i was wondering if someone could help me please!!!! i am in nursing school right now, and hope to graduate in about a year. my cousin on the other hand went to a school in town and became a medical assistant. she got a job right out of school making $14.50 and hour! do medical assistants really make that much? i am not trying to be negative but from what i hear in my area a nurse only starts at about $18. anyone have thoughts on this?