The students will work in Rome’s medical facilities and live in Rome for a year, making their own living arrangements.
Heritage Hall, part of the Georgia Highlands College campus, will house the professional education offices.
Officials from Georgia Regents University asked lawmakers Tuesday to be mindful of future funding needs, including the $1 million needed yearly to run the satellite campus in Rome.
Gov. Nathan Deal did not include that in his proposed budget, but university officials said there is money in a separate budget.
“Since the funds for the Northwest Georgia Clinical Campus are included in the university’s expansion budget, no request was made of the governor to include this item in his budget,” said Christen L. Carter, director of media relations for GRU. “Therefore, this does not present a problem, and our plans for Northwest Georgia have not been altered.”
Reeves also said the lack of an earmark in Deal’s budget is not an issue.
“We have been funded and will continue to be funded,” he said.
The hope is that more students will choose to attend the satellite campus, according to Reeves, who said the Northwest Georgia effort would not have been possible without cooperation between Redmond Regional Medical Center, Floyd Medical Center and Harbin Clinic.
“This could have not have happened without the support of the community and could not continue to exist without the support of the community,” he said.
Georgia Regents University was formed by the consolidation of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University, which also has satellite campuses in Savannah and Albany.
The addition of the Northwest Georgia Clinical Campus is part of an overall plan to increase the school of medicine’s class size from 190 to 300 students by 2020.