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Old 12-11-2009, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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Which one is the more of a need for? I am thinking about returning to school since I need marketable skills. The Phlebotomy and CNA programs are 4 months long and the LPN is 1 year. I would love to just go 4 months, which costs less, but I want to be able to find a job upon graduation/completion of the program. Opinions?
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Old 12-11-2009, 05:05 PM
 
Location: USA
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I would do the phlebotomist course.

Wouldn't do LPN or any nursing (I'm a retired RN). CNAs make little-or-nothing, minimum wage, I think....

Phlebotomy I would choose just by the process of elimination.
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Danville, Ca
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yeah I would choose phlebotomist as well especially in this climate where RN's and LPN's are having a hard time finding employment.
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:55 PM
 
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PBT have worse time finding jobs. MLT/MT much better prospect.
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Old 12-12-2009, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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My CNA class was 2 weeks through a hospital. 4 months sounds too long.
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Old 12-12-2009, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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My CNA class was 2 weeks through a hospital. 4 months sounds too long.

Allow me to correct myself. The Phlebotomy program is 4 months. I don't know the length of the CNA class, but I'm sure it's a lot shorter. The LPN program is 1 year.
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Old 12-13-2009, 12:36 PM
 
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PBT have worse time finding jobs. MLT/MT much better prospect.
I like this idea of MLT vs phlebotomy.

MLT pay, while not so great, is better than that of a straight phlebotomist. The coursework is a lot longer though, esp depending on what you already have (or don't have) under your belt.

I'm biased b/c I'd rather work in a lab than as a nurse so I'd push lab work on you.

You could always try starting off as a phlebotomist (its usually part of MLT programs anyway) and see if you can get hired by a HC system that has tuition assistance. Often phlebs work odd hours that you can work around school and you can work up to being a MLT if you like the work.
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Old 12-13-2009, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Only be a CNA is you really find it spiritually rewarding to help people out by giving adults showers and wiping their rears. It's a physically difficult job with a really bad paycheck.
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Old 12-14-2009, 01:38 PM
 
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I like this idea of MLT vs phlebotomy.

MLT pay, while not so great, is better than that of a straight phlebotomist. The coursework is a lot longer though, esp depending on what you already have (or don't have) under your belt.

I'm biased b/c I'd rather work in a lab than as a nurse so I'd push lab work on you.

You could always try starting off as a phlebotomist (its usually part of MLT programs anyway) and see if you can get hired by a HC system that has tuition assistance. Often phlebs work odd hours that you can work around school and you can work up to being a MLT if you like the work.

Same aging-out issues as nursing, same need for new "blood" (pun intended!)......
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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Nurse's aide work is straight minimum wage. CNA is a short course and a short test to make a buck over minimum wage. Phlebotomists make less that LPN's in our area, mostly due to education and less available jobs. LPN's have been either phased out or hired less in major hospitals. HOWEVER, there is a pretty good demand for qualified LPN's in clinics, VA hospitals, small town hospitals, and nursing homes due to the fact that they can perform so many more tasks than CNA's, are better educated, and you can pay them much less than RN's.

I'd go the LPN route. More opportunities and a little better pay.
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