Feds accredit Pa.'s newest med school

October 13, 2008 8:08:39 AM PDT
Pennsylvania's first new medical school in 46 years is now a college. Officials announced on Tuesday that the federal government has approved accreditation of Commonwealth Medical College.

Construction has begun in Scranton and the school is planning to welcome an inaugural class of 60 students in August 2009.

Students in the first class will receive a $20,000 annual scholarship. That's more than half off the $35,000-a-year tuition.

The future Medical Sciences Building is expected to be completed in 2011, serving more than 500 medical and Master of Biomedical Sciences students, along with 175 full-time equivalent faculty members and support personnel.

It will be the first medical college to open in Pennsylvania since 1962.

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