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ma1 in MAHWAH, New Jersey

96 months ago

Dubose in Fort Washington, Maryland said: I totally agree with your comment. I think that people tend to take MA for granted. I myself have been in the medical feild for to long myself. I wish ihad just went to be an LPN. I just finsh school last year for MA.And have yet to find a job as an MA. Most places want you to have at least a year experince.So iam thinking hard about going back to school for an Lpn.

Did you try contacting your school to help place you for a job...here they get a heads up on graduating classes and will for no charge indefinitely help you with finding an employer. I have also heard that if you are going to be a MA, why not become a LPN, if your going to become an LPN why not become a RN, if you are going to be an RN...I guess go for Doctor...it seems like a chain reaction...I think it is how much responsibility you want to take on.Obviously the higher up the scale the more you may get paid but there is more work...
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missy in Houston, Texas

96 months ago

MA1 in MAHWAH, New Jersey said: Did you try contacting your school to help place you for a job...here they get a heads up on graduating classes and will for no charge indefinitely help you with finding an employer. I have also heard that if you are going to be a MA, why not become a LPN, if your going to become an LPN why not become a RN, if you are going to be an RN...I guess go for Doctor...it seems like a chain reaction...I think it is how much responsibility you want to take on.Obviously the higher up the scale the more you may get paid but there is more work...
MA1

I agree with that.
I have heard people say that if they are considering going for their MA just to go for their LVN bc its about the same amount of school time. But I guess its a matter of preference. Some would refer to it as the "totem pole" (CNA, MA, LVN, RN etc..).
I have two family members who are in healthcare, one is a MA, and the other a LVN, I've never bothered to ask how much they make (i think its none of my business), but I haven't heard of them complain of their salary or finding a job for that matter.
btw, I live in houston, so when I go back to school for either my MA or LVN, Im hoping I'll be just as happy as they are.

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ma1 in MAHWAH, New Jersey

96 months ago

missy in Houston, Texas said: I agree with that.
I have heard people say that if they are considering going for their MA just to go for their LVN bc its about the same amount of school time. But I guess its a matter of preference. Some would refer to it as the "totem pole" (CNA, MA, LVN, RN etc..).
I have two family members who are in healthcare, one is a MA, and the other a LVN, I've never bothered to ask how much they make (i think its none of my business), but I haven't heard of them complain of their salary or finding a job for that matter.
btw, I live in houston, so when I go back to school for either my MA or LVN, Im hoping I'll be just as happy as they are.

sounds like whatever you choose it will work for you...don't get discourged by some of the people on these forums..I think they expect more than they probably deserve...and with some of them the "title" is more important than the actual job....
Good Luck! hope all goes well..
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MA1 in Wyckoff, New Jersey

96 months ago

Guadalupe Alvarez in Perris, California said: I have graduated in 12/2007 and I have constantly been searching for medical assistant job and no one wants to hire me because I don't have 2-5years experience what kind of crap is that.

typically, the school you studied at will find you a job..try calling every little bit helps.
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RN in Modesto, California

96 months ago

di in Wyckoff, New Jersey said: gotta tell ya,,we have had some nurses working in our dental office who were RN's LPN's they were the worst people to work with!
We had an RN who could not for the life of her look something up in the anatomy book and find what we were asking for..Our certifed oral surgery assitant found it almost immediately...so I would not put so much praise on how "bright" nurses are...there are very few that "truly" "care" and "want" to be nurses..I swear I don't know how this one made it through school but it was scary..we had to fire her!

Unfortunately, a nurse working in a new area is going to need some orientation and guidance just the same as anyone else. It has been my experience when working with medical assistants that they don't exactly welcome a licensed nurse. There seems to be some sort of competition within the office and let's face it the MA's far outnumber the nurse. The MA's that I have worked with do not respect the licensed nurse and get a lot of satisfaction if they fail. They also seem to think their skills are at the same level as a licensed nurse, but don't have a good understanding of why an MA is not on the same level as a nurse.

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MA1 in Wyckoff, New Jersey

96 months ago

We have found that when we invite a nurse into our practice that they tend to not listen to how we follow procedures in the office. They always seem to want to argue how things should be done etc...They are trained a certain way, and we are trained a certain way..Unfotunutely, for the Nurses they find it hard to conform..I think if they work outside the hospital setting they find it hard to adapt to anything else...They are used to a certain "process" of how things are carried out..It doesn't make us wrong or them right in the way it is done...The adjustment is difficult for them.

