Plans for a new medical school at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) are moving forward, according to an update on the school’s progress given in August.

Dr. Barbara Atkinson, UNLV School of Medicine planning dean, announced that the school formally submitted its application to start the accreditation process.

“Starting the accreditation process is a very important step as it further signifies UNLV’s commitment to creating a top medical school that will meet the health care needs of Southern Nevadans,” said UNLV President Donald Snyder. “Creating a UNLV School of Medicine is a top priority for UNLV, and I’m encouraged by the energy and support of our board of regents and chancellor, our campus and the area medical community.”

The new medical school aims to teach a diverse group of doctors which they hope will stay in Nevada and practice in the state. In all, according to the schools website: the UNLV School of Medicine will integrate public undergraduate medical education and graduate medical education – or residencies – to cultivate more doctors staying to serve Southern Nevada.

The school hopes to welcome its inaugural entering class in Fall 2017.