I found another way to get my foot in the Health care door - page 2

i found a college near me that offers a 9 month medical assistant training program. it is mostly phlebotomy, which is what i am interest in the most about that course. the training is for- medical... Read More

  1. by   hikernurse
    Sorry to keep harping on money, lol. I graduated from a community college a few years ago and it cost me only a few thousand, inclusive. I can't remember how much or I would tell you... . I used my workplace's tuition reimbursement program to bridge to a bachelors and that cost me nothing.

    It sounds like you've got a couple of good leads! Also, once students passed their first semester of nursing school they were eligible for hospitals to hire them as CNA's. That way the training didn't cost any extra and it was a much easier way to get a job in a hospital--which was really where I wanted to be.

    Keep us posted on how things are going. You may have heard we like to eat our young, but we just keep that rumor around to keep the l'il ones in line...
  2. by   Newmanhax
    Your best bet is to take a 5 week CNA course and a 3 or 4 month phlebotomy class so your options are much broader. You can be hired as a CNA, PCT, Phlebotomist, EKG tech, and in some cases be hired in place of a medical assistant if you know someone at a location, but you'd have to be cross trained in some areas.

    P.S. Cross train in any location as much as possible.
  3. by   Jfarmboy
    In NY it is amazingly expensive for college.
    My bro went to a ITT tech and it was an upwards of 30-40k..if I remember right.
    He got about 10k free for that.
    For me it is going to cost me $4,900 FT semester or $415 PT credit hr.
    So that college is around 20k without financial aid.
    The other college (community college) is around 12k per year. Which is around 24k.
    I know I qualify for at least 10k, checked into.

    Seems nursing school is cheaper than other colleges..only harder to get into.
    One college needs a ACT and another exam prior to admittance. They 3 letters of professional recommendation and a essay.
    But they don't have their own clinicals. You have to drive to the hospital for it.

    So I like the one that is around 24k. It is more money but is a community college/hospital.
    They have longer clinical hours(good thing if to learn anything). It is convenient to go the next floor up to do clinicals.
    Plus learning from people in the profession is a plus.

    I am going to see what it takes to apply and where I can get my pre-reqs done at.
    Check into how much it really costs and how much I get towards the tuition.
    Also at this college/hospital they hire new grads as well as seek out other employment options.

    Anyways I am checking into it all. CNA course opens up in a month or so.