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The Medical School at a Glance

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine—a unique partnership between a public research university (Virginia Tech) and a private health care provider (Carilion Clinic)—is a fully accredited, four-year medical school. The school is among the first of the new generation of medical schools in the United States. While the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine opened as a private school in 2010, the school became part of Virginia Tech as its ninth college on July 1, 2018.

  • The school’s charter class entered in August 2010. 
  • Class size began with 42 per year, with a small increase to 49 beginning with the Class of 2024.
  • The innovative curriculum is divided into four domains: basic science, clinical science, research, and interprofessionalism.
  • Learning revolves around real patient cases studied by small groups of students under the guidance of facilitators. 
  • The school’s students have earned outstanding USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores. 
  • Students have access to superb clinical facilities at Carilion Clinic, with over 750 physicians representing more than 60 specialties. 
  • Students complete a research project of publishable quality before graduation.

Accreditation Status

Virginia Tech is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award doctoral, masters, baccalaureate, and associate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Virginia Tech.

Effective February 2019, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) continued to grant full accreditation for a term of eight years to the medical education program leading to the MD degree at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.