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Nina in Reading, Pennsylvania

86 months ago

Hi, I am really interested in becoming a MA but i'm soo having second thoughts. I found the perfect online school and I am so ready to sign the papers to start. But I keep keep reading about so many MA's that are having a hard time looking for a job. One thing that I do have that qualify me even more is that i speak two languages. English and Spanish. Which puts me as the most wanted, because everyone needs this in their business. So what do I do? I'm getting financial aid and would only owe $7000. So what do you think? I'm a 30 year old female school bus driver making $16.20/hr, and I feel like I still need to get some kind of education. I'm so stressed about this decision, I can't sleep. My phone keeps ringing from the college to see i'm still going through with the program. I need advice big time.

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Nina in Reading, Pennsylvania

86 months ago

oops it should read Bilingual. I type so fast it takes a while before my brain registers. LOL and by that time I've already sent the topic in.

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LC in Cleveland, Ohio

86 months ago

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You do know that most medical assistants do not make anything near $16 an hour,right? And $7000 is a LOT of money to owe if you find yourself completely jobless in the future,for any reason. I see your dilemma and your desire for further education but don't make the mistake that so many others have made who wish now they had investigated everything. Online schools sound questionable,especially one that is hounding you to sign up. Keep reading all the posts,including the ones on the "Advanced Medical Assistant" website. Good luck with what you decide.

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andrea in Woodburn, Oregon

85 months ago

LC in Cleveland, Ohio said: You do know that most medical assistants do not make anything near $16 an hour,right? And $7000 is a LOT of money to owe if you find yourself completely jobless in the future,for any reason. I see your dilemma and your desire for further education but don't make the mistake that so many others have made who wish now they had investigated everything. Online schools sound questionable,especially one that is hounding you to sign up. Keep reading all the posts,including the ones on the "Advanced Medical Assistant" website. Good luck with what you decide.

What you should do is get a local paper or look online and see if MA's are in demand in your area. If they are and that is really what you want to do then go for it. As for pay rate. We are underpaid I believe. Depending on where you live the avg pay rate out here for beginning MA is 13.00/hr.

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andrea in Woodburn, Oregon

85 months ago

andrea in Woodburn, Oregon said: What you should do is get a local paper or look online and see if MA's are in demand in your area. If they are and that is really what you want to do then go for it. As for pay rate. We are underpaid I believe. Depending on where you live the avg pay rate out here for beginning MA is 13.00/hr.

Oh, and another thing, whatever school you look into make sure they have job placement and that they set up your extern site for you. Also you want to go to a credentialed school. This is good and when your done with the program you want to get certified. Most places will only hire CMA's. Your school should set you up with the certification, if not go to the AAMA site and look on there about when and where to get certified. They only hold the test twice a yr. Check it out.

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Nikki in Tempe, Arizona

85 months ago

I hate to say it but becoming an MA was the biggest mistake of my life. (Waste of my money I should say) MA's are so underpaid, yet they do a lot of work. MA's do just about EVERYTHING for the doctor but diagnose. I finished my MA program a few months back but I stayed w/ my previous job in Accounts Payable. I can't afford to leave my current pay at 14.00 an hour for anything less and thats all anyone wants to offer me is 13.00 or less. I am still trying to find the reason MA's aren't paid more? Yet the medical field is in "such high demand for MA's and Nurses." My suggestion, go for a nursing degree.

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LC in Cleveland, Ohio

85 months ago

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MAs are paid less because medical assisting isn't regulated through a state medical board,and because there are so many of them. There are at least 6 programs in this area alone and it's very easy to get into most of them. A lot of these schools will not turn down anyone and will say anything to get someone to sign up. They are turning out hundreds of grads yearly who are all trying to get the same few jobs that are advertised. Because of the competition,a lot will accept a low paying job. The ones who are signing the paychecks KNOW this.

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camille in San Francisco, California

83 months ago

Nina in Reading, Pennsylvania said: Hi, I am really interested in becoming a MA but i'm soo having second thoughts. I found the perfect online school and I am so ready to sign the papers to start. But I keep keep reading about so many MA's that are having a hard time looking for a job. One thing that I do have that qualify me even more is that i speak two languages. English and Spanish. Which puts me as the most wanted, because everyone needs this in their business. So what do I do? I'm getting financial aid and would only owe $7000. So what do you think? I'm a 30 year old female school bus driver making $16.20/hr, and I feel like I still need to get some kind of education. I'm so stressed about this decision, I can't sleep. My phone keeps ringing from the college to see i'm still going through with the program. I need advice big time.

