Please some body help me!!!!!! I need to know the difference between a CNA and a CMA. Heres a bit about my background so maybe it will be easier for you to assist me. I spent 9 years in the military in a medical unit. Worked as a "medical grunt" (did any thing and everything from maintaining vehicles, ordering medical supplies, maintanence on medical equipment, admit/discharge, transport, drive). I also worked as a unit clerk in a state mental hospital for 3 years waiting for my name to be picked in the "Lottery" so I could attend nursing school. Then I went on to being a dialysis technician. We moved to California where I went to a trade school after having my name on the "Lottery" list for two years with no luck to become a medical assistant. So now here I am 13 years and $15K later unable to find a job. They either want CNA's or experience. So I am a bit confused as to what I was doing for the past 13 years if it wasn't OJT but anyway.....what is the difference anybody know??? Whatever you say please don't remind me I was an idiot for spending that much on what has turned out to be nothing.