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Jazmin in Houston, Texas

83 months ago

I went to school for medical assistant I waste my time, any body out there just go on for nursing.

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lisa in Albany, New York

82 months ago

I agree with you and i'm in the same situation right now . and i plan to go back to school to do my lpn/rn program . well the best of luck just go do your nursing.grad in aug o7 from Branford hall

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Michelle in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

79 months ago

The reason why you can't find a job and hate the profession is the fact that your spelling isn't even correct! The medical assisting career is wonderful. I work in a cancer center and am lucky enough to go home everyday knowing I made a difference in someone's day. Have fun working overnights and doing paperwork 24/7 as an RN!!

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toni in Lake Mary, Florida

78 months ago

Jazmin in Houston, Texas said: I went to school for medical assistant I waste my time, any body out there just go on for nursing.

I am a cna and I am in school for pharmacy tech and to get hiring in that field you must have medical assistant experience.

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Monica in New York, New York

77 months ago

Ok ladies, the bottom line is this. Do what makes you happy. If you truly love caring for people on a one on one basis, then Medical Assisting or Nursing is right for you. The true difference is the amount of responsibility that you will encounter. Like I have said before, I have been an RMA for almost 9 years and I am now making exactly $19.81 an hour with opportunity for OT. I get paid every 2 weeks and after taxes I come home with a little less than $1000,00( that includes Full benefits for myself and my entire family). Not to much paper work and I work in a great neighborhood( Times Square in NY). I started in this buisness making $11.50 an hour back in 2000 and paid my dues but have earned a variety of expereinces that has me earning the amount of $ that I earn today. But to me it goes hand in hand with what I love to do and that is being part of a team that provides assistants to patients that is in need of our help from the time they walk into a facility to the time they're done seeing the Doctor and are checked out. So, if caring for people in any capacity(whether it is admissions, reception, secretary, MA, EKG Tech, Sono Tech, Phlebotomy, CNA or Nurse... Love what you do no matter what and just do it!!!!!

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Monica in New York, New York

77 months ago

As for everything in your life, they had to do there Homework for the school they were going to. I did. I looked it up on line, consumer reports for business schools, there employment rate... I even spoke to some of there former students who were working to get an insight on what there experience was like at school and there current jobs at the time. You have to be responsibile for you and your future. As far as what I have and what others may have or have not, where you live and your experiences make a difference and I can only speak of what I have done, gone through and what I have and am today. Who else am I going to talk about. The ladies on this sight are asking a general question and I am answering it. They are not targeting a specific Geographic. Where you live makes a big difference and there is no changing that!!!

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Phylicia in Sugar Land, Texas

77 months ago

My school does NOT offer any certification test which means I will have to pay for my own test and register after my externship.

My question is what certification tests did yall take, what website they have available about the certification test, how much will the test be?

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LC in Cleveland, Ohio

77 months ago

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I had a medical assistant teacher who tried to say she was certified in phlebotomy. When I asked her through which agency was she certified, she said it was "through" her medical assistant certification. I asked Dennis Ernst of the Center for Phlebotomy Education about that and he said they are NOT one and the same but 2 completely different certifications. Being an MA does not make you a phlebotomist unless you have had specific training in it and most MA programs just skim over what is taught in phlebotomy,horribly so.
I was already certified in it when I entered the MA program, through ASCP. I eventually also got the phleb certification through AMT as well as taking the RMA exam. None of these titles have mattered on my resume. I spent 6 months after becoming a PBT trying to find something and didn't hear back from anyone. Too late I realized, after entering a MA program, that you have to be aggressive and lucky to land something in this state of high unemployment. You have to make a lot of calls and keep making them and show up at labs and HR offices. Unfortunately, not everyone has it in them to "bug" people. One should be able to land a job based on their skills and training, but it doesn't always happen.

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Medical Assistant Unemploed in Port Richey, Florida

77 months ago

I am agree to. I went to Central Florida Institute and they make you to feel like the are the best. I was graduate with honor, perfect attendant. I only know now that the best is to go for LPN or RN.

