CNA or Medical Assistant

  1. I am currently a hairdresser but in going for nursing. I have started my perquisites for nursing but i really want out of the hair business, I really want to start out in hospital but i don't know if that is possible, I also heard about a Patient care tech and a nurses tech. please help
  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   DaniMV815
    I changed careers and am still doing this while in school. I think it's totally a great move to make sure you like it! And it's great experience. Not having any though, I suggest getting your CNA then applying. I did mine through the Red Cross. Good luck!
  4. by   FutureNurse12345
    red cross I'M going to call them. Thanks!!
  5. by   kenya1005
    I got my CNA cert and got a job in a hospital right away. We have PCT positions for people who aren't certified, but honestly the certification makes a big difference if you don't have experience.
  6. by   Theor23
    I just got my CNA, took 2 weeks $850. Medical assistant is like 9 months or so. But if your goal is RN, get your CNA and work to get experience and move up. It may be harder to obtain a hospital job right away, but not impossible. I know hospitals will train you to be a patience care tech, they make $14-$18/hr so not too bad. There may be other alternatives, but you gotta start somewhere and always remember why your doing it.
  7. by   Tinkk
    If you want your RN, get your CNA. It's only a month long (typically) and will be more helpful as experience goes than medical assisting.
  8. by   Philly_LPN_Girl
    Cna. You have more opportunities and can learn a lot more than MA in my opinion.
  9. by   karen623
    why waste a year going to school to be an MA when you will ultimately end up going to school for nursing? CNA is cheaper, shorter program.