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Osteopathic Medical School a Step Closer to Reality

YAKIMA, Wa -   School administrators at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences say they now have enough money in place to begin the accreditation process.  They have submitted a feasibility study to the American Osteopathic Association, Commission on College Accreditation.  It's the first step in what can be an 18-month process for an osteopathic medical school to receive provisional accreditation.

"We were a little on edge the last month or two, making sure we met certain timelines that we would not fall behind our scheduled start date of the fall of 2008," says Dr. Greg Mick, the founder and president of the university.

The university needed to have $10.5 million in reserves in order to begin the accreditation process. Dr. Mick says they were able to secure those funds by selling the 42 acres donated by the Tmple family for the campus to a developer.  The university will lease the land from the developer with the option to buy it back down the road, and the developer will build campus.

"I'd like to say that this medical school is going to happen without a doubt, but we're at the point right now where we're subject to the AOA granting provisional accreditation and ultimately full accreditation," says Dr. Mick.

Full accreditation is still years away.  Dr. Mick says that won't happen until they graduate they're first class in 2012.  Construction is supposed to start sometime next spring.