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Pacific Northwest University Reaches Milestones

December 28, 2012

Enrollment to Nearly Double

Pacific Northwest University has reached important milestones as it works towards its mission to improve rural health care throughout the Pacific Northwest.

First, the school is well underway with a $5 million expansion of their Terrace Heights campus. The expansion includes new classroom and lab space, two new auditorium classrooms, more office space and more student space.  As a result of this expansion the Commission of Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) has approved PNWU’s application to increase class size from 70 to 135.   The COCA also gave PNWU full accreditation from their governing body. This announcement highlights an impressive record of success in the school’s short history.

 Pacific Northwest University of Health Science opened their doors in 2008 and graduated its first class of 69 DO’s in May of 2012. “The university is well prepared to accommodate a class size increase to 135 and we are thrilled that this acknowledgment by our accrediting body allows us to further our mission,” says Dr. Keith Watson, PNWU president. Expanding class sizes is well warranted.  Over 2,500 applicants competed for 70 spots available at the University this last year. Starting next year, almost twice as many students will get the opportunity to enroll at the University bringing a welcome dose of energy and vitality to our community.  More tuition payments also help sustain the University financially. Pacific Northwest University is the first new medical school to open on the West coast in over 60 years and we couldn’t be more pleased that it’s located in our own backyard.  Our new medical school tells a great story about our community’s abilities and it is a big asset to our regional economy going forward.  

For more information on Pacific Northwest University, visit their website


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