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Dubose in Fort Washington, Maryland

96 months ago

The school gave me a listing of five places after that nothing. Once eveything was paid and i graduated they couldnt give a damn to be honest sweetie.The school was some bull and threw the whole coarse i had seven different teachers.

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Dubose in Fort Washington, Maryland

96 months ago

That is so true your not alone thats what the school dont tell you that its hard to find a job.I would have been better off just going to be an LPN.

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RN in Modesto, California

96 months ago

MA1 in Wyckoff, New Jersey said: We have found that when we invite a nurse into our practice that they tend to not listen to how we follow procedures in the office. They always seem to want to argue how things should be done etc...They are trained a certain way, and we are trained a certain way..Unfotunutely, for the Nurses they find it hard to conform..I think if they work outside the hospital setting they find it hard to adapt to anything else...They are used to a certain "process" of how things are carried out..It doesn't make us wrong or them right in the way it is done...The adjustment is difficult for them.

There is a need for a licensed nurse in a clinical setting. The MA's that I've worked with did not seem to understand that fact. It is not legal for an MA to perform telephone triage, but most of them seemed to think that was in their scope - it isn't. Another thing, clinics do not pay well, a licensed nurse can be paid much better in a hospital or other setting. The MA's where I worked were running the show, the manager had no control of them whatsoever. A lot of the things they were doing were seriously... a lawsuit ready to happen. They were calling themselves nurses, which is illegal. A good nurse is not going to stay in an environment like that.

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MA1 in Wyckoff, New Jersey

96 months ago

RN in Modesto, California said: There is a need for a licensed nurse in a clinical setting. The MA's that I've worked with did not seem to understand that fact. It is not legal for an MA to perform telephone triage, but most of them seemed to think that was in their scope - it isn't. Another thing, clinics do not pay well, a licensed nurse can be paid much better in a hospital or other setting. The MA's where I worked were running the show, the manager had no control of them whatsoever. A lot of the things they were doing were seriously... a lawsuit ready to happen. They were calling themselves nurses, which is illegal. A good nurse is not going to stay in an environment like that.

We had a private practice..sorry did not mention that factor..I never worked in a "clinic" I would imagine not having a "nurse" would not be wise...In a private practice the doctor typically has staff that has been with them forever and the office protocol is obvious..but you are correct in stating that a Nurse would definitely be needed in the clinical setting..as far as what exactly MA's are allowed to do is something I have not done since i am contemplating starting the course..

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MA1 in Wyckoff, New Jersey

96 months ago

Denny in Flint, Michigan said: I have worked as a Medical Assistant for 11 years at a very good hospital, the only difference is- that Medical Assistants can't work on the floors, but it is not because of our training it is because we would jeopardize the jobs of nursing assistants because we do so much more.

thanks for the info, I am contemplating starting my MA course..it is nice to hear it is something worth pursuing...it is an education and i am intrested in the field...worked as an OMS assitant a long time and want/need a change.
any other info you could give me would be helpful.
MA1

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MA1 in Wyckoff, New Jersey

96 months ago

Dubose in Fort Washington, Maryland said: The school gave me a listing of five places after that nothing. Once eveything was paid and i graduated they couldnt give a damn to be honest sweetie.The school was some bull and threw the whole coarse i had seven different teachers.

sorry to hear that, what kind of school did you attend? sounds unusual for a school to do that..at least here.
MA1

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Dubose in Fort Washington, Maryland

96 months ago

I went to school in rosslyn, Va.I t was a the most horriable experience.The fact of the matter that we had seven teachers.

