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gbabe in Las Vegas, Nevada

88 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?

I would go for an LPN dear.

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Tayrra in Bremerton, Washington

86 months ago

I have been a ma for five years i make 18.50 an hour

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Tayrra in Bremerton, Washington

86 months ago

My place of employment has trained me to give IV's and allow me to do them as a medical assistant

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Bev in Reynoldsburg, Ohio

86 months ago

Tayrra in Bremerton, Washington said: I have been a ma for five years i make 18.50 an hour
I am moving to Washington

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tayrra in Greenbank, Washington

86 months ago

washington is a good place we are moving to kentucky if you can get in with a contractor company on one of the bases it is great places to work

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Cookie in Minster, Ohio

86 months ago

Bev in Reynoldsburg, Ohio said: I can tell you now that I have been in this career for over 30 years. Four years ago I was paid 15.50 an hour. I have been interviewing for jobs lately and no one wants to pay more than 8-10 an hour. What they want are the little girls fresh out of school that by the way I use to teach lol, who will take this pay. It is an insult for the work asked. But they will soon find that they get what they pay for. The last place I worked cut all benefits for everyone so I left. They have hire over 38 people for one job and they have all lasted about 3 weeks each lol. I guess until the medical physicians get on the managers and let them know they care more for their patients than to hire someone that doesn't have a clue what clinical office work is all about and they can't know until they have that experience. That is where they lose their money. If you want a good paying job try a specialist they are still interested in the best work for good money.

Yes, we need to keep educating our physicians. It's the physicians who are in solo practice that don't want to pay. If you can find a bigger group of physicians or a hospital owned practice, you will get better pay and benefits

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Cookie in Minster, Ohio

86 months ago

Rolinda in Chula Vista, California said: According to Medical Assistant.Net,
Medical Assistants CAN NOT:
1. Independently diagnose or treat
patients
2. Perform arterial punctures
3. Perform tests that involve the
penetration of human tissues except
skin tests, and venous and capillary
blood collection
4. Administer intravenous medications.
Only professionals that are certified
or licensed to do so are allowed to do
this
5. Independently provide medical
treatment, analyze test results,
advise patients about their condition,
or treatment regimen, or perform
medical care decision making.
6. Administer any anesthetic agent,
except a topical(local) numbing agent
to the skin, such as an EMLA patch
7. Independently prescribe or refill
medications
8. Practice physical therapy, except
technical supportive services, which
utilize concepts of physical therapy
under the supervision of a licensed
healthcare professional.
CAREFUL! Medical assistants that diregard established professional standards, attempt to perform procedures beyond their training, capabilities, or scope of practice, or decides to act independently without permission, and the presence of a supervising health care provider are in real danger of exposing themselves, patients and their supervisors to serious consequences that can carry far reaching liability issues.

You are so right, please check your state medical practice acts as to what medical assistants can or cannot do in your state, or you could face serious consequences. Just because a Dr. tells you to do something doesn't make it legal. In Ohio we cannot give medications without being under the supervision of a physician, which he/she needs to be in the office suite at the time meds are administered and we CANNOT administer any narcotics under any circumstances. Please check with AAMA for legal issues, they are there to help www.aama-ntl.org

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tayrra in Coupeville, Washington

86 months ago

Everything i do i do under supervision yes but they have taught me how to do iv's and yes again i am supervisied, narcotics by injection since i work for a military establishment yes i can give once again under physician supervision.

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nurse45 in San Antonio, Texas

85 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.

Lupe, you are so right this is my situation at the present time. I just graduated in april 2009.

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ma1 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey

85 months ago

I wanted to venture to that area and still contemplating that one, but i see that no one wants to hire especially now with the economic mess..I really do strongly feel the school since they get your $$$ and encourage you to pursue the career that they Guarantee a job at decent pay so you have the 2 to 4 years experience, That seems to be the big hold up besides the economy that I am seeing. Am I making any sense especially when some of these schools if they're not community charge 10 to 15 thousand for tuition!
MA1

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ma1 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey

85 months ago

gbabe in Las Vegas, Nevada said: I would go for an LPN dear.

at this point, I agree. Nursing is a better option, more opportunity to work and least get experience, becoming an MA unless you luck out with someone getting a job....is a problem it seems since they want two to 5 years experience. Nursing you can jump right in and work anywhere pretty much....but be prepared to work your buns off...I understand you will not work nearly as hard as an MA as you will as a nurse be it an LPN or more so an RN. It's a matter of lifestyle choice as well if you want a family etc...being a nurse is grueling as far as schedules...something to think about...
MA1

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German in Henderson, Nevada

85 months ago

I am considering taking the MA courses at a certified school in the Las Vegas area. It is 8 months. Anyone in this area who can comment on job availabilty and wages?

