Should I go for the medical assistant program?

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jhonyson04 in Dallas, Texas

25 months ago

Medical is a booming sector that is why so many boys and girls want to make their career in this field. I also want to become medial assistant and want to join a certified hospital.
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naomi in York, Pennsylvania

24 months ago

I am looking to attend a technical school in york,pa. can anyone tell me if it is worth it. it is cheaper to attend but don't know if employers would accept the certificate.

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MikeUSAF in Chatsworth, California

22 months ago

Marla Fisher in Long Beach, California said: You need to be very cautious about any trade schools you consider. Many of them are not candid about the accreditation they offer and what it means. I am a newspaper reporter and you can read some stories I have written on this topic. This forum will not let me post URLs however you can google based on the headlines and find the stories easily. Here are some headlines you can google:
Students wanted jobs, but got debt instead
Trade school pitfall: Lack of accreditation can strand grads

I am a 52 year old male and I am thinking about going to start a program here in southern california called Conejo Valley Adult Education. The certificate will be in Adminstrative and Clinical Medical Assistant with Phlebothomy Technician 1. The program is 20 weeks plus externship for Adminstrative and Clinical Medical Assistant 4 weeks and phlebothomy technician 2 weeks. The total cost is $4,899 that also includes the NCCT certification testing, test prep and skills workshop.

I am currently on unemployment so at least I am getting paid while going back to school.

They have no job placement department

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Robert Kanarr in Bradenton, Florida

22 months ago

I feel persuing with a Medical Assisting Degree will be better then deploma. I have done alot of research and found that accreditation of a school and the clinical hours for intership is very important at least here in Florida. I will like to do LPN but have to take the TEAS or HESI test and I dont think Im that smart. Besides starting base pay for MA is better the CNA or Resident Aide plus you get to work mostly dayshift hours and have most weekends off if you work at a clinic or doctors office. I guess their are pros and cons to everything but Im learning to be sure the school is ABHES accretided.

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Robert Kanarr in Bradenton, Florida

22 months ago

I agree about Everest College....I went to visit the school in Brandon, FL. Its very expensive for AS Degree for Medical Assisting just as expensive as Keiser College but Keiser has alot of accredication and will prepare you for the RMA or CMA exam. Not saying that Everest wont prepare to take the exam but paying back over $20K is alot.

I found that the fiancial aide for Everest should be taken with caution since Im weary of paying back less then half the tuition at a 12% interest rate.
All these things such as accredication, paying back tuition, starting out-of-pocket fees, and especially for accredication of a school should all be taken into consideration. Do reasearch call AMT and ask about clinical hours, accredication of a school.

Robert Kanarr

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Robert Kanarr in Bradenton, Florida

22 months ago

guest in Oakland, Belive me, I have done research and visited about half dozen private school and two local communty colleges. The only problem is, each community school is 8 hour day classes running 5 days a week. Which is fine if your a younger student living at home. How are you suppose to work to support yourself if you have to spend 8 hours a day in school for 5 days a week ? only one community college is ABHES accredited.

Answer to your other question about MA being long gone: Perhaps your right maybe too many MA's and not enough jobs for them. I feel that alot of people are going to school for the RN and skipping the MA field especially the younger students. Im 45 years old I dont want to work crazy hours in a hospital if Im a RN.
For a MA you can go anywhere in the country to work and you dont need to register with the State or pay a fee like you would if your a CNA.

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Robert Kanarr in Bradenton, Florida

22 months ago

Yes, the pay scale for MA is not great and you do the work as LPN and get paid alot less. However, I feel once you have the RMA or CMA certifcation you are valueable. I guess it comes down to what you really want to do and how much research you can invest to find a school.
I see it as if Im going to pay $18K for deploma at a private school like Meridian or Southwest Florida College or $33K for Keiser for AS degree, I want to make sure the school will cater to me.

Robert Kanarr

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????? in Festus, Missouri

22 months ago

I need help...I wanna go back to school for Medical Assisting but dont know which school would be best. Also I see there are AAS degrees, AOS degrees, an certificates...whats the differnce between them all....Please anyone :)

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amy in Saint Louis, Missouri

21 months ago

claire in Chicago, Illinois said: IM CURRENTLY LOOKING INTO STARTING A MEDICAL ASSISTING PROGRAM. IT HAS ALWAYS CAUGHT MY INTEREST. CAN SOMEBODY WHO IS CURRENTLY A MA TELL ME HOW THEY LIKE IT. I WAS ALSO LOOKING INTO CNA BUT STILL DEBATING WHICH ONE WILL PAY OFF MORE. ANY FEEDBACK ..THANK YOU

I am currently halfway through my MA program and LOVE IT!! you get to learn injections, phlebotomy, specimen collections, and much more. MA will make more than CNA's. If you love helping people and love the medical field this would be a great program for you

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Don'tbelieveit in Phoenix, Arizona

21 months ago

guest in San Francisco, California said: Don't even waste your time becoming an MA and avoid ALL FOR PROFIT TRADE SCHOOLS.

