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NP after Boston Reed

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Hello.

I am 18 years old and am interested in becoming a nurse practitioner. I have two problems; I have no idea how to, and I am also a young mother. I work at at a physicians office and the doctors there are really fond of me because they say I'm great at what I do, which for now is working in the back with the files, etc. However, I am currently enrolled in a community college and the doctors at my workplace are advising me to instead take a short course for medical assisting, so I can get a raise to help support my family while gaining more experience. I am looking into taking a clinical medical assisting course at Boston Reed, but I was hoping someone could give me advice as to how I can further my education and become a Nurse Practitioner once I finish at Boston Reed. I was told to go to Boston Reed because I know two young ladies who went there, who are also mothers (at age 23 and 24). I am aware of the long years I will have to be in school to become a NP, but I don't know where I would be allowed to go after Boston Reed or what courses to take.

Does anyone know about the credentials or the courses at Boston Reed? If so, would you recommend that school for me?

If you can help, I'd really appreciate it.

Thank you.

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Instead of going to Boston Reed for a medical assisting certificate, go to the local community college, or an adult education program, or a private program to become an LPN/LVN. You can do a lot more as far as job opportunities and career progress with a nursing license than you can do with a medical assisting certificate. At a private school, for about the same amount you would spend for MA traning, you could attend an LPN/LVN program and come out ahead. Almost all private schools, such as Boston Reed, do not provide course work that will transfer anywhere else, with few exceptions. Your community college courses will transfer to a four year institution where you can obtain your BSN and then your MSN on your way to NP. You need to talk to a counselor in the nursing department of your community college.

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Kaligirl02 has 13 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, LVN, RN, APRN, NP and specializes in NICU( RN), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

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i went to boston reed for medical assisting summer of 2006 and i actually liked that school. iam now appling for their lvn/lpn program. It wil give you an assoc. in science vocational nursing degree..... I have checked around and if i want to i can go into the R.N. program after..... I think doing the medical assisting will be a good experience and will give you insight if you will like nursing. I say give it a shot. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

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If being a NP is your ultimate goal, then I would advise continuing in community college so that you can a) get an Associates degree and sit for RN license or b) transfer to a 4 yr BSN program, but make sure your grades are strong throughout it all because I know many community colleges do a lottery system. With option a) you can then look into schools that offer a RN to MSN pathway or RN to BSN to MSN-NP pathway. With option b) after working as a RN, you can then apply to grad school for a MSN, NP specialty. I did the Boston Reed MA program, and do encourage it if you have limited financial support and you're comfortable with the idea of taking a longer time to get to your ultimate dream.

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I would skip medical assisting and do the LPN/LVN program and then bridge over to RN, then go for your MSN to be a NP. You have great goals and being a young mother you will have a lot of hurdles to jump. But DON'T GET DISCOURAGED, it can be done!!!!! You will just be sacrafising a lot for a very long time, but in the long run you're doing what's best for yourself and your child. As others have pointed out you can do much more as a LVN/LPN in the doctors office rather than being a MA. MA's are vital to the health care team in the clinics and DRs offices, but the LVN/LPN can be used elsewhere besides the clinics and Drs offices. Good Luck

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