titer with documentation showing proof of immunity.
    • VaricellaTiter documentation is required.  If negative, proceed with the Varicella vaccine, a two-step vaccine; initial and 4 week lapse for the second dose followed by another titer with documentation showing proof of immunity.
    • Polio:  Childhood four dose series or adult three dose series.  Titer documentation of immunity if vaccine record is not available.

    Academic Requirements for Admission

    1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

    2. The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Students must take the exam and have the official scores sent to AACOMAS. MCAT test scores are only valid for three years from the original test date.

    3. Satisfactory completion of the following college courses, including laboratory work.

    • English composition and literature: 6 semester hours/9 quarter hours
    • General chemistry: 8 semester hours/12 quarter hours
    • Organic chemistry: 8 semester hours/12 quarter hours (4 hours of which can be biochemistry)
    • Physics: 8 semester hours/12 quarter hours
    • Biological sciences: 12 semester hours/18 quarter hours

    These basic requirements must be passed and taken for credit, with a grade of C or above, at an accredited college or university.

    Minimal Technical Standards for Admission

    PNWU-COM will attempt to develop creative ways of opening medical school admissions to disabled individuals. In doing so, however, the COM must maintain curriculum requirements deemed essential to the education of an osteopathic physician.

    It is the policy of PNWU-COM that no student shall be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program sponsored by the university because of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, handicap, or national origin.

    Regarding disabled (or handicapped) individuals, the university does not discriminate against such individuals who are otherwise qualified but does require that applicants and students meet certain minimal technical standards. These standards identify reasonable expectations of osteopathic medical students and physicians in performing common functions.

    A candidate for the DO degree must have multiple abilities and skills, including observation, communication, motor, conceptual, integrative and quantitative, behavioral and social. Accommodations can be made for various handicaps, but a candidate must be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.

    See the Student Catalog for descriptions and examples of the technical standards.