MEDICAL ASSISTANT VS LPN

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afnichols30 in Sarepta, Louisiana

84 months ago

I was employed in an Emergency Room for 3 years as Ward Clerk...I LOVED it! Now I am thinking of Certification as Medical Assistant. Can someone tell me the benefits over LPN?

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Shay in philly in Washington, District of Columbia

83 months ago

LPN gets paid more in more cities. Medical assistants don't get paid more than an lpn on the weekends.

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sharon stone in Memphis, Tennessee

82 months ago

don't do it .these schools lie about getting a job when you gradatefrom ma school.no one wants to hire you because lack of experience.how in the world can i have exp.if i just graduated.please give me a break. i have been a ma. now for 9 yrs. and the pay is just a joke.cna's make more money than ma's.now that is a joke.i should have stayed a baker.get all your ducks in a row before you sign any contracts. signed experience.

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Elena Salazar in Vacaville, California

82 months ago

I also recently graduated as a Certified Medical Assistant, and am having a hard time finding work. This happens in many trades- you just have to keep looking!! From what I hear places like "Planned Parenthood" and assisted living homes actually do hire MA's so that they can get some experience. Medical Assistants in Ca. make more than a CNA's, and do less of the "grunt" work.Also, MA's are actually a step up from CNA's in the medical field!!! If you also take the California state exam and become a CCMA- this makes you much more valuable, as this will be a requirement in the near future. In my program, not only did I receive an MA certificate, I also received my Phlebotomy certificate, Inhaled Meds certificate, CPR/ First Aid Certifications.You really just have to be persistent.Keep your heads up ladies- IT WILL ALL WORK OUT xoxoxox

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Jamie in Santa Rosa, California

82 months ago

Elena Salazar in Vacaville, California said: I also recently graduated as a Certified Medical Assistant, and am having a hard time finding work. This happens in many trades- you just have to keep looking!! From what I hear places like "Planned Parenthood" and assisted living homes actually do hire MA's so that they can get some experience. Medical Assistants in Ca. make more than a CNA's, and do less of the "grunt" work.Also, MA's are actually a step up from CNA's in the medical field!!! If you also take the California state exam and become a CCMA- this makes you much more valuable, as this will be a requirement in the near future. In my program, not only did I receive an MA certificate, I also received my Phlebotomy certificate, Inhaled Meds certificate, CPR/ First Aid Certifications.You really just have to be persistent.Keep your heads up ladies- IT WILL ALL WORK OUT xoxoxox

What is a Inhaled Meds Cert?

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Elena Salazar in Vacaville, California

82 months ago

An Inhaled Meds Certification is a certificate you receive after being properly trained in how to administer inhaled medications.

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mirella in Kissimmee, Florida

82 months ago

I RECENTLY GRADUATED AS A MEDICAL ASSISTANT, AND I WOULD LIKE TO BECOME CERTIFIDE BY TAKING THE EXAM ONLINE BUT I CAN'T FIND A WEB SITE PROVIDING THE EXAM CAN YOU HELP?

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Jamie in Santa Rosa, California

82 months ago

I went through NCCT to get my Phlebotomy Cert. Here is the website. www.ncctinc.com. I do believe they offer MA certs also.

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Annie in Riverview, Florida

82 months ago

mirella in Kissimmee, Florida said: I RECENTLY GRADUATED AS A MEDICAL ASSISTANT, AND I WOULD LIKE TO BECOME CERTIFIDE BY TAKING THE EXAM ONLINE BUT I CAN'T FIND A WEB SITE PROVIDING THE EXAM CAN YOU HELP?

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www.aama-ntl.org/becomeCMA/apply_CMA.aspx

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Denine Blas in Corona, California

82 months ago

afnichols30 in Sarepta, Louisiana said: I was employed in an Emergency Room for 3 years as Ward Clerk...I LOVED it! Now I am thinking of Certification as Medical Assistant. Can someone tell me the benefits over LPN?

