Just remember... most of the CMA schools
out there are for profit money making machines. I thought about applying to a LPN program at a local "tech college". One year of classes and it costs abot 25,000. Of course there is a much shorter waiting list, however I am just not willing to drop 25 grand to became an LPN, when it will cost me about 6500 to complete the ADN program at the local community college. When I initially started looking into nursing programs
, I filled out this online form to have schools contact me. 99% of the schools were tech schools telling me about their MA programs. Fortunatly I looked into everything and found out the real deal about MAs in my area (Indiana/Chicago). The pay for a MA is usually 9-11 bucks an hour. There are TONS of graduates from the area school flooding the market. So I decided to just get my CNA cert. Got a job at a hospital. Now I am trained in basic patient care, as well as the more MA like skills (the hospital taught me phlebotomy, EKGs, and more). I make about the same base pay as an MA, but make much more when I factor in shift diff. All for the low price of my 550 dollar CNA class. Seriously... before anyone goes to a CMA program... look into the local job market! Also remember that some hospitals will hire you with no training before they hire you with MA training. I know where I work our listings specifically state no MAs need apply to the PCA/PCT jobs. Apparently they have had too many problems with the nurses and MAs bickering on the job. Now if you want to work in a doctors office... go for the MA program. I know I personally love the MAs at my docs office. Truth be told I would prefer that an MA take my blood any day over an RN, thats just for me. I would let an LPN/RN assess me WAAAY over an MA.