Why do people buy into their stuff? Don't they realize the schools are just making tons of money off them?

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flygirl in Kenosha, Wisconsin

21 months ago

Think this career choice over very carefully. It is becoming over saturated with qualified applicants. It can impossible to find a job. Good Luck!

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Samantha m in Boston, Massachusetts

16 months ago

Hi my name is Samantha i was looking at alot of the comments on here and was just going to give some insight on what i think about MA's . Ok first off the Lpn degree will soon better montages completely alot of jobs are letting go of there Lpn's they are even starting to take the program out of the schools where im from. I live in Massachusetts by the way. I am currently taking up a science of medical assisting associates degree so i will be a certified medical assistant with a degree which pays about $10 more an hour than just having the certificate and i will also be able to transfer my credits if i do decide to further my education. My school has a accelerated program so it takes 14 months to obtain your degree. The medical field is a great field to get into because there will always be in demand. So for LPN dont do it the degree doesn't mean anything and you will have trouble finding a job. If there is anyone in Massachusetts looking to become a MA i would definitely Suggest going to my school its called Salter College i hope i helped out to anyone with any questions they had

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Samantha m in Boston, Massachusetts

16 months ago

Also i suggest if you do become a MA get your associates with it because even if there is alot of other people in that career not as many have a degree so it opens up your chances to get a good paying job

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Zeelani

16 months ago

An as degree will not get $10 more an hour,that is a big lie

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amber in Fort Dodge, Iowa

15 months ago

I am glad to hear some of the comments on here. I am enrolled at my community college to start the Medical Assisting program. The pay here in Iowa for a newbie is around $14 an hour. I chose this as a career for now because I know I want to be in the medical field but am not sure exactly where...I think getting my foot in the door with this 1 year low cost program is the best thing for me right now.

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MikeUSAF in Chatsworth, California

15 months ago

amber in Fort Dodge, Iowa said: I am glad to hear some of the comments on here. I am enrolled at my community college to start the Medical Assisting program. The pay here in Iowa for a newbie is around $14 an hour. I chose this as a career for now because I know I want to be in the medical field but am not sure exactly where...I think getting my foot in the door with this 1 year low cost program is the best thing for me right now.

I live just north of Los Angeles. I went to an adult school that was 10 weeks front office and 10 weeks back office with phlebotomy. I completed my phlebotomy externship with 300 blood draws and my 160 hours medical assistant externship. Now I am having a difficult time finding a MA job. They all want 1 year of experience and bilingual Spanish. Some ads even say "NO NEW GRADS"

The pay here in the Los Angeles area is between $10-$14/HR and you see a lot of part time ads. It would be nice if doctors would give new grads a job even if we would work for less money just to get the experience.

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amber in Fort Dodge, Iowa

15 months ago

MikeUSAF in Chatsworth, California said: I live just north of Los Angeles. I went to an adult school that was 10 weeks front office and 10 weeks back office with phlebotomy. I completed my phlebotomy externship with 300 blood draws and my 160 hours medical assistant externship. Now I am having a difficult time finding a MA job. They all want 1 year of experience and bilingual Spanish. Some ads even say "NO NEW GRADS"

The pay here in the Los Angeles area is between $10-$14/HR and you see a lot of part time ads. It would be nice if doctors would give new grads a job even if we would work for less money just to get the experience.

:( I honestly don't think it is fair that anyone should have to be bilingual in the U.S. to get a job.

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Bluetea in Texas

15 months ago

amber in Fort Dodge, Iowa said: :( I honestly don't think it is fair that anyone should have to be bilingual in the U.S. to get a job.

My niece is a medical assistant (actually biller now) and she says Spanish is almost a requirement to get in now. Plus, the one year experience.

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MikeUSAF in Chatsworth, California

15 months ago

Even if take a Spanish for medical personnel that still does not make you bilingual.

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MikeUSAF in Chatsworth, California

15 months ago

In California, the minimum wage is $8 per hour so the min for MA I have seen advertised is $10-$12 per hour maybe a little more.

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amber in Fort Dodge, Iowa

15 months ago

guest in San Francisco, California said: I doubt it with regards to the $14 an hour.

Try like $8 an hour assuming you can find an MA job.

Well this is Iowa, might be $8 an hr. in Cali. I have a friend that is an MA and she makes decent money here in Iowa. I wouldn't see the point in schooling if the pay was that low. Might as well go work at McDonalds then.

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