Fort Worth is now home to the nation’s newest M.D. School after receiving preliminary accreditation from The Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Texas Christian University (TCU) and University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) joined together in July 2015 to form this new medical school that will offer a free first year of tuition.

Classes will be held on both the TCU and UNTHSC campuses – and students will rotate through hospitals and clinics in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. This month, UNTHSC opened its new Interdisciplinary Research and Education Building, a $121 million facility with two floors devoted to the School of Medicine.

The school says its first-of-its-kind curriculum will focus on developing Empathetic ScholarsTM, physicians who are able to “walk in a patient’s shoes”, who excel in the science of medicine and who will be prepared for future advances in medicine. “The School of Medicine allows us to offer one of the most futuristic and comprehensive health care educations in the nation,” UNTHSC President Michael R. Williams said. “Together with TCU, we are creating a health care environment and a cutting edge curriculum that will define and produce the health care providers of the future that our community needs and deserves.”

Over the next couple of weeks, the School of Medicine will be working to achieve membership to the Association of American Medical Colleges, which will provide access to the American Medical College Application Service or AMCAS. Upon gaining membership, the School of Medicine will begin accepting applications in November, for the first class of 60 medical students that is expected to start in July 2019. Prospective students can go to for more information on the application process.

The TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine is Fort Worth’s M.D. school, set to open with a class of 60 students in July. TCU and UNTHSC joined together in July 2015 to form this new medical school.