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Marie in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

96 months ago

Hi all I have a question....I was going to school for a degree in Medical assisting some things have come up and instead of just walking away from it all and lossing alot of money i switched to a diploma and finish in June....Now they are telling me at school that I won't get a job that the only people that are getting hired are the ones with degrees...Is this true?They also say that if by some chance I do get hired that they will pay me less than someone with a degree....input please

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MA1 in Wyckoff, New Jersey

96 months ago

I am still inquiring about becoming an MA. However, the school should be helping you to find a position..sometimes you need to physically show up with your resume..Try the hospitals..surgi-centers etc..everyone has to start at the bottom...just because you have a degree is not going to guarantee you a job...if you want a somewhat guaranteed job then become a nurse...i for one am not intrested, at least for the money compared to the work load they are stuck with...if you were in a program that consisted of taking a course in phlebotomy etc...and went for the certification you can get a job almost in any hospital, physicians office etc..you will be under the supervision of the physician of course...the high dollars are not going to come right away..i think alot people are shooting for just that...unfortunutely, we all have to work at it...one woman on the forum described that she worked for 11 years in a hospital setting as an MA and has never been happier..she is now making 19.00 an hour...
Good Luck...
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Marie in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

96 months ago

MA1 in Wyckoff, New Jersey said: I am still inquiring about becoming an MA. However, the school should be helping you to find a position..sometimes you need to physically show up with your resume..Try the hospitals..surgi-centers etc..everyone has to start at the bottom...just because you have a degree is not going to guarantee you a job...if you want a somewhat guaranteed job then become a nurse...i for one am not intrested, at least for the money compared to the work load they are stuck with...if you were in a program that consisted of taking a course in phlebotomy etc...and went for the certification you can get a job almost in any hospital, physicians office etc..you will be under the supervision of the physician of course...the high dollars are not going to come right away..i think alot people are shooting for just that...unfortunutely, we all have to work at it...one woman on the forum described that she worked for 11 years in a hospital setting as an MA and has never been happier..she is now making 19.00 an hour...
Good Luck...
MA1

Just wondering if this was meant for me????? I am currently in phlebotomy and exam room..next quater is just a computer class and intern...I really only lost the general courses in going down to a diploma. I do plan on going back to school for nursing but just because I want to work in labor and delivery.My whole outtake on this is even if I start out at 10 an hour it is a start but they are telling me that I won't even get that.That they pay us less because I won't have a degree..But I am going to go for my CMA so I really don't see why I would make less.....

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MA1 in Wyckoff, New Jersey

96 months ago

You will probably make more, I assume you are going for Certified Medical Assistant, there is the Registered Medical Assistant, which is in my studies. In case you were not aware. There is a book out by the way,(not that you would want to read one more book at this time) it is titled "Do what you love and the money will follow" I forgot the Authors name but i read it last summer and it seems to make a lot of sense to me...
Good Luck in whatever you do!
MA1

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Marie in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

96 months ago

yes but I was told that I have to get certified first...but thank you....i hope to get a job I like...another question about the intern do I look for it or do they? they being the school...

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Undecided in Eugene, Oregon

96 months ago

In my area a CMA is a CMA regardless of whether they hold a one year certificate or AAS. They have the same skills, certification, and are paid the same wages.

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RN in Modesto, California

96 months ago

Denny in Flint, Michigan said: I have worked as a Medical Assistant for 11 years at a very good hospital, the only difference is- that Medical Assistants can't work on the floors, but it is not because of our training it is because we would jeopardize the jobs of nursing assistants because we do so much more.

Denny,
The truth is, as a medical assistant you are working under a specific doctor's license. The reason you can't work the floor is not "because we would jeopardize the jobs of nursing assistants because we do so much more" it is because there is no way to legalize you providing patient care. In the hospital setting, you could not be an employee of one physician and an employee of the hospital at the same time. As nurses, we hold our cna's in high regard as members of the healthcare team.

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neveragain in Dallas, Texas

96 months ago

Bev : Hi. I was just about to sign up for a 10 month program as a Med Assistant, but now I don't think I will do so. I am 39 yrs old, and seeking a career in med field, and enjoy helping others. I've been an exec assistant most of my career, and am having a terrible time finding employment due to an absence from workforce for 2 yrs. for various reasons. To get to the point.. I don't have time to waste as far as finding employment, but it looks like maybe I should go for the LVN and take a 2 yr program at the local community college instead of going for the 10 month program at ATI Career Institute to become a Med Assistant.
I don't know if I could handle the courseload at this point in my life, though for LVN. That's the prob. And I wasn't aware Med Assistants had such low pay. I'm very disappointed, and at a loss now. I know ultimately it's up to me to decide, but can you help me out a little, here? I would greatly appreciate your advice on ATI, trade schools as far as Med Assist. and average salary of Med Assist. I'm a single mom of college student.
Thank you in advance. I've just been reading over this message board, and saw many of your comments, and several others that helped/informed me of many things I didn't know.