I would not recommend you going to school for it. i graduated in 2003 with a medical assistant certificate for the first two years i could not find a job on top of oweing the school 8000 dollars. i dont think it is worth it. Now i am finally after two years workind as a MA and i feel overworked and under payed. i would pass on it.

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een

83 months ago

Nina in Reading, Pennsylvania said: Hi, I am really interested in becoming a MA but i'm soo having second thoughts. I found the perfect online school and I am so ready to sign the papers to start. But I keep keep reading about so many MA's that are having a hard time looking for a job. One thing that I do have that qualify me even more is that i speak two languages. English and Spanish. Which puts me as the most wanted, because everyone needs this in their business. So what do I do? I'm getting financial aid and would only owe $7000. So what do you think? I'm a 30 year old female school bus driver making $16.20/hr, and I feel like still need to get some kind of education. I'm so stressed about this decision, I can't sleep. My phone keeps ringing from the college to see i'm still going through with the program. I need advice big time.

personally u r making more money as a driver. i just finished my extern ship got hired and making 10/hr which is the same as the grls in the office who have been there b 4 me and have not 1 hr of school. but u r so rite about the most wanted. spanish is so key to getting a job no a days. good with which way u go.

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een

83 months ago

andrea in Woodburn, Oregon said: What you should do is get a local paper or look online and see if MA's are in demand in your area. If they are and that is really what you want to do then go for it. As for pay rate. We are underpaid I believe. Depending on where you live the avg pay rate out here for beginning MA is 13.00/hr.

i had teacher wo told her class the reason you see so many openings in teh papers for MA's is because they get fired or they quit. they get fired for alot f reasons and mostly because you are not fast enough. they quit because of tlow pay no benefits and verbal abuse.
i know first hand about the latter. i strongly recomend those seeking to become a MA think carefully. its a danding job and some places dont have patience with new people. also the school hasnt a clue of what you need to know . i also can attest to that. i spent 9 months in a school wentonextern and was clueles of what to do. they al assuemd i would know the ins and outs of the office . well i cried every nite wanted out but stayed. now they hired me for 10hr the same pay as the others who never went o school but i ll stay tilli find a better joband it wont be MA. u have tohave a real hard skin to mange to work in that environment. GOOD UCK TO ALL AND THINK CAEFULLY B 4

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Cathy

83 months ago

Where do you Live to make 16$ an hour driving a school Bus? I Live in a Mid size city 600,000 people and school bus drivers make 9$ an hour, anyways I have an Associate Degree as an MA and basicly run the office, I Love my job, Great benefits and 16.00 an hour, Everyone has a different opinion because they get out here and have snotty RN's Or LPN's looking down on them but LPN's only have one yr diplomas and true enough may make more per hour some places but most where I live don't work in the in and out clinics or doctors offices, MA's are getting these jobs, The LPN's are working in old Folks homes going behind the Overworked CNA who's suppose to be able to accurately care for a Floor of 30 residents by herself, so the LPN's have to end up helping wipe booty all night or their in the hospitals with the very stressed RN's that's why their jobs in such High demand their paid good for sure, But damn look at how many are getting out of nursing because of it, "Moneys not everything", with MA work you can do office side all of it or just back office, I wouldn't do anything else, but everyone and locations are different, I personaly like seeing people on a in and out basis.....

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Nikki in Tempe, Arizona

83 months ago

Wow, 16.00 an hour as an MA? That's great but how long have you been working there and how long have you been an MA? I hate to say it, but yes money is everything when you have bills, family to support and school debt. It's unrealistic to try and live off a MA's salary unless you're married and there's another income or just naturally rich. Sorry but money is everything, we live in America, look at our poor economy and constant rising gas prices. Advice for those who wanna be an MA DON'T!! Waste of time and money unless overworking and underpaid are for you.