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peggy in Evansville, Indiana

84 months ago

Tayrra in Bremerton, Washington said: I have been a ma for five years i make 18.50 an hour

That is great but most MA's do not come close to that unless you are management.

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peggy in Evansville, Indiana

84 months ago

German in Henderson, Nevada said: I am considering taking the MA courses at a certified school in the Las Vegas area. It is 8 months. Anyone in this area who can comment on job availabilty and wages?

Please reconsider, go into nursing, this is from someone who has been doing this a long time for very litte money.

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Connie in Springfield, Missouri

83 months ago

Bev in Reynoldsburg, Ohio said: I am just curious how long did you girls go to school for Medical Assisting? Being an instructor, I have been made aware that some schools require you to attend far to many unnecessary months to quailfy for certification. You could have legal recourse.

I am in school now I started in March 09 I will be done in March 2010

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Matt in Layton. in Salt Lake City, Utah

83 months ago

Kat in Mansfield, Texas said: That's right. In Texas and Washington, where I've been licensed, LPN/LVNs don't require any "signing off" by the RN. We can make our on nursing judgements without consulting RNs. For example I have a Dr's order for Morphine Sulfate 20 mg/ml give 0.25 ml - 1 ml SL Q 1 hr PRN pain/sob. Depending on my pt's level of pain, tolerance, physical size, etc. I make the decision on how much MS the pt receives, within the ordered amounts of course....

Someone can correct me if I am wrong, but I do not think an MA can legally pass medications in an acute inpatient setting. There are certain legal statues in place that regulate hospitals and their care and I am %99 sure that only licensed persons can give medications.


Hi there, Depending where you work we can start IV's with NS but we can not push drugs...and the only reason we would do that is just ot rehydrate a patient and their vital signs are stable until they can transported to the local Hospital. We are a small clinic at a local USAF Base and we have a lot of peopleare being deployed and so its up to the MA's at our clinic to help where we can...and we are trained by the best so we can be our best. We do so much more then you would see in your Medical career anywhere else. I'm glad I became a NCMA.

God bless,

Matt, NCMA

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dgschneider in Denver, Colorado

83 months ago

I started June 29th, 2009 and I'll be done on March 12th, 2010 that includes my externship...35 weeks total??

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dgschneider in Denver, Colorado

83 months ago

Connie in Springfield, Missouri said: I am in school now I started in March 09 I will be done in March 2010

I started June 29th, 2009 and I'll be done on March 12th, 2010 that includes my externship...35 weeks total??

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Peggy629 in Evansville, Indiana

83 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

I have been a Medical Assistant for 20 years and went back to school to get my LPN and went another 2 years having to take all prerequisite classes again. Even after all that still did not get into LPN program, it is very hard out there right now, you must get straight A's to qualify at least here in IN.

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smasonrn@*****.*** in West Chester, Ohio

79 months ago

I am still confused about who regulates MAs-if not not the State Board of Nursing or the State Medical Board, then who? Cookie from Minster OH wrote 6 months ago:
You are so right, please check your state medical practice acts as to what medical assistants can or cannot do in your state, or you could face serious consequences. Just because a Dr. tells you to do something doesn't make it legal. In Ohio we cannot give medications without being under the supervision of a physician, which he/she needs to be in the office suite at the time meds are administered and we CANNOT administer any narcotics under any circumstances. Please check with AAMA for legal issues, they are there to help www.aama-ntl.org
I would like to know where to find this info!

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kimi1121 in Old Hickory, Tennessee

73 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 am in desperate need of your help!!! I am 46 yrs old and was LIED to by my councelor. I said the same thing 2 yrs for MED ASSIST, well they LIED to me told me the Nursing program would be available this year.. It is available 300 miles from my home!!!! I am trying to get in a ASN program and I cant get anyone to talk to me. I have taken so many courses and I KNOW what I am doing just cant get a chance. I live in the Nasville tn area do you know of ANY schools or programs that may help me. I am almost completed the ASSOCIATES in MED assisiting, but this is not what I want and I feel they should help me get the education I am wanting!!!!! My email is kimisum39@ yahoo.com Any help would be appreciated!!!