I can tell you first hand on that one. I went to a Vocational school to become a Certified Medical Assistant, I not sure where your from but out in California they only pay medical assistants to start 9.00 an hour. YOu dont see the excitement that you love so much as a ward clerk in the ER. The hours are probably better but at the same token you dont do as much. The job is not that rewarding. Stay with your job now.

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LC in Cleveland, Ohio

82 months ago

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There ARE no benefits in being a medical assistant over an LPN. There are plenty of positions available in being any kind of nurse,in areas that they will not allow an MA into,such as most hospitals,nursing homes,prisons,schools,camps,flu shot clinics, and home care. The pay difference aside (though I kinda doubt if any LPNs are starting out at $8 or $9) you must always keep in mind the ability to get a job in any field you want to enter. This can be a difficult one for many,many people.

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Jamie in Santa Rosa, California

82 months ago

I do belive they pay my MA's make more than $9.00 hr here in Cali, unless you workin in a olds people home but even then CNA make over $10.00 hr. Our minium wage is $8.00 why would someone go to school to get a carrer and only get paid $9.00.

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Elena Salazar in Vacaville, California

82 months ago

If you look up the national averages, and depending on your experience, Medical Assistants can make anywhere from $11.00-$20.00 an hour in California.

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MZ.KISSY in Pensacola, Florida

82 months ago

I AM ABOUT TO START CAPPS COLLEGE AND I AM GOING TO BECOME A MEDICAL ASSISTANT AND AS I HEAR MORE ABOUT THE WHOLE MEDICAL ASSISTANT I FEEL THAT ITS JUST PROBABLY NOT THE JOB FOR ME EVEN THOUGH I LIKE HELPING OTHERS OUT...

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LC in Cleveland, Ohio

82 months ago

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The medical field could BE the type of job for you if you like taking care of people. That's the right attitude to have but it won't help you get a job,at least not as an MA. Don't spend a day in that school without doing some homework first. Find out from others,like graduates,what they thought of it and if they found jobs. Find out if the school has a career center and what all do they do. Call around to places you would like to work at and ask them their real opinion of this school's program,and would they hire you without a lot of experience.
Did this college have an entrance exam in order to be accepted?

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NELLI in Palm Bay, Florida

82 months ago

mirella in Kissimmee, Florida said: I RECENTLY GRADUATED AS A MEDICAL ASSISTANT, AND I WOULD LIKE TO BECOME CERTIFIDE BY TAKING THE EXAM ONLINE BUT I CAN'T FIND A WEB SITE PROVIDING THE EXAM CAN YOU HELP?

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go to AAMA.COM OR CALL 1-800-228-2262 TO SCHEDULE FOR A TEST SITE.

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CHITWN27 in Tacoma, Washington

82 months ago

I was wondering if there is any MA'S whom has previously worked or have worked in a pediatric office. If so please feel free to leave me any comments. I will be starting at a Pedicatric office tommorrow.

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LC in Cleveland, Ohio

82 months ago

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This is kind of the wrong site for asking that question,since the majority of those posting can't find work. Try the forum on the "Advanced Medical Assistants of America" website,and good luck tomorrow. It's good to see that some of us can find something.

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Elena Salazar in Vacaville, California

82 months ago

In my Medical Assisting Program, we are trained how to properly dispense Inhaled Medications. Once passed- you receive an Inhaled Medications Certificate.

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Crystal in Evanston, Illinois

81 months ago

Well first of all i was just wondering I am in school right now to become a medical assistant and i am concerened in wondering how much can i really make of course the school tells what i want to hear but is it true?? I mean really can i really become a successfull person after i graduate??

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LC in Cleveland, Ohio

81 months ago

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What EXACTLY is your school telling you? By any chance are they constantly passing out papers from the US Department of Labor that shows rather unrealistic graphs of what an MA can make in certain states? Have you ever heard anyone say that there are no MA jobs in your region that are below $10 an hour? If you ever hear that like my class did,challenge it because it is not true. In a neighboring city is an urgent care clinic that is run by a doctor and his wife and they pay $8.50 an hour (and have a high turnover) while an establishment like The Cleveland Clinic probably pays a lot more.

