Stay a medical assistant or go in more debt by pursuing nursing

  1. I owe 32,000 from my ba and 9500 more if I sign up for a medical assistant program.
    I wanted to pursue nursing and make twice as much
    But I owe enough don't you think?
    1)Does anyone think, after I get a ma position in a hospital that pays tuition, that I should pursue nursing?
    2 ) should I just stick with ma forever?
    I'm looking for a way to be able to support myself and it's hard in the 5 boroughs. I'm living from pay check to pay check and I hate my current job ( preschhool )
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  3. by   caliotter3
    Skip the MA and go to nursing school after you have paid down some of your debt.
  4. by   nr92
    I need a year of the courses to get into nursing school though and while I'm doing that I will doing my crappy job
  5. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from nr92
    I owe 32,000 from my ba and 9500 more if I sign up for a medical assistant program.
    I wanted to pursue nursing and make twice as much
    But I owe enough don't you think?
    1)Does anyone think, after I get a ma position in a hospital that pays tuition, that I should pursue nursing?
    2 ) should I just stick with ma forever?
    I'm looking for a way to be able to support myself and it's hard in the 5 boroughs. I'm living from pay check to pay check and I hate my current job ( preschhool )
    Medical assistants are not typically hired to work in hospitals.
  6. by   nr92
    Are there any quick ways of getting into nursing school?
  7. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from nr92
    Are there any quick ways of getting into nursing school?
    Quick, possibly ...quick, smart, and not outrageously expensive? ...probably not.
  8. by   nr92
    Keep in mind guys I'm 25 and I just want a real job without the debt part
  9. by   nr92
    That's the thing my payment plan with my loans has me pay $0 dollars a month because my current income is low
  10. by   nr92
    I rather call it a day and do the ma. move to a place with cheaper rent
  11. by   nr92
    I'm in such a pickle
  12. by   caliotter3
    Quote from nr92
    Are there any quick ways of getting into nursing school?
    No, there aren't. Nursing isn't a shake and bake profession.
  13. by   Lipoma
    Definitely skip MA program. Depending where you are and which jobs you apply to, you can land a MA position and start paying down your undergrad debt.

    If you truly want to be a nurse (LPN, RN, APRN-and it's many designations) cough it up and tack on more debt and become one. Then pay down your loans aggressively.

    I was a MA and I was content but then realized after a year I wanted a larger scope and more responsibilities so tacking on more debt wasn't of importance.
  14. by   OsceanSN2019
    Go straight to nursing. Going into debt to be an MA is not very sound to me. My sister is a MA and she make $15 hourly at a doctor's office in the north side of Chicago. She told me the pay is not great for the high COL and terrible commute. However, it's great that her schooling was free.

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