Hi! Can anyone help me with this dilemma?! I recently became certified as a Nursing Assistant in the state of California! My ultimate goal is to get my Associates degree in Nursing which I am getting close, I have been going full time so I have one more year of prerequisites before I can apply. My living situation will change by next year in the fall which means I need to find a job as a cna asap and start saving.
I know cna's don't make much which is why I would like to get some vocational training in another area that way I can look more appealing to employers and land a job in a hospital. I found a couple of schools that teach the Ekg Technician course combined with the Phlebotomy Technician course but they are all soo far but not far enough to not make the effort.
My research led me to a lot of Medical Assistant schools. I read the job description and it turns out some schools teach ekg reading for medical assistant course which kind of ends up being the same as ekg tech and phlebotomy tech right? MA is just extra schooling, taught medical office skills, something I never considered doing because I don't want to be put behind a desk I want to be on the floor helping and providing medical care for patients.
MA is about 8 months and the price range is not good for my budget and the Ekg/Phlebotomy is 10 weeks and $1,450. I understand it is very hard to get a job as an entry level anything! Especially Ekg and Phlebotomy! I just don't want to invest time and money into this shorter program when the longer program could better benefit my income now and benefit my skills in my future nursing career. Help? Anyone?!