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theresa slivka in Cleveland, Ohio

81 months ago

afnichols30 in Sarepta, Louisiana said: I was employed in an Emergency Room for 3 years as Ward Clerk...I LOVED it! Now I am thinking of Certification as Medical Assistant. Can someone tell me the benefits over LPN?

right now you have a job as a medical assistant i have not found a job and am working for no money as a home health aid because i can't find a job as a medical assistant and there are thousands of girls who are looking we paid at least 10 thou and can't find jobs help us net work to get into the hospitals if they hire medical assistants or phlobotmist so others can find a job that would help us and you do a great job where you are the medical field needs you where you are stay put girl and help us out start the network thing going on you make more money where you are thanks

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lou watson in Jay, Florida

81 months ago

mirella in Kissimmee, Florida said: I RECENTLY GRADUATED AS A MEDICAL ASSISTANT, AND I WOULD LIKE TO BECOME CERTIFIDE BY TAKING THE EXAM ONLINE BUT I CAN'T FIND A WEB SITE PROVIDING THE EXAM CAN YOU HELP?

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You can visit to www.ncctinc.com phone #1-800-875-4404 try these website because I'd did mine for certified medical assistant and now I am working in Pediatrics office. Good luck.

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theresa in Cleveland, Ohio

81 months ago

thanks for the web site

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Elena Salazar in Fairfield, California

81 months ago

There is a demand for Medical Assistants in many states. It's even better for you if you take the state exam as well. As far as MA vs. LPN- LPN's are nurses and do a whole lot more than an MA. Medical Assistants are wanted to greet and room patients, take vital signs, prepare the pt. for exams, and also to assist the physician with certain procedures. Licensed Practical Nurses are just that (licensed), and are legally able to do more hands on work with patients.

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Terry B. in Alpharetta, Georgia

81 months ago

MZ.KISSY in Pensacola, Florida said: I AM ABOUT TO START CAPPS COLLEGE AND I AM GOING TO BECOME A MEDICAL ASSISTANT AND AS I HEAR MORE ABOUT THE WHOLE MEDICAL ASSISTANT I FEEL THAT ITS JUST PROBABLY NOT THE JOB FOR ME EVEN THOUGH I LIKE HELPING OTHERS OUT...

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Hi I am a medical assistant in Atlanta, Ga. I have been in health care for about 3yrs. I love what i do. I have taken the exam to become a Registered Medical Assistant, and there is no where i can go far as career. I work with LPN and they do make more. And now i am trying to get in to a LPN program for 18 mos.And yes!!!!! I am a man.

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Cathie C

81 months ago

I am a Certified Medical Assistant through the AAMA which is truly the premier professional organization for Medical Assistants. I am the full time instructor at a college in NH. I worked as a practitioner for 15 years and have been teaching for 4. I am also a certified phlebotomist. Here in NH we are headed towards the state ruling that if you want to give injections as a medical assistant you will have to be certified, some states have already gone this way. My students have good luck getting jobs. They are mostly in doctor's offices, but also in hospital emergency rooms as techs, pharmacies as techs, and phlebotomists. I am in close touch with all of my graduates. They are starting from $12 to $17 dollars an hour. Specialists offices pay more, but there can be drawbacks with a smaller office staff. At orientation I tell my students that if they're looking to get rich, this is not the field for them, but if they want a job they can love and feel useful in, while making a decent salary - this is it. The biggest difference between nursing and medical assisting is that nurse's courses are geared to hospital care. MA courses are geared to ambulatory care. I personally have the greatest respect for the nurses I have worked with over the years, and have done absolutely everything in the office they did. I know they made a couple of dollars an hour more than I did, but I enjoyed it totally. Our courses include Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Psychology, Medical Terminology, Computer courses, Nutrition, Clinical I and II and Medical Law and Ethics. What I would want anyone interested in pursuing this course of study to know is to choose your school carefully. I would never let my children attend a Medical Assisting Course that was not CAAHEP certified. If you go to a course that isn't, you can get a certificate, but you cannot become nationally certified. You have to sit for the National Exam to do that. The National Certification Exam is given by the AAMA