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Tina in Rocky Face, Georgia

76 months ago

Jazmin in Houston, Texas said: I went to school for medical assistant I waste my time, any body out there just go on for nursing.

Sorry about your bad luck but actually we can do more than LPN can do. We are trained in alot of different areas that LPN's are not..They did not get some of the training we did. EX: phelbotomy,x-rays,E.K.G'S & we are cross-trained to work front and back office.

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Michelle in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

76 months ago

jonLVN in Cathedral City, California said: hmmmm... every healthcare profession has a reason for its inception. MA play a valuable role in healthcare just like lvns and rn's. honestly, i think that MA's wages should be equal to that of CNA wages because both professions arent licensed and MA's go through a little more schooling... either way, i suggest going for you lvn/lpn just because the pay is better and your education counts towards your rn.

Ok genius, LPN's and CMA's go to school for the same amount of time and in fact CMA's take MORE credits than LPN's... The hospitals are putting LPN's and CNA's in the same category "patient care technicians" and paying them the same here in Wisconsin, because they are one in the same, you are geared more towards hospitals and nursing homes and now the hospitals want to pay you what they pay their aides also. You don't even have to have continuing education, in the long run, as I was told in the beginning of my schooling over 4 years ago, LPN's will be virtually gone. I wouldn't want someone taking care of me that didn't have to have any further education, atleast as CMA's we have to have continuing education!!

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Michelle in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

76 months ago

Sybil in Detroit, Michigan said: Wow...you people have been misinformed.

Medical Assistants CANNOT do more CLINICAL work than an LPN. No way, no how.

Your school shouldn't offer you a "certification test". If they do, it's completely bogus as would your "credentials" be.

That's what the American Association of Medical Assistants and the American Medical Technologists associations are for. It costs $95 to register for their certification test, and if you pass, THEN you earn the credentials of being wither a Certified Medical Assistant or a Registered Medical Assistant.

Nursing is nothing like Medical Assisting. Two totally different jobs. The similarity is that we both deal with patients.

Oh and P.S. Sybil, it is not bogus if your school is accredited that you sit for a certification test there. You should really get your facts straight! The school this person went to probably wasn't accredited and therefore she wasn't able to sit for the four hour exam there.

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Shannon in Greeley, Colorado

76 months ago

I've been a medical assistant for almost 13 years. I've been blessed that I have worked for specialty physicians in the pulmonary, critical care and cardiovascular surgeon sector. I make $20/hr and I know I make about $7-9 more an hour than any other MA within the clinic. I feel I make more because of my hard work, intellect and faithfulness to the physicians. I wish I had went on to get my RN degree but that is not the road I've traveled due to various reasons. But my experience is this: (sorry if this hurts feelings)--most MA's out there, at least where I am at; only look at this profession as a job and really do not have much intellect behind them. I have seen so many "dumb" MA's who give half-ass job performances than I do the RN's and LPN's I work with.

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Michelle in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

76 months ago

I agree with you Shannon, it's all in how much heart you put into your profession. If you have the intelligence, took your schooling seriously, or just did it for a "job." This is what makes you successful as a CMA or what makes you think "it's a stupid career!" If you don't give your all, why should your employer shell out anything extra for you?

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asha jackson in Chicago, Illinois

76 months ago

you all really need to do you research about these programs before you just sign up for it.I strongly agree with sybil if you can check the internet to read this crap you can check on the program you signed up for before you wasted all that damn money. i just finshed my course today an im happy where im at because i got my foot in the door with what it is that i really want to do!!!

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Sybil in Detroit, Michigan

76 months ago

Firstly, Michelle, you need to calm down. I'm simply giving people advice on the shady schools out there that "certify" their MAs. All of those fly-by-night schools are "accredited".

Secondly, I am a MEMBER of the AAMA.

Thirdly, by the way you worded it, you made it out as if your school gave you their OWN certification test (as in, one your teachers complied it).

The school I attended is accredited through CAAHEP. I googled your school, and it too, is accredited through CAAHEP.