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kathy in New Haven, Connecticut

73 months ago

Bev in Reynoldsburg, Ohio said: Oh I understand what you are saying but even one whole year of medical assisting is far more than is needed for certification. I wish you luck in your career.

Can you tell me if the boards were hard to take I'm so scared to take them? i also will be going back to school to get my CNA I'm so disappointed at the school I attended.

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kathy in New Haven, Connecticut

73 months ago

Ms. Lurker LVN, RMA in San Francisco, California said: LOL! Uh, ok.

If MAs are so much higher on the "totem pole" then why do they get paid as much as or LESS than CNAs (especially CNA II)? CNAs also have more opportunities, working not only in LTC, but also hospital, assisted living, and home health. All our local nursing assistant programs are 3-5 months, depending on the level of certification desired.

And thanks, but RNs and LPNs don't "sit on their butts passing meds." Why so nasty? See. Sour grapes.
If the MA field "ROCKS" so much then why is it that the majority of MAs can't find work period, let alone work that pays well? If this profession is ever going to be taken seriously changes need to be made in the way medical assistants are educated as well as liscencing and regulation of practice. Hostility is unnecessary when someone comes on here with supportive advice.

I so AGREE, IS REALLY LIFE AT WORK AFTER ALL THIS SCHOOLING AS A MA;

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Anna in Robertsdale, Alabama

73 months ago

I agree I was 1 year and 6 months into my MA degree and got fed up with the school. I withdrew because they didn't know anything. For one a girl that was in class with me got finished with school and then they turned around and hired her to teach us. She didn't even go out and work. For another they went through teachers like butter. I had 5 teachers for two classes. This is a joke of a degree. I am now in school for my RN degree.... If you are going to go to school go on for your RN....Job market is much better...

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kathy in New Haven, Connecticut

73 months ago

Thanks for your input, my skills as far as math are not the best I struggle with math and I would like to focus on the patients needs. My son past away 11 years ago and I was a cardiac patient and soon will graduate with my MA diploma. But my problem is there is only secretary stuff avalible mostly for students with MA diplomas. Can you tell me did your friend take the boards? Thanks so Much.

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Peggy in Evansville, Indiana

73 months ago

I have been a CMA for 17 years and have never received a decent salary. CMA's do all the things that LPN and most RN's do and get pennies compared to what they get paid.

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kathy in New Haven, Connecticut

73 months ago

I believe it my gosh, do you think the boards were hard I made my appointment to take the test.I also want to know if you have ever taken the RMA. Thanks so much.Kathleen

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magirl in Bay Shore, New York

73 months ago

Indeed.com is misleading people who are looking to get in the medical assistant field.They say the average is $35,000 per year.What???I have more than 12 years experience and get $13.00/hour which doesn't even come close to that!No one pays more than that these days.So if you're going to go into a medical profession try RN or LPN.Being a medical assistant doesn't pay and you have no opportunity for advancement.Invest your time and money elsewhere.It was a waste of time for me and I get treated like a doormat!Good luck and remember:STAY AWAY FROM MEDICAL ASSISTANT SCHOOLS!!!!!!

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Scoots in West Union, Ohio

71 months ago

smasonrn@hotmail.com in West Chester, Ohio said: I am still confused about who regulates MAs-if not not the State Board of Nursing or the State Medical Board, then who? Cookie from Minster OH wrote 6 months ago:
You are so right, please check your state medical practice acts as to what medical assistants can or cannot do in your state, or you could face serious consequences. Just because a Dr. tells you to do something doesn't make it legal. In Ohio we cannot give medications without being under the supervision of a physician, which he/she needs to be in the office suite at the time meds are administered and we CANNOT administer any narcotics under any circumstances. Please check with AAMA for legal issues, they are there to help www.aama-ntl.org
I would like to know where to find this info!

I am just now taking an Into. to MA course at a local college and the information that I am learning is that there is no state mandated "scope of practice" for MAs in Ohio. Your physician employer sets your "scope of practice" and you fall under his/her state medical practice act". You can get a national certification (not "license") from the AAMA by attending and graduating from, an
accredited program. But that does not give you "license", only unofficial recognition that you have completed a program that has been deemed comprehensive and has been regulated by, the AAMA. This credential more or less shows a prospective employer that you have been schooled in all the areas of clinical and administrative practice, but it does not present as a "license" to perform certain duties.

All this said, I switched over from pre-nursing to this program and I am still undecided as to whether I made the right choice. I am considering switching back to an LPN certificate or a Billing and Coding certificate.

