Quote from smishra8
thank you soo much for all your help! So you recommend that with this year i have to work on applications i get experience in nursing by starting as an LPN instead of an MA and not worry about working in a hospital yet. Is it easy to get into an RN program as an LPN? Are there any LPN programs i can get into without being a CNA first? I did some research and noticed that alot of the programs you need to be a CNA first. Is this mandatory for most LPN programs?
I have no idea, it completely depends on your area. Here the LPN was easier to get into then the RN programs, I know of a few students that did there LPN first and then did a LPN-RN bridge program. It might take more time but it was easier for them to get in that way. My school also didn't require a CNA first when I applied but apparently now they do. But the CNA class can be completed here in less then a semester.
I am just saying if it was me personally, if it was between a CNA or a MA and my long term goal was an RN then I would chose the CNA. If the LPN/LVN is an option while you wait, then I would do that. If you only have a year and you can get into an RN program, then just go with the CNA.
That's just how I would do it. I believe the MA's get paid more then CNA, but usually the programs are longer then the CNA and it's a completely different field, it's still healthcare but the scopes are much different. The CNA would be more in lines with a nursing goal. You would work more with nurses and get a better idea of what nursing is about.