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LC in Cleveland, Ohio

83 months ago

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You know,a lot of people don't even think about the low pay that they may have heard comes with being an MA,they tell themselves they don't care,as long as they get a job (that was me). Or they hear how good it "does" pay and how there are so many available jobs out there and they buy it. They don't think ahead to making a loan payment every month and not having an MA job to help pay it. That's a hard thing to do,owe $50 monthly,or more,along with other bills. It's one thing to have full financial aid coverage to attend an MA program but to owe money,for years, along with being constantly turned down for jobs you KNOW you are completely qualified for makes going to school for a year or more a BIG waste.

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hazel in Sacramento, California

83 months ago

Does anyone know how Western Career College is? is it a good school to go to? sorry to step a little out of topic, but i am also thinking of going into MA....but want to know if it is worth it, and if this is a good school to attend...

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sylvia in New York, New York

62 months ago

well, i'm still enrolled for a MA course coming up. kinda wish i didn't stumble upon this thread cause i was happy to finally settle on a career path. i'm still looking forward to it though. for anyone else who was googling MA, here's a more positive overview of the role..
www.top-colleges.com/blog/2009/07/14/why-become-a-medical-assistant/

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nurse45 in San Antonio, Texas

62 months ago

I recently graduated and I agree with the MA's looking for a job and no one will hire new grads. I live near San Antonio,Tex, being a large city its hard to find a job.

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Gmouse in Brighton, Michigan

44 months ago

I just started a new career path by enrolling at Ross Medical Education Center in the city I live in.
I am enrolled in the Medical Assistant program, and felt it was what I needed for not only my future, but the future of my 2 children.......
I am now divorced, and after 8+ years of being a stay at home Mom, I re-entered the workforce in June 2010, in retail.

The job turned out to be less than part-time, and after applying for HUNDREDS of jobs from March 2010 to now, I have been very frustrated that I have only gone on 2 interviews!
Since the world of business (insurance) won't hire me.......

I decided to go in another direction................I hope it pays off.
With spousal support to help me, I need to get a job where I can make more than $8/hour with benefits.

I was told by the career development gal @ Ross that starting pay is between $9-10/Hr. And, that within the first six months to a year I could make $12-13/hour.
Honestly, its less than what I'd hoped for, but given the crappy economy here in Michigan, I have to take what I can get.

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Gmouse in Brighton, Michigan

44 months ago

Nina in Reading, Pennsylvania said: Hi, I am really interested in becoming a MA but i'm soo having second thoughts. I found the perfect online school and I am so ready to sign the papers to start. But I keep keep reading about so many MA's that are having a hard time looking for a job. One thing that I do have that qualify me even more is that i speak two languages. English and Spanish. Which puts me as the most wanted, because everyone needs this in their business. So what do I do? I'm getting financial aid and would only owe $7000. So what do you think? I'm a 30 year old female school bus driver making $16.20/hr, and I feel like I still need to get some kind of education. I'm so stressed about this decision, I can't sleep. My phone keeps ringing from the college to see i'm still going through with the program. I need advice big time.

I would LOVE to get a job in my kid's school district making $16 an hour..........then I wouldn't have to go back to school to do this MA thing!

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Gmouse in Brighton, Michigan

44 months ago

Another thing..........

I saw on the internet that Certified Medical Assistants make more than regular MA's....

It will cost $125 to sit for the exam, after I have completed my training program--I might go for it.

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anonymous in Livonia, Michigan

31 months ago

Gmouse in Brighton, Michigan said: Another thing..........

I saw on the internet that Certified Medical Assistants make more than regular MA's....

It will cost $125 to sit for the exam, after I have completed my training program--I might go for it.

No. you DO NOT make more. MOST Employers could CARE LESS on whether you ae a cma or not. I am a CMA and I make the same as everyone else in ym office 10.75 per hour and have been there for 4 years. NO RAISE. its not whether your an ma or cma. it's just how it is.

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Gmouse in Brighton, Michigan

31 months ago

Well, I did get a job as an MA 3 months after I finished my Externship.
Part-time and I jumped at the chance to gain experience. It is in a specialists office. $10/hour.

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annonymous in Saugus, Massachusetts

31 months ago

true, alot of places dont care about whether you are a CMA or a MA every place is different but being apart of the AAMA looks better on your resume. I got a job as a MA a few months after i graduated the program and started off at 16$ hour with no experience.

