Which has more responsibility/patient interaction: CNA or Medical Assistant? - page 2

I'm trying to get patient care experience working in the medical field for PA school. I need something with a lot of patient interaction, and I'd prefer to have a bit of responsibility. Which should... Read More

  1. Visit  P_RN profile page
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    WHat is you Bachelor's in. PA school is a Master's program.
  2. Visit  funtimes profile page
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    CMA school would be more beneficial than CNA school, because you learn more. CMAs also have a little more responsibility I think. The only way I can see being a CNA as more beneficial is if you plan on being a PA in some sort of an acute care setting, then it might be more valuable to work as a CNA in a hospital.

    One advantage to being a CNA is there are probably a lot more jobs available if you plan on working your way through school. Problem is, being a CNA can be really hard work with the potential for injury, so its possible you could end up getting your CNA, but will run away as fast as you can from the job after getting some exposure to it.

    I doubt there are many PAs who ever worked as a CNA. I think CNA would be something future RNs tend to do.

    I also dont think things like toileting people or ADLs or bedside care is something PAs ever do, so the type of patient interactions you do as a CNA arent likely to be very beneficial unless you plan on being an RN
    Last edit by funtimes on Jun 5, '12
  3. Visit  cookiemonster84 profile page
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    OP:

    not sure what state you are in, but in CA it would be better to become a MA vs a CNA. the PA schools here suggest you to become a medical assistant, EMT, LVN and so forth, CNA exp does not usually count unless you are employed in the ER or similar area, which is a harder job to get as a CNA. like the above poster said, being a CNA is a better stepping stone to becoming an RN. i personally am consdering the idea of prep for PA school or pharmacy school, and am considering becoming a MA.
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  4. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
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    I would do neither. You'd get more relevant experience as an EMT-B.Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the experience had to be uncompensated. Maybe that has changed.
  5. Visit  grownuprosie profile page
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    Quote from OCNRN63
    I would do neither. You'd get more relevant experience as an EMT-B.Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the experience had to be uncompensated. Maybe that has changed.
    This may be an old requirement. All the nursing schools that I have looked into considered CNA experience for application purposes.


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