Bev's comments that a program over one year is a rip-off concerns me. This program that I am in is a AAS for 2 years at quite an expense. EEK!

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Kimi1121 in Springfield, Tennessee

71 months ago

Bev in Reynoldsburg, Ohio said: Shaun,
Did you say you were in a two year program for Medical Assisting??
May I ask you why you would not go for an assoc degree as RN, that is how long it takes for two higher positions and a lot more money. I have been a medical asst and instructor for over 30 yrs/ You can do so much more for patients as RN. The only diff between a 4 yr degree and 2 yr degree for RN is that the Assoc degree doesn't give you the opportunity to teach. Two years to become a medical asst. boggles the mind.

I live in TN can you help me as to GET IN A NURSING Program.. I am 46 years old and got rooked into the TWO YR program after my company shut down. I wanted the nursing but the WAITING LIST IS MASSIVE.. I am now ready to have the Associates in MA and TRUST ME You can make more at Walmart than as a MA...

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Matt, NCMA in South Jordan, Utah

71 months ago

Kimi1121 in Springfield, Tennessee said: I live in TN can you help me as to GET IN A NURSING Program.. I am 46 years old and got rooked into the TWO YR program after my company shut down. I wanted the nursing but the WAITING LIST IS MASSIVE.. I am now ready to have the Associates in MA and TRUST ME You can make more at Walmart than as a MA...

Hi there, Yeah you could work at Walmart and make more per hour, but you will not be happy. Being a Medical Assistant take a special person who loves helping people. Not everyone is cut out to be a Medical Assistant and you might not make a lot of money, but you get to do a lot more than you would at Walmart. I'm very proud to being a CMA. Have a good day.

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Schneider in Havelock, North Carolina

71 months ago

Just because the jobs you have been offered aren't that high paying doesn't mean that they aren't out there. The very first job I was offered after school was a GREAT starting wage, and I don't understand why anyone would be complaining about lower wages right out of school, it's typical. I guess it depends on the area you live in. I have never had a problem with a finding a job or pay. I am going on further in school to become a nurse and have worked very hard, grades have something to do with it as well. My employer told me they gave me 3 more dollars and hour then they would have due to the fact that I graduated with a 4.0. I too am very proud to be a CMA

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Schneider in Havelock, North Carolina

71 months ago

*an hour

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Matt, NCMA in South Jordan, Utah

71 months ago

Schneider in Havelock, North Carolina said: *an hour

Hi there, I have just gotten a raise too. I'm very thankful to be working. When I was in school both times I've never missed a day school and I was always done early with my homework, and I never missed a day of school, and my GPA was always a 4.0. I have gotten many awards and I just earned my Associates Degree in Medical Assisting and now I'm complete. My first time in school I've earned my Medical Assisting Diploma and since than I have learned many things. I just wanted to share that with you. I hope you a good evening and may God bless you.

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kathy in New Haven, Connecticut

71 months ago

Thank you for the vote of confidence, my GPA was 338 is that good? I also have my graduation on 21 October 2010 and know three weeks into CNA class.I enjoy hands on with patients most hospitals want a double standard do you also find this true? I'm so excited to be able to graduate.I'm also signed up for the boards so nervous were they hard? Thanks again.

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Matt, NCMA in South Jordan, Utah

71 months ago

kathy in New Haven, Connecticut said: Thank you for the vote of confidence, my GPA was 338 is that good? I also have my graduation on 21 October 2010 and know three weeks into CNA class.I enjoy hands on with patients most hospitals want a double standard do you also find this true? I'm so excited to be able to graduate.I'm also signed up for the boards so nervous were they hard? Thanks again.

Hello there, First of all congratulations on commitment to being a Medical Assistant, not everybody is cut out to be in this line of work. In order to be successful, you need to have high standards about yourself and your profession. You will not make lots of money, instead you will be helping others who need your help. This is one of the greatest gifts we can give to another human. I didn't have a hard time with the boards, because I was one with my books and my books were one with me. What I'm saying is I knew my stuff inside and out, and I had and still have the confidence to be the Medical Assistant I could be and still am. When you have confidence in yourself it will reflect onto your patients and as well as your co-workers. One final thing always be positive and always pray to Heavenly Father each and everyday to guide and to be with in your everyday encounters you will have with patients and staff members. Don't worry you do good on your test, just study hard and be one with the force, and it will be one with you. Good luck in your journey.
Sincerely,
Matt Edler, NCMA, (NCCT), AS

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kathy in New Haven, Connecticut

71 months ago

Thank you so much for your kind words after the death of my son he has given me the strength to go out and help people that need my love and also being a recovering heart pt myself I know this was mad to be.

