Was wondering if someone can enlighten me with the difference of duties between a CNA and an MA? MA's are mostly office assistants but are usually paid less with what I seem to be finding. Also the schooling is ridiculously long for doing office work once you graduate. Do hospitals normally employ MA's?
Also how long is the average CNA class?
Im grateful for any help, Im collecting info for a cousin of mine.
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Thanks guys. My cousin wants to enter a 21 month MA course that costs $28,000 at the local technical institute!!! She will graduate with a "assoc. of technology sciences" or something like that! While I dont want to discourage her from seeking an education, for that much time and money she could be an RN!!!
I want to talk to her about it but feel Like I cant w.o sounding like I am MA bashing...
If she's willing to go 21 months & spend that much money, I agree with the op's, she might as well go to nsg school. For that kind of money why not get a degree that will pay more of what her education is worth? Assoc. of Tech Sciences for MA isn't a very flexable degree at all...a MA is a MA regardless of a "technical degree". Also, alot of times those credits are nontransferable if she wishes to continue her education...she'd have to start all over again. For the most part she will be stuck in some kind of clinic & that's about it. Hospitals (here, anyway) do prefer CNA training. Very hard for a MA to get into a hospital here. I did a 12 month technical (no degree) MA program 9 years ago, have been out of nsg
school almost a year & just now
got my loans paid off from the MA program. My RN program didn't cost as much as my MA program did. MA is a great position, I loved my job & am thankful for the experience. They are needed in allied health, but for the money & time I think CNA is a much better way to get your feet wet in the medical field. Especially if she is eventually considering nsg. I wish her all the best in whatever she chooses to do!
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