Vocational Nurse/Medical Assistant (Soon)

  1. hi everyone,

    My name is Betty and this is my first write-in. I really need some help here.

    I am about to graduate Medical Assistant School and am told that I need to take the State Boards to be Certified. Has anyone ever done this? What is the test like?

    I have graduated LVN School here in California, but was injured on the job while waiting to take my boards. I still plan to take them. I told my husband even if I am 80 I will.

    But back to the question, what is the test like for the Boards for Certification?

    Thanks to anyone who can help.

    Sincerely,

    MomBetty:spin:
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   TazziRN
    It will be a test of skills and knowledge. And you won't be taking the Boards, you will be taking a cert exam.
  4. by   spydercadet
    Hi Bettyfavis,

    First congratulations, any graduation from any school after high school deserves a pat on the back. So from me to you, I give you one big pat on the back! First as a Medical Assistant you will be taking a certification exam, if you goggle it for the cert exam and it gives you an idea of what you'll be doing. As the LPN/LVN that is a state board exam. My only question for you, and you may want to address your Board of Nursing, is to find out what you can and/or can not do having both titles. I may be working and getting paid as a CNA, but the State Board of Nursing will hold me to my highest level of license, RN. So, check this out. Also, when did you finish the LPN program? Most states have a time limit on when you can take your boards. You can usually apply for an extension if there is a verifiable reason.

    Good Luck, and Again, One Big Congratulations, and Hope all is Well With Your Health

    Spydercadet
  5. by   time4meRN
    Yes, be sure to be clear on what your job will be . LPN/LVN are licensed through the BON's. MA's are certified but not licensed. Therefore, your job capabilities and responsibilites will be different. Like spydercadet said. You will be considered to be functioning at the highest level , when the BON is involved. That would be LPN/LVN. I would imagine a Dr's office would distinquish between the two as well.
  6. by   Bettyfdavis
    Thanks to all of you who replied to my question. Very good input. I am so glad that I joined. Everyone, keep up the good work.
  7. by   pagandeva2000
    Are medical assistants certified through the State Board of Nursing? I don't think they are. I am aware that you are held to the responsibility of the higher level of knowledge, though. Personally, I would focus more on the nursing, because in many areas, medical assistants are having a hard time finding employment whether they are certified or not. I do commend you for completing both programs and wish you the best of luck!
  8. by   time4meRN
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    Are medical assistants certified through the State Board of Nursing? I don't think they are. I am aware that you are held to the responsibility of the higher level of knowledge, though. Personally, I would focus more on the nursing, because in many areas, medical assistants are having a hard time finding employment whether they are certified or not. I do commend you for completing both programs and wish you the best of luck!

    Not in Ohio, but I wish they were regulated by the board of nursing.

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