I went to Fast Response also. It worked out really well for me. It was quick, and they prepared us very well for the national test.. I got a 99 on the national test.
That being said... I will warn you though. I felt the class room/lab portion program was TOO FAST!(2 weeks) I was not confident walking into my externship. (ultimately you'll learn the most when you get a job... and i feel that i am a good phlebotomist now, but i would have appreciated more time to practice my skills in school) Also, you will only get 1 week of externship at a hospital (the bare minimum you need for your license). Other schools
provide usually 5-10 weeks of externship at multiple hospitals, which I feel is better.
Think about it... the more places you get to network at = better chance of finding a job!!!
If you go to fast response you will need to make sure that you make a good impression with the hospital that you extern at! It will be your best chance of getting a job in my opinion. (Finding a phlebotomy job without experience is very difficult) I set up my own externship the the hospital that I wanted to work at, so I developed a great relationship with my current employer well before i even set foot in the facility.
I excellent thing about being a lab assistant, is they are fairly well paid, and hospitals need them 24/7, your schedule can be pretty flexible to include school. I've been working as a lab assistant for almost a year and a half while doing my nursing pre-reqs. I don't know how other hospitals are, but my manager has been very flexible with my schedule. I'm starting nursing school
June 2nd, and will be cutting back from full time to only 4 shifts a month now.