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 six hospital histology labs. Each student will rotate through all six rotation sites for four weeks. Rotations will be in Sentara RMH Medical Center Histology Lab, Norfolk General Hospital Immunohistochemistry Lab, Norfolk General Hospital Histology Lab, Martha Jefferson
Hospital Histology Lab, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Histology Lab, and
Williamsburg Regional Medical Center 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. Many 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
  • Kathleen Olson, HTL(ASCP), B.S.
    Education Coordinator


  • Roy A. Noel, HT(ASCP), B.S.
  • 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.


Essential Function
Admission / Tuition
Fair Practices in Education

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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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