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Medical Assisting & Nursing. - September 24th 2010, 10:24 PM

Okay so my girlfriend is moving down here after she gradates high school in May.
I really need to figure out my career path. All my friends are Sophomores in College, and i feel like the odd one out. I really want to be a Nurse. I don't know how long it will take or how much money i will need. Like if i can go to a Community College? or if i need to go hereee
Which school would be better?
Does anyone know how Med Assisting and Nursing differ? If i do Med Assisting can i go to school more and become a Nurse?

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Re: Medical Assisting & Nursing. - September 24th 2010, 10:26 PM

I don't know too much about this career path, but it does sound good. And if you want to do it, then definitely go for it.

If you're confused about which way to go about it, though, schools usually have careers advisers or people you could talk to about your next step in life. They can advise you on which is best.

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Re: Medical Assisting & Nursing. - September 24th 2010, 10:35 PM

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Nursing is a good route to go but because so many people are interested in it there are usually wait lists and lottery. Also, with nursing at a community college you have to do all your prerequisites whereas with medical assisting (if you do it at a community college) takes about a 18 months but you can do the prerequisites along with the medical assisting program requirements.

Nursing is a better route to go but I know people who get into medical assisting while waiting to finish/get into the nursing program. Therefore they can get in with a doctors office or internship or whatever and have experience which will help 1) with the nursing program 2) when they look for a nursing job. There is a girl I know who is a medical assistant, she works in a doctors office and all that and is working on being a nurse. She has a great job, good benefits, and a big liklihood of becoming a nurse at the place she is medical assisting.

There are pros and cons to both. I would do what you want to do. If you go to the medical assistant school you have to definitely stick with that however if you do Nursing or medical assisting at a community college you will have the possibility of being able to change your mind if it doesn't work for you for some reason.

I hope this made sense. If you have any questions of need clarification I would be happy to help. My knowledge on this is very limited but I did talk to some counselors at my college about medical assisting and nursing at one point so I know a tiny bit.

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Re: Medical Assisting & Nursing. - September 24th 2010, 11:45 PM

I go to a school that offers medical assisting. May I just say that there is a very high competition for this job. Everyone truly is doing it. If you plan on becoming a nurse, then this is the path for you. Having past medical assisting experience can definitely help you out. Hospitals will always want to hire people who have any hospital experience, even if you've been a janitor.

If you do want to work as a medical assistant plan on getting a 4.0 and not missing any days. I'm going to school to be a Phlebotomist and It's hard keeping a straight 4.0 and not missing any days. I've been able to, but the people in my class that aren't doing this are pretty much dooming themselves from ever getting a job out of school.

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