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Julia in Fairfield, California

30 months ago

I'm thinking of taking the Clinical Medical Assistant program at Boston Reed this summer. I've taken the same program at the same school got the certificate but it was so long ago, I finished the course in 1997 I think, but was not able to work as an MA due to child care. Is it worth it to take the program again?

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starr in Cincinnati, Ohio

30 months ago

Heatherkinly in Atlanta, Georgia said: Nope, it surely isn't. Go with Medical Career Specialists. They have a 5-day Medical Assistant Certification Program. You earn a Nationally Accredited certification good anywhere in the USA--same ones awarded by the school programs, but FAR less time and money.

www. MedicalCareerSpecialists.com
Phone: 1, 800, 595, 6276

No!!!
this is not true to get your certification. You cannot be a certified medical assistant or registered medical assistant without a two year degree. If you already have a two year degree take a refrwsher course and you can then take the exam from the aama to become certified. If you only have a certificate then you can always be an assistant if you had the certification credentials and missed your ceu's you Will have to take the exam again. Go on the aama website

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Deanna in Orlando, Florida

30 months ago

mirella in Kissimmee, Florida said: I RECENTLY GRADUATED AS A MEDICAL ASSISTANT, AND I WOULD LIKE TO BECOME CERTIFIDE BY TAKING THE EXAM ONLINE BUT I CAN'T FIND A WEB SITE PROVIDING THE EXAM CAN YOU HELP?

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My daughter is a Medical Assistant and to be Certified you have to send off for your Transcript then send it off (your School will tell you where) with a fee of $95.00 then once that is approved you will be notified and you will be able to take the test at the school where you went to become a MA......But I do not believe you can it Online.............

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Jody in Waunakee, Wisconsin

30 months ago

Volunteer in Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona said: Theres LPN's working in the Doctors office. As a matter of fact the girl that interviewed me is an LPN. Unfortunately I didn't get the job because they wan't years of experience.

But, it will be a huge pay cut going from a nursing home nurse to a clinic, as, even as a nurse, you will function as a medical assistant and therefore get paid as one.

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Jody in Waunakee, Wisconsin

30 months ago

starr in Cincinnati, Ohio said: No!!!
this is not true to get your certification. You cannot be a certified medical assistant or registered medical assistant without a two year degree. If you already have a two year degree take a refrwsher course and you can then take the exam from the aama to become certified. If you only have a certificate then you can always be an assistant if you had the certification credentials and missed your ceu's you Will have to take the exam again. Go on the aama website

There is a 9 month program here, and now you can do that online.

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starr in Cincinnati, Ohio

30 months ago

Yes I'm sure there are various programs they have programs that are about 9 months here too. The issue is to be certified or registered you have a degree. Graduating from a program for less than a degree does not qualify you. You don't get the same level of education. A lot of places here won't hire someone without a degree or certification. Unless of course its just front office work.

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navyguyhm3 in Riverside, California

30 months ago

starr in Cincinnati, Ohio said: Yes I'm sure there are various programs they have programs that are about 9 months here too. The issue is to be certified or registered you have a degree. Graduating from a program for less than a degree does not qualify you. You don't get the same level of education. A lot of places here won't hire someone without a degree or certification. Unless of course its just front office work.

...and many places won't accept "online" education, they prefer the hands on classroom/clinical training throughout the course of study. Even nurses (LVN/RN) have trouble getting jobs when they get their degrees/certs from online classes. That in conjunction with not having the amount of qualifying years of experience, you'll be stuck going no where fast.

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Nicole in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

30 months ago

I understood, what I'm saying is that's incorrect, I have my diploma and I'm certified through the AAMA, you can indeed receive your diploma and qualitfy/take the certification test . As far as the education they/ receive the exact same training as the associates degree program. The difference is the degree program you take other non-medical courses to fulfill dregree requirement... Ex. English, math etc. there is no difference in the medical training, nor can you do anything that they can't, they have received the same medical training as degree programs and skipped the additional non-medical coursers required by governing agencies to fulfill associates degree. I graduating from a 9 m program12 years ago received diploma... Took test became certified & have remained certied , I also worked as an instructor at technical school whom offered a associates degree in medical asst.

