Medical Assistants

  1. I am thinking about going back to school to become a medical assistant so that I can have a stepping stone of getting into healthcare. After becoming a medical assistant, my ultimate goal is to either go forward and become a LPN or RN. The question I have is, does anyone know how much medical assistants make.
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  3. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from nrollins
    I am thinking about going back to school to become a medical assistant so that I can have a stepping stone of getting into healthcare. After becoming a medical assistant, my ultimate goal is to either go forward and become a LPN or RN. The question I have is, does anyone know how much medical assistants make.
    Why not go to RN or LPN school to begin with? Why use a stepping stone. MA's make alittle more than minimum wage and you won't be considered a "nurse" that would be illegal.
  4. by   txspadequeenRN
    agree 100% with the above poster... You will have much more opportunities as a nurse.
  5. by   Johnkc8rak
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    I just got done with MA school and i have a interview at a Ortho office Thursday afternoon. Start pay is $13.00 (Not min wage ). If the LPN program's in your area have a long wait like they do here in the Cleveland area then i would take the MA program untill you can get into the LPN program (i am on a list for the fall). As many on here will tell you, you wont be a "Nurse". But you will learn a lot. For better or worse you will learn somethings in ma school that LPN's do not learn. MA's learn a lot of the office side of the work. We all (RN/LPN/MA) have our duties and places. It isnt a bad choice. A lot of office's and clinics around here are hiring ma's and not lpn's anymore. Some say it is fooling the public. Dont let the arguments with that thinking stop you. I agree with the post about name tag's. We all sould have one with our titles. Be proud of your title and what you know.
    John
  6. by   nrollins
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    agree 100% with the above poster... You will have much more opportunities as a nurse.
    I agree with both of you. Do you have any suggestions of anything that I could do in healthcare w/o having any experience right now? I am located in TN and the only school that offers the LPN program that I can get into doesn't start until April 2006.
  7. by   RN4NICU
    You could be a CNA/PCA/tech (whatever your facility calls it)

    Red Cross offers CNA certification and some places of employment (mainly nursing homes, though) offer on the job training for aides without experience.

    If your goal is nursing, I would go this route over becoming an MA
  8. by   nrollins
    Quote from RN4NICU
    You could be a CNA/PCA/tech (whatever your facility calls it)

    Red Cross offers CNA certification and some places of employment (mainly nursing homes, though) offer on the job training for aides without experience.

    If your goal is nursing, I would go this route over becoming an MA
    Does American Red Cross offer CNA classes on an ongoing basis?
    Also, who would I need to talk to at a nursing home facility to find out about on the job training to become a CNA?
  9. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from nrollins
    Does American Red Cross offer CNA classes on an ongoing basis?
    Also, who would I need to talk to at a nursing home facility to find out about on the job training to become a CNA?
    Red Cross does offer CNA classes ongoing - just call your local office and they will set you up with the info. I am thinking it is either 6 or 8 weeks.

    To find out about OJT training for CNA at a nursing home, the best person to speak with would be the director of nursing (DON). If s/he were not in charge of this, s/he would at least know who to direct you to - rather than being shuffled from person to person and no one knowing what to tell you.
  10. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from RN4NICU
    You could be a CNA/PCA/tech (whatever your facility calls it)

    Red Cross offers CNA certification and some places of employment (mainly nursing homes, though) offer on the job training for aides without experience.

    If your goal is nursing, I would go this route over becoming an MA
    I am in TN also. You could check with the various nursing homes because most of them offer CNA classes. (6 wks) While you're working as a CNA you can be taking your A&P, Mirco, Psychology, History, English Comp etc so that by the time you can get into nursing school you will have only the nusing left to focus on.
  11. by   nrollins
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    I am in TN also. You could check with the various nursing homes because most of them offer CNA classes. (6 wks) While you're working as a CNA you can be taking your A&P, Mirco, Psychology, History, English Comp etc so that by the time you can get into nursing school you will have only the nusing left to focus on.
    Where did you attend nursing school in TN? I am located in Nashville. I have taken a couple of classes at MTSU but I am not sure if I want to complete the program there.
  12. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from nrollins
    Where did you attend nursing school in TN? I am located in Nashville. I have taken a couple of classes at MTSU but I am not sure if I want to complete the program there.
    I was an LPN for 26 years and then went through Excelsior to get my RN. I graduated at age 46. That's been 3 years ago I wish I had done it much much sooner! I loved it and am enjoying opportunities as an RN.
  13. by   nrollins
    What is the difference between a CNA and a MA?
  14. by   sr moore
    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.....

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