Medical Assistant program at Rasmussen College


Hi Everyone!

I am preparing to go back to school and am looking at Ramussen College here in Ocala, Fl. Wondering if anyone has had any experience with this college? The course is 15 months long for their diploma program and 2 years for the associate degree. The program is expensive and I will end up with student loans.

I am in my early 50's and wanted a career change. Always wanted to do something in the nursing field and thought this would be a good combination of clerical and medical.

Thanks for any suggestions, feedback.



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Loans for M.A. school isn't a good idea as they don't pay much. I was able to do a program thorough a ROP program and paid less than $1000 for a 9 month program. Good luck in whatever you decide!

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If the program is terribly expensive, I strongly advise against attending the school. Find another medical assistant program that is cheaper. Community colleges and adult education programs offer the MA program cheaply. If you want to be a medical assistant, train to become one at a school for reasonable tuition.

Although I am a couple of decades younger than you, I urge you to not accrue staggering student loan debt in your 50s for a relatively lower-paying job. The central Florida area is not known for their competitive MA wages. You do not want to repay a massive monthly student loan payment on a $9 to $12/hour job. Believe me, you do not want to be in this situation.

Keep in mind that if you cannot find a job as a medical assistant upon graduation and you have federal student loan debt, they will take your hard-earned social security once you reach your 60s.

Always wanted to do something in the nursing field and thought this would be a good combination of clerical and medical.
If you've always wanted to do something in nursing, why not train to become a CNA, LPN or RN? Medical assisting is a part of the medical model of care provision, whereas the CNA, LPN, and RN roles are part of the nursing model.


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Thanks to you all for the responses. I actually dropped out of a local technical school that I was attending for my MA. I felt it was too hectic paced and not a good fit for me to absorb what really needed to learn effectively in order to care for patients. Still weighing my options and currently looking back into clerical.

Yes, the salary base here is not very high for a lot of careers. I know it increases with experience and length of employment, as most fields. Sad fact for most of us.

Have considered CNA as well, but not really sure I can handle all the lifting of patients.