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Cathie C

81 months ago

One thing I would add is that you cannot become a certified medical assistant on line. For full and factual information go to AAMA-ntl.org

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Cathie C

81 months ago

And this...(sorry)the scope of practice for a medical assistant is that you can perform and duty in the office that you have the training and experience for and that the doctor authorizes. We remove sutures, give injections, perform ear lavage, perform bone scans, audiometry, EKGs, vitals, place holter monitors, take patient histories (medical, social, family, etc.) and perform visit interviews, call in RXs, perform patient education in chronic disease and the accompanying medications, assist with minor procedures, give pre-procedure prep instruction, baically anything clinical in the office and additionally, unlike nursing programs we are also trained to work in the front office covering most areas of administration - including billing and coding, insurance claims and referrals, and so on. We work in Internal Medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, infectious disease, and all specialties. The combination of skills makes MAs very valuable to ambulatory care practices.

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Ms. Wade

81 months ago

I attended a vocational High school and majored in Medical assistant and abtained a certificate from the school. But the school didnt register its self so we could take the state exam to be state certified. Do I need to attend a school in order for me to become certified or can I just go straight to taking the state exam? please help

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Elena Salazar in Fairfield, California

80 months ago

Right now in California, there is no requirement to be certified, however, many hospitals, private Dr.'s offices, etc. do prefer it, and yes, you can just go and take the state exam w/o the other certificate. That will make you a whole lot more valuable....good luck!!!

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theresa in Cleveland, Ohio

80 months ago

I have been doing home health aide for 4 years tell her to see if she can work in a hospital as an STNA to get experience befor she takes the class for medical assisting as I have not found a paying job in this yet and a lot of girls and guys have not found jobs in it also check out your state to see what jobs there are in this field. I got a 92 on the test but can't find work. so look into it before you put a lot of money into the course work...

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theresa in Cleveland, Ohio

80 months ago

I have been doing home health aide for 4 years tell her to see if she can work in a hospital as an STNA to get experience befor she takes the class for medical assisting as I have not found a paying job in this yet and a lot of girls and guys have not found jobs in it also check out your state to see what jobs there are in this field. I got a 92 on the test but can't find work. so look into it before you put a lot of money into the course work...

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LC in Cleveland, Ohio

80 months ago

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Ms. Wade said: I attended a vocational High school and majored in Medical assistant and abtained a certificate from the school. But the school didnt register its self so we could take the state exam to be state certified. Do I need to attend a school in order for me to become certified or can I just go straight to taking the state exam? please help

If your school didn't register itself then it may not be accredited which means you can't take any certifying exam. There are only national exams,not state ones except for maybe in California. If anyone can tell of other state MA certifying agencies then please do so.

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Ms. Wade

80 months ago

no the school is accredited, they were just irresponsible and didnt register them selves for the certification testing for the medical assistants.

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janna57 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