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asheena92 in Apo

30 months ago

you can't listen to every ones advice, I really hate I joined this site. People are so misinformed. You indeed can become certified with only a diploma. I did it and still am. I did only start off making $10.00 at my first job, but If you are good, Dr's will pay you your worth. I am from TN. I don;t know about other states but I know where I graduated from, my certification is accepted in AL, GA, SC, and MS...so do what ever is best for you. Do your own research and decide for your self. These people on here who cant get jobs may not be good at the job. Take that into consideration as well.

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asheena92 in Apo

30 months ago

THANK YOU! Finally, someone with accurate information. I am happy to read that someone has had as good of an experience as I have. I LOVE what I do and I dont mind being paid slightly less than LPNS, because I get full benefits,and I get my weekends off. I was an A student, graduated with a 4.0 and got hired immediatley after my internship as well. I worked for that Dr. for 3 yrs. when I quit to advance he wrote me a great recommendation and I didnt have a problem getting interviews or another job. I lived in Memphis. There are several hospitals and clinics and so much oppertunity for MA's. You must be proactive and passionate about you work. WA, I was hired directly out of my internship by a general surgeon who was on the board of the hospital she worked for with Z me to move on the dermatology center making $13.25/hr . When my husband was stationed elsewhere I immediately found work again in an Emergency room in a small town making $12.00/hr but with full on benefits and they even helped pay off my remaining student loans. When we moved to NC I started working 2 days after I unpacked for an urgent care and eventually ended up managing the urgent care making $18.75 an hour with regular raises and full benefits. We got out of the military and now I'm back home in Alabama working for an Internal Medicine office and make $16.75/hr but the work is so minimal compared to the ER and urgent care I don't even mind the scale back in pay. Its also with full benefits.

The key is to WANT to be a GOOD MA. I've trained so many over the last few years on the job that come from really piss poor schools OR either JUST want a paycheck and don't really try to be good

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Deborah in Eugene, Oregon

30 months ago

Crystal in Evanston, Illinois said: Well first of all i was just wondering I am in school right now to become a medical assistant and i am concerened in wondering how much can i really make of course the school tells what i want to hear but is it true?? I mean really can i really become a successfull person after i graduate??

I have been a medical assistant for more then 30 years. I paid my dues and at this point I will not work for under $20.00 an hr and I have never been without work. In the last 10 years I have made between $16.00 to $22.00 per hr. In saying that, it wasn't always that way, so just hang in there, having experience is what really matters.

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etester_56 in Hamilton, Ohio

30 months ago

Can an LPN hold the position of Assistant Director of Nursing in a Kentucky nursing home?

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EmiLou in York, South Carolina

29 months ago

I am a Registered Medical Assistant through American Medical Technologist. I work in a Family Practice in SC for a very large healthcare organization. Family Practice deals with patients from pediatrics to geriatics. I do just as much patient related work as my supervisor who is an RN. The only thing I don't do is the supervisor's duties, which is mainly office paperwork. I do vitals, give injections including vaccinations, preform lab tests, ekg's, spirometerys, chaperone patients during breast and GYN exams, set up and assist with minor office surgeries, prior authorizations for medication, handle patient messages, call reports, Rx call ins and refills, etc. I may not carry the title of nurse, but I do nurse many patients...usually 30 on a daily basis...and all the physicians in the practice call me nurse. I graduated with a certificate in 2010. I am up to $14 an hour, have benefits, and receive PTO (which isn't great, but not bad either considering I've only got two years experience). You must have strong work ethics, dedication, a cheerful disposition, and lots of compassion. Patients, as well as physicians, know when someone really cares. Carrying the title of something, doesn't make you good or successful. Most of what makes you successful is who you are as a person. Jobs are out there. You must be willing to work for what you want.