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MA1 in Wyckoff, New Jersey

95 months ago

Whatever you decide to do MA, LPN, RN as the initials after your name go higher the workload goes with it...and not necessarily the pay you would expect to receive....i feel for me going for MA is sufficient...baby steps,,,,LPN's RNs you will have a heavier workload...and it seems on that forum they are all overworked and underpaid...it is going to take up a lot of time out of your life if you can spare it..go for it...talk to some LPN's,RN's at the hospitals before going for the education..
anyway, that's my view...
Good Luck

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Bev in Reynoldsburg, Ohio

95 months ago

neveragain in Dallas, Texas said: Bev : Hi. I was just about to sign up for a 10 month program as a Med Assistant, but now I don't think I will do so. I am 39 yrs old, and seeking a career in med field, and enjoy helping others. I've been an exec assistant most of my career, and am having a terrible time finding employment due to an absence from workforce for 2 yrs. for various reasons. To get to the point.. I don't have time to waste as far as finding employment, but it looks like maybe I should go for the LVN and take a 2 yr program at the local community college instead of going for the 10 month program at ATI Career Institute to become a Med Assistant.
I don't know if I could handle the courseload at this point in my life, though for LVN. That's the prob. And I wasn't aware Med Assistants had such low pay. I'm very disappointed, and at a loss now. I know ultimately it's up to me to decide, but can you help me out a little, here? I would greatly appreciate your advice on ATI, trade schools as far as Med Assist. and average salary of Med Assist. I'm a single mom of college student.
Thank you in advance. I've just been reading over this message board, and saw many of your comments, and several others that helped/informed me of many things I didn't know.

HI I hope I can help Not all MA's make litte money it depends on positions they get at certain physicians office. They can make a considerable amt in specialist offices. If you have your MA and you have the background you have there is a good chance you could become a practice manager. They aren't required to be MA's but if they are they are paid more and more likely to be hired due to the fact they can fill in at anytime and it offers the physician more for his money. Whatever you chose make sure your school is accredited. Good luck and hope all you want and care about works out for you. Bev

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weiler in Las Vegas, Nevada

95 months ago

medical assistant page at PuremedicalJobsDOTCOM may helop too good luck

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NL in Portland, Oregon

94 months ago

Oh my goodness, this sounds like a cat fight...I am currently trying to decide if it is worth my time in $ to recertify after being a stay at home mom for 8 years. I worked happily at a OB/GYN office for 11 years as a CMA. My physician was very appreciative of my skills and knowledge. He paid me well, was a skillful teacher and I was proud of the job I did. I performed all the same duties as an RN I was trained to IV a patient if needed. Most of what you learn is learned in the field and the doctor (if private practice) decides how much responsibiltiy he will give you depending on his malpractice guidelines. However, I must say if you are going to work with patients in a clinical setting, I don't agree with such short MA programs. I think no matter what course you take, CMA, LPN, RN your gonna have good ones and bad ones. The schooling is critical but I know some RN's that aren't able to perform on the level of a good MA....The biggest difference is how much your doctor will teach you and how much you are willing to learn after education. My biggest concern is not getting paid what you are worth in any caregiving profession right now.

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Bev in Reynoldsburg, Ohio

94 months ago

NL in Portland, Oregon said: Oh my goodness, this sounds like a cat fight...I am currently trying to decide if it is worth my time in $ to recertify after being a stay at home mom for 8 years. I worked happily at a OB/GYN office for 11 years as a CMA. My physician was very appreciative of my skills and knowledge. He paid me well, was a skillful teacher and I was proud of the job I did. I performed all the same duties as an RN I was trained to IV a patient if needed. Most of what you learn is learned in the field and the doctor (if private practice) decides how much responsibiltiy he will give you depending on his malpractice guidelines. However, I must say if you are going to work with patients in a clinical setting, I don't agree with such short MA programs. I think no matter what course you take, CMA, LPN, RN your gonna have good ones and bad ones. The schooling is critical but I know some RN's that aren't able to perform on the level of a good MA....The biggest difference is how much your doctor will teach you and how much you are willing to learn after education. My biggest concern is not getting paid what you are worth in any caregiving profession right now.

