A new health care apprenticeship program at AdventHealth is helping young adults in our area build strong careers in the medical field. These students, carefully selected from their respective communities, are gaining valuable skills and experience in phlebotomy, which is taking and preparing patient blood samples for testing.

A student learns about testing samples at AdventHealth Tampa

AdventHealth and Ultimate Medical Academy were chosen to partner with CareerSource Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners to implement the first health care Apprenticeship-to-Career Empowerment Program (ACE). CareerSource Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners have already worked together for three years on providing paths for other career fields, but this is the first of their programs in health care.

The program includes the opportunity for them to earn a professional career certificate, gain paid work experience, and have assistance in preparation for entering the professional workforce. It also starts them on the path to becoming a nationally certified laboratory assistant.

“The Phlebotomy program focuses specifically on phlebotomy as a part of Laboratory Assisting. These students will earn a career certificate from the National Healthcareer Association and are also learning to assist Medical Laboratory Scientists in our AdventHealth hospital laboratories,” said Mistie Palmer, AdventHealth Learning Operations Manager.“AdventHealth recognizes that these team members are crucial to the Medical Laboratory Team in providing expert, whole-person care to our community.” 

Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsFlorida also has one of the highest employment levels for phlebotomists in the country.

This partnership between AdventHealth and UMA, combined with the support of CareerSource, has created an environment where aspiring individuals can find their footing and embark on a journey in the medical field.

This current group of students will have the chance to apply for AdventHealth positions.