Quote from chesara
By the way, my niece is in school in Atlanta for CMA (all nights, less than a year program) and they are teaching that LPN's will become obsolete and CMA is the way to go.
Remember the source. Schools that pump out medical assistants don't want to lose prospective students to LPN programs, and vice versa.
Aside from that, LPNs have a license to do much more, legally, than a CMA. They have a license, not a certificate. So as for who is more marketable, I think you'd have to know what the hiring is like in your area for different types of facilities. Many medical offices don't care if it's an LPN or a CMA they're hiring. They're usually interchangeable. But when it comes to nursing homes, the LPN wins the spot, not the CMA (unless the CMA is willing to work as a tech). When it comes to hospitals, the CMA isn't going to find employment AS a CMA, but only is going to find a spot as a care tech (nurse's aid, CNA, whatever). The LPN MAY find a spot in the hospital as a nurse, but only if it's in an area that still hires LPNs in hospital units. Some do, some don't, it varies greatly. And, of course, the RN is marketable anywhere.
Look at what the job opportunities ARE in your region, and use that to make some sound decisions. Best of luck to you!