School of Histotechnology

Sentara RMH Medical Center, founded in 1912, is located in Harrisonburg, Va.
Sentara RMH is a not-for-profit, community-based regional healthcare facility licensed for 266 beds and fully accredited by DNV.

The Sentara RMH HTL Program is a one year school that includes six months of lecture and student lab followed by six months of rotation through three hospital histology labs. Rotations will be in Sentara RMH Medical Center Histology Lab, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Immunohistochemistry Lab, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Histology Lab, and Martha Jefferson Hospital Histology Lab. Block teaching will be utilized in the didactic segment of the program with progression of courses from Fixation, Processing/Embedding, and Microtomy to Staining. Some of the lectures will be projected by video-teleconferencing equipment from Norfolk and Williamsburg to
Sentara RMH. The rest of the lectures will be in person. Two way communications will be utilized in the video-teleconferencing. The entering students will be required to have
a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 30 credits in biology and chemistry (minimum
of 12 credits in each of chemistry and biology) prior to beginning the program. A
certificate will be awarded at the completion of the school.

Program Officials

  • Sue Lawton, MLS(ASCP)CM, MA, MS
    Program Director
  • Patrick Wilson, HTL(ASCP), B.S.
    Education Coordinator


  • Lorraine Pantella, HT(ASCP)
  • Sharon B. Smith, HT(ASCP), CT, B.S.
  • Virginia Hinson, MT(ASCP), B.S.
  • Patricia Bassett, CT(ASCP), B.S.
  • Julie Porter, HT(ASCP)
  • Christine Gaston, HT(ASCP), MT, B.S.
  • Michael Chan, HT(ASCP), B.S.
  • Karen Bray, MT(ASCP), B.S., MPH

National Accrediting Agency

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Chicago, Illinois 60018
Phone: 773-714-8880

The school is in the process of obtaining accreditation from NAACLS. The program
officials have been approved. The school has been given “Serious Applicant Status” from NAACLS.  This indicates that the accreditation process has progressed to allow our students to sit for the ASCP HTL exam.

NAACLS is not an accrediting organization recognized by the United States Department of Education.

The Sentara RMH School of Histotechnology has no branch locations.


Essential Function
Admission / Tuition
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Contact Information

Sentara RMH
School of Histotechnology
2010 Health Campus Dr.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

(540) 564-7232
(800) 543-2201, x:47232



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