In order to take the AAMA test, you must be a graduate of either a CAAHEP school or an ABHES school. There are sites ASSIGNED by the AAMA for the tests. People from the AAMA PROCTOR THEIR OWN TEST. You must apply for the tests by sending in an application ALONG WITH OFFICAL TRANSCRIPTS. You wait. You get a letter in the mail stating you can take the test if all qualifications are met.

www.aama-ntl.org/becomeCMA/apply_CMA.aspx
That is a list of the testing sites for the October 2008 AAMA certification test.

If you are certified through the AMT (which means your school has to be accredited through either ABHES or CAAHEP or you have 5 years experience as an MA), it is STILL the AMT giving you the test. NOT YOUR SCHOOL. It isn't your school's test, it's the AMT'S TEST. You still have to send in offical transcripts and do the whole song and dance.

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Michelle in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

76 months ago

Firstly Sybil, I don't need to calm down, you need to learn how to read. For the eightieth time MY TEACHER PROCTORED THE TEST because our school is accredited! My last TWO responses said that if you could read! So don't talk to me like I am in first grade. I know the ins and outs of my profession, thanks for trying to belittle me though! I don't know if you want a cookie for being a member of the AAMA???? I guess I get one too then. Read what you are responding to before you start writing like a smart ass.

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Michelle in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

76 months ago

Sybil, you are just acting like a know it all and it took you four messages to figure out that my teacher could proctor an exam at an accredited school, the keyword was accredited right there you should have left it alone, but no, you just kept going. YES I AM A CMA-AAMA Miss Know It All.

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ally in Meriden, Connecticut

76 months ago

Jazmin in Houston, Texas said: I went to school for medical assistant I waste my time, any body out there just go on for nursing.

I too just graduate for Medical Assistant Program here in CT
and I have found nothing I did my extern ship and also tempting for a drs office for 2 weeks and no luck the school I went to has a placement dept but they send me leads and I have already applied for them before they email me

I too want to go to school to bew an RN but I need a job now and then go t school at night I have gone on 1 interview since I finished school in DEc and am very depressed

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kim in Appleton, Wisconsin

76 months ago

droptopchevy59 in Summerville, South Carolina said: Where are the salary quotes coming from average national salary @ salary.com in NY,NY for
RN is $69,000.....LPN is 54,000.....Medical Assistant is 45,000

I have been a medical assistant for 10 years now and would never give up the joy I get, with the hands on experience working with people, Yes, I looked into becoming a LPN or RN, but I want to work with people not behind a desk, or noc's and weekends (I have a family I enjoy being with). What I don't understand is you are talking about pay, to me and all the MA's I work with it's not the pay, it's what we do and we go home at noc knowing we helped someone that day PERSONALLY! And we all spell things wrong from time to time......

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Lisa in Tampa, Florida

76 months ago

I've read all of the comments about the medical feild and I agree total with all of you. I graduated and recieved my medical assistant certificate in Oct. 2003, completed 240 hrs of externship in a Internal Medicine practice one of the MA's @ the ofc. trained me on the front and back ofc very well and the more she showed me the more I was able to come in an work alone as like a self started and her and the rest of the medical staff was impressed with how fast I caught on a very short time, even the Physician's wife like my fast learning skils and she offered me a position as I was doing my externship, But the Physician that I was working for didn't see it at all. The MA that trained me had been there for 6 yrs. so the Physician really looked up to her alot and with me being a intern working along side her he looked over my worth in his practice. I immediately started to get a bad vibe from him and started feeling uncomfortable been in the ofc. working with him. So I called my school and requested anotyhe externship site and they replaced me in another Internal Medicine practice to make a long story short they new practice didn't care what I did they didn't want to train me they did their work and I just followed basically. They only trained me for back ofc. and that was it after my externship was over I needed two letters written by the practices that I did my externship @ well the Physician 2 the first practice wrote a really nasty letter and the other practice just wrote a letter to help me get by. I recieved my cert. and later got a job working with my children Pediactric practice which only pay 7.50 hr. but I had to started some where they had 7 location so I got chance to work @ 3 of them this help boost my exp. alot, but later I had to relocated to Orlando on a family emger. and had to resigned after three mos. of being hired I couldn't find employment at all anywhere since.

