The Cabell Huntington Hospital School of Cytotechnology is affiliated with Marshall University and has been operational since 1969.
At that time, it was one of only three schools in the nation to grant a BS Degree in Cytotechnology. The school is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the American Society of Cytopathology in collaboration with The American Society for Cytology. Marshall University students are granted a BS degree in Cytotechnology after three years on campus and completion of the clinical year of training at Cabell Huntington Hospital's School of Cytotechnology program. Students not attending Marshall University must already have a degree, which includes 20 hours of biological sciences, 8 hours of chemistry, and 3 hours of math, when they come for the clinical year.
The Marshall University Medical Center provides a technologically advanced focal point for the clinical teaching, outreach, and service programs of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. The Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center was established in 2006 through a partnership of Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, and provides patient access to experienced professionals and current protocols for cancer diagnosis, treatment and care. Services include surgery, chemotherapy, laboratory testing, clinical trials and support services.
The School is located at Cabell Huntington Hospital, a non-profit hospital with about 300 beds in Huntington, WV. In 1998 Cabell Huntington Hospital and Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine affiliated and opened the Marshall University Medical Center, a 185,000-sq-foot center connected to Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The Educational Coordinator of the school is Margene Smith, CT (ASCP), SCT. The mailing address for the school is 1340 Hal Greer Boulevard, Huntington, WV 25701. The telephone number is (304) 526-2155 and questions may be e-mailed directly to Juli Swolsky at Juli.Swolsky@chhi.org.
The clinical year begins the Tuesday after Memorial Day and concludes the following year at the end of the second week in May. School hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additional hours may be required during the second half of the clinical year for completion of the student's Capstone project (course 446).