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Kristen in Bristol, Connecticut

69 months ago

Anyone? I am just looking for advice from anyone who can help at all to answer my question. Isn't there anyone who can offer at least some advice on this forum? I would appreciate it greatly!
Thank you.

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Kristen in Hamden, Connecticut

69 months ago

tamar in Boston, Massachusetts said: this field is dominated by women,and its really hard to find a job. maybe you can get your foot in because you are also a CNA. do you still work as a CNA,cause when you get your certificate you can apply when they have a opening for MA...IDK....right now it sucks to be an MA
Hi,thanks so much for replying! Yes, I am currently working as a CNA and plan on keeping my job while in school for money to live on. I've been reading on here from a lot of people that being an MA sucks because of low pay, no jobs, and more. I'm hoping I can at least get a job after I get my certificate because its really something I want to do. I know the field is dominated by women, but that really hasn't caused a problem for me in the past with other jobs I've had which were mostly all dominated by women as well. Before I became a CNA, I was a nail technician in an all female salon for several years. And before that I was working for a house cleaning service which again was 100% female. So, I'm certainly used to working as a 'minority' in what are considered to be fields that are almost entirely women dominated and I'm fine with that fact. That said, after reading so many negative things about being an MA, I am having second thoughts about starting school and perhaps wasting a boat load of money on a certificiate that won't get me a job, or that will take me forever to get into an entry level position. I loved working as a nail tech and I was quite good at it too. I've been thinking that it may not be a bad idea to get back into that field since I know I can get employed with no problem if I wanted to. Well, I still have some time left to make up my mind about school before its too late to withdraw and not lose any money on the deal. Not a lot of time left, but still...
Thanks again for your reply. I appreciate it!

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Rolinda in Bonita, California

69 months ago

Hi Kristen,

If you enjoy working in the healthcare field and plan to attend school, why not consider advancing your current career as a (CNA)Certified Nursing Assistant, earn an Associate Degree and become a (RN)Registered Nurse?. Your earning potential would increase and due to the shortage, RNs are in high demand. Although hiring freezes are occurring at many hospitals, unlike most professions, inspite of our nation's economic situation, RNs will have no problem finding full time employment with health, vision, dental and retirement benefits. It's hard to believe I've been working in the healthcare field as a Respiratory Therapist for 12 years. I just had my Annual Review this month April 10th, 2009 and received my merit increase. Wow, 9 years with my current employer and I continue to enjoy what I do. I know how fortunate I am. It's hard out there. The competition is intense. Many are experiencing hardships these days. New graduates are having difficulty finding employment. Use your experience working as a CNA to your advantage. I hope this helps. I wish you well. Good journey.

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SeekingNewCareer in Nashville, Tennessee

68 months ago

Rolinda,

I'm considering respiratory therapy as a career. Do you know if there are many openings to work in the NICU as a respiratory therapist? Was the competition to get into your program really hard? Any advice would be appreciated!

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Rolinda in Bonita, California

68 months ago

Hi SeekingNewCareer,

Respiratory Therapy is an exciting career. It offers enough variety to keep me interested. One day I could be working the floors giving bronchodilator treatments, suctioning patients and performing (CPT)Chest Physiotherapy...etc., then running to Codes. The next, working with critically ill patients on ventilators in the ICU; then NICU. Each day brings new experiences. There will always be a need for NICU Specialists in our field. Express your ambition to work in NICU. Diversity is the key in staying gainfully employed. The more you learn and the more versatile you become, the easier it will be for you to find employment. Give yourself every advantage and obtain the available (BLS)Basic Life Support, (ACLS)Advanced Cardiac Life Support, (PALS)Pediatric Advanced Life Support, (NRP)Neonatal Resuscitation Program Certifications. Years ago when I started, there was no waiting list to get into the Respiratory Program. The Program I attended was intense and very challenging. We were inundated with and expected to swallow an incredible amount of information. Nothing worthwhile comes easy, right?. Students who failed even one test were weeded out of the program. I didn't feel comfortable until I started my Clinical Rotations. This was where all the puzzle pieces came together for me and I realized I had actually learned the concepts our instructors were teaching us in class and my confidence grew. Enjoy your experiences and know the "why" behind what you do. It will make you a better Respiratory Therapist. I hope this helps. I wish you well. Good journey.

