Quote from nrollins
What is the difference between a CNA and a MA?
I have been a medical assitant for eight years, also an EMT. I am in my second year of nursing school (RN). While I can say that my knowledge that I have accumulated has helped me greatly, where some of my fellow students struggle... I would go the CNA route it will help you so much more in nursing school. The first semester should be easier. You will also be able to observe the nurses and how they interact with and care for the patients.That is all very worthwhile knowledge. All of the bedmaking, bath, etc. you would know how to do where I had to learn it.
MA's work with the doctors, and depending on where you work you may only book appointments and do vital signs, or where I work in pediatrics, you might give shots, medications, any anything the doctor has trained you to do. That is they key word, training. I can only work with a patient if there is a doctor is the office as a medical assistant. With my EMT liscence I can do more, I can also work in hospitals as er techs etc.
You schooling is different also. I am in california, and the MA school is 18mo to two years. If you go to a private school like Western Career College, be sure the other school accept the credit as transfer. You may find y ou have to retake classes. Who has time for that. A big difference that I see is I work from the doctors point of view. That is what I am used to. I now have to kick over and see things from a nursing point of view.
Taking care of the patient, advocating for the patient. In my place of employment I have always done that. I used to work for the ARMY in Europe, and it is something I always have done.
Sorry to have this run on hope it helps you.....