80 months ago

I'm an LPN. I went for Medical Office Assistant and obtained a degree in 1993. However, I continued on for nursing. At the time, I was applying for jobs, the drs. offices were only paying $5.50 an hr. with no benefits. And, that is why I chose to go into nursing. It depends on the area you live in. This is true of either LPN or MA. Now in 2008, MA in my area pay about $9 to start and that includes benefits.
It depends the type of work that you would like. If you want strictly office, then MA may be for you. There is chance for advancement in that area, such as office manager, etc. My sister started out as a medical secretary back in the late 80s. (medical asistant was not option in our area then) However, now she has advanced to clinical practice manager. She is in charge of several different offices. Her pay is very good. If you like strictly the office then MA would be way to go.(maybe) Although, in my experience my ASB degree for MOA was 18 mos. and more expensive than LPN program. The LPN program was only 12 months and cheaper. However, your cinicals will be in nursing homes, hospitals, and very few office clinicals.
Personally, if I was able to rewind those years, I would have gone the nursing route from the get-go. But, that is my preference. I have applied for jobs in drs. offices. I was even offered a job, which I turned down. It was same pay as MA. In 2000, the pay was $7.50 hr. and it was no more than the MA. Do I feel that I am better than a MA in the office setting? Absolutely NOT!! And, LPNs are not really required in the office setting. There was only one job where I would make slightly more than the MA. So, if you strictly want outpt. clinic setting, go for MA. Or, if you want more versatility then go for LPN. However, keep in mind that you will not make much more as LPN in the office setting, if not equal to MA pay.
Good Luck in your decision.

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Lavette in Atlanta, Georgia

80 months ago

I notice alot of M.A.s putting down LPNs. GET a grip LPN is more indepth with the medical field, you can take a bridge course to get a R.N. associates, you can't do that as a M.A. My doctor said I wasted my time with M.A. Not I'm trying to go back for LPN.

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janna57 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

80 months ago

In my personal situation, I felt that I wasted time going for MA. But, it is very individual choice. The only place that you will get a job as MA is drs. office. With LPN, it is more versatile. However, in my area, LPNs do not make much more, if not the same as MA. I never worked as MA, I went immediately on for my LPN. Oh, BTW, I had someone who was a phlebotomist try to talk me into going for LPN instead of MA. I wish that I would have listened to her. I would have saved some time and money.

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LC in Cleveland, Ohio

80 months ago

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That's another thing about this subject ,how limited MAs are. An LPN can get a job in areas that a MA can't and probably never will. You don't see MAs working at flu shot clinics,schools,prisons,assisted care facilities,home care,etc. A lot of these "minute clinics" opening up in stores only want nurses. Many hospital's health screenings will only use nurses. For the most part MAs are not given supervisory positions. It IS mostly an office job and many find out they don't want to do the administrative duties and frankly,many can't.

The reason so many go into medical assisting instead of a nursing program is one reason and one reason only-the lack of waiting. There is no waiting list for many MA programs and you can start a class within a few weeks. That is very tempting to many who just want to get into the healthcare field. Longtime loan payments and a lousy paying job or no job at all is a BIG price to pay for just wanting to help people.

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Lavette in Stone Mountain, Georgia

80 months ago

You aint never lied. Tyat's exactly what I did, every time I ask about becoming a real nurse; The schools only talk about the waiting list, GPA, and prereqisites, never let me show you how!

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Lavette in Stone Mountain, Georgia

80 months ago

I have been asking around for going to school for LPN, Both technical colleges in my city that's on the busline has screwed up Atlanta tech program closed; Dekalb tech has it at the covington site. And Georgia Perimeter has an associate for RN. but is so damn long or your GPA has to be very high. Most nurses I meet can't answer simple terminology. So why is it so difficult, when nursing is suppose to be in demand?

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Shirley in Janesville, Wisconsin

80 months ago

Hi,
I'm in Wisconsin. CMA's here work on clinics and Dr. offices, making $12-14/hr. The technical school course is a year. LPN's have alot more opportunities as they can work in hospitals, nursing homes, offices, assisted livings, home health, as well as clinics and Dr. offices, making $18-30/hr. The technical school course is also a year. If I was making the decision, I'd go be a nurse instead of a MA. Hope this helps!