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Kristen in Hamden, Connecticut

68 months ago

Rolinda in Bonita, California said: Hi Kristen,

If you enjoy working in the healthcare field and plan to attend school, why not consider advancing your current career as a (CNA)Certified Nursing Assistant, earn an Associate Degree and become a (RN)Registered Nurse?. Your earning potential would increase and due to the shortage, RNs are in high demand. Although hiring freezes are occurring at many hospitals, unlike most professions, inspite of our nation's economic situation, RNs will have no problem finding full time employment with health, vision, dental and retirement benefits. It's hard to believe I've been working in the healthcare field as a Respiratory Therapist for 12 years. I just had my Annual Review this month April 10th, 2009 and received my merit increase. Wow, 9 years with my current employer and I continue to enjoy what I do. I know how fortunate I am. It's hard out there. The competition is intense. Many are experiencing hardships these days. New graduates are having difficulty finding employment. Use your experience working as a CNA to your advantage. I hope this helps. I wish you well. Good journey.

That is great advice. Thanks for the reply!I think it may be well worth looking into.

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Kristen in Beacon Falls, Connecticut

68 months ago

Well, I've decided to not attend this particular school after all. I was able to get almost all my money back minus a few non-refundble fees, of course. It seems like an awful lot of money when compared to community colleges. I mean, it was going to cost me $13,000+ at this school. I've looked into a couple LPN programs, but the deadline for admission has already passed for the upcoming classes. Maybe next year? Until then, I'll keep looking to find the best deal for the money. I would still love to do MA work though. I know from reading posts from others that the job market is not too good right now for an MA. I'm hopeful the economy will improve soon. May it will, maybe not. We'll see.

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Heidi in Phoenix, Arizona

67 months ago

Kristen in Bristol, Connecticut said: Hi, I'm starting school next month for medical assisting. I'm a CNA right now, but I would like to try this as a career. Are there a lot of jobs available? Not that it matters any, but I am a male. Does it matter, or make a difference at all? I haven't had any problem with getting CNA jobs. Is it a good job market for new medical assistants right out of school? Thank you.

I went to school at Arizona College of Allied Health in Glendale, Az graduated in March 2009. Alot of the students I graduated with still dont have a job. In my experience lately I have gone to 2 job fairs here. Almost everyone was more or less looking for CNA's not MA's because they can pay them less and yet they do the things that needs to be done. I am still having a hard time. All the school does is find job emails and just forwards them to us that's it. Good luck check into things more.

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Kristen in New Britain, Connecticut

67 months ago

Heidi in Phoenix, Arizona said: I went to school at Arizona College of Allied Health in Glendale, Az graduated in March 2009. Alot of the students I graduated with still dont have a job. In my experience lately I have gone to 2 job fairs here. Almost everyone was more or less looking for CNA's not MA's because they can pay them less and yet they do the things that needs to be done. I am still having a hard time. All the school does is find job emails and just forwards them to us that's it. Good luck check into things more.

Thanks for replying! I can see your point. I never have had a problem finding a job as a CNA and maybe that's part of the reason why? I am looking into other options. Its too bad that I am reading so many bad experiences from others about being an MA because I was really so very interested in going to school to become one. Its so true that the schools can be very expensive too. It seems pretty common to find schools that have MA programs costing around $10,000-$13,000 for a program that isn't even a year long in most cases. Community Colleges sound like a very good option. At least the tuition at one of those is much more reasonable than at a private school. And many offer associate degree programs in MA as well which is more than people normally get from a private school costing many thousands more in tuition and fees.
Thanks again for the reply!

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Heidi in Phoenix, Arizona

67 months ago

Wow you are very far. I do want to tell you that going to a Credited Medical School was fun. Our programs here and alot of other schools here are around 6 months with 1 month externship you do 200 hours. It was kinda hard for me but it was fun. Alot of schools you would or should automatically get $7500 in federal state aid and then my parents helped with 3 payments of $1344.00 around there. And here the only difference in getting a Medical Assistant Diploma or a Degree was the Degree program was 11 months with 1 month externship and the only difference was they go alot more into detail with the degree for more FRONT OFFICE which is learning more about different insurances, cpt codes etc. So if you would rather do back office rooming patients, blood pressures, injections, bloodwork if done in office ekgs if done there and I feel that is alot better and more fun then the upfront stuff. Well good luck keep me posted.

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akinad1973 in Severn, Maryland

62 months ago

I just enrolled in Sanz school for Medical Office Assistant. There charge is $13k. Is this reasonable for 30 weeks including the books.

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Heidi in Phoenix, Arizona

62 months ago

Well yes and no. Most schools and people automatically qualify for a Federal State Aid program which covers $7500.00, of course you don't start paying that back until 6 months after you graduate. And then my parents helped pay 3 payments of $1341.00. so around $11,000 just make sure there's job security I graduated in March and alot of my friends don't have jobs yet. Good luck.

