LPN to Medical Assisting - page 2

I want to work in long-term care so I went to school thinking that was going for LPN but when I got there I found out that I needed someone to co sign a private loan for me, I couldn't find anyone... Read More

  1. by   gabriella86
    What does a MA do? I was in the student nurse forum and someone actually got upset because they felt like since she was an MA the forum was looking down on her or something. She said she would draw blood, and give injections among other things. I thought MA's just did office work. Apparently I am wrong.
  2. by   SRH!
    The lady that you are talking about is right about what she does as a medical assistant. The job duties require you to give injections and take blood. It just all depends on who you are working for. LPN's do get paid a little more money than a medial assistant. medical assistants are very under paid for what they are required to do. LPN's learn more about the human body and they mostly work with older people.

    There are some medical assistants who only do office work and that is because they took on the administrative track, not the clinical track.

    I am in school for medical assisting right now, the only reason why I am going for that program is because Brown Mackie college (the school I attend) nursing program is so expensive that I could not get anyone to co-sign a private loan for me.

    The only thing that, that woman should have gotten mad about it her pay for doing a lot of work and receiveing little pay.
  3. by   SRH!
    How much is the nursing program in CA? The Brown Mackie I go to (Ft Mitchell, Ky) is very expensive.
  4. by   gabriella86
    Thanks for clarifying. Do you like it at Brown Mackie? I know someone who is a medical assistant but she didn't go to school. I guess she got "trained" on the job (she started out just doing paper work) so she isn't certified or anything.
  5. by   SRH!
    Yeah, Brown Mackie is great. The thing I mostly like about it is you only have one class a month, they make it that way so you don't have to worry about having 3 or 4 class and have to study all those different subjects. the one class is a good and bad thing. I just now stated the good but the bad is a semester usually takes about 8 or 9 weeks but at Brown Mackie its only 4 weeks some of the medical classes need to be longer, such as anatomy that class was tough for me. but you do get the personal attention that you need to succeed.

    I have known some people that didn't have to go to school for medical assisting but got the training on the job. you can start out as something small and work your way up to something better.

    If you are interested you should check out a Brown Makcie school, youprobably would like it.
  6. by   gabriella86
    Quote from SRH!
    Yeah, Brown Mackie is great. The thing I mostly like about it is you only have one class a month, they make it that way so you don't have to worry about having 3 or 4 class and have to study all those different subjects. the one class is a good and bad thing. I just now stated the good but the bad is a semester usually takes about 8 or 9 weeks but at Brown Mackie its only 4 weeks some of the medical classes need to be longer, such as anatomy that class was tough for me. but you do get the personal attention that you need to succeed.

    I have known some people that didn't have to go to school for medical assisting but got the training on the job. you can start out as something small and work your way up to something better.

    If you are interested you should check out a Brown Makcie school, youprobably would like it.
    I actually start at Galen in a couple weeks. I hadn't heard of Brown Mackie until today. I don't think they have an RN program yet or I would have considered.
  7. by   SRH!
    Yeah that's the one thing that I do not like about the one I go to because that is what i originally wanted to go to school for. They have a LPN program but it is way too expensive. Brown Makcie has an RN program but its all the way in Kansas.
  8. by   gabriella86
    It's silly that they just have on place offering the RN.
  9. by   ShanMarie
    SRH, I know this is a late reply, as I have only found this site today. However, I wanted to make a correction on the first reply to your post. An RMA is a Registered Medical Assistant and we have taken the certification test and we are part of the AMT. Believe me, as I took the test many years ago. There is absoloutely no difference between a CMA and an RMA. As it was explained to me years ago, it's just the difference between brand "A" and brand "B", sort of like Walmart vs. Kmart type thing (I hope that makes sense). Now, in my opinion, in all I have learned.. I believe it would be wiser to become an LPN or RN. A Medical Assistant does just about everything a nurse does, with the exception of signing for meds and starting IV's. In my opinion, in my area in Pennsylvania a Medical Assistant does just as much, if not more than an RN and gets paid consideraby less. If you are going to be expected to do the same work for the most part, you mine as well get your LPN or RN and make the money that they make because here in Pa, RMA's do not make what LPN's & RN's do. Hope this information helps.
  10. by   MissGwen
    I agree with the others that getting your LPN and/or RN would be best. Actually, Galen has a campus in Cincy now. The LPN program at Galen is considerably less than Brown Mackie. You should check it out!


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