AMEN SISTER... EVERYTHING YOU HAVE SAID IS SPOT ON. THE TECHNICAL TRAINING YOUR PHYSICIAN GIVES YOU IS PRICELESS.

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teanna in Connersville, Indiana

94 months ago

I am a high school student in white water tec i am doing a report on which job I would like to take on after high school. would any of you like to tell me a few pro's and cons of LPN and RN? your help would be greatly helpful!

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lynn

94 months ago

Bev in Reynoldsburg, Ohio said: You know you girls can reach the local LPN School and ask about the board testing. You may very well qualify to take the exam. I can't imagine a year of medical Asst. school and not being able to pass the boards. Then all you would have to take if you wanted to pass meds is a pharmacutical course. Let me know what they say.
Bev

they wont let you I have asked

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jet's mom in Stone Mountain, Georgia

94 months ago

Ms. Lurker LVN, RMA in Lakewood, California said: But I'm not putting down MAs. You are reading too much between the lines (i.e. you're only hearing what you want to).

My main points were:

1. The medical assisting field needs to increase it's educational standards and maintain a well defined scope of practice and liscencing board. This is to garner greater wages as well as respect among others in the medical community.

2. MAs duties and nursing duties ARE NOT the same, therefor "encouraging" out of work MAs to challenge state nursing boards to find employment is not a good idea. The education is different.

I was an MAs for years and now, as a nurse, I actually DON'T feel I'm "better" than medical assistants; I just have a different role now. The mud-slinging between nurses and MAs is immature and needs to stop. How ironic that MAs cry that nurses are "belittling," "putting down," or "hating on" MAs and then in the same breath do the same to nurses. It's stupidity coming from both sides.

I stand by my comments about educational standards. Some of the comments on this board are outrageous; are you going to say that some private vocational "college" charging $15K-$20K for an Associate Degree (with credits that generally don't transfer, no less) in a field that pays SO LITTLE is not a rip-off? They're not taking advantage of students? Most of these schools need to be shut down. There needs to be a standardized curriculum for all MA programs and that is going to happen when the practice is regulated and these diploma mill schools are no longer in buisness.

But I guess that some of you on here just want to complain about how nurse belittle you while you belittle nurses and whine that you don't get the respect you deserve.

Whether you believe me or not, I truly wish everyone here luck in their careers; you'll need it. I was hoping that things might have changed since I left medical assisting, but sadly, I see it has not.

You said it!

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t in Pompano Beach, Florida

93 months ago

Bev in Reynoldsburg, Ohio said: I am not saying that you don't have to work hard for this position nor am I saying that you don't have to have decent gpa to get in. However in Ohio you do not know how we direly need Nurses and we do give sign up bonus. So if you are insulted do to the fact that other states need and will pay and help people interested to get in well you are obviously easily insulted. As for MA's doing very difficult work hands on medical care and reasons why the treatments are given this is wrong. But I stand by what I say, I feel that anyone that goes to school for 2 years to become a medical assistant perhaps needs to come to a place that doesn't require the same time to become an LPN, LVN, or RN. My opinion.

Where is this place where you are trying to recommend for a shorter medical assistant course? i didn't know that you can take the course for less than a year, is it really true?

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Brenda in Tullahoma, Tennessee

93 months ago

RN in Modesto, California said: Denny,
The truth is, as a medical assistant you are working under a specific doctor's license. The reason you can't work the floor is not "because we would jeopardize the jobs of nursing assistants because we do so much more" it is because there is no way to legalize you providing patient care. In the hospital setting, you could not be an employee of one physician and an employee of the hospital at the same time. As nurses, we hold our cna's in high regard as members of the healthcare team.

But you can work in the hospital as a Patient Care Tech.....they do the same thing as MAs just different title.....

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MA1 in Wyckoff, New Jersey

93 months ago

Hi,
Almost any Doctor will tell you that medical assistant course should not take longer than 6 months,9 THE MOST. Any longer and the school is just making $$$$ off of the student.

