Newly Admitted Students

Information for our new students at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

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Welcome to the PNWU community! We are excited that you will be arriving soon and look forward to getting to know you better. Below are several important items that will assist you in your preparation for osteopathic medical school. As you review the information and prepare for the transition, please feel free to contact with any questions. 

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Your Profile

Please update the following on Self-Service > My Profile. If you have forgotten your user name or password contact admissions to have your account reset.

  • Addresses: Update address(es) and phone number(s)
  • Ethnicity and race for federal reporting (optional)
  • Security question in case you forget your password 

Dates to Remember

Week of August 9, 2021

  • New Student Orientation Agenda will be available later in the summer.
  • Official photos will be taken the first day of orientation. Please dress professionally.
  • There will be events throughout the week for your family and guests to attend.
    • Student Advocate Association Information - an organization run by and for significant others, families, and friends of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences students will hold a meeting, date and time TBD.

August 16, 2021

  • Fall term classes begin and tuition is due.

Matriculation Requirements

Most forms, PNWU system logins, and required trainings will be available in the spring prior to matriculation. Monitor your Checklist on Self-Service for the status of your matriculation requirements. 

  • Immunization Form based on Center for Disease Control recommendation for Health Care Providers
    • Collect your immunization records and enter the dates in the form then print the form and take it with you for the tuberculosis testing.
    • Instructions on how to upload documents to E*Value are forthcoming
    • New students traveling outside of the country must complete the International Travel form along with any supporting documentation to prior to leaving the country.
  • Minimum Technical Standards
  • Minimum Laptop Requirements
  • Criminal Background Check
    • Register for criminal background check with Certiphi. An email from Certiphi is sent to you in the spring after PNWU receives your acceptance of the offer of admission 
  • Transcripts
    • If the transcripts you submitted to AACOMAS or PostbacCAS with your primary application are the final, official transcript, and it meets our criteria we will download that document to your permanent academic record
    • If not, request the final, official transcripts directly from each college or university you have attended and have it sent to PNWU
    • Monitor your Checklist on Self-Service for any missing documents or transcripts
  • Drug Screening
    • Drug screen requests are randomized and sent via email with instructions
  • Health Insurance
    • All students must provide proof of health insurance by July 1. Some commonly used options and resources to help you find coverage are provided, Student Health Insurance
    • Scan or take a picture of your insurance card and upload to E*Value
  • Parking Permit Form
  • Identification Badge Form
  • Direct Deposit Form
  • Read the 2021-22 Student Catalog - available early summer
  • Read the specific academic program Student Handbook - available late summer
    • 2021-22 COM Student Handbook for osteopathic medical students
    • 2021-22 MAMS Student Handbook for medical sciences students
    • Confirmation of review of Student Catalog and Student Handbook
  • Pre-orientation modules regarding Technology Services, Library, and Student Affairs (instructions emailed to your PNWU email address) - coming early summer
  • Sexual Assault Prevention (Title IX) Training - available in fall due to regulation updates 
    • To help create a safe environment for you and other students this is a required on-line course. Instructions on how to complete the on-line training will be emailed to you from PNWU Admissions
    • Upload your certificate of completion to E*Value
  • HIPAA Training - available in spring
    • Instructions on how to complete the on-line training will be emailed to you from PNWU Admissions
    • Upload your certificate of completion to E*Value
  • Hazardous Materials Training (OSHA) - available in spring
    • Instructions on how to complete the on-line training will be emailed to you from PNWU Admissions
    • Upload your certificate of completion to E*Value
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Training - available in spring
    • Instructions on how to complete the on-line training will be emailed to you from PNWU Admissions
    • Upload your certificate of completion to E*Value
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) research training
    • Instructions on how to complete the on-line training - please use your current email until you are issued a PNWU email
    • Human Subject Research basic content is organized into two courses: Biomedical and Social-Behavioral-Education
      • Incoming PNWU Students: You should complete the Social, Behavioral, Educational Research Training (Group 2)
    • Upload your Completion Report (CITI Transcript) to E*Value - available in spring

Curriculum Preparation

If you would like additional academic preparation for medical school you may want to consider registering for one of the following:

Financial Aid

For each upcoming academic year, you may complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1, using prior year tax information. You must complete an updated FAFSA for each academic year you are enrolled at PNWU.

  • As a health profession student, PNWU recommends that you provide your parents’ information on your FAFSA. Parental information may be required for certain scholarships; providing it up front may prevent delays or missing scholarship deadlines later. Please be assured that providing this information has absolutely no impact on your dependency status (you are independent for FAFSA purposes), or the type of federal financial aid received at PNWU (unsubsidized loans only), nor on the loan amount for which you are eligible (all federal loans are offered to you at the maximum annual rate allowed by federal regulation).
  • PNWU will determine your eligibility based on information from your FAFSA (excluding any parental information you have provided). 

After you have been awarded financial aid, you may access your financial aid information online through a secure portal.  Using the PNWU Financial Aid Portal will allow you to:

  • Check the status of your financial aid application
  • View a list of documents we've received from you and a list of any documents still outstanding 
  • View your financial aid awards
  • Accept, reduce, or decline your student loan offer
  • Check the status of your student loan for the current year
  • View your overall student loan history

Next steps and login information:

  • To access the portal, follow this link:  Please be sure to bookmark it. 
    • ​​​​​​​Your username is your PNWU email address, and your password is your PNWU network password.
    • The portal uses “single sign on,” meaning that if you are signed into the network and you want to access the portal, it will automatically open for you; you don’t have to sign in separately.

  • You must accept, reduce, or decline your student loans through the portal.  Your loans will not be processed until you do so. (If you have not been awarded aid yet, no awards will show in the portal.)
  • ​​​​​​​Once you accept/reduce/decline your loan(s), the Financial Aid Office will receive electronic notification and we can proceed with processing your aid. 

By creating a PNWU Financial Aid Portal account, a student agrees to participate in electronic transactions with the Financial Aid Office.  Students who wish to opt out of electronic transactions and receive paper notifications must contact the Financial Aid Office for further instruction. If you have any questions or concerns about consumer information, your financial aid award, or your responsibilities, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Your financial aid eligibility is based on a modest but adequate budget. If you will be using loans to cover living expenses, reduce your non-essentials as much as possible because they will cost a lot more with years of interest added. For new students, relocating to Yakima is an expense incurred prior to matriculation and cannot be included in the financial aid budget. Prepare to budget up to $1,800 for relocation costs. 

Regularly monitor the PNWU Scholarships page for opportunities. New student loan borrowers must sign a Direct Loan Electronic Master Promissory Note and complete Entrance Counseling.

Contact financial aid if you have questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment.


The entering students start communicating among themselves on Facebook using student groups. Classmates discuss social events, housing, financial aid, etc. Don't miss out on the networking.

  • Osteopathic medical students (DO) "PNWU Class of 2025"
  • Medical sciences students (MAMS) "PNWU MAMS Class of 2021-2022"

Big Doc - Little Doc program; new osteopathic medical students are paired with current students to assist in making connections and transitioning to medical school. Complete this form to provide information used in the assignments.

Big MAMS - Little MAMS program; new medical sciences students are paired with former students to assist in making connections and transitioning to graduate school. A form will be email when available.

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PNWU does not have on-campus housing but there are residential options very near campus. We have provided some resources on the Relocation Information page.