School and Ranking Information
There are only a few not-for-profit schools within 90 miles of Tampa, Florida, offering phlebotomy programs. Based on program offerings, student services and tuition rates, the following schools are among the top choices in the area:
- Winner: Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center is the top school, with a 74% graduation rate, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This school also offers an advanced phlebotomy program.
- Runner-Up #1: Technical Education Center Osceola is the 1st runner-up, with a 70% graduation rate and 59 certificates awarded during 2011-2012, based on NCES statistics.
- Runner-Up #2: Winter Park Tech is the 2nd runner-up with a 70% graduation rate and 19 certificates awarded during 2011-2012, also according to NCES.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center||Technical Education Center Osceola||Winter Park Tech|
|Location||Ocala, FL (86.7 miles from Tampa)||Kissimmee, FL (71.3 miles from Tampa)||Winter Park, FL (80.5 miles from Tampa)|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||<2-year, public|
|Tuition (2012-2013)||$483**||$561 (includes a lab fee)***||$462****|
|Phlebotomist Programs Offered||Certificate||Certificate||Certificate|
|Phlebotomist Certificates Awarded (all levels) in 2011-2012||53*||59*||19*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2008 Entering Class||74%*||70%*||70%*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center, ***Technical Education Center Osceola, ****Winter Park Tech.
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Winner: Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center
- NCES reported the student-to-teacher ratio was 13:1 in 2012
- This school accepts credit for life experiences
Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center offers a 165-hour phlebotomy certificate of completion program. Students wishing to enter the phlebotomy program are encouraged to have a high school diploma or GED. All students must attend a mandatory information session before enrolling. During this 21-week program, students learn about infection control, collection of specimens, and anatomy and physiology. Graduates are prepared to work as phlebotomists in hospitals, laboratories or doctor's offices. Students also have the opportunity to continue their education by enrolling in an Advanced Phlebotomy for Certification course, which prepares students for voluntary national certification exams.
Runner-Up #1: Technical Education Center Osceola
- School does not accept dual, credit for life or AP credits
- NCES reported the student-to-teacher ratio was 17:1 in 2012
- This full-time program is offered Monday through Friday
Technical Education Center Osceola offers a phlebotomy program consisting of 90 hours of training in basic health care topics and 75 hours in phlebotomy. During this 165-hour program, students receive training in infectious diseases, communication skills and CPR/first aid. To enter the phlebotomy program, students must take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). The fee to take this timed, computer-based test is $25. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the voluntary certification exam for Registered Phlebotomy Technicians offered by American Medical Technologists. The program also prepares students for basic healthcare worker certification.
Runner-Up #2: Winter Park Tech
- Program is only available to currently employed professional healthcare workers
- NCES reported the student-to-teacher ratio was 8:1 in 2012
Students wishing to enter the phlebotomy program at Winter Park Tech are strongly encouraged to have a high school diploma or equivalent. During this non-credit program, students receive training in collecting blood specimens, venipuncture techniques and maintaining the integrity of specimens. Upon completion of the phlebotomy program, students are eligible to apply for National Healthcareer Association certification for phlebotomy technicians. Employment opportunities include medical offices, hospitals and blood banks.