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theresasmi37 in Elizabeth, New Jersey

31 months ago

Nina in Reading, Pennsylvania said: Hi, I am really interested in becoming a MA but i'm soo having second thoughts. I found the perfect online school and I am so ready to sign the papers to start. But I keep keep reading about so many MA's that are having a hard time looking for a job. One thing that I do have that qualify me even more is that i speak two languages. English and Spanish. Which puts me as the most wanted, because everyone needs this in their business. So what do I do? I'm getting financial aid and would only owe $7000. So what do you think? I'm a 30 year old female school bus driver making $16.20/hr, and I feel like I still need to get some kind of education. I'm so stressed about this decision, I can't sleep. My phone keeps ringing from the college to see i'm still going through with the program. I need advice big time.

I am a certified MA for over 13 yrs and I never in my life had it so hard for me to land a position, its a wonderful field but, I am not spanish. I was layed off my job the first of this month and a spanish MA that don't do anything was still working there. This Dr, has 5 offices and most of them are spanish, he is from Iran and, married to a spanish wife. I know my job including injections and all she did was walked around all day doing nothing. My office manager is also spanish. that was totally unfair and I was there only 9 months and she camed in 1 month after me and, with my office manager they all are friends. so now I am unemployed looking for work. with 13 yrs experience and on top of that I had to draw blood for this girl plenty of times and, did not get the credit.so be carefull who you work for as a medical assistant..

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Theresasmi47 in Roselle, New Jersey

31 months ago

Being a medical assistant is a great job as long as you don't live in a population where there is a lot of spanish speaken. I have been a certified medical assistant for over 13 yrs and never in my life that most of the jobs here in jersey you have to be spanish spoken. I was layed off the first of this month because of that, and I had my job for 9 months not making the best but can work all the overtime i needed. but since my office manager is spanish and, the dr that owns 5 offices is from Iran but, married to a spanish woman I didn't stand a chance. they kept her and she had to call me to draw her hard sticks and, I never got any credit. and she is my office manager friend plus others that is there, and they did not get downsized. so, please be carefull of where you choose your job as a MA, check out your surroundings at the office you are being interview. I am african american and my skills did not make a difference of 13 yrs.

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LH in Smyrna, Georgia

8 months ago

Medical assisting has become a dead career. I have been one for over 20 years. Someday MA's will be working in nursing homes and the education we have will no longer be valid. The pay has dropped significantly. In Georgia, there are offices offering $8.50/hr to start.. not much more than minimum wage.

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Gmouse in Brighton, Michigan

8 months ago

I've given up becoming a medical assistant.
I worked for a podiatrist as an MA for 3 months making $10/hour.
After 90 days I was let go after my performance review.
I wasn't a good fit for their office said the doctor. (True-I agreed.)
The doctor couldn't just leave it at that.
He told me that there was no point in me applying for other MA positions in the future, because I just didn't get it. He was a jerk about it.
There were reasons why it didn't work out for me at that office. I didn't want to "rock the boat" because I was new.
The other MA on staff was told by the doctor to show me how to put a cast on a patient, by putting the cast on her. After the doctor left to work at his other office , she didn't want to show me. She thought it was a waste of materials and her time.
I looked like an idiot when the Dr. took me to his other office to fill in for another MA. I couldn't cast the patients and he had to do it. He was angry. I should have told him. I lost the job partly because of the half-assed training I received.
I plan on going back to school in the spring to get a Real degree, so I can have a decent paying Career.

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ExTeacher in Los Angeles, California

7 months ago

I'm in the middle of a medical assistant program and plan to graduate in June. Here in Los Angeles, I see a lot of postings for medical assistants and other similar jobs so I haven't lost hope that I'll be able to find a job. But one thing Nina (the original poster) has going for her is being bilingual!! This is a huge plus!

Just now, I did a search and took a tally on the first medical assistant openings that came up in my area. I looked at the first 20 jobs. 4 of them require you to be bilingual English-Spanish. 5 more 'prefer' you to be bilingual English-Spanish. So thats almost half of the jobs that bilinguals have an advantage in getting.

I also looked at how many require phlebotomy licenses (even though MAs can legally draw blood without it!). Of the 20 I looked at, 8 required phlebotomy licenses! Almost half!

The good news was there were still 6 of the 20 that didn't require phlebotomy licenses or bilingual skills.

I'm seriously considering going back to school when I finish my MA program to get my phlebotomy license. It sucks having to pay more money when I'm already shelling out a bunch for my MA program, but in the end it would help my career I guess...

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