Student Success Stories

Veronica G.

I am currently a pre-nursing student, finishing my prerequisites for nursing school and was looking for...
I am currently a pre-nursing student, finishing my prerequisites for nursing school and was looking for a part-time job in the medical field when I found AHC. Now that I am licensed, I am applying and looking to work in a local hospital.

My experience with AHC has been amazing. When I initially called AHC, I had no idea what phlebotomy entailed, but Brian thoroughly explained how the program worked and what to expect, step by step. Linnea, Brian, and Mr. Castro were all great teachers, always willing to go the extra mile, and were very supportive throughout the entire process.

One of my short-term goals is to work in a hospital as a phlebotomist and since that’s a job commonly in demand, I am excited and confident for the future. My long-term goal is to obtain my BSN and work as an RN, and having phlebotomy under my belt will definitely help me in my future career.

Loan N.

I am a newly immigrant. Before moving to U.S., I’ve spent a good amount of time to map out my settlement plan...
I am a newly immigrant. Before moving to U.S., I’ve spent a good amount of time to map out my settlement plan, including the education plan. My goal is becoming a CLS, but I know that I need a job that would help me with the living cost while attending school. And I continued to research deeper, then Phlebotomy profession seems to be an ideal job since it is not only an income source but also a way to help me experiencing the healthcare setting.

American Harbor College (AHC) is my sole option when search for an accredited, affordable, trusted program but also near where I live. AHC provided the platform for me to be successful in nailing the starting job, a first job ever in this new country. AHC plays a huge part in boosting my confidence and being a healthcare worker now and I am using pieces of what I learned in everything I do at work right now.

And that’s only 8 months after I arrived to U.S., I accomplished a handfuls of achievement: being certified in healthcare field, got a full time job with good rate and benefits, got a car, and be able to drive to work everyday. And, I am going to attend college next semester!

Brenna T.

I was initially motivated to become a phlebotomist to learn the invaluable skill of drawing blood before I began...
I was initially motivated to become a phlebotomist to learn the invaluable skill of drawing blood before I began nursing school. Having blood drawn isn’t everyone’s favorite activity, so learning to make the procedure enjoyable, efficient, and informative for the patient was my ultimate goal!

I am currently working at LabCorp as a Patient Services Technician where my responsibilities are specimen collection, specimen processing and handling, and any additional care that a patient needs or requests. Entering the medical field in any avenue can be daunting—especially in one that requires a specific skillset. I definitely felt overwhelmed by the different routes to become a phlebotomist, the requirements for each course, and the potential job prospects thereafter. Thankfully, everyone at AHC made the process a breeze.

During my initial conversations with Brian, any and all concerns I had were addressed and I was able to begin the course feeling confident that I was in good hands. The coursework required and taught by Professor Castro is presented in a fun, and easy-to-digest way, and practicing my skills and dexterity under his supervision was an absolute delight. Learning a new skill can certainly be challenging, but the staff’s patience and knowledge created one of the best learning environments I have ever experienced.

Earning my phlebotomy license has been one of the best experiences and I feel like I can progress into the next chapter of my life equipped with the abilities that AHC gave to me. I am currently enrolled in an Entry-Level Master of Science in Nursing program at California Baptist University, and I am looking forward to utilizing my phlebotomy skills as an RN and looking back fondly at my time at AHC! Overall, my experience with the program was 10/10, five stars, and two thumbs up! I’m so grateful for this little gem of a school and the amazing doors that it opened for me. Thank you AHC!

Yessica I.

This college was great…reasonably prices, right off the 5 freeway, great support and lots of practice...
This college was great…reasonably prices, right off the 5 freeway, great support and lots of practice before your externship!

They offered a great schedule for working individuals (weeknights and weekends). This course is accelerated so it was challenging but the two professors, Manny and Mr. Castro were a wealth of knowledge and made the material understandable. If you do take the two week course, be prepared to have no life (seriously, not that big of a deal).

Like with everything, you get what you put in…with that said, you do have to read almost a whole textbook within a short period of time, but it’s all applicable material. Also, you get to draw blood on your first day! I recommend you jump right in and get your practice in as soon as possible…which you’re only helping yourself become a better phlebotomist.

The administrators, Brian and Lin are really cool. They help you find an externship and provide job hunting and resume support. They try to work with your schedule if life happens and you have to juggle a couple classes around or change externship dates.

Brayan S.