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May in New York, New York

76 months ago

Hello there,
I live in NYC (West Village) as well and will be finished with my BS degree in Healthcare Mgmt. from NYU this year. I started to "feel the market" (but not really sending out resumes) for the field that I will be graduating with. I am starting to get quizzy about it because most employers (or Long term care facilities where my degree would be needed) are looking for EXPERIENCED workers and I have none of those except 100 hours of required internship from school. I went back to school and paid tons of $ for a different career. I worked full time as a nanny (earning $40,000 with bonus and other perks) while trying to finish my degree. I am also sending twin boys in college who will graduate this year. I am contemplating of going into the nursing program but also plan to work (if accepted) and use my degree even if I will take a pay cut. I grew up in Asia and caring for people is imbedded in our culture, so it comes naturally for us even with strangers. I think that I will have more options with a nursing career. My question is, how much exactly are nurses being paid for? I checked salary.com but I believe that those are for experienced workers. What about for newly graduates?

Monica in New York, New York said: Ok ladies, the bottom line is this. Do what makes you happy. If you truly love caring for people on a one on one basis, then Medical Assisting or Nursing is right for you. The true difference is the amount of responsibility that you will encounter. Like I have said before, I have been an RMA for almost 9 years and I am now making exactly $19.81 an hour with opportunity for OT. I get paid every 2 weeks and after taxes I come home with a little less than $1000,00( that includes Full benefits for myself and my entire family). Not to much paper work and I work in a great neighborhood( Times

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Lisa in Tampa, Florida

76 months ago

May in New York, New York said: Hello there,
I live in NYC (West Village) as well and will be finished with my BS degree in Healthcare Mgmt. from NYU this year. I started to "feel the market" (but not really sending out resumes) for the field that I will be graduating with. I am starting to get quizzy about it because most employers (or Long term care facilities where my degree would be needed) are looking for EXPERIENCED workers and I have none of those except 100 hours of required internship from school. I went back to school and paid tons of $ for a different career. I worked full time as a nanny (earning $40,000 with bonus and other perks) while trying to finish my degree. I am also sending twin boys in college who will graduate this year. I am contemplating of going into the nursing program but also plan to work (if accepted) and use my degree even if I will take a pay cut. I grew up in Asia and caring for people is imbedded in our culture, so it comes naturally for us even with strangers. I think that I will have more options with a nursing career. My question is, how much exactly are nurses being paid for? I checked salary.com but I believe that those are for experienced workers. What about for newly graduates?

May, I feel ya girl... I feel the same way. I been on interviews and invited out to various staffing services for the last few weeks and they all mainly focused on my expreience than my skills and qualification "I WANTED GO BACK TO SCHOOL" to add to my career its been sooo........... hard I have three kids too which was the my main reasons for become a medical assistant because it was quick and timely but like u said if u don't have experiences than you just stuck holding a certificate ya know. I'm so glad to find other MA's who feel the same way that I do.

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Lisa in Tampa, Florida

76 months ago

ally in Meriden, Connecticut said: I too just graduate for Medical Assistant Program here in CT
and I have found nothing I did my extern ship and also tempting for a drs office for 2 weeks and no luck the school I went to has a placement dept but they send me leads and I have already applied for them before they email me

I too want to go to school to bew an RN but I need a job now and then go t school at night I have gone on 1 interview since I finished school in DEc and am very depressed

Ally, I'm in the same situation girl. I completed my externship recieved my certificate in Oct 2003. Got a job after my internship w/ my children's pediactric practice making only 7.50 hr. , but with them collabrating in Inc. of 7 ofc. location I was able to boost my experience by being flexible to work in three of their office locations. After three mos of being hired I had to relocated to Orlando On a family emergency. and have not been able to get back into the field as a MA sinec I want to go back to school but after struggling now trying to contiue my career I don't have the will power anymore I feel burnt out w/ it ya know. and on top of it all I'm trying rasied three kids ages 12,11, 7

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safia in Winnipeg, Manitoba

76 months ago

Hi all, after reading most of the comments i kinda agree and disagree with some.I have done the medical office assisting on-line and in the middle of the course i was ask to do a 200hr work exp(opt). I did do it for free for 6 months at a walk-in clinic( which wasn't easy), but i got my MOA and job exp certificate.I cannot tell you my salary because i became pregnant i'm not working now i'm staying at home until my last child starts all day school...but when i do start i have my job exp certificate to help me. So just give a little sometimes can go a long way....and love what you do only then it can be appreciated.

