Hello. I am a student currently enrolled in a business school in Upstate New York and am in an associate's degree program for medical assisting. I actually had never heard of a medical assistant before enrolling in the program. I would like to be an RN but thought this might help me get all the prereq's of nursing school out of the way. Anyways, I was just wondering if there were any office nurse's who have come in contact with an MA yet and what you think about the profession? A leg on the ladder or a waste of time? And do you think MA's could eventually replace doctor's office RN's??
Thanks for your input...
Jun 23, '03
The pre-req's for CMA and RN are totally different. RN's have to take Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology. (depending on your school) I know because I once attended school to become a CMA. I only went part-time for a year and I'm glad that I did not finish because it would have been a complete waste of time. (for me) I am now an LPN/LVN and starting school in August for my RN. Also, there is absolutely no possiblilty that a CMA will ever replace an RN. Is the CMA program 2 years. If so, you may want to start out as an LPN/LVN instead of CMA because the course is about the same length and you'll make more money.. If I had it to do over, I would have gone directly into an RN program because it's one year of pre-req's and 2 years of nursing courses. If you want your RN you might as well go for it instead of wasting 2 years of your life in a CMA program and then going 3 more years for your RN.. The only classes that transfered over from my CMA program to the RN program was English 101. All the classes for RN and CMA are totaly different
Last edit by Cali on Jun 23, '03