Orange County Phlebotomy Training – The 2015 Guide

orange-county-phlebotomy-trainingOrange County doesn’t have quite as many phlebotomy schools to choose from as Los Angeles County does, but there are still enough choices to give you multiple good options (and save you a drive up to L.A.).  We know this because we’ve read the full list of California phlebotomy schools which are certified by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).  Feel free to check out work by reading the full list yourself.

If reading that document seems like too much work, don’t worry.  To make things easier, we’ve made a list of all the schools approved by the CDPH, narrowed it down to just the schools in Orange County, and checked each school for its Yelp reviews.  The result is a list of schools that seem like safe choices (we call them “green-light schools”), schools that you should investigate further before applying at (“yellow-light schools”), and schools you might want to avoid (“red-light schools”).

Green-Light Schools

Phlebotomy Training Specialists
Address 14258 Beach Blvd
Westminster, CA 92683
Phone (888) 745-3268
Class Types
  • Full w/ Externship
Yelp Page
# of Stars (out of 5) 4
# of Reviews 8
Great Instructors
  • “My class was very small and Tania, the instructor, is very good at explaining and teaching… so good in fact, that after a few weeks you are well prepared to take the National exam.”
  • “The instructors knowledgeable and nice.”
    “My instructor, Crystal Martinez, is exceptional.  She not only has 17 years of phlebotomy experience, she still works in the field when not teaching.”
  • “Ms. Watson is the teacher she is very smart supper tuff but an amazing teacher, she has a soft side too lol.”
Lots of Practice
  • “Profressional, knowledgeable, practical applications, and a LOT OF PRACTICE.”
  • “Able to get certification in 10 class periods.”
  • “More draws than I could possibly want.”
  • “I was surprised at how many draws I got over the course as many as I wanted.”
  • “I’m very pleased with the ammount of hands on experience they gave me. I performed hundreds of venipunctures and was well prepared for my National test and for job interviews.”
  • “Very clean facility also.”
  • “The price is right and the instruction is OUTSTANDING.”
  • “The certification is less expensive than others offered in the area.”
  • “Curriculum is exceptional.”
  • “I started my class in December and am still waiting for my state certificate because they cant send in the correct documents for the state to release my certificate! “
  • “Shop around to find an approved school that is willing to at least answer their phone calls.”
  • “Ive called many times to get an answering machine.”
  • “I sent in my resume two months ago to get it reviewed, and I am still waiting for a response…my classmates still havent gotten placed for an externship yet either!”
  • “Dont get me wrong, the instructors are great, but the administration is what is lacking.”
  • “It is a very fast paced class so you do need to pay attention and do your homework – you start drawing blood on the second day,”
  • “Class is very short – only 10 days! Then you take your National exam. After passing, you get assigned your externship and receive your phlebotomy certificate.”
  • “After that, you have to get your California state license and take a CPR course before you can get a job. Tania also has a CPR instructor teach the CPR course so you can get it completed quickly. “
  • “Even though class is only 10 days, it does take a lot of time to complete the requirements for the license. I took the course mid-March and just got my email confirmation for my CA certification (in July).”
UC Irvine’s Phlebotomy Training Program
Address Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
UC Irvine School of Medicine
D440 Medical Sciences I
Irvine, CA 92697-4800
Phone (949) 824-5534
Class Types
  • Basic
  • Advanced
  • Full w/ Externship
Yelp Page
# of Stars (out of 5) 4
# of Reviews 160
  • The only University-based phlebotomy training program in Orange County.
  • Program faculty includes clinical laboratory scientists and experienced, certified phlebotomists.
  • The UC Irvine name looks good on a résumé.
  • The school has its own medical school where you do your lab externship, meaning you don’t have to wait for the school to find you an externship and you can complete your training faster.
  • Program is not lengthy- 2 weeks of class (8am – 4pm) and 3 weeks of clinical training (7:30am – 4pm, with 2 of those days starting at 5am).
  • Cost is reasonable – $1,600 including classes, training materials, textbook, supplies and administrative fee.
  • Payment plans available.
  • Maximum class size of 24 students.
  •  Only 2 sessions per year – Spring and Fall.
  • Financial aid is unavailable.
  • No evening or weekend classes offered.
  • Certification examination fee and the state phlebotomy technician certification fee are not included in the tuition.

Red-Light Schools

California School of Health Sciences
Address 12141 Brookhurst St., Suite101
Garden Grove, CA 92840
Phone (714) 539-7081
Class Types
  • Full w/ Externship
Yelp Page
# of Stars (out of 5) 3 1/2
# of Reviews 19
  • “…the teachers for this school were decent…”
  • “My instructor was very knowledgeable and helpful.”
  • “I did pass with ease.”
  • “The teaching staff was friendly, no complaints there…”
  •  “the two professors did not agree on a few topics which made studying for the state exam a bit difficult.”
  • “It took the school about 6 months to place me and the rest of my class at a site for the externship.”
  • “I completed my externship 3 weeks ago and still do not have my diploma in hand though it was promised the same week I finished the externship.”
  • “The overall organization of CSHS is terrible…”
  • “This was supposed to be an accelerated program which is why it cost more than other programs offered at community colleges, but it ended up taking me longer here than it would have at a public school.”
  • “…I basically wasted about $1,000.”
  • “the office is EXTREMELY disorganized…”
  • “I did not receive the supplies for class, that were “included” in my tuition, until the third week of my four week course.”
  • “The front desk is not helpful and you will need to push them to receive any needed information.”
  • “It has been months and I am still waiting on a refund.”
  • “…the upper management staff is laughable.”
Qbics Career College
Address 1125 E 17th St
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone (714) 550-1052
Class Types
  • Full w/ Externship
Yelp Page
# of Stars (out of 5) 2
# of Reviews 4
Pros (NOTE: Pros are based on a review of the Certified Nursing Assistant course, not the Phlebotomy Course)

  • “Clinicals are done at a partner long term care facility in Westminster and you get a ton of experience.”
  • “I definitely feel prepared to take the state exam and work in a facility while I apply for nursing school.”
  • “I made an appointment with “admissions” to get info on their phlebotomy program, the woman was rude and offered very little help.”
  • “Very unprofessional, discouraging and rude.”
  • “…took along time to find no signs or anything, building looks like an old apartment building.”
  • “When we finally went inside there was one man working there and he couldn’t provide us with any information or paperwork, he couldn’t even answer any of our questions about the (program), he said we need to make an appointment to talk to someone and to get information…”
  • “…not too friendly or informative place to call a school.”
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