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Who Knows in Elmhurst, New York

76 months ago

Sybil in Detroit, Michigan said: Wow...you people have been misinformed.

Medical Assistants CANNOT do more CLINICAL work than an LPN. No way, no how.

Your school shouldn't offer you a "certification test". If they do, it's completely bogus as would your "credentials" be.

That's what the American Association of Medical Assistants and the American Medical Technologists associations are for. It costs $95 to register for their certification test, and if you pass, THEN you earn the credentials of being wither a Certified Medical Assistant or a Registered Medical Assistant.

Nursing is nothing like Medical Assisting. Two totally different jobs. The similarity is that we both deal with patients.

I agree with you because I got accepted to 4 schools ( Sanford Brown, Allen School, Chubb Institute, And the one which I am going to attend now is MANDL )and did all my research went to the AAMA and in order to become Certified you have to graduate from a school that is accredited by ABHES or CAAHEP if not you don't become certified. Here is a passage from there site....Q: What is certification, and how is it obtained?

A: The Certifying Board of American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) awards the credential to medical assitants who have accomplished two objectives:

First, they have successfully completed a medical assisting educational program accredited by either the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

Second, they have passed the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination.

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Lisa in Tampa, Florida

76 months ago

Ur right, because I just recently had to reenrolled back into the school that I graudated from to get a refresher on my clinical skills and it wasn' because I didn't I have 1 yr exp. as a medical assistant but I've been out of the field for 4 yrs. I been on interviews but they all focus on my exp. than my skills so I have decicide to refresh and at the same time I'm studying and perparing myself to become certified also because later I plan to focus on managing the medical pactice that I gain my experiences from. ya know what I mean girl!!!

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Who Knows in Elmhurst, New York

76 months ago

yes i know what you mean girl LOL I'm very happy for you and if you put your mind to it you will make it... congrats

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Monica

76 months ago

May in New York, New York said: Hello there,
I live in NYC (West Village) as well and will be finished with my BS degree in Healthcare Mgmt. from NYU this year. I started to "feel the market" (but not really sending out resumes) for the field that I will be graduating with. I am starting to get quizzy about it because most employers (or Long term care facilities where my degree would be needed) are looking for EXPERIENCED workers and I have none of those except 100 hours of required internship from school. I went back to school and paid tons of $ for a different career. I worked full time as a nanny (earning $40,000 with bonus and other perks) while trying to finish my degree. I am also sending twin boys in college who will graduate this year. I am contemplating of going into the nursing program but also plan to work (if accepted) and use my degree even if I will take a pay cut. I grew up in Asia and caring for people is imbedded in our culture, so it comes naturally for us even with strangers. I think that I will have more options with a nursing career . My question is, how much exactly are nurses being paid for? I checked salary.com but I believe that those are for experienced workers. What about for newly graduates?

That's interesting that you say that because I've worked for NYU for nearly 4 years now. Just like in most every job, sometimes even starting in your feild, you have to start somewhere. There are times when you will have to start at the bottom of the barrel before you can really see some serious advances in status as well as finances. I started out as an RMA making only $18,000.00 a year and now I am making almost $37,000.00. So you see even with the knowledge and skills I was taught, I still needed to start somewhere in the feild and that start will give you the experince that you need and that Employers are looking for. I hope that this helps and Good Luck!

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May in New York, New York

76 months ago

Thank you for your comment. I am willing to start from the bottom and see how things will work out. I've actually enrolled for additional credits in Nursing courses just in case I do decide to continue. I bet I just have to work much harder and make sure I pass it with flying colors!