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Monica Atlanta GA in Acworth, Georgia

62 months ago

I'm leave in Atlanta GA and the Job market for Certified Medical Assistant are in very high demand.
I'm about to graduate from a Teach College as a Medical Assistant and then I will set for the National AAMA American Association Of Medical Assistants.

The trick is after you get your certified medical assistant degree it is best to go into a specialized area like Dental Assisting, Dermatology assisting ect I have friends who are making any were between 13 to 16 in these specialized areas with minimum experience.

FYI Hospitals pay the most as when it comes to CMAs,LPN. RN ect

Hope this helps good luck:)

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amy girl in Reno, Nevada

51 months ago

Kristen in Bristol, Connecticut said: Anyone? I am just looking for advice from anyone who can help at all to answer my question. Isn't there anyone who can offer at least some advice on this forum? I would appreciate it greatly!
Thank you.

No i think being a man makes a difrence i am in school for the same thing right now and it is some what easy. I think you would like it as your carrer.

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amy girl in Reno, Nevada

51 months ago

Hi, My name is Amy and i am curently in rolled in milan to be a AMA. And i was wondering if there was ant jobs out here in reno this was my 3rd day I really don't have to worry t'll then but if there anit no work I think
I want to take something eles

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katienunez in Germantown, Maryland

48 months ago

akinad1973 in Severn, Maryland said: I just enrolled in Sanz school for Medical Office Assistant. There charge is $13k. Is this reasonable for 30 weeks including the books.

hi i am wondering if u graduated from sanz school already and do they reall help find you a job because im about to enroll please let me know i would appreciate it

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Shelly Roach in Farmington, Maine

48 months ago

Everyone who is in school right now do yourself a favor make sure of a few things. Make sure your school provides job placement and also placement for your externship. If not start looking and making calls now to look for an externship. My school let me down and gave little to no help. I was finished with classes in Dec. of 2009 an did not find an externship until the end of feb 2010. Not to mention I am still not employed as an MA and it is now Jan. of 2011. I have put in over 300+ applicatons and have only gotten 8 interviews. All this because I didn't go to a school that provided extern or job placement. Also find out if they provide the CMA or RMA testing. It makes a difference if you only get a certificate saying you completed the course or if yoyu are certified. My school did not provide this but I did get it on my own. It really matters.

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Indira in El Paso, Texas

38 months ago

Yes,medical assisting is a good job, the pay used to be lower but according to the buraeu labor of statistics the hourly wage increased from 13 dollars up to 20 . If you are not the person who wants become super rich in your future this is a good job . It can be entry level it is up to you .You can always get cross trained into x ray technican or ekg,or go back to school to become a octor or nurse. I do suggest you go to a community college for this the program is way cheaper then those technical schools,career colleges that take your money what so ever.Avoid those type of schools

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RegMedAssistant1979 in Berlin, Connecticut

32 months ago

Hey if you're still looking to be an MA go for it...LINCOLN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE in New Britain is awesome I just graduated from night classes ....it took 18 months but we went for 3 nights a week plus one online class...the insrtuctors are very nice and they will help u find a job....there are plenty of jobs out there for MA's as long as you are registered and/or certified...I'm living it right now sooooo if that's where your heart is then go for it...don't listen to other people we make good money I just got my first job making 18 an hour and that's not bad for a beginner

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Lkerley in Lakeland, Florida

32 months ago

I live in Lakeland fl and went to school for Medical Assitant and can not find a job there alot out there is you have at least a yr experance.

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Stephanie in Shreveport, Louisiana

32 months ago

[i finished Medical Assistant classes in May 2011... I took the test to become Certified and I am having a lot of problems getting a job... I am trying to get my certification for Nursing Assistant. no one wants to hire me because i have no experience. I can get a job as a CNA but not without the certification so I went to school for no reason....

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RegMedAssistant in Berlin, Connecticut

32 months ago

@ Lkerley....the best advice I ever received from my instructors was apply for any available position even if they say they want experienced MA's. You just might find that one person who is willing to give you a chance....remember everyone started at the bottom and knows what that feels like...don't give up!!!

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Stephanie in Shreveport, Louisiana

32 months ago

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[i finished Medical Assistant classes in May 2011... I took the test to become Certified and I am having a lot of problems getting a job... I am trying to get my certification for Nursing Assistant. no one wants to hire me because i have no experience. I can get a job as a CNA but not without the certification so I went to school for no reason....

