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Think long term, not short term. Paying anything over $5k for an MA certificate is a waste of money. An online program for an administrative medical assistant certificate is fine, and can be done through a reputable on-line school (such as Blackstone, for instance) for under $1,500. It would allow you to sit for NCCT CMAA certification. I did the Blackstone route for my administrative MA certification and it was great. But an on-line CLINICAL medical assistant program? A total boondoggle in the making. You won't learn what you need to be competitive and marketable in an already crowded profession. And the higher-paying hospitals and clinics will be looking for well-trained, certified medical assistants. Don't throw your time and money away.
Sorry, but I just have to ask -- is this kid having any peer group or social interaction problems that would lead him to seek out positive attention at school? I know, I know, but humor the little voices in my head!
Yes. Our local community college refers to it as an "integrated" versus "blocked" program. Some refer to it as "horizontal" versus "vertical" learning. It's been around in one form or another for quite a while.
The BON website shows Cybertex's NCLEX pass rate stands at 40%. Perhaps your car did you a favor! Best of luck on the HESI.
If you will be living close to the I-45 HOV lane in Spring, check to see if the METRO HOV lane buses run down to the Med Center. It will save you drive time and parking costs. Otherwise, I know single-passenger car commuters can buy passes to use the 290 HOV lane; perhaps the I-45 HOV lane offers the same. I use the 290 HOV lane and it cuts my downtown commute time almost in half.
(I-45 and 290 are major freeways in Houston.)
Must be a blizzard out there -- snowflakes everywhere.
Jon Haws, the NRSNG Academy creator and owner, knows his stuff. No question. But you have to consciously shut out his constantly saying "Okay?" at the beginning, middle and/or end of every other sentence. Drove me nuts at first. And YES, the transcripted portions of the lessons are worthless -- it's a straight, uncorrected version of each lecture, and misspellings/grammatical errors abound. But if you listen to and watch his lectures, ignore his speaking mannerisms and focus on what he's actually communicating, you learn tons. Don't read the lectures-- listen to/watch them. And his written materials are great. I'm using his lectures in conjunction with classwork/readings, so I cannot speak to their use as NCLEX preparation. But he does need to clean up the written transcriptions of his lectures, as they are very unprofessional in their current form.
The BON will decide at the upcoming meeting (April 21-22) whether to downgrade the HCC LVN program approval status from Full Approval to Full Approval with Warning. The program could continue under that downgrade, but would need to bring NCLEX pass rates up ASAP. If the program were to drop to Conditional Approval status, it would not be allowed to start a new cohort class. Hopefully things will not get to that point.
Impossible to tell, given the "school" website's reluctance to mention the program curriculum in its abundant haste to tell you about "Special Pricing For This Week Only!!" (Which, of course, will be their Special Low Low Price (!!) this week and until the end of times. . .)
Apparently it's a well-known diploma-mill:
Skeptical Scalpel: School or Scam? St. Augustine School of Medical Assistants
An administrative medical assistant program could be taken on-line, as there is no clinical skills or lab component. But to become a board certified medical assistant here in the US of A, you'll need a program with real-life clinical and lab components as well as an externship. Don't sell yourself short by falling for this "cheap and easy" crock.
"No summer breaks" = continuous
Yep. The BON intends to change the approval status to "Conditional," which means no new students allowed.
(If this link doesn't work, everything is on the Texas BON website under "Meetings")
Lupe1984 -- If you come across any other ADN program in the Houston area with a night program (and isn't some for-profit start-up mall school), would you be willing to post it here? Thanks!!
The BON public website meeting agenda outline for the upcoming BON quarterly meeting next week shows that the HCC-ADN program approval status will be dropped to "Conditional" (no new students allowed), but it doesn't show that the HCC-LVN program lost accreditation. Is there a rumor going around that the LVN program is shutting down or something?
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