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Who Knows in Elmhurst, New York

76 months ago

your welcome and yes work harder because you are doing it for yourself and I'm very happy for you and put your hard work into it. In the long run the one that works hard succeeds and trust me you are going to succeed good luck with everything :)

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Who Knows in Elmhurst, New York

76 months ago

Yes agree with you. You do have to start somewhere and it does have to be at the bottom, if people let other peoples bad experiences change there mind then they will never get anywhere. People have to take a risk in life to be able to get some where and in order to be successful in life they have to work hard and every good thing in life doesn't come from one day to another it takes time and patience and dedication to get some where. I am very happy for you and like "Bob Marley " said, don't worry about a thing cause every little thing is going to be alright :)

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Lisa in Tampa, Florida

76 months ago

I hear ya... LoL Ur right. I recently went back to the bottom a few days ago and re-enrolled back into the school I graduated from in in 2003 to get a refresher on my clinical skills and not because I don't know my clinical duties as medical assistant it is because I've been out of the field for so long and going interview has taught me that if you have some current experience or skills you may get the job. To make along story short I recently interviewed at a pediactric office which was focusing more on experience but when I added my current studies in my re-enrolling in a clinical refresher course I've been asked to come in for a second interview w/ the Physician in the medical ofc. sometimes you have to started back at the bottom to achieve what you want and your last comment in your message has given more confidents to give my all when I walk n-2 this interview girl it feels good to have some understand you thanks again girl wish me luck!!!! And how is your career going I hope good girl let me know.

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Who Knows in Elmhurst, New York

76 months ago

Oh your very welcome I wish nothing but the best for everyone and I'm happy you went back to school to refresh and I'm sure if i was in your shoes i would have done the same. I wish you the best of luck and I have a good feeling you will get the job. Let me know how it goes. Oh and i start school in May and i don't let other peoples bad experience stop me from Progressing and I am sorry that a lot of people have not found jobs but this is my passion and God is on my side so i have nothing to worry about. Thank you for asking don't forget to let me know how it went. Have a positive attitude and prove to them that you are the one for the Job. :)

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Who Knows in Elmhurst, New York

76 months ago

Monica in New York, New York said: Yes Shannon and Michelle, I agree with you both completely. I have been writing comments on this board for a while and it is good to see that there is finally someone who is on the same page. I just gave my 2 weeks notice to my current job (that I have been happily employed for the last 4 years) because an opportunity came to make even more money, doing what I love at the main hospital!!! My MA skills, my love for the job and my patients and my hardwork all played a vital part for me leaving and advancing at this new position. This year makes nearly 9 years of being an RMA and I have been very satisfied with the carreer that I have choosen for myself. Like I have said in the past, you must do the Homework for whatever school you are thinking of going to, to make sure that they are providing you with the correct classes and certifications( via exams) that you will need to be employed in the field that you had to have a passion for from the gate!!!

Hey I'm very happy for you you had to make the sacrifices and it took time to get where but hey we all have to sacrifice in order to make it. It took time hard work and dedication. I cannot remove the smile on my face when i see someone succeed it makes me feel happy Congrats :) you deserve it

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Who Knows in Elmhurst, New York

76 months ago

Thank you same to you. Positive energy puts a smile to my face. Take care :)

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Lisa in Tampa, Florida

76 months ago

Yes... it helpED alot girl I recently re-enrolled back into the same school I graduated from in 2003 to get an refresher on my clinical skills and it isn't becuz I forgot my clinical duties as an MA but to show employees that I care enough about my career as an MA to started back @ the bottom to help me gain even more knowledge because the things that we learned in 2003 the school is no longer doing its more high tech now which is good because the things that I didn't get in 2003 I'm receiving now in 2008 and to make a long story short I recently went into a prdactric ofc. which I have 1 yr. experience in they were focusing more on expeience but when I told them about that fact that I was getting a clinical refresher they call me after weeks of waiting for various call backs from medical offics I recently recevied and email from the practice to come in for a second interview to meet with the Physican that I will be assisting how cool is that ya know I'm neverous yeah! but I will prepare myself for it because its something I really want. Thanks again for responding to message I wish u the best in your career as well. THANKS AGAIN!!!