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John in Joshua Tree, California

29 months ago

how do you go about challenging the boards to become an L.V.N. I am a certified Medical Assistant, and have been now for 22 years now and Iam wondering how to go about this if this is possible please help

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JaDereksmom in Rockmart, Georgia

29 months ago

Wow! Some of the remarks in this forum and beyond discouraging. But after rereading them I can clearly see how cold hearted the authors are and wouldn't want them to touch my deceased dog. I started out at a 2yr college for LPN and the waiting list was a nightmare. Not only that, you have to go through a selection process. So, if someone was not sure of you, you still might not get in. My college roomie experienced this in 1999 (RN program)so it has to be worse now. I'm now at a private school and was able to transfer basic classes so I now only have to take the "actual program courses." I have managed to scale off some of the costs. My school has a high graduation and (student) job retention ratings. Those who are sincere and passionate will always go far in anything. I worked for a pediatric cardiology asoc here and could and would do the same as a cert med/biller coder but because of my not being cert she made the bucks and I didn't. She didn't care about mistakes or anything else. Her paycheck remained the same. I resigned and am glad I went this route. There's a saying that "if you fail to plan then plan to fail." It is sooo true. MA will be my foot in the door and the knowledge I obtain can never be taken away. After I'm comfortable and feel I want more, then my employer will foot the bill. Not me. So, that is my plan and others should look at it that way because what school can anyone attend today and not have to get a student loan? I have a degree in Business and it is not backed with job security. So, go figure.

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Dustin,LPN CGN in Petersburg, Virginia

29 months ago

John in Joshua Tree, California said: how do you go about challenging the boards to become an L.V.N. I am a certified Medical Assistant, and have been now for 22 years now and Iam wondering how to go about this if this is possible please help

You can't challenge the board for LPN if you are a MA.
You have to have so many hours of clinical training and have different courses and requirements to become a LPN per BON if you want to challenge the board only way is to complete an LPN course .

Dustin , LPN CGN

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navyguyhm3 in Riverside, California

29 months ago

John in Joshua Tree, California said: how do you go about challenging the boards to become an L.V.N. I am a certified Medical Assistant, and have been now for 22 years now and Iam wondering how to go about this if this is possible please help

As Dustin said, challenging the board as an MA to become an LVN isn't possible, as the 2 fields are quite different in the meaning of clinical experience and knowledge. The only way to challenge the state boards is if you have proof of proper clinical training and experience such as being a medic in the military where all you're training, schooling and experience is on paper and certified by the federal government. So if you don't have that or never completed a board accredited LVN school, there is no way to wiggle your way out of sitting for the board.

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Castlebery2004 in Murphysboro, Illinois

29 months ago

Med tech from the military does not have that much exp either, trust mei have friends that have been nurses in the navy, but when they got out that paper was worthless, maybe you need to look into info before you bad mouth peoples choices or questions

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navyguyhm3 in Riverside, California

29 months ago

Castlebery2004 in Murphysboro, Illinois said: Med tech from the military does not have that much exp either, trust mei have friends that have been nurses in the navy, but when they got out that paper was worthless, maybe you need to look into info before you bad mouth peoples choices or questions

well..if your "friends" were nurses while in the navy..then they wouldn't have to worry about taking the board..they would already have a license and a commission. Next...not one thing i said bad mouthed anyone. Last, i don't need to look into info, my info is correct, i know it's correct because i've challenged the board using my military background..so, maybe you should look into your own info before you try to sound all smart acting like you know what it's all about. Your friends probably messed something up or didn't have accurate records of their training or didn't follow and proceed thru the proper channels....fact is, many of my old navy corpsman buddies became nurses by challenging the state board. there's a lot you don't know about military medical training. military medics train civilian nurses in many cases..FYI

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Castlebery2004 in Murphysboro, Illinois

29 months ago

FYI , I knew a instructor that was a med tech, and he even had to go back to school for training, but he was a older man so things do change, I think all the health care workers are important, so why do you and some others mad mouth Cma profession, if you go to a accredited school/program your just as educated as some nurses/Lpn, everybody kmows Rn.s have more training, just get a grip !

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Castlebery2004 in Murphysboro, Illinois

28 months ago

I'm proud to be a Cma/aama and Im never ashamed to say my title in the office. Lpn and Cma or class one nurse in the clinic I work at, we work together and share are knowledge to each other, neither tittle thinks their better than the other! :)

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Beca in Lafayette, Indiana

28 months ago

sharon stone in Memphis, Tennessee said: don't do it .these schools lie about getting a job when you gradatefrom ma school.no one wants to hire you because lack of experience.how in the world can i have exp.if i just graduated.please give me a break. i have been a ma. now for 9 yrs. and the pay is just a joke. cna 's make more money than ma's.now that is a joke.i should have stayed a baker.get all your ducks in a row before you sign any contracts . signed experience.

