I found another way to get my foot in the Health care door - page 2

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i found a college near me that offers a 9 month medical assistant training program. it is mostly phlebotomy, which is what i am interest in the most about that course. the training is for- medical assistants, medical... Read More


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    13 K is a lot for that type of schooling, even if you qualify for some or all of that in aid. There are hospitals that teach phlebotomy for free as long as you are willing to work for them afterwards. And at least in my area, that is the only source that they hire from. Check into that. A lot of MA's are trained on the job by physician's offices--that would be a much cheaper route, too. CNA's also can be certified by places of employment, too.

    Volunteering at hospitals can also help you get your foot in the door--some volunteer jobs involve more patient interaction, which is good.

    I would probably work on pre-reqs, assuming you ultimately want to end up in nursing. It probably seems pretty far away now, it did for me, but now that I'm old, lol, (experienced?) the time actually passed pretty quickly.

    Good luck! We're pulling for you!
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    Yes 13k is a lot.
    After looking into it it doesn't sound right for me. Starting out or by it self.
    The only skills I would like to obtain from that class is the Phlebotomy.
    After researching it it doesn't sound worth it.
    I did however find about 5-6 ads for CNA's wanted. Only 2 of them required 1 years experience.

    I have 2 (and possibly 3) friends that are nurses and could give me a letter of recommendation for either the LPN or RN program. There is also a "free" CNA training program. It is longer than the others.Usually it is 6 weeks and this program is closer to 3 months. I think they are just trying to get free workers for 1 months extra or something.

    I found nothing for a medical assistant. 4 LPN jobs and 7 RN jobs listed.
    Checking into the medical area around me I realize that nurses are needed a lot in the capital district area.

    So I don't quite know where I will go first. I could go LPN and then RN. Or CNA and to RN.
    One thing for sure is the LPN or RN program is going to be a heck of a lot more than 13k but is likely money well spent.

    Good thing for me is I qualify for at least 50% of it paid and the rest on a loan.
    I will know more about how much money I am actually qualified to get when I talk to financial aid.
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    Read any financial information very carefully. Some technical schools promise you great financial aid -- and it really turns out to be mostly loans. Be careful that any "Enrollment Forms" are not really Promissory Notes. Unfortunately, some of the private, for-profit schools have been more interested in the profits than student success.

    I encourage you to also take a look at your local community college or vocational school for any applied health classes. For example, the vocational school in my town offers a CNA course for under $1200 (including books and the certification exam). The local community college offers a 12-month LPN program that costs approximately $6,000 (including tuition, books, uniforms, and certification exam).
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    Sorry to keep harping on money, lol. I graduated from a community college a few years ago and it cost me only a few thousand, inclusive. I can't remember how much or I would tell you... . I used my workplace's tuition reimbursement program to bridge to a bachelors and that cost me nothing.

    It sounds like you've got a couple of good leads! Also, once students passed their first semester of nursing school they were eligible for hospitals to hire them as CNA's. That way the training didn't cost any extra and it was a much easier way to get a job in a hospital--which was really where I wanted to be.

    Keep us posted on how things are going. You may have heard we like to eat our young, but we just keep that rumor around to keep the l'il ones in line...
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    Your best bet is to take a 5 week CNA course and a 3 or 4 month phlebotomy class so your options are much broader. You can be hired as a CNA, PCT, Phlebotomist, EKG tech, and in some cases be hired in place of a medical assistant if you know someone at a location, but you'd have to be cross trained in some areas.

    P.S. Cross train in any location as much as possible.
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    In NY it is amazingly expensive for college.
    My bro went to a ITT tech and it was an upwards of 30-40k..if I remember right.
    He got about 10k free for that.
    For me it is going to cost me $4,900 FT semester or $415 PT credit hr.
    So that college is around 20k without financial aid.
    The other college (community college) is around 12k per year. Which is around 24k.
    I know I qualify for at least 10k, checked into.

    Seems nursing school is cheaper than other colleges..only harder to get into.
    One college needs a ACT and another exam prior to admittance. They 3 letters of professional recommendation and a essay.
    But they don't have their own clinicals. You have to drive to the hospital for it.

    So I like the one that is around 24k. It is more money but is a community college/hospital.
    They have longer clinical hours(good thing if to learn anything). It is convenient to go the next floor up to do clinicals.
    Plus learning from people in the profession is a plus.

    I am going to see what it takes to apply and where I can get my pre-reqs done at.
    Check into how much it really costs and how much I get towards the tuition.
    Also at this college/hospital they hire new grads as well as seek out other employment options.

    Anyways I am checking into it all. CNA course opens up in a month or so.


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