American Harbor college is the best accredited program for phlebotomist and their other classes.
American Harbor college is the best accredited program for phlebotomist and their other classes. I spent so much time carefully searching for a phlebotomy course and American College was the most exceptional with a fully staff like Lin and Brian that would help you through every process and questions you have. Not to mention the professors are extremely smart and passionate about their work that you will learn so many techniques and so much information about phlebotomy. They will prepare you for the test extremely well as experienced all of the students in my class passed the phlebotomy written exam. After the 40 hr course Lin and Brian find a great externship for you to work in and you will learn much more to be ready for the work place. Overall I recommend American Harbor if you are looking for a career as a phlebotomist, they do exceptional work guaranteed! I enjoyed my time there!!!

Roy Y.

I had an excellent experience here taking a phlebotomy course.

I had an excellent experience here taking a phlebotomy course. Communication with staff was direct and available at almost every hour.

The course prepared me for my exams which I had passed comfortably. I have no problems calling in to receive additional assistance and ask questions.

Veronica L.

Recently passed my NHA exam for Phlebotomy with 95% on my first attempt.

Recently passed my NHA exam for Phlebotomy with 95% on my first attempt. All the staff are VERY supportive! Day one started hard and fast , I immediately felt kind of overwhelmed but by the end of the class, everything started to make a lot of sense each day. I was looking forward to going class every day, looking forward to learning, looking forward to practicing drawing blood.

It is a fast paced class but Mr. Castro is the BEST, he is very informative, patient, and prepares you very WELL for what to expect on the NHA exam and on the medical field! It’s been one the BEST decisions I’ve made.

Great school I would recommend this course for anybody that’s trying to have a carrier in a short time. Thank you American Harbor College staff for your support, the GREAT experience I got on my externship, and for helping become a phlebotomist within a month!

Jasmine F.

I took the phlebotomy technician program from American Harbor College not long ago.
I took the phlebotomy technician program from Harbor Career College not long ago. I love the school. Wonderful and knowledgeable staff and teacher. From the training to the NHA Exam to the application for the state license, the school help every single step which means a lot to me. I really enjoy my short period of time there!

Conrad S.

I had recently attended at American Harbor College. I must say that the help and professionalism...

I had recently attended at American Harbor College. I must say that the help and professionalism that the staffs had shown me is way beyond exceptional. The resources , knowledge, and tools that I needed to achieve my Phlebotomy course was met which resulted to my success…

Now I can finally be proud to say that I have profession. Thanks American Harbor College. Thank you for making me a part of your family and God bless with your school.

Michelle

Our experience with American Harbor College was awesome right from the start! The first day I called...
Our experience with American Harbor College was awesome right from the start! The first day I called to get information and I ended up having an hour long conversation with Bryan.

He knew the answers to all my questions, and he understood my daughter’s need for phlebotomy school; that it is both a stepping stone into the medical field and contributes to nursing school application points. He was knowledgable throughout the whole process and had other helpful information for us as well.

The teachers were so nice and excited about seeing their students succeed. They have small class sizes making it easier when asking questions and to get one on one time with the teachers. I can say after my daughters schooling and externship with American Harbor College, she was able to confidently pass the national exam and is now a licensed phlebotomist.

AHC was there to help with getting paperwork and forms processed until she received her license from the state of California. I would highly recommend AHC. Great customer service! Great Team! Great school!

Grace S.

My name is Grace and the reason I became a Phlebotomist was because I want to obtain...
My name is Grace and the reason I became a Phlebotomist was because I want to obtain as many skills and certifications that will help me further my career in healthcare.

I am currently working at a Level II trauma hospital as a phlebotomist. I enjoy working there because it’s very fast paced and I’ve been in situations where I’ve had stressed and agitated patients & I’ve had to remain calm to be able to talk to the patient and explain what I will be doing step by step and hopefully, that will make them feel more comfortable.

My experience at American harbor college was great. The enrollment process was smooth. Brian answered all my questions that I had before enrolling and helped me with job applications once I received my license. Mr. Castro was my instructor and he was very helpful during lecture and hands on training. I felt well prepared for my exam and took it a few days after the last lecture.

I am currently in nursing school so having this skill and experience under my belt is going to benefit me in the long run.

Kimberly C.

This is the school to go to!! Don’t look any further! The instructors and staff are the best and most...
This is the school to go to!! Don’t look any further! The instructors and staff are the best and most humble people ever! They are always there to encourage and support you! When you’re feeling in doubt they make sure to help & reassure you everything will be okay! Thanks to them I am now certified as a phlebotomist with such reasonable pricing and in so little time you learn everything you need for the field! I highly recommend them!!! They check up very often to make sure they help you look for a job! They always check up and whenever you need them they reply quickly! Thank you so much!

Fiona M.

I’m so glad I decided to attend American Harbor College. I researched Phlebotomy schools...
I’m so glad I decided to attend American Harbor College. I researched Phlebotomy schools in SoCal for ages before finding this school. Brian and Lynn in the main office are SO friendly and helpful. They go above and beyond for their students from offering to review and help with your Resume to letting you return after your classes have finished for additional practice free of charge.