You know I am a cna and Im a little offened when you said that it was a joke that they get paid more than a ma. You know I have done alot of things in my life but a cna has the hardest job. We are the people who dont get the good pay but were qualified to take care of elderly people. Hold their hand when they are dying. Wipe their bottoms when they cant. Be there for them when no one else will. I started my shift today at 6am. It was 1:45 before I noticed that I hadn't been to the bathroom. I was so busy making sure that they all went to the bathroom instead. So until you have walked in a cnas shoes dont think their crappy lil job doesn't deserve the pay that they do get. Cause quite frankly it is sooo not enough!

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navyguyhm4 in Riverside, California

28 months ago

Beca in Lafayette, Indiana said: You know I am a cna and Im a little offened when you said that it was a joke that they get paid more than a ma. You know I have done alot of things in my life but a cna has the hardest job. We are the people who dont get the good pay but were qualified to take care of elderly people. Hold their hand when they are dying. Wipe their bottoms when they cant. Be there for them when no one else will. I started my shift today at 6am. It was 1:45 before I noticed that I hadn't been to the bathroom. I was so busy making sure that they all went to the bathroom instead. So until you have walked in a cnas shoes dont think their crappy lil job doesn't deserve the pay that they do get. Cause quite frankly it is sooo not enough!

I got to agree with Beca. I am an LVN and my CNAs work hard. They do the grunt work and the dirty work. Nurses work hard to but we have it easy compared to what CNAs do. I treat my CNAs good because well, they're doing something I i'm not really good at and when I do their job, I find it is quite hard, specially when you're on your own. That said, most of y'all do a damn fine job and no MA can compare or compete. CNAs spend more time with patients and they're the ones who will no doubt let the nurse know about any change of condition as well (that's why I treat my CNAs like people, treat them good, they take care of their nurses!). Keep up the good work Beca!

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TLC in Murphysboro, Illinois

28 months ago

I disagree, CMA do work their butts off too, we are part of the medical field, and care for the patients just like a LPN, just because we dont work in a nursing home dont mean that we dont work hard and take care of the patients, I work in a clinic where both profession's get paid the same amount amount, LPN and CMA are Nurse 1 , I really wish everybody would lay of the neg on CMA/AAMA, I never make neg comments about LPN's, we share our knowledge with each other and both work very hard, Thanks!!!

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janny108 in Sierra Vista, Arizona

27 months ago

Beth in Maricopa, Arizona said: I am a certified and registered medical assistant now for 9 years and have 18 years experience as an LPN in the past. I have worked in the hospital setting and now in a medical office setting and I love what I do now. My position now is CMA, RMA, Triage and everyday is an adventure. The field of a medical assistant have so much opportunity and advancement without having to think about shift work. The salary is competitive and varied. On going education is wonderful in this field and I truly feel like I accomplish something each day.

Hi Beth,
What made you decide to go from LPN to CMA?

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Jeanie in Modesto, California

27 months ago

sunshine in Columbus, Ohio said: Does anybody know if the Medical Assisting program through Penn Foster College is any good? I was thinking about going through that school, through the Associate degree program and was just wondering if anyone else has gone through them or has checked into it?

I've started the program and I love it. It is completely legit and accredited by ABHES. It is also more affordable than some of the other for-profit school that are asking upwards of 20K. Let me know if you decide in Penn Foster and how it goes.

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bsmith_NOHSIC in San Antonio, Texas

26 months ago

Angela in Strongsville, Ohio said: I am just now at 34 looking at an MA cert at sanford-brown... i come a finance backround and most recently from a staffing firm. Well the economy is not offering me anything and im feeling confused about doing this with the negativity i am reading about lack of work and paywork. im an unemployed single mom in dead end jobs. am i making the right decision to start MA? can i move up or forward to something different from there? will i be stuck with no direction if i do the MA program? PLEASE IM SO LOST :(

Angela- if you are in Strongsville, Ohio then I would look at what Cleveland clinic calls a patient service representative it will utilize some of your medical background and finance background. Also, Southwest General has several Patient care assistant positions that may be useful to you. Best wishes.

