Los Angeles Phlebotomy Training: The 2015 Guide

los_angeles_phlebotomy_trainingLos Angeles County has more accredited phlebotomy schools than any other county in California.  Great news if you live there!  However, this means that sorting the good schools from the bad ones takes more effort.  You can see what we mean by reading the California Department of Public Health’s list of approved, certified California phlebotomy schools.

If reading that whole document seems like too much work, don’t worry.  We’ve taken the entire list of approved schools, narrowed it down to just the schools in Los Angeles County, and checked each school for its Yelp reviews.  The result is a list of schools that seem like safe choices (aka “green-light schools”), schools that can be a mixed bag (“yellow-light schools”), and schools you might want to avoid (“red-light schools”).

Green-Light Schools

AUMT Institute
Address 20300 S. Vermont Ave., Suite 105
Torrance, CA 90502
Phone 310-532-5133
Website http://www.aumt.org
Class Types Full w/ Externship
Yelp Page http://www.yelp.com/biz/aumt-institute-the-phlebotomy-school-torrance
# of Stars (out of 5) 4 1/2
# of Reviews 23
Why It’s A Green-Light “Good payment plan”, “knowledgeable, amazing instructors”, “nice facilities”, “Ms. Kay and Mr. Rosales are good teachers”, “very affordable”, “flexible schedule”, “plenty of practice time”, “small class sizes”, “national exam is administered on-site”
Los Angeles ORT College
Address 6435 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone 323-966-5444 Extension 305
Website  www.laort.edu
Class Types Full w/ Externship
Yelp Page http://www.yelp.com/biz/los-angeles-ort-college-los-angeles
# of Stars (out of 5) 4 1/2
# of Reviews 5
Why It’s A Green-Light “Friendly staff”, “helpful career center”, “experienced instructors”.
Harbor Career College (formerly Meridian Institute)
Address 4201 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 515
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone 323-936-1624
Website http://www.harborcareercollege.edu
Class Types Limited w/ Externship
Full w/ Externship
Yelp Page http://www.yelp.com/biz/harbor-career-college-los-angeles
# of Stars (out of 5) 4 1/2
# of Reviews 12
Why It’s A Green-Light “Friendly and welcoming staff”, “busy externship”, “passed my NHA exam on the first attempt”, “look forward to going to class everyday”, “prepares you very well for NHA exam”, “caring staff”, “knowledgeable teachers”, “helped apply for state license”, “Ms. Arpie is great”.

Yellow-Light Schools

L.A. Vocational Institute
Address 3540 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 410
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone 213-480-4882
Website http://www.lavocational.com
Class Types Limited w/ Externship
Full w/ Externship
Yelp Page http://www.yelp.com/biz/l-a-vocational-institute-los-angeles-2
# of Stars (out of 5) 2 1/2
# of Reviews 9
Why It’s A Red-Light Pros: “Christian is a great teacher”, “I had a teacher so passionate, but also sooo DOWN in my life”, “I was always excited to wake up just so I can attend my phlebotomy class”, “The only redeeming factor to this ‘school’ is Christian”

Cons: “most unorganized school ever”, “professors come and go when they please”, “I’ve been waiting 6 months to get my money back”,

Red-Light Schools

Address 17405 Chatsworth Street
Granada Hills, CA 91344
Phone 818-366-2350
Website https://www.facebook.com/CSHealthEducationServices
Class Types Limited w/ Externship
Full w/ Externship
Yelp Page http://www.yelp.com/biz/c-and-s-health-education-services-granada-hills
# of Stars (out of 5) 2
# of Reviews 11
Why It’s A Red-Light “incredibly disorganized”, “unhelpful staff”, “very little hands-on practice”, “learn by watching videos”, “the owner Sam Caraway is rude”, “they don’t return phone calls regarding refunds”
California School of Health Science
Address 12141 Brookhurst St Ste 201
Garden Grove, CA 92840
Phone (714) 539-7081
Website http://www.cshs.edu
Class Types Full w/ Externship
Yelp Page http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-school-of-health-sciences-garden-grove
# of Stars (out of 5) 3.5
# of Reviews 19
Why It’s A Red-Light Pros: “decent teachers”, “very knowledgeable instructors”,  “I did leave with my certification”, “the teaching staff was friendly; no complaints there”

Cons: “took the school 6 months to find an externship”, “took the school longer than promised to deliver diploma”, “overall organization is terrible”, “supposed to be accelerated but took longer than it would have elsewhere”, “calling the front desk is like pulling teeth”, “it has been months and I’m still waiting for my refund”, “they really seem to only care about the money”

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