Yakima, WA - Pacific Northwest University has received provisional accreditation, which means the new medical school has the go ahead to start accepting applications from students.
Now the school will soon have some students to go along with its first building. Construction for that has been underway for several months.
Administrators are expecting more than 1500 applications for the 70-spots available in its first class.
"Got a phone call before eight o'clock this morning," says Leann Hunter-Chase who is the Admissions Director at PNWU.
They will start accepting application in a week or two.
Hunter-Chase says the competition will be stiff with so many applications expected.
"We look at MCAT scores, degrees. What they have done in the medical field?"
Dr. William Betz is the school's first dean.
He's says emphasis will also be put on students who are from the northwest. He estimates 550 students from the northwest who are currently enrolled in osteopathic medical schools throughout the country.
"That's 550 kids who had to go outside of the northwest to get an osteopathic medical education. We believe there is a significant opportunity to look at individuals who want to stay in the area and practice medicine in the area."
Pacific Northwest University expects to have its first class in place by April next year.