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sunshineMA in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

26 months ago

I have been an MA for over 25 years. If you want to work in a hospital or Nursing home then you should go to school for LPN or RN. I started my career in a hospital and learned a lot but did not want to continue to work holidays, weekends and nights. If you want to work in a Physician's office, then take the MA course. Depending on the type of doctor you want to work with, most would rather hire an MA than a "nurse". First MAs know how to do just about everthing in the back office as well as the front. Most MAs are trained to draw blood where nurse's aren't and that's a huge advantage for most doctor offices. Plus most nurses want a much bigger salary when they start because they have their license. My MA school was 15 months, longer than an LPN, but most doctors still feels an LPN is more important than an MA. Once you get a job and start working closely with a Doctor, and do a good job, they will not care about license and will depend on you for everything. My wage, where I have been for 4 years is $18 hourly, so it can be a fairly good paying jobs. I know some LPNs that don't make that much and even some RNs. It just depends on how long you can afford to go to school, what you want to achieve. I wish I would have went to PA school a long time ago. Now that's the job to have!

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April in Chicago, Illinois

26 months ago

Here is another difference..not just job wise. As an LPN my anatomy classes transferred over when I went back to finish my degree in college. Also my classes such as maternal nursing, etc. were all accepted.

My friend who did medical assisting? NOTHING transferred. Nothing. The same college would not accept ANY of her classes. NONE. She had to start from SCRATCH.

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Deanne in Boca Raton, Florida

26 months ago

Mickie in Mt.Vernon in Mount Vernon, Washington said: Is there anyone out there who has gone to Everest Tech school for Medical Assistant ? If so what did you think of it, and what state was it in? I don't have exsperience in the medical field but am very interested. With what I have been reading I'm beginning to feel alittle nervous about what to do.Personally speaking, anytime I have been to a hospital or doctors office I have never had a bad exsperience with a nurse or MA.I would think both fields are important at working together. Thank you,Mickie

I would strongly advise you to go for your RN. An MA does not make a lot of money.
I made the mistake of getting my AS in Medical Assisting and after 5 yrs of working in the field I am only making 14.50 an hour. Hardly enough to support yourself. Good Luck!

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SpankyMedic in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

26 months ago

starr in Cincinnati, Ohio said: Yes I'm sure there are various programs they have programs that are about 9 months here too. The issue is to be certified or registered you have a degree. Graduating from a program for less than a degree does not qualify you. You don't get the same level of education . A lot of places here won't hire someone without a degree or certification. Unless of course its just front office work.

Actually, you do NOT need a degree in Medical Assisting to sit for the RMA or CMA examinations. I was the Cardiovascular Technology Program Coordinator for a medical arts college in Florida, and I'm very proud to say that a good number of my students took their credentialing examinations and passed. No degree, just a little under 1 year of full-time education.

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MariaR1203 in Fort Smith, Arkansas

25 months ago

Elena Salazar in Vacaville, California said: If you look up the national averages, and depending on your experience, Medical Assistants can make anywhere from $11.00-$20.00 an hour in California.

RIGHT! IF you can get hired somewhere, FIRST! I graduated 2 years ago, and haven't gotten any bites yet. It's so damn frustrating. I am an RMA, I also have my associate's.

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positive in Summerville, South Carolina

