Admission & Tuition

Applicants must complete the following from an accredited institution of higher learning:

  • Students must have either a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university or be guaranteed one upon the completion of the clinical year.
  • 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. In addition, essential functions are required for admission.

Degrees from colleges/universities outside of the United States and Canada must be evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation agency acceptable to ASCP. Please visit the ASCP website for the most recent list of acceptable evaluation agencies for foreign transcripts.

If the applicant’s native language is not English, the applicant is required to take the TOEFL examination and provide a score of 88 or higher on the TOEFL Internet Based Test (IBT). The score report should be sent to the Sentara Histotechnology Program Director and the schools TOEFL number is B486. Each applicant’s ability to communicate in the English language will be considered on the basis of TOEFL scores as well as fluency in spoken English during the interview.

NOTE: We will prepare you for the lab portion of the ASCP exam or any certification exam. We cannot change the non-lab (experience and/or undergraduate accreditation)requirement for any certification exam. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to sit for any exam.

Students are admitted twice a year for classes beginning in January and June.

Academic Affiliations

The Sentara RMH School of Histotechnology is affiliated with:

  • George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
  • Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA


Tuition for the clinical year is $5,000. A scholarship may be offered by one or more of the clinical sites. A $100 fee is due upon acceptance into the program, the $100 is not refundable. The tuition is refundable according to the Refund Policy.

Refund Policy

If a student withdraws from the program, a refund may be requested. Notice of withdrawal should be submitted in writing to the Program Director of the School of Histotechnology. (This refund policy applies to the $100 deposit and the $5,000 tuition).

The refund policy is as follows:

A. A student who enters the school but withdraws or is terminated during the first quartile (25 percent) of the program shall be entitled to a minimum refund amounting to 75 percent of the cost of the program.

B. A student who withdraws or is terminated during the second quartile (more than 25 percent, but less than 50 percent) of the program shall be entitled to a minimum refund amounting to 50 percent of the cost of the program

C. A student who withdraws or is terminated during the third quartile (more than 50 percent, but less than 75 percent) of the program shall be entitled to a minimum refund amounting to 25 percent of the cost of the program.

D. A student who withdraws after completing more than three quartiles (75 percent) of the program shall not be entitled to a refund.

A student applicant may cancel by written notice, their enrollment at any time prior to the first class day of the session for which application was made. When cancellation is requested under these circumstances, the school will refund all tuition paid by student, less a maximum deposit fee of $100. A student applicant will be considered a student the first day of class.