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lavette in Stone Mountain, Georgia

80 months ago

Looking at this forum, I may be living in the wrong state. I wanted to go to school for nursing day 1. every where pushed me to the quick fix training. Now I'm going backwards trying to get my CNA just so I can get a healthcare job so I can go on to be a NURSE>

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Erica in South Park, Pennsylvania

80 months ago

MA's do the same thing that LPNs do. The only difference is that they are licensed through the state and can do iv's. Make the same amount money and yes you can work in nursing homes, in pittsburgh,pa they hired MAs everywhere. I went to lpn school and am going to ma school now, did exactly the same thing in both.LPNs are being limited to nursing homes, i have heard of them getting rid of them and just having ma's and rn's

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Lavette in Atlanta, Georgia

79 months ago

That may be the case where you live. But here LPNs can get into RN programs much faster because they have taking a more indepth courses than MAs. Besides my doctor trust LPN over MA any day. MAs are taking over in doctors office cause they are less expensive to hire than LPN. Don't believe the hype!

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sassiemama in Phoenix, Arizona

79 months ago

I hated working as an MA. Im signed up for an LPN program, not to say I will love that work either, but here in AZ you can make $20-$24 an hour in a facility! I guess for that kind of money, I will do it even if it's not what I love, it will pay the bills, even part time!

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crystal crespin in haltom, Texas

79 months ago

afnichols30 in Sarepta, Louisiana said: I was employed in an Emergency Room for 3 years as Ward Clerk...I LOVED it! Now I am thinking of Certification as Medical Assistant. Can someone tell me the benefits over LPN?

I just finished school and i loved it! and the lenght was 10 months and we did alot of lab and front office, billing and coding and that fun stuff and it was easy to do. I am now in the field and i actually came to a chiropractic office and working here. the hours are great and all day time shifts that would be the advantage of everything.

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LC in Cleveland, Ohio

79 months ago

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g in Sewell, New Jersey said: I am so confused. I signed up at chubb institute and did not do my homework before hand. I am currently withdrawing my self from the program since I have learned of Caahep.My question is, I am an office manager for a family practice and wanted to become a MA to be able to understand my clinical staff and be a hands on manager.I really took to the clinical side of this work, I really like to make a difference and help people.
I have not begun classes so I can cancel my application. My question is, I have done some homework regarding CNA and CMA.I just don't understand which would benefit me in the long run? Are CMA's over CNA's? what is the difference? What is more recognized in the office.Also all I have in my office are MA's. NOw I also heard LPN's are being faded out. is this true? Now there is a program for CNA.If I attend this course could I still be considered a MA? If I wanted to pursue this career could I find a job as a MA even if I only took CNA courses? any help would be great.
Thank you

Very confused

If you are an actual office manager,then you would already know that for the most part,offices use medical assistants over CNAs. There is usually an RN or LPN also in an office. MAs are NOT taking over or "phasing out" LPNs,that program and field will always be around. That is a BIG myth that is used to snare people into MA programs.

CMAs are only "over" CNAs in that they have more training,months and months of it and a lot of it is administrative duties. CNAs learn basic hands-on patient care and the courses usually last only a few weeks. Would you still be considered an MA if you took a CNA course? Hardly.

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G in Sewell, New Jersey

79 months ago

Thank you so much for all your help. One question.I have been to many career institutes and there is one that help me with all the info i needed. The instructor told me that NHA(national Certification) is very important to take in which they do the testing right there at there site.I would be able to work in any state as a MA in which CAAHEP is not,she said that is just for State? The only objection I have with this school(ASI) is that the course for MA is just 12 weeks, that don't do any externship.The instructor told me it's not a drawn out process with them. They cover the core of a MA verses a 8 month program at Chubb in which they go into the administrative side of it, which I really don't need because I do that already.What does anyone think of this? Thanks again for everyone who has helped me with my questions and my journey in choosing the right school.

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LC in Cleveland, Ohio

79 months ago

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I don't know too much about the NHA but I do know that in order to take the certifying exam from either AAMA or AMT,then you had to have gone to an accredited school and have put in so many hours. Once certified you can work in any state as an MA. There is no "state exam" for MAs except in CA and maybe some other states. Some schools will have the test on the site if they can get a proctor.

I have been questioning the length of many MA programs,and have been wondering if they need to be as long as they are. I think in some cases they are stretched out to get more money from students.

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