Many of our programs have made exceptions to the application process and requirements due to circumstances from the COVID-19 pandemic response at WesternU. Any references to in-person campus visits, events, lab work, or classroom interactions must be read in light of social distancing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). WesternU has implemented remote teaching and learning across all campuses and only essential personnel are on campus at this time. Please contact us if you have any questions or need further information.

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 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 standard tools of modern medicine, but also have additional therapeutic modalities with which to care for their patients.

Virtual Interviews

This year COMP & COMP Northwest will be conducting virtual interviews exclusively.

To support the health and welfare of our applicants, faculty, staff, alumni, community partners, and students our interviews will be conducted virtually using Zoom.

We know that many of you may be aware of the features of Zoom and are very experienced with virtual environments; however, we also know that many of you are not.  Therefore, we are providing resources and tips on how to prepare for your virtual interview, what type of equipment you will need, how to check your internet speed, and most importantly, how to select the best location for your interview.

If you are still a bit nervous about your virtual interview, we offer you the opportunity to log into a Zoom meeting and practice moving from breakout room to breakout room. The Practice Zoom Meeting ID will be provided on your interview confirmation email.

COVID-19 Message to Prospective Applicants from the Dean

The College recognizes that these unprecedented times are impacting your application timeline to medical school. Therefore, it is important that we provide you with clear direction when completing your application. This message from the Dean provides details for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP)-Northwest.

Altus Assessments offers three assessments for evaluation of candidates for admission, CASPer, Snapshot, and Duet.  At this time, the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), Oregon campus requires the CASPer assessment, and has chosen to trial the Duet assessment.  COMP-Northwest recommends that all applicants take the Duet assessment, but it will not be used in the decision process. Please see additional information on our Requirements page.

Upcoming Events

DREAM Program

The DREAM Program is a 4 day summer program that was carefully designed to equip URM students who have a desire to be physicians but are denied the same messages and resources of empowerment that their non-URM counterparts have received early on. The workshops and talks given during the program were carefully chosen to counter dis-empowering messages and the lack of role models while equipping aspiring DREAMers with skills and understanding of the medical school application process. It is also an opportunity for participates to connect with current medical students and faculty.

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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.