Im close to receiving my degree as a Medical Assitant and once I pass my state board exam I will be a C-MA. I was just wondering how many people started off this way? If its a good route to follow.. My teacher told us that after we finish our classes all we have to do is take one class on Catheterization's and IV's then we can petition the LVN board and become a certified LVN.. It seems thats the only diffrence between a MA and a LVN.. a LVN can start a IV and do catheter and the MA's can't. Does this sound right? Just wondering
Jul 4, '01
Well the course itself is 8 - 10 months. And there broken down into modules.
1) Patient Care and Communication
2) Clinical Assisting and Pharmacology
3) Medical Insurance, Billing, bookeeping and health Sciences
4)Cardiopulmonary and Electrocardiography
5) Laboratory Procedures (EKG's,Venis,Urinalysis,Strep tests,injections,etc.)
6) Endocrinology and Repoduction
7) Thereputic Care
8) A One month Externship
We do focus heavily on lab procedures. (Urinalysis,Reading EKG's doing injections, drawing blood etc etc) But for the most part its pretty a condensed school. Normally its a 14 month program at the JC and I will have finished it in 8 months total.
MA's are basiclly one step up from CNA's. The good thing about it is I was already offered a job working in the Intensive Care unit as a phlebotomist of our local Hospital (I have been externing there.. and I got my phlebotomist licence within my MA program.) The pay is good they are starting me off at 19.00 a hour for swing shift and if I want to work night shift its 21.00 a hour.. 10 hour shift minimum overtime mandatory. And I refused to work pediatrics.. Although I might just have to.
Ya, I see what you mean about a well rounded education.. were basiclly taught the how to's and we leave out the Liberal arts...
I want to go further then my MA.. I mean I love drawing blood and I can do it all day long.. but Im sure there is more out there.. which is why Im looking for a good RN program.
Last edit by itzmejessy on Jul 4, '01