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Yakima's New Medical School Getting Nationwide Attention

YAKIMA, Wash - Pacific Northwest University's new medical school in Terrace Heights has already received hundreds of inquiries for applications.

PNWU just recently was accredited through the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.  Through this they are apart of an application service were potential students are notified of the new school.

In less than a week almost 500 people have inquired to university staff about applying.

"We were really surprised with regards to the number of individuals who expressed their interest in such a short amount of time," says Dr. William Betz, the Vice-President of PNWU.

In the first 12 hours of being accredited they had 300 inquiries.

Doctor Betz expects around 2000 applicants, 70 students will be accepted.

These potential applicants aren't just in the northwest but people all over the country who are interested in living in the Yakima valley.

The first day of classes will be in August of 2008.