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kandy7 in Los Angeles, California

71 months ago

I am returning to school after 5 years. I have been a caregiver for the past couple of years. I am now finishing up my Medical Office Assisting class. Now looking at Medical Assistant. The thing is Half of the classes I've already taken in the Office Assisting. Now should I take all the hands on when or if I get hired and take the phlebotomy classes, CPR and classees they offer individually? Or should I just go to a vocational school and take the entire program all over? See I've been looking at schools but when I find one, I hear bad reviews. Anyone know of a good school here in Los Angeles, CA for Medical Assistant classes? I was thinking Kaplan college or Everest? But heard bad things about Everest? See I want to work in the Medical Field I have done CNA work for my father but I don't know if I can do this for someone else. So confused. Is there an answer? Or suggestion? I've gotta get this done asap I have two little girls, I'm a single parent and my father is in the hospital now but they tell me he will be in a subacute long term from here on out. So now i'm pressed with having to hurry up and get into something stable for me and my family. Any suggestions?

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patricia in Somerville, New Jersey

70 months ago

connie rollins in Saginaw, Michigan said: i have been a certified medical assistant for over twenty years. i have not worked for the past three years due to medical problems. The company i worked for paid me about 11 dollars an hour and great benifits. they went out of business, anyway i have an interview with a physician on friday and i have no idea how private offices pay.i was hoping some one can help so i know how to negociate my pay??anyone please???

If you have 20 yrs exp as a MA you need to ask for $16-17 per hour this also shows the employer that you know your worth and sometimes it is a waiting game.

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e101 in Columbus, Ohio

68 months ago

I am sorry but I understand u RNs feel as if u are better then MAs,the school work for both is hard,I don't understand y u feel as if u have to compete againts Mas,were adults let's act like it,we all want to & love to help others,can we just lern from eachother & help one another instead of saying who is better then whom..the world has enough hate & mean people,we dont need more,we need to come together & make the world a better place to be on!
SO PLEASE LET'S MAKE A PEACE!

Nicole in Olympia, Washington said: There is NO WAY a Medical Assistant could challenge the state boards (NCLEX) and pass with the education they received. In order to even be eligible to sit for the exam, one needs to have graduated from an accredited NURSING program.

Besides that fact, the education between a nurse (LPN) and MA is completely different. Medical Assistants may be taught some nursing skills, but they are ignorant of the nursing process. MAs cannot assess or treat, which is a cornerstone of nursing care.

The CMA program at my community college is three terms, which I feel is a completely adequate timeframe to learn the necessary material. How can anyone learn the appropriate clinical and office processures in onlyv14 weeks???

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e101 in Columbus, Ohio

68 months ago

I don't know y u Rns think u are better them Mas,the school for both is hard,I give credit for anyone who has there licence in any medical feild.We are not in high school & are adults, so let's act like it..Mas arnt here to compete,were here to do the same as u RNs & help others..We already have enough mean & competive people in this world..Can we please come together & make this world a better place!

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Matt, NCMA in Salt Lake City, Utah

68 months ago

e101 in Columbus, Ohio said: I don't know y u Rns think u are better them Mas,the school for both is hard,I give credit for anyone who has there licence in any medical feild.We are not in high school & are adults, so let's act like it..Mas arnt here to compete,were here to do the same as u RNs & help others..We already have enough mean & competive people in this world..Can we please come together & make this world a better place!

Hi there, I rewrote this for you. I don't know why you RN's think that you are better than MA's. The school for both is hard. I give credit for any one who has their license in Medical field. We're not in High School, and we're adults. So let's act like it. MA's aren't here to compete, we're here to do the same as you RN's, and help others. We already have enough mean and competitive people in this world. Can we please come together, and make this world a better place? You're welcome!!!

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Tiffany in Columbus, Ohio

64 months ago

Nicole in Inglewood, California said: I stand by my statements.

Medical assistants are an important part of the clinic setting, but they are not liscenced and do not have the autonomy that nurses do. They may learn some nursing tasks, but do not learn WHY they need to be done. They are not taught basic hands-on nursing care and they cannot asses nor make independant decisions about treatment. If they do, they are operating outside their ill-defined scope of practice.