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Lisa in Tampa, Florida

76 months ago

Thanks alot girl... I will let u know how the interview goes too. and GOOD~LUCK!!! in May w/ ur career do what u do and keep notes or jounarl on everything you do so that you can always go back to it later because a career is like a receipe to me if you don't know all the ingredience than its not going to come out right ya feel me so keep ya eyes and ears open and you will achieve and accomplish all it is that u want 2. Thanks again! and GOODLUCK!!!!!

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LLC in Waymart, Pennsylvania

76 months ago

I have a huge decision to make. I came to this website for some help. I have been seriously considering going to school to become a medical assistant.I go tomarrow to sign my financial aid paper work and go for my orientation, however nothing is written in stone yet I have not signed anything. I just want to make sure this is the right thing for me, before I go wasting a ton of money on something that I can't even get a job for. AHHH the stress!!!

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Lisa in Tampa, Florida

76 months ago

Well I will tell this I can't knock u because I've tried and graduated in 2003 but I can give u some advice being an medical assistant u have to be on top of everything that you learn and what u do. Going to school an earning a career is a big step in your life and sometimes u have to started from the bottom to work yourself up to the top medical assisting is a first for entering into a medical practice and if you find a job when you get out school girl hold it down for a year or two even if your not making much remember u have to start somewhere and that's with any job ya know because when you really find the job that you want as an MA that one or two yrs job that u started from the bottom from is going help u make more money and find that perfect job that is waiting because now u not only have experience you have patients too and remember good things comes to those to wait.
u see when you start a business u-r new to the public and you have to be will to take chances, have patients, and started from the bottom and remember people remember the smallest things about a person and company and later u will be noticed and b-4 u knew it u will be have made it where u was trying be. did this help any??? let me know

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LLC in Waymart, Pennsylvania

76 months ago

Lisa in Tampa, Florida said: Well I will tell this I can't knock u because I've tried and graduated in 2003 but I can give u some advice being an medical assistant u have to be on top of everything that you learn and what u do. Going to school an earning a career is a big step in your life and sometimes u have to started from the bottom to work yourself up to the top medical assisting is a first for entering into a medical practice and if you find a job when you get out school girl hold it down for a year or two even if your not making much remember u have to start somewhere and that's with any job ya know because when you really find the job that you want as an MA that one or two yrs job that u started from the bottom from is going help u make more money and find that perfect job that is waiting because now u not only have experience you have patients too and remember good things comes to those to wait.
u see when you start a business u-r new to the public and you have to be will to take chances, have patients, and started from the bottom and remember people remember the smallest things about a person and company and later u will be noticed and b-4 u knew it u will be have made it where u was trying be. did this help any??? let me know

Thank you so much for the info!!.I just don't want to put out 14,000.00 for a career and not even get a job offer. I still have no clue what to do. I have until 3:45 this afternoon to make up my mind!My sister is a medical assistant right now she graduates as a RN in May. She told me that I pretty much was wasting my time going to school to be a M.A. She said that I should just go to school to be a RN, but the way that I think about it is I want to get my feet wet before I jump into it. I would rather waste 14,000.00 and dislike it, than waste 50,000.00 and HATE IT. Do you know what I am saying?. My husband is supporting me either way that I choose. I am hopeing for a sign from GOD...LOL..

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LC in Cleveland, Ohio

76 months ago

Guide

You will not be wasting money to become any kind of a nurse and there are SO many opportunities in being a nurse while being an MA is very limited. For the most part,MAs are not the ones working at hospitals,assistant care facilities, elementary schools,prisons,flu shot clinics,"minute clinics",home visits,etc. PLEASE read all the different forums on this field here on Indeed or look over on the message board on the website "Advanced Medical Assistant of America". Skip over the ones (on here) that just say "i want job as medcial assistant" and read the articulate ones from those that cannot find anything for any sensible reason. This is very common.

Being hesitant about something like this is a bad sign. Go with your gut feeling.

