Quote from Prettyladie
being an LPN, you will have wayyy more experience with patients than a medical assistant. with LPN, you have the opportunity to bridge into other programs, LPN-RN RN-BSN.. ect. with MA..you're stuck..unless you go back to school to become a nurse...i think its verry backwards. im not degrading medical assistants but in regards to patient interaction, id stick with the nursing route. most MAs i see only give injections, and basic vitals. and thats it. then they go file charts. but its completely up to you.
I was a medical assistant before becoming an LPN. It depends on what office you work for. Yes, some offices DON"T let you do very much. BUT, at my office I got a WHOLE LOT of nursing experience, possibly because I was in nursing school
while working at this particular office, they knew what my goals were. But again, this varies office to office!
I worked as a medical assistant before becoming an LPN only because I was a high school senior and they don't offer practical nursing programs
to seniors. haha! But defenetly go for your LPN or even RN! I agree with the above poster! LPNs DO work very hard and are not compensated the way they should! If you need a shorter program, go for an associates in nursing! Then you will be able to sit for the NCLEX-RN!