The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific – Northwest (COMP-Northwest) campus in Lebanon, Ore. received final approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), clearing the way for the program to begin in August 2011.

“COMP-Northwest has passed its final significant hurdle in achieving the green light necessary to formally accept and matriculate students in Lebanon,” said COMP Dean Clinton Adams, DO. “This is a labor of love. Achieving quality that is recognized in the approval process is a result of teamwork, attention to detail, and passion for education.”

The curriculum and support for COMP-Northwest comes from COMP-Pomona, but because of its geographic distance, this additional approval process is necessary, Dean Adams said.

COMP-Northwest was given accolades for the thorough and comprehensive proposal package submitted. As a result, no significant recommendations for changes to the implementation plan were made, he said.

The COMP-Northwest campus will open with a gala celebration on July 30, 2011. Each new member of the COMP-Northwest Class of 2015 will don their white coat for the first time, symbolizing their entry into the health professions.

COMP-Northwest will be the first new medical school built in Oregon in more than a century. The new COMP-Northwest facility is a 54,000-square-foot building due to be completed in spring 2011 on the 50-acre Samaritan Health Sciences Campus adjacent to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital in Lebanon, Ore.