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NUNU2MICKEY in Taylor, Michigan

92 months ago

t in Pompano Beach, Florida said: Where is this place where you are trying to recommend for a shorter medical assistant course? i didn't know that you can take the course for less than a year, is it really true?

I KNOW WHERE I'M FROM THE MEDICAL ASSISTANT PROGRAMS AT THE MOST IS 8 TO 12 MONTHS AT THE MOST I NEVER HEARD THAT YOU'LL BE IN SCHOOL FOR 2 YEARS AND IF YOUR GOING TO GO THAT LONG BECOME AN LPN OR A RN I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THE SCHOOL IS TRYING TO GET MONEY OFF OF STUDENTS IF THEY R CHARGING 15K TO 20K THAT IS CRAZY AND EVEN THE 8 TO 12MTHS SCHOOLS IS SOMETIME FULL OF IT JUST MAKE SURE YOU READ INBETWEEN THE LINES BECAUSE EVERYBODY NOWADAYS IS TRYING TO MAKE A BUCK

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Bev in Reynoldsburg, Ohio

92 months ago

AMEN TO THAT

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Sidney in Nashville, Tennessee

92 months ago

I'm considering going to school for a medical assisting program. I'm a college student currently and have a year completed. I'm interested in health care. I'd like to work in an OB/GYN's office as a medical assistant if I do end up going to school for this (my other choices are Health Education or Speech Pathology). It seems like, from what I gather here, a lot of people don't really seem happy with their careers as MA's. I also keep reading that landing a job is very hard and that the pay is pretty terrible. Can someone just be upfront with me? Is this worth my time to go to school for this? What starting pay can I expect?

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Brenda in Tullahoma, Tennessee

92 months ago

What school do you plan on going to...I have 4 friends that just got out of school and all have jobs they started out over 10 an hour which is a start. I have a year left myself and I just quit coming to this site. if I went by what everyone said I wouldn't have my kids today....judge for yourself.....Good Luck

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Brenda in Tullahoma, Tennessee

92 months ago

When I said I quit coming to this site I spoke the truth...I do however get emails with the comments in them....i pick and choose which I will respond to..Just wanted to clear that up before anyone said something about it.I know how people are on this site the main reason I don't come here....

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Sidney in Nashville, Tennessee

92 months ago

Hi, thanks for your response. I am looking into Tennessee Technology Center at Knoxville. I just want to make sure if I do this, it will be a good decision. I keep hearing and reading things that are just negative in general about this (low pay, limited opportunities for new grads, etc). I want to get out of my current field which I have been in for 7 years and absolutely hate. I need a quick career change, but I have a true interest in health care and really want to work in an OBGYN's office. I just want to make sure if I invest in this, it will be worth it.

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Sidney in Nashville, Tennessee

92 months ago

Bev in Reynoldsburg, Ohio said: It is not just the money which in todays economy is very much needed. It is the fact that 2 years for medical assisting is taking the students for a ride and their money. I teach medical assistants and certify them. I happen to know that an 18 week course is all that is needed to be certified and on the job.
As for LPN or RN competetive enrollment that is not true now.
There is such a dire need for nurses that not only are you able to get in, but you are given sign up bonus up to 7000.00 to do so. I myself have been a medical asst. for over 35 years and I happen to know for a fact that as far as the stress as an RN goes it doesn't compete. RN's are virtually paper pushers it is the medical asst that runs the offices and does the hands on care. I am just saying that if you have the time to spend 2 years in a basic technical career learning.... then why not go for LPN or RN since you are basically throwing away time for a position that is very demanding and hard to find at a decent hourly wage. Most people work because they need to support themselves and others. I would imagine that they would like to be paid enough not to have to work a second job to make ends meet.

Bev, I have a question for you. I'm 25 years old and I am currently in a field that I hate. I've been in this field for 7 years. I am currently a college student and I have to work in order to support myself..I'm single and out on my own with all my own bills to pay. Well, I want a quick career change and I am very interested in health. I'd love to work in an OBGYN's office one day, but if $10 an hour is what I can expect to make, I'm jsut not sure it will be worth my time. I can make more than that doing what I do now (but I hate what I do). Should I pursue something else or go for medical assisting?

