Continuing the Commitment…

In 2004, COMP sat its first group of students in what was known as the Northwest Track (NWT). This program took 30 students from the northwest into the COMP class in Pomona, California and returned them to northwest teaching sites for their third year required clerkships. The NWT program has evolved into what is now COMP-Northwest.

COMP-Northwest is situated in a 54,000 square foot, state of the art facility in Lebanon, Oregon, and located on the fast-growing Samaritan Health Sciences Campus.   While many of our students come from the northwest and will complete their training in the northwest to serve the people of the northwest, our classes come from all corners of the United States.  As an additional location of the Pomona campus, our students benefit from COMP’s more than 40 years of curricular success. Come join us and become an important part of the future of health care delivery in the northwest.

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) see patients, prescribe medications, perform surgeries, and deliver babies, and prescribe medicine in hospitals, medical centers and offices across the United States and overseas. Whether they are primary care providers or specialists, DOs use all the tools of standard tools of modern medicine, but also have additional therapeutic modalities with which to care for their patients.

Altus Assessments’ CASPer online test

Beginning with the 2019-2020 application cycle, we are requiring that all applicants to COMP-Pomona or COMP-Northwest take the Altus Assessments’ CASPer online test.  CASPer is an online, video-scenario based, situational judgement test designed to measure professional/personal characteristics, such as empathy and communication skills.

We will be using the test to further assess some of the qualities currently used in making admissions decisions.  We know that non-academic characteristics are just as important as grades and MCAT scores. We want to make sure that we are using the most relevant data available to inform our decisions on admission.

More information on the CASPer online test can be found at https://altusassessments.com/.

For details on our CASPer test requirements please refer to the CASPer Requirements section of the Apply Now page. Please contact the Admissions Office at 909-469-5335 if you have any questions.


Susan M. Hanson, MS
Executive Director of Admissions, Department of Health Sciences Education

What distinguishes DOs?

Osteopathic Medicine is a whole-person approach that emphasizes the body’s interconnectedness. Osteopathic physicians are trained to use a hands-on approach called Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) for the patients, in addition to using traditional diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. DOs treat each patient as an individual, not a set of symptoms.

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM)

Beyond their basic and clinical medical training, Osteopathic physicians (DO) receive training in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). That is, in addition to their basic science and clinical training, DO’s are additionally able to use their hands to diagnose and treat injury and illness and encourage the body’s natural tendency toward good health.OMM enables physicians to treat their patients with the appropriate combination of medical procedures, medication, AND manipulation. This form of treatment can often result in immediate relief and/or increased speed of healing.

Doctors That DO

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine believe there’s more to good health than the absence of pain or disease. They practice a whole-person approach to medicine, focused on looking beyond your symptoms to understand how lifestyle and environmental factors impact your wellbeing. Learn more about your partner in health www.DoctorsThatDO.org .

During your four years at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest (COMP-Northwest), you will develop expertise in diagnosis and learn the problem-solving skills you need to treat and care for the whole patient through:

  • Intensive study of the basic medical sciences
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the ten major body organ systems
  • Hands-on experience with patients in the clinical skills labs and on clinical rotations in multiple medical specialties

Interested in learning more? Two students of Osteopathic Medicine wrote A Brief Guide to Osteopathic Medicine (PDF) that provides an easily understood summary of the history, philosophy, different techniques involved in OMM, and the many opportunities available for osteopathic medical students and graduates.

Why choose WesternU?

We have a nationally recognized program and offer you:

  • Excellent residency placements (PDF) in a variety of medical and surgery specialties.
  • A record of consistently high first-time pass rates for COMLEX board exams.
  • Clinical training that develops professional and communication skills.
  • A private health professions-focused institution that fosters interprofessional learning.
  • Faculty who care deeply about students and are committed to their success.
  • Long humanistic tradition of treating patients as people first; treating students with respect; and fostering camaraderie among students.
  • Outstanding student support services including tutoring and disability resources.
  • A chance to join well-respected WesternU-COMP alumni, who enjoy a lifelong connection with the University.
  • Learn more about the academic outcomes of our graduates on the Academic Outcomes page.

The training you receive at WesternU will prepare you well for the postdoctoral training years of your choice, with an emphasis on clinical care. We will help you build the foundation you need for a rewarding career as a physician caring for patients and their families.

Accreditation Status

Western University of Health Sciences is accredited by Western Association Schools and Colleges (WASC)-985 Atlantic Venue, Suite 100. Alameda, CA  94570. (510) 748-9001. COMP-Northwest, as part of Western University of Health Sciences has received full accreditation by WASC.

Learn More

Take a look at our visit options and consider attending a WesternU Preview. If you’d like to discuss specifics with an advisor, schedule an advising appointment, online, on campus, or over the phone. When you request additional information we’ll make sure you receive program updates and deadline reminders. Of course, you can always find us on social media.