20 months ago

I am a certified medical assistant, I work in a pediatrics office in South Carolina. I graduated from Centura College in September of 2012. 4 months after graduation i was hired. I also am taking online classes at AIU to get my B.A. in Business Administration. I also have my Applied Sciences Cert. in Leadership Development (basically an office management certification, 2 semesters)from Trident Technical college. Going to school for medical assisting has helped me realize the career path I wanted to take. It has motivated me. As for the pay, I make $13.00 an hr. And every medical assistant I know, be it from work, colleagues I've went to school w/, or from just around. None of them make under $10.00-$16.00 an hr (perhaps it depends on the state and/or region of the state you live in?)LPNs can make up to $20.00 an hr, but the truth is LPNs are being mostly utilized in nursing homes. MAs do what LPNs do but for less money and every year they add on to the medical assistant program (I know at my school they do), which means that there is more and more MAs can do as time goes on. And with more education comes more money:) At the end of the day the more money you make, the more money you spend. In other words, $10.00-$16.00 or $18.00-$20.00, if you don't know how to BUDGET and SAVE, you'll be broke no matter what. And for the ones who said going to school for MA was a waste of time.......... No education is a waste of time. I can bet that you are smarter now after going to school for MA than you were when you started (you learned stuff!) Don't be a "the glass is half empty person". Be a " the glass is half full person". Instead of calling your education in MA a waste, look at it as a life experience, and if in fact you have found that MA isn't for you. Then find out what is and move on to the next. For the ones who are still unemployed, you're really not. Your job right now is looking for a job and its fulltime. From the moment you wake up until the offices close.

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RMA-DHMC in Concord, New Hampshire

19 months ago

sharon stone in Memphis, Tennessee said: don't do it .these schools lie about getting a job when you gradatefrom ma school.no one wants to hire you because lack of experience.how in the world can i have exp.if i just graduated.please give me a break. i have been a ma. now for 9 yrs. and the pay is just a joke. cna 's make more money than ma's.now that is a joke.i should have stayed a baker.get all your ducks in a row before you sign any contracts . signed experience.

That is not always true. I graduated from MA school in March, and started working in May. It all depends on how you present your self. I went from high school, then tech school then work.

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na in New York, New York

18 months ago

mirella in Kissimmee, Florida said: I RECENTLY GRADUATED AS A MEDICAL ASSISTANT , AND I WOULD LIKE TO BECOME CERTIFIDE BY TAKING THE EXAM ONLINE BUT I CAN'T FIND A WEB SITE PROVIDING THE EXAM CAN YOU HELP?

SINCERELY FRUSTRATED

you can ckeck NCCT.Com

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kcas1030 in Plantsville, Connecticut

17 months ago

I am an LPN and make 28$ an hour i feel as though LPNS are more the heart of the medical field along with rns we are continuously with the patients daily. MA's mainly do all of our vitals and small labs suchs a U/A's or ekgs. LPN are LICENSED, medical assistants get a certificate. totally different tests are taken since LPNS are the ones giving medication and doing procedures on patients. We are the ones that communicate with the doctors about changes and care plans for patients. No offense to any MA's because they do have a role, but the pay is no good here in CT for them the start between 9-10$ an hour, CNAs typically make more.

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kcas1030 in Plantsville, Connecticut

17 months ago

starr in Cincinnati, Ohio said: No!!!
this is not true to get your certification. You cannot be a certified medical assistant or registered medical assistant without a two year degree. If you already have a two year degree take a refrwsher course and you can then take the exam from the aama to become certified. If you only have a certificate then you can always be an assistant if you had the certification credentials and missed your ceu's you Will have to take the exam again. Go on the aama website

each state does it differently, the MA's in CT go for a year program and can take either exam

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kcas1030 in Plantsville, Connecticut

17 months ago

Nicole in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania said: Haha I think she did mean to say write rx's upon the order from physician the same way a nurse would, I'm a MA and have done this for years... I actually excelled some much that when I worked for ortho trauma dr's I saw patients by myself to assess problems w/ casts or sutures/staples.... Determined if they needed to go to ER, wrote RX's for antibiotics based on protocols, determined and wrote rx's for X-rays and discussed my interactions w/ physician after he was done w/ surgery. MA's can start IV's if state allows it and the CAAHEP requires that it is now a required part of education ! I trained many fellows and residents on things like suture/ staple removal and venipuncture while doing office rotations. I trained many nurses who weren't even trained in school how to draw blood. I think the nurse above should educate herself before attempted to put others down!