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Shelly Roach in Sanford, Maine

31 months ago

unfortunately you are not going to find a lot of advice. Just a whole bunch of complaining. I had the same problem. I found that going to a Certificate program is just not enough. You pay out a whole bunch of money and what they don't tell you is that you will struggle and you will fight to find work. When the truth is, is that most employers are looking for the students with associate science degrees of better. I know that they may have told you the only difference between their program and those are the math and English courses but they are wrong on that point as well. The accredidation for the associate science degree programs is better and those type of programs work a lot more closely with in the medical community. So my advice to you is; Go to a better school and get your associate science degree. I know more classes. but if it hasn't been that long since you got out of school then like me most of your classes will transfer in and you won't have to take them again. This shortens your program and allows you all the perks of attending a university or community coledge.

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H. Newsome in Hinesville, Georgia

26 months ago

Hi, I am currently doing my Associates for Medical Assisting. I do all my classes online and then I have to find someone to do my cliniclas and externship. So far the school has been amazing and it really isn't too expensive. Its a 2 year program but with prior school it is taking me 9 months to finish the program. There are a ton of jobs out there for this, its just a matter of looking and preparing yourself. Don't sell yourself short, some people will hire you with no experience and also will hire you if you haven't taken your certification test yet. Make sure to have a great resume and references. Another thing I have done was volunteer at a hospital with the Red Cross. I am doing things that I would be doing as a MA so the experience is great and Red Cross really helps your resume. If you google O*NET and go to their website and search Medical Assistant you will see how the career is growing and in demand. Just because you can't find a job as an actual MA doesn't mean you can't find a job doing what some MA's do and that is working in the front of the healthcare facility until an opening comes up. Also you have to be persistent. When applying for jobs just dont apply and expect to get a call back, call them and ask them if they received your resume, get your name out there. Also if your in a small area consider relocation or searching outside your area for jobs, I have found that to help. It is what you make of it and what you want to put into it. Dont listen to the ones who complain that there aren't any jobs becasue there are a ton and supposed to be growing until 2030 and the healthcare field is always expanding. MA isn't want I want my whole career to be based on, its where I want to start to get where I am going. After this I am getting my Bachelors/Masters in Sports and Health Science with an emphasis in Exercise Science. MA is a stepping stone to my true passion because everyone has to start somewhere!

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Lovely in Rosedale, Maryland

25 months ago

Kristen in Bristol, Connecticut said: Hi, I'm starting school next month for medical assisting. I'm a CNA right now, but I would like to try this as a career. Are there a lot of jobs available? Not that it matters any, but I am a male. Does it matter, or make a difference at all? I haven't had any problem with getting CNA jobs. Is it a good job market for new medical assistants right out of school? Thank you.

Hi Kristen,
I am also a fresh grad of this course and trying to get a job I already forwarded my resume in several facilities but until now I did not receive any replies..It seems hard to find a job for this course especially if you dont have any experienced. But everyone is different try your luck.Thank you.

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lielite in charlotte, North Carolina

19 months ago

RegMedAssistant1979 in Berlin, Connecticut said: Hey if you're still looking to be an MA go for it...LINCOLN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE in New Britain is awesome I just graduated from night classes ....it took 18 months but we went for 3 nights a week plus one online class...the insrtuctors are very nice and they will help u find a job....there are plenty of jobs out there for MA's as long as you are registered and/or certified...I'm living it right now sooooo if that's where your heart is then go for it...don't listen to other people we make good money I just got my first job making 18 an hour and that's not bad for a beginner

AGREED, FOR I.T. OR NURSING LINCOLN TECH INSTITUTE / LTI IS HORRRRIBLE. BETTER OFF FLUSHING 20K DOWN THE TOILET!!

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wldstormy in Corona, California

8 months ago

I graduated as a MA in January 2013 at a new college in Temecula and still have not found a job. You need to volunteer in a location as an MA for 6 months then apply with a temp agency for 6 months. Then you can get a job. It is the only way. (or volunteer for 1 year as an MA.) Try a health clinic, Riverside Hospital on Cactus takes volunteers also etc.
Apparently, you need 1 year experience. Its a catch 22 with a 35,000 school loan
that needs to be paid back. My school didn't have job placement and crammed many of us in externship sites that already made it clear from day 1 that they were not hiring.
Now they have incorporated job assistants for the new students, but what about the rest of us who are struggling. It really is sad how many of these type of schools are in it for the money. Further more the teachers weren't really teachers. The teachers gave you the answers to the tests so that it would look like they were teaching well.

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