I usually do not like to write a bad review, this my actually be my first. I am a 4 year graduate from NCE Phlebotomy/Lab Assistant/EKG Program.
First of all, the education you receive from here is NOT worth it. I must hand it to them, they are smooth recruiters. Part of their sales pitch was pointing out to me over and over again that I received the highest amount possible in grants and that I only needed to take out $10,000 in student loans! Since then I've run into people who have paid thousands of dollars less and I am NO better off than them in their so called career. Yes, grant it...there aren't too many schools around that offer this, but still.
They make a big deal how you receive training in not only Phlebotomy, but Lab Assistant and EKG Technician as well. Again, I know of other Phlebotomists who went to a different school for THOUSANDS LESS with only Phlebotomy training and I'm no better off than them. When I look for a job, no one cares I have the added Lab/EKG training. ""Certified"" EKG Techs get the EKG positions. NCE will tell you that you do not need to be a ""Certified"" EKG Tech, but in the REAL world .....you DO.
OK, this is where it really gets good. My externship was from **ll! I kid you not. I was placed out at a location where I was physically attacked by an employee who was VERY upset with me for only being able to stick 70% of my patients my first few days. She was furious with me that I could not keep up with the 10-20 year veterans that were sticking nearly and over 100 patients a piece per day. She was so called written up and I HAD to continue my training or risk having to wait 9+ months for replacement. Of course this was all documented by NCE, but they did not care.
Now, after 4 years I am coming to them for their lifetime job placement assistance and I can't even get a hold of anyone in that department and they won't return my calls.
Trust me, like the previous commenter, do your homework. A friend of mine received her Phlebotomy training in the Bay Area and it was only 2-3 months long and only $2,000-3,000 and she's the one in a MUCH better job situation.
Also, a lot of people from my class had to go out on their own and find their own externship. For the price that you pay, you should not have to find your own externship....
If you are thinking about becoming a Phlebotomist, again do your homework. There is FIERCE competition out there...FIERCE!!! It really can come down to who you know, such as a family member or friend...in order to really get your foot in the door at a good company, as a Phlebotomist. :-(