If you want to be a nurse, you should take the LVN route instead of the MA route. I'm starting school in July for LVN, but I decided to do an MA program at a vocational school...in my opinion, it is not a good program for you if you want to be a nurse unless you just want experience in the medical field. MA programs only teach you stuff that you need to know to work in a doctors office and my MA school requires a four week externship at the end of the program. If you take MA then LVN, it would probably be a waste of time (it was for me) because you will learn everything from MA in LVN, plus MORE, and that includes nursing skills. In MA, you are limited to working in only doctors offices and maybe even clinics, and in LVN, you learn more, do clinicals every week once they start (more experience than externships provide) and you can work in hospitals, doctors offices, wherever, lol. Personally, I think you would be happier taking the LVN route instead of MA, then LVN. If I would have known that MA wasn't required for LVN, I would have gone straight to LVN. But now I have to wait until I'm done with classes, do my four week externship, and I should be finished by June 15th, lol. Make the choice that is right for you.