Washington State University’s College of Medicine passed another milestone this week by receiving accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The college obtained approval from the commission to offer a Doctor of Medicine to medical students beginning their coursework in August.

The college in October gained accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which allowed it to begin recruiting students. More than 700 students applied during a one month recruiting window and about 340 are being interviewed to identify the 60 that will make up the inaugural class that will be seated in August.

WSU’s top priority this legislative session is a request for $10.8 million in the 2017-19 operating budget to support 60 first-year and 60 second-year medical students.