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Bev in Reynoldsburg, Ohio

92 months ago

Sidney in Nashville, Tennessee said: Bev, I have a question for you. I'm 25 years old and I am currently in a field that I hate. I've been in this field for 7 years. I am currently a college student and I have to work in order to support myself..I'm single and out on my own with all my own bills to pay. Well, I want a quick career change and I am very interested in health. I'd love to work in an OBGYN's office one day, but if $10 an hour is what I can expect to make, I'm jsut not sure it will be worth my time. I can make more than that doing what I do now (but I hate what I do). Should I pursue something else or go for medical assisting?

Hi I will try and answer but I would like to know what kind of position you have a the moment that you hate and what you hate about it? Do you make more than 11.00 an hour?
I can't tell you for sure that you will start out making more than 10.00 or 11.00, I have even seen 8-9 an hour offered which is a waste of time for anyone that doesn't have a lifetime to spend at this MA job.
You said you wanted to work in OBGYN If you have any physician that you know and can set up a possible position before graduation. You may very well procur a position this way. There is no guarentee you will find a position in this field. I worked in OBGYN where each physician chose his own MA and paid his own MA. That way there isn't a base amount set, no manager hirer's you. The doctor himself pays you the only thing that is house spread is benefits and you need to remember that just because you are hired with benefits paid doesn't mean they can't or won't change that after you get in. That is why I quit and I loved the job I made 16.00 hour because of my experience and the doc that wanted my skills chose to pay me what I asked. However I needed benefits as did most of the girls that worked there Just so happened it was a bad year for the doc's wifes were ill this year and we lost our benefits as premiums rose. talk to docs too.

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dgschneider in Havelock, North Carolina

92 months ago

I am hoping my schooling for medical assistant pays off..we are moving to Denver next month for me to attend school for ma...for 2 reasons..1 it's closer to our hometown and 2 schooling here for medical assistants is TWO YEARS!! I find that CRAZY..there is no way I'd to go to school for 2 years for ma!!! I am extremely excited about this career choice, but glad school is only 7 and a half months!! Does anyone know what m.a's typically get paid in the Denver area?

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Sidney in Nashville, Tennessee

92 months ago

Bev in Reynoldsburg, Ohio said: Hi I will try and answer but I would like to know what kind of position you have a the moment that you hate and what you hate about it? Do you make more than 11.00 an hour?
I can't tell you for sure that you will start out making more than 10.00 or 11.00, I have even seen 8-9 an hour offered which is a waste of time for anyone that doesn't have a lifetime to spend at this MA job.
You said you wanted to work in OBGYN If you have any physician that you know and can set up a possible position before graduation. You may very well procur a position this way. There is no guarentee you will find a position in this field. I worked in OBGYN where each physician chose his own MA and paid his own MA. That way there isn't a base amount set, no manager hirer's you. The doctor himself pays you the only thing that is house spread is benefits and you need to remember that just because you are hired with benefits paid doesn't mean they can't or won't change that after you get in. That is why I quit and I loved the job I made 16.00 hour because of my experience and the doc that wanted my skills chose to pay me what I asked. However I needed benefits as did most of the girls that worked there Just so happened it was a bad year for the doc's wifes were ill this year and we lost our benefits as premiums rose. talk to docs too.

Bev, right now I am a hairdresser and make about 16-17 an hour on average. I just don't like the work...AT ALL. I have very deeply embedded personal reasons as to why this is. But anyway, is 10-11 an hour considered a good starting pay for MA's? It's pretty ironic that you were working for a doctor and lost your health insurance. Wow!

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Bev in Reynoldsburg, Ohio

92 months ago

Sidney I can tell you for sure you will not make the money as an MA starting out that you are making now. There is no way possible until you have at least 2 to 3 years experience. I have 36 years experience. I would only give you my opionion that in this economy right now if you are making 17 bucks an hour, sweat it out honey. You will not get that amt anywhere at this time in our economy. I hate to hear you hate your job. Do you have any management experience at all. If so then I can tell you if you are an MA with that experience you will be able to possibly get a job as a medical manager with the extra asset of being able to fill in for any MA that doesn't make it to work. Now that position pays much better. But they are hard to find. I know that apartment leasing pays good money and also gives commision for successful renting. Also getting leasing management schooling can get you an apartment free as a site manager. I am just trying to give you some idea's for going out and interviewing before you go to school for far less money in the end. If you really hate a job that pays so much and can't wait this reccesssion out then try another vocation. Job and family services have jobs on fish that you can look on anytime. Oh and there is another medical training you can take that does make good money and that is optomotrist tech.
Good luck and let me know how the searches and interviews work out before you invest in school. Make them training interviews if you aren't interested in the job. I go on them all the time to brush up on my interview skills so you get use to interviewing not showing nerves.
Bev

