BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU will establish a Baton Rouge branch campus of its School of Medicine in New Orleans. It would be the first permanent medical school campus in Baton Rouge.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education cleared the way for opening a branch of the LSU school that trains doctors. The committee is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to doctor of medicine degrees in the United States and Canada.

Branch status would bring students to Baton Rouge full-time for their third and fourth years of medical school. The phase-in begins in July with 32 future physicians arriving for their third year of medical school.

The LSU medical school in New Orleans briefly moved to Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.