The teachers Mr. Castro and Mr. Hernandez have a combined experience of about 60 years in Phlebotomy so they know a lot!! I have a degree in Science and can honestly say Mr. Castro and Mr. Hernandez are on par if not above the teachers at my university. The class sizes are small which means you get a thorough explanation of anything you’re unsure of without being afraid to speak up.

They are very reasonably priced too. This school deserves hundreds of 5 star reviews. I just can’t fault it. Thanks Lynn, Brian, Mr. Castro and Mr. Hernandez!

Isabella P.

I’m in the last night of my 2 week course here. I am SO glad I found this program.

I’m in the last night of my 2 week course here. I am SO glad I found this program. Not only are they very reasonably priced, but Brian and Lynn are so friendly and accommodating. When one of the students was struggling to find a vein, Lynn came into the class and let her practice on her! If this doesn’t show you that the staff is dedicated to the success of their students, I don’t know what does. Mr. Castro is an awesome professor. I feel very prepared and the lectures were interesting with a lot of laughs. The class size is small and we all got to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere. I would highly recommend this program.

Also – they will let you come back to sit for lecture and practice venipuncture even after the class is over if you’re not yet comfortable. I’m very impressed.

Tarek K.

I absolutely loved my American Harbor College experience.

I absolutely loved my American Harbor College experience. It is definitely a top institution in my books. Unfortunately, I feel that it may sometimes get overlooked/ underrated. People have this preconception that a university should be GRAND in name and LARGE in stature, but Socrates was one the most influential educators in history and his school wasn’t composed of 50+ classes.

All you need is a good instructor, place to meet, helpful staff, a laboratory, and your license is but a few short weeks away! Exactly what you should expect from this program.

That being said, your experience at American Harbor College (and in life in general) is up to you — you determine your path and what you take from it.
This program took me on a fantastic journey of self-discovery. I started out determined to just get in, get out, and find a place to work. Instead I found myself making friends with my class mates, working on my resume with the career advisor, Nadesha, and having many chats with Brian the program director (Great guy! Super friendly! Makes you want to hug him every time he says hi!)

There were some students that spent a majority of their time grumbling and complaining at every opportunity possible. “This is too hard” .. “There is too much reading to do…” ……

You’d be surprised how many adults do not comprehend the fact that YOU ARE GETTING A LICENCE TO STICK NEEDLES INTO PEOPLE…THERE WILL BE A FAIR AMOUNT OF WORK…

And it has nothing to do with having a background in science. More than half of my class had no degree in biology, but they put in the effort to learn the required material. They came to class early to practice on the mannequins. They stayed late after class (with the instructor) and continued to refine the areas they were struggling in… and few weeks later.. they were certified and deserving of their certification for that matter.

This is an accelerated program; it requires hard work and dedication. The staff at American Harbor College are here to help you succeed and they will give you all the attention you need, whether you’re in a class of 5 or 25! No one will be neglected.

Just remember, you need to be a helpful student. If a few dates change along the way regarding the off-campus training site…. Well buddy guess what.. this is a FACT of medicine. Hospitals and clinic may encounter turbulence with staffing. Or the student before you may need an extra day or two to finish before you can take their place. Don’t blame the school for what is NOT in their hands to control! Be patient and work with the school to help them, help you succeed.

I am very grateful to have attended such a wonderful program. I am now a licensed phlebotomist and it is all thanks to you.

Thank you American Harbor College

Francesca R.

When choosing a school for phlebotomy, it was crucial to attend a school with a nationally...

When choosing a school for phlebotomy, it was crucial to attend a school with a nationally certified program as well as friendly staff. After checking out a couple of other schools, I decided American Harbor College was the right fit for me, and I certainly was very pleased! The instructor, was very knowledgeable and was always more than happy to answer any questions I had. Brian, Linnea, and Asher were also very amiable and attentive to my needs. I would definitely recommend this school!

Rodney K.

I was really stressed out when I first came to American Harbor College...

I was really stressed out when I first came to American Harbor College because I didn’t know what to expect. But thanks to a excellent staff and teachers it was a great learning relaxing and great learning experience.

Brian (vice president) was a nice and gave me a tour of the campus the first day when I went for my orientation. The next week when our class started I was very excited to start because of how great and nice our instructor Arpi was.

She was very caring towards all of the student, she thought us everything In a slow and understandable pace. And for the NHA test (the board exam) Arpi had a review sheet and went over everything we needed to know and pass our NHA with confidence!

Overall my experience at American Harbor College was great thanks to all the excellent staff and teachers. I would recommend American Harbor College!