Quote from MVitiello
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.