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.
Applicants must complete the following from an accredited institution of higher learning:
- Students must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university.
- 30 semester hour credits in chemistry and biology (a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in each of chemistry and biology)
- One college level mathematics class
- A minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
- Submit an official college/university transcript. All prerequisite course work
- must be completed prior to admission to the program.
- Applicants who have met the minimum academic requirements more than seven years prior to application will be required to update by taking one course in chemistry and one course in biology
Admission criteria include a personal interview, analysis of college transcripts, review of three letters of recommendation and evaluation of personal written statement.
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