THANK YOU SOMEONE WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT!! I am an LPN and i agree with what ur saying, it really depends on the STATE with what each position can and cant do, also same with the pay rates

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JouRNey33 in Orlando, Florida

16 months ago

I will not participate in this endless battle between L.P.Ns vs. M.As but I will respond to this question:
AS IT PERTAINS TO SOUTH FLORIDA (Miami, Broward & Palm Beach County)

As an LPN I endured 1350 clinical hours comprised of the following:
-History of nursing, legal and ethical aspects of nursing
- Styles of communication/interaction with the patient (verbal/non verbal) and establishing a therapeutic relationship
- Basic Practical Skills included but not limited to:
- vital signs, extensive nursing assessment, med-surg asepsis and infection control, post mortem care, safety (i.e. Latex sensitivity, mercury spills, radiation, fire, disaster planning and response to bioterrorism etc.), hot/cold compress, oral hygiene, bed making, perineal care, collecting stool/urine/sputum/blood specimens (yes, through veinepuncture), IV therapy, contact precautions, wound care, first aid, cpr, PICC lines, blood transfusion., tracheostomy care, ostomy care, gastrostomy tube care, jejunostomy tube care, urinary catheterization and bladder irrigation, range of motion exercises, delegation of tasks, prioritization of critical patients (triage)

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JouRNey33 in Orlando, Florida

16 months ago

Abdominal thrusts, brain scans, bone scans, blood chemistries, bronchoscopy, cardiac catheterization, CT scan, cytoscopy, ECG, EEG, echo, intravenous pyelograms, biopsy, lumbar punctures, thoracentesis... I could go on. And when I say these are BASIC... That is EXACTLY what I mean. We must know all of these procedures (and quite a few more) and how to care for the patient before during and after the procedure while assisting either the RN or the Physician and that's only, of course, if we aren't performing the procedures ourselves if it is within our scope of practice based upon any other certifications.

Then there is the SUPER EASY stuff like anatomy and physiology (skeletal/muscular, integument, lymphatic, senses, GI, Endocrine, respiratory, urinary, reproductive etc.) and human growth and development (from the neonate to the elderly).

And then there was the stuff that I found a bit more difficult like the pharmacology (and consistently keeping up with the medications as they changed throughout my time in school) and calculating the appropriate IV drip rate and remembering each drugs implications. Then there was the killer med-surg which was basically like anatomy and physiology ONLY you have to go through each body systems disease (i.e. The integumentary system and the many diseases associated with it and each diseases onset, incubation period, signs and symptoms of the disease, how it is commonly treated/what you will expect the doctor to do to treat it). Beside the individual body systems there are the more extensive illnesses that go more in depth such as cancer and hiv/aids.

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JouRNey33 in Orlando, Florida

16 months ago

The list of what you learn as an LPN is really much, MUCH more than what I included in the latter. Those things were just off the top of my head. However, once you're done finishing the LPN program, you'll realize you've only just began scratching the surface. And BELIEVE ME everything you learned in school will be used in the work place. You have to think on your feet and use critical thinking quickly and accurately because when a patient goes full code on you and you're completely alone in the room-- you had better taken care of everything you were supposed to in that space 60 seconds you have before you RUN (yes, there is a lot of running involved in nursing) to go get your supervisor/coworkers/help. Now--- how does this all compare to being a medical assistant... I am not quite sure. But what I do know is that here in South Florida medical assistants do not work in hospitals/nursing homes taking care of patients utilizing any of the aforementioned skills. If they do work in a hospital/nursing home it is usually as a phlebotomist and as far as SKILLED care goes-- that's about as far as an MA goes. Now, if you want something that's waymore slow paced for what ever reason, I would recommend becoming a MA because if something goes wrong in a doctors office all they have to do is pick up the phone answer dial 911. However, if for any reason at ALL you feel as though one day you may want to be an RN but you only need a slower paced start up TEMPORARILY, starting off as an LPN is the best move for you. In South Florida, the MA programs are actually far more expensive than the LPN programs and about the same length of time. They are, however, far more difficult (in terms of course work) and more competitive than the MA program. My time as an LPN was great. That whole thing about physicians hiring only MA's is not true. When I first graduated from LPN school all the hospitals wanted at least a years worrh of experience that I didn't have-- thus, the solution was pretty

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JouRNey33 in Orlando, Florida

