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Which will prepare you more for nursing school? CNA, PCT, or Medical assistant

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by sweet.tea sweet.tea (New Member) New Member

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Would like to develop the skills and knowledge for nursing school. 

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a school nurse.

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When I was a PCT, it involved CNA duties plus some "extras", so it proved to be more beneficial. CMA (Medical Assistant) duties - as far as I can tell- seem to be office oriented. While you'd probably pick up a few helpful skills or knowledge tidbits as a CMA, working on a hospital floor is very different from working in a medical office.

 

Also, consider the money. It costs money to get a CMA certificate, money that you can use for nursing tuition. Some places will train you to be a CNA- no tuition necessary.

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Ruby Vee has 40 years experience as a BSN.

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Medical assistant isn't going to help you at all.  MAs are employed mostly in outpatient areas and despite what my cousin the MA tells me, they don't do nursing tasks.

A CNA is probably your best bet.  CNAs and Patient Care Techs are pretty much the same thing in some areas, and in others a PCT is a CNA with additional training and certification.  You can be a Nursing Assistant without any training (other than on-the-job), and many places -- especially long term care are looking for help and will train you.  A CNA is a Certified Nursing Assistant, and you may be required to attend community college to get the certificate.  Again, that depends upon your state.

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CNA is your best bet. 

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CNA and PCT are almost the same thing.  A CNA certification is very helpful to get hired as a PCT.  Either of these jobs would be extremely helpful. 

MAs learn a little bit about some medications and know how to give shots.  Other than that, I agree with others that it's not helpful.

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Medical Assistant will teach You more nursing skills like phlebotomy,ekg and immunizations.PCT is more basic in my opinion.

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Jory has 10 years experience as a MSN, APRN, CNM.

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On 4/8/2019 at 1:50 PM, sweet.tea said:

Would like to develop the skills and knowledge for nursing school. 

I used to think that being a CNA or MA was a great way to prepare for nursing school....I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.  CNAs and MAs are horribly abused in terms of overworked, underpaid, and it's a dirty job.  

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