Furthermore, nursing does not constitute a "technical" or "vocational" education. The required academics are rigorous and nurses tend to be very educated and intelligent people. An Associate degree (ASN) in nursing takes longer than 2 years to complete when you consider the prerequisite classes needed to apply to the program.

----In response to your comment that is more than insulting to me as a student right now in college to be a CMA with a GxMO. I have busted my A$$ for a 2 year Applied Science degree as well as getting my certification to do what I want to do. Not only do we learn all the anatomy and physiology, we also learn WHY WE NEED IT. Just because your a nurse does not make you any better than I, when I do half the work you do already without your degree. It's also extremly competitive to get in to be an MA if you go to the right college. Most MA's just waste their time and go to a quick 9 month program etc...to get the pay you deserve and the respect you DESERVE you need to an associates as well as taking the certification boards and even go the extra mile and get your GXMO as well (which allows you to operate x-ray equipment), that is how you will get paid even at entry level the way you deserve. I have had 4 job offers by busting my butt and putting my self into the medical field, and all have offered me $14-15 starting out because of all the little extras I have as well as the APPROPRIATE education as well. Don't let a nurse dog you and treat you like that!

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Kari in Indianapolis, Indiana

61 months ago

I was fresh out of school and no one wanted to hire an MA with no experience. I have a question. Can MA's pass meds? I don't mean give injections, I mean actually give meds? I work at a prison and there we aren't aloud to pass meds. So my question is can MA's pass meds or not? No one will answer this question!!!

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Kari in Indianapolis, Indiana

61 months ago

Nicole in Olympia, Washington said: I can't speak for Shaun, but there are many reasons people choose medical assisting over nursing. Nursing programs have very competitive enrollment and can be very hard to get into. Also, nursing school, not to mention the career of a nurse, is very demanding and often stressful. Some people are just not cut out to be nurses; you make it sound like nurses and just medical assistants with bigger paychecks.

At the place I work, the LPNs get all the credit even though an MA does exactly what an LPN does in a doctor's office. Does anybody know which online school for LPN would be good? Please no University of Phoenix.

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Chris in Bay City, Michigan

46 months ago

Medical Assistants are proving very useful in clinic settings as the are replacing LPN's in michigan offices, we are not licensed but we work under the physician's license, also we have a much more broadened education on billing and administravtive procedures.. Even the local hospitals here are phasing out the LPN's to replace them with RN's. The only demand I see in Michigan for LPN's seems to be in nursing homes and doing home visits with home health care companies. This may just be in Michigan but the LPN is being phased out of hospital and clinic settings as there is no need for them when all that is done in the office is injections, and vital signs.

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Titania in Chicago, Illinois

28 months ago

Tiffany in Columbus, Ohio said: ----In response to your comment that is more than insulting to me as a student right now in college to be a CMA with a GxMO. I have busted my A$$ for a 2 year Applied Science degree as well as getting my certification to do what I want to do. Not only do we learn all the anatomy and physiology, we also learn WHY WE NEED IT. Just because your a nurse does not make you any better than I, when I do half the work you do already without your degree. It's also extremly competitive to get in to be an MA if you go to the right college. Most MA's just waste their time and go to a quick 9 month program etc...to get the pay you deserve and the respect you DESERVE you need to an associates as well as taking the certification boards and even go the extra mile and get your GXMO as well (which allows you to operate x-ray equipment), that is how you will get paid even at entry level the way you deserve. I have had 4 job offers by busting my butt and putting my self into the medical field, and all have offered me $14-15 starting out because of all the little extras I have as well as the APPROPRIATE education as well. Don't let a nurse dog you and treat you like that!

Hello tiffany, what so you think about my situation

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Amanda in Blackwood, New Jersey

22 months ago

Hi. I just found this and have a few questions. I'm 24. I've tried community college for a semester and it was not for me. I was going to go for nursing school. I now am thinking about medical assistant school and I want to move to Nashville, TN and be able to live on my own in a couple of years. But from what I'm seeing it's not worth becoming a medical assistant, so what has everyone else became? I can't do RN school because I tried that and community college was not for me. Thanks.

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Peggy629 in Evansville, Indiana

22 months ago

Medical Assistant is a good career if you want to work in physician offices for half the price a nurse would get. I actually made more money working in a hospital as a unit secretary then in physician offices.
If you want to make decent money become an RN at a 4 year university.

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Amanda in Blackwood, New Jersey

22 months ago

Would a CNA or LPN be better?

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