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LLC in Waymart, Pennsylvania

76 months ago

Thank you for your advice. I have made the decision to wait until the fall to go to school for MA. That way this gives me time to make sure that this is what I REALLY WANT TO DO. I felt very rushed by the school that I was going to attend. I contacted them via the web on wed. within 5 min they were on the phone with me, I had a appointment on to meet with them on thursday they were ready for me to sign paperwork with them that night(thank god i didn't have my taxes with me or I would probubly be starting school tonight). They told me I needed to make a decision by Friday. So I called and told them that I wanted to start school, please start the paperwork.I just felt it was very very rushed. I knew that they couldn't hold me to anything because I didn't sign any paperwork. All weekend long I have done nothing but research on this and talk to people about it. I have decided to wait. I think that is best for me right now. I want to make sure it is the right thing for me to do!..Thank you all for your advice it has all been really helpful.

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betty000@comcast.net in Derry, New Hampshire

76 months ago

LLC in Waymart, Pennsylvania said: Thank you for your advice. I have made the decision to wait until the fall to go to school for MA. That way this gives me time to make sure that this is what I REALLY WANT TO DO. I felt very rushed by the school that I was going to attend. I contacted them via the web on wed. within 5 min they were on the phone with me, I had a appointment on to meet with them on thursday they were ready for me to sign paperwork with them that night(thank god i didn't have my taxes with me or I would probubly be starting school tonight). They told me I needed to make a decision by Friday. So I called and told them that I wanted to start school, please start the paperwork.I just felt it was very very rushed. I knew that they couldn't hold me to anything because I didn't sign any paperwork. All weekend long I have done nothing but research on this and talk to people about it. I have decided to wait. I think that is best for me right now. I want to make sure it is the right thing for me to do!..Thank you all for your advice it has all been really helpful.

I feel you definately made the right decision. My school did the same type of sale with me,I have not found a job yet, It has been 6 months now ! I still search daily. I posted a link from, CBS news, sent to me by a wonderful guide, Linda, on this site. She has given me the best advice! She really cares. I would also reccomend you going to school to become an, L.P.N. It seems as though the medical assistant has become flooded with graduates. Sure, there are some of us that secure employment after graduation, but not a lot of us. Please take the time to click on this link from C.B.S. news, and I bet the school you had reservations about will fit in to this catagory. You are very smart to wait, and do some home-work before falling in to one of these types of schools. I would also listen to Lindas' advice, she is a truly, knowledgeable, caring, and experienced medical assistant!

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betty000@comcast.net in Derry, New Hampshire

76 months ago

betty000@comcast.net in Derry, New Hampshire said: I feel you definately made the right decision. My school did the same type of sale with me,I have not found a job yet, It has been 6 months now ! I still search daily. I posted a link from, CBS news, sent to me by a wonderful guide, Linda, on this site. She has given me the best advice! She really cares. I would also reccomend you going to school to become an, L.P.N. It seems as though the medical assistant has become flooded with graduates. Sure, there are some of us that secure employment after graduation, but not a lot of us. Please take the time to click on this link from C.B.S. news, and I bet the school you had reservations about will fit in to this catagory. You are very smart to wait, and do some home-work before falling in to one of these types of schools. I would also listen to Lindas' advice, she is a truly, knowledgeable, caring, and experienced medical assistant!

Here is the CBS story, aired in 2005 ! Good Luck ! www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/01/31/60minutes/main670479.shtml thanks L.C.

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betty000@comcast.net in Derry, New Hampshire

76 months ago

Please read the CBS link. I would go on to become an L.P.N. or an R.N

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Who Knows in Elmhurst, New York

76 months ago

yes you are right i wish you the best of luck :)

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Who Knows in Elmhurst, New York

76 months ago

Yes it did help a lot and i will keep it in mind when i go to school and after i get out thanks so much for your advice :)

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Who Knows in Elmhurst, New York

76 months ago

I don't think that a career, whatever it is, is a waist of time. There is something out there for everyone and I say go with what your heart and passion tells you. If you love what you do that is what is important. have a nice day :)

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Who Knows in Elmhurst, New York

76 months ago

oh your very welcome and if you felt rushed you did the right thing. I'm very happy for you and do your best in school it will pay off in the long run. take care :)

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