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Sidney in Nashville, Tennessee

92 months ago

Hi Bev, thanks so much for responding. I don't have management experience, but I could easily get it within my industry..it's just that I have no desire to do that with along with my current class load. I'm a fulltime student at a community college. I was planning on becoming a Speech pathologist, but I really need to work full time while I'm in school. Do you know if it would be worth it to get a Medical Information certification? there is another program where you learn medical office stuff (coding, etc) that's about 5 months long. Would it be worth it to get that? It's funny you mention apartment leasing because I just sent out a couple resumes for that and I'm hoping I'll get called back.

Are the medical management positions like practice managers? I would love a job like that. What do you think I would start out making as a medical assistant? Thanks so muc for all your advice.

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Bev in Reynoldsburg, Ohio

92 months ago

Sidney,
I hate to guess what you would start out at I know the papers here for new MA's is anywhere from 9 to 10 dollars an hour. not to good. But that is what you get with no experience of at least 2 yrs. Unless you are lucky enough to get a position at a specialists office as a clerk and work while going to school they like to help out in situations like that if you get a good practice. I do wish you luck dear. It is very difficult in these times even with an experienced MA.
Kindest Regards,
Bev

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S66 in San Jose, California

91 months ago

I am planning to take a certificate course in MA this summers..want to know if it has enough jobs in Bay Area and also if all the big hospitals hire ONLY the citizens? As I attened the information meeting at the college yesterday and they said that many big hospitals DO NOT consider even the green card holders for MA and nursing jobs.

Thanks

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gbabe in Las Vegas, Nevada

91 months ago

Bev in Reynoldsburg, Ohio said: 2-5 years experience is new. lol even the new grads have to pay some dues.

what you can do, go to or call the Specical Employment Services get some experience they offer services as a volunteer

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gbabe in Las Vegas, Nevada

91 months ago

jet's mom in Stone Mountain, Georgia said: You said it!

I'm a Medical Assistant. Thank you! your my role model,If I were to work with you, I would have you as my supervisor.

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gbabe in Las Vegas, Nevada

91 months ago

Dubose in Fort Washington, Maryland said: That is so true your not alone thats what the school dont tell you that its hard to find a job.I would have been better off just going to be an LPN.

Hey! thats my plain too going for LPN.

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gbabe in Las Vegas, Nevada

91 months ago

Anna in Murfreesboro, Tennessee said: ......This is what a MA can do ......
1.Prepare and file medical records and patient charts
2.Maintain medical records using standard filing systems
3.Perform inventory control and ordering supplies
4.Maintain and adjust medical office equipment
5.Manage a petty cash drawer
6.Post service charges and payments
7.Gather community resources
8.Prepare and maintain appointment books
9.Sterilize, wrap, and label instruments
10.Prepare the examination room
11.Record body measurements and vital signs
12.Prepare patients for their physical examinations
13.Assist with therapeutic procedures
14.Assist during simple surgical procedures
15.Administer medications and injections as ordered
16.Collect and preserve specimens (blood, urine, sputum, wound scrapings, throat cultures, etc.)
17.Perform simple STAT laboratory tests on collected specimens
18.Answer phones, and relay patient's requests and questions
19.Type business correspondence
20.Transcribe dictated documents
21.Review and explain doctor's instructions (patient education)
22.Respond to medical office emergencies and administer basic first aid.

This is from the same web site medicalassistant.net
The part she left out.
As you can see we can do more then we can't and most of the stuff we can't do isn't being done in the doctors office anyhow....

THE ONLY THING WE CAN NOT DO AS A MEDICAL ASSISTANT UNDER SUPERVISION OF A DOCTOR, IS GIVING IV'S AND CERTAIN MEDICATIONS.

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