Hi to all,
I am new in the CMA field in North Carolina. I am working in a doctor's office now. I have been there close to six months. I have an Associate Degree in Medical Assisting. I was wondering how to go about going from CMA to LPN.
I did not really want to do this, I am 34 and have two kids. I just wanted to be a CMA. However, I am doing the exact same work as the LPN's at our office and getting paid a LOT less. I have asked of their training and I have taken all of the same exact courses. I also had to pass an exam through the AMT to be Certified or I could not work as a CMA. I am refered to as a nurse at work by the patients and the staff including the docs. If a patient asks me, I say I am a Certified Medical Assistant, they don't know what I am talking about, they think I said CNA. The only thing that I do not preform in our office is IV's. Other than that they have me do everything else. I give injections, vaccinations, preform wet preps, EKGs, triage, the whole nine yards. I feel now I should try to be an LPN if I have to do the same job, so I can receive the same pay and status. I am working as a nurse but can't really call myself one. It is very frustrating. Not only was I trained in all the clinical procedures I also was trained to do all of the clerical procedures. I can do billing, coding, as well as patient care. I am sometimes put in different areas if the doc I work with is off. I was just wondering how to go about the move from CMA to LPN and if anyone has any information. I am doing way more than I thought I would be and now I feel I may have cheated myself by not going to LPN school but the waiting list to get in to a program was pretty long. Do the classes I have taken count or would I have to take them all again?
Thanks So Much, Olivialen
Aug 9, '06
by phil1968, RN
Hello to all in this thread!
I am an RN, but I was an LPN for 14 years (I just took Nclex-passed). I did an LPN to RN bridge program, but what might be helpful to anyone interested is that a program called WIA (Work force Investment Act), administerd via local state run employement centers covers almost all of the cost of school. At one time it used to be called JTPA. Anyway, if you are eligible, the program covers cost of tuition, books, and certain fees (covers nclex). It is available to lpns (I was in the program) and it was wonderful. WIA is available to LPN and ADN programs.
To the CMAs here, I encourage you consider the RN program. Just like sentiments expressed that you work alongside LPNs and make less, so will you as an LPN make less than the RNs for the same work. It took me 13 years to get to this point.
The LPN to RN bridge I went to involved finishing all pre reqs for the program- about a years worth (although it took almost 3 for me) of study full time, and a summer course that is a synopsis of the first two semesters. If sucsessful, you enter the third semester with all the other general nursing students (OB and Peds in my program). The bridge program is a year start to finish. You do, however need a year of clinical experience in a hospital or similar setting to get in. You can do this while getting your pre-reqs done.
Good Luck to all!
Last edit by phil1968 on Aug 9, '06