16 months ago

Simple to me: I simply created a stunning career portfolio, pulled out a phone book, got in contact with local doctors offices and asked them if they were hiring medical assistants. If they replied yes, I told them the following: "I am a newly graduated LPN and I just played my state boards. I will be more than delighted to work for you receiving what ever pay you see fit in an effort to hone my skills so that I may further my career." Basically, I just told the physician that I will take MA pay but work as an LPN so that way rhetoric physician gets a doubly skilled employee and I get the experience that I needed. That got me hires within a week of passing my state boards. I worked there for a year starting at MA pay, which was 13/hr. However within three months of seeing how eager I was to learn and how quickly I caught on and how having a nurse in the office eased the doctors workload so much so that the doctor was able to fit in more patients, I was making 16/hr. By the end of the year I was making 21/hr, had a job offer at a several other facilities and was zeroing in on a hospital that was just perfect for me. The doctor offered me 26/hr to stay full time with benefits and no Saturday's. I declined but that just goes to show you what a little wit and a lot of determination can get you. I am now working for my dream hospital as an LPN and they are reimbursing me as I complete RN school. Being an MA is for some but for those of you considering becoming an LPN and are unsure od which directors to go in next, keep my story in mind while you are deciding. Hope I helped!!!

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JouRNey33 in Orlando, Florida

16 months ago

Btw--- sorry for the typos ^_^

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Stephanie George in Texas City, New Jersey

16 months ago

Applying for a job is difficult but try to gain more and more voluntary experience as this is the only easy way out.

Certification is good to have but try to have as many certifications as possible, cause if you are a medical assistant then you should be applying for almost 7 certifications

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant/Specialist
Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant
Certified Phlebotomy Technician (Clinical)
Certified EKG Technician (Clinical)
Certified Medical Billing & Coding
Certified Medical Administrative Assistants/Office Specialist
Certified Medical Software/Insurance/Pre-authorization Specialist
if you have this i think it will be better, many students are having this package of certification to make them more marketable.

I think its www.nccanow.com
the only thing is that their clinical exams are based on your skills which mean you might have to perform skills exam and then appear for the knowledge based exam.

Having more certification shows the employers that you have atleast attained a basic speciality in diffirent areas so he can assign you a lot of work, this will really change your impression on the employer.

There are many association which gives a package for Medical Assistant Students

National Certification Career Association www.nccanow.com
National Testing Center www.prometric.com

I have seen this to be a beneficial for many of the students
hope this helps.

Please comment and share your thought.

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daneil 1234 in nevada, California

16 months ago

Perfect, even my school had told me about this national certification career asociation but i dint bother my self at that time, i think i should have done it when the option was given to me.

Gotta get back and check if still they can let me sit for the ncca exam, because even though i am a medical assistant the employer doesnt let me do the phlebotomy cause i am not certified, so i gotta get back and get atleast my phlebotomy and ekg if possible, thanks for the advice stephanie.

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rell in Atlanta, Georgia

15 months ago

Missy in Austin, Texas said: Hey I see you are in Kingwood, TX.

Are by any chance attending school to be a MA?

Thanks


I am a Medical Assistant I went to school for two year, I have an Associates degree, and I do not make 9 or 10 dollars an hours its more like $18, in my third year.

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NurseJuliana in Atlanta, Georgia

14 months ago

sharon stone in Memphis, Tennessee said: don't do it .these schools lie about getting a job when you gradatefrom ma school.no one wants to hire you because lack of experience.how in the world can i have exp.if i just graduated.please give me a break. i have been a ma. now for 9 yrs. and the pay is just a joke. cna 's make more money than ma's.now that is a joke.i should have stayed a baker.get all your ducks in a row before you sign any contracts . signed experience.

Thats quite interesting. CNAs in georgia make $11 per hourly and MA/LPN both make the same pay, which is $15-$20 per hour.

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rell in Atlanta, Georgia

14 months ago

lol

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HollyCarol in Kingman, Arizona

12 months ago

Matt in Layton. in Salt Lake City, Utah said: Hi Pam, From the way this young lady talks, I believe she is bipolar.

Hi Matt---please don't insult bipolar people. They at least have meds lol

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Ronda in Portland, Oregon

9 months ago

I am currently a medical assistant and I love it but want more. I am thinking about going in to starting a LPN program and not sure I make $14 now my career goal is to ne a RN or ARNP but it is so hard to get in to a nursing school and I can get in now to LPN it is a 13 month course. Needing some feed back.

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