Quote from WannaBeNrse
i am actually also working on a diploma as a medical office assistant, via distance education (thats my backup in case nursing school will take me forever), but the problem is, this program does not qualify me for certification (RMA-registered medical assistant) UNTIL i have one year of work experience. So do you think with the diploma and the CNA i will have a pretty good chance of being hired as a medical assistant? i also have over 1000 hours of work experience in LTC from my home country (they dont require cna registration). i would much rather work in a clinic than a nursing home. do they teach stuff like drawing blood etc.? since my program is distance learning, i really dont learn the practical stuff, just the theory. i chose the distance learning program because it was very affordable, is accredited and it doesnt require me to make any special babysitting arrangements, since i can study from home....
i would appreciate any thoughts on this....
As far as I know, you can work in an office or clinic as a CNA without the CMA or RMA. It really all depends on your state law and the doctor's policies.
Honestly, it takes a lot of selling yourself to find a clinic which will train you on technical skills such as phlebotomy, EKG, etc., but they ARE out there. You might add during your interview that you're willing to go through a "training phase" where you work as a volunteer, or maybe a lower salary.
When I got my first clinic job back in '90 - I literally drove to every office and clinic in a 15 mile radius, dropping off my letter and resume. When they hired me, it was barely above minimum wage at the time, until I was "up to speed", then they paid the usual salary.
Being so happy in my new job, I started looking into certification - but several doctors told me it was a waste of money. The first doctor served as a reference to the second, those two to the third, and so on.
In my experience - it was the sheer persistence that paid off - the clinic that hired me was the last one I visited, 15 miles from my home.
Never give up!