Certified Medical Assistant - page 3

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Hey, I am conflicted on how to go about my future career. I would love to be a RN but from talking to the counselors they say its almost impossible to get accepted into their 2 year nursing program. So I was thinking of doing CMA... Read More


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    Hey, I am conflicted on how to go about my future career. I would love to be a RN but from talking to the counselors they say its almost impossible to get accepted into their 2 year nursing program. So I was thinking of doing CMA instead. Any suggestions? How much does a CMA make a year compared to an ADN? Thanks for the help.
    Well, everyone else has commented on salary, so I'll say this: I am a CMA, used to work in a clinic within a hospital. I actually really enjoyed being a CMA. You learn lots of technical skills like phlebotomy, vitals, etc. You learn how to deal with physicians, especially if you work in a surgical clinic, you learn how to deal with patients, you really do learn a lot, but it's definitely not nursing. I'd advise you to go to a community college for the program if there is one available near you. Private schools are faster but way, way more expensive. I have decided to go for my RN because even though you get great hours, holidays, etc as a CMA, you usually don't make a lot of money. Also, working outside of a regular 9-5 schedule can be a problem. Unless you get in at an urgent care or someplace like that, there is not a lot of flexibility in scheduling.
    I don't regret becoming a CMA, but if I had to do it over again, I would probably go for CNA.

    Also, whatever RN program that is that you're trying to get in to sounds crazy. Even the BSN programs where I am are not that involved. Look around for other programs. There's definitely somewhere you'd be able to get in.
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    CMA is a very expensive program, as very few community colleges offer it. Many trade schools do, but it is outrageously expensive.

    Read: schools in my area cost upwards of $20k for a CMA.

    And nearly every newspaper ad that is asking for a CMA insists that the person be bilingual (English, Spanish and/or a regional language like Dine), have experience in both secretarial settings as well as drawing blood, and be willing to work for $10 an hour.

    I would not really say that it is related to nursing, because most CMA work in physicians' offices. In my area, those that work in hospitals get to push paper, schedule appointments, and clock out at 4 PM.

    Maybe you could look into other schools in your area that offer an ADN?


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