Welcome to City-Data.com Forum!
U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Education > Colleges and Universities
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 04-30-2009, 03:04 PM
 
Location: in a house
3,574 posts, read 14,303,346 times
Reputation: 2400

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cabe09 View Post
.... A CNA is licensed by the state, a PCT is not. Some places offer free classes for CNAs...
not licensure - certification
Ditto on the rest
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 04-30-2009, 03:08 PM
 
Location: in a house
3,574 posts, read 14,303,346 times
Reputation: 2400
Quote:
Originally Posted by Katiana View Post
...Another area to investigate is Medical Assisting programs. These train people to work in doctor's offices, which is somewhat less stressful than a hospital.
Different kind of stress and many of these programs are competitive as well. But the nice thing about healthcare is the vast opportunities - in excess of 100 different fields
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-30-2009, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
90,316 posts, read 120,167,257 times
Reputation: 35920
Quote:
Originally Posted by mm_mary73 View Post
Different kind of stress and many of these programs are competitive as well. But the nice thing about healthcare is the vast opportunities - in excess of 100 different fields
I agree, a different kind of stress. I've done lots of different nursing, currently in a dr's office. When I interviewed they asked me if I could handle chaos! At least you don't work weekends, well, maybe some Saturdays. (We don't work any weekends excpet a few Saturday AM flu clinics in the fall.) No holidays, either.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-30-2009, 05:17 PM
 
3,422 posts, read 10,868,733 times
Reputation: 2006
MA is definitely one she could consider. The coursework can be less rigorous, but the pay is, well, I will leave that to the MAs to talk about.

The hours are great if you are looking for something between 7am-5pm, as most MAs work in traditional dr offices/med clinics.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-30-2009, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
12,626 posts, read 31,900,849 times
Reputation: 5419
Thanks for all the info, it's very helpful! I spoke with the instructor at the college. She suggested my daughter take the CNA program and then continue onto Patient Care Tech and then become certified. This would allow her to get into the hospital as an Advanced Clinical Tech. I have heard stories about how hospital nursing can be brutal. I don't want her to face that. Are they the same to the techs? I do like the fact if she goes for the Certified Medical Assistant program, the hours are perfect. I know they get paid about $10-$15/hr which isn't much, but it's a start. The Clinical Tech gets paid about the same. The only difference is that the CNA/PCT program is only a semester. The MA program is at least a year. I guess it's up to what she wants to do. Also, for the nursing program, you have take a bunch of pre-requisites that take at least a year before you can get into Nursing school. It doesn't guarantee that you get in either. Honestly, I think it may be a challenge just for her to finish those. The istructor says to test the waters first by being a tech to see if that's what you really want to do. I think this is a great idea and it only takes one semester. Anybody a tech out there? Any input?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-30-2009, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Indiana
993 posts, read 2,280,091 times
Reputation: 1511
I was a CNA before I became a nurse, and I think it's a good idea to do this. That way, if she doesn't like it, she hasn't spent a lot of time and money on something that she does not like. It would also alllow her to check out other areas like being a PTA (physical therapy assistant) or OTA (occupational therapy assistant). Good Luck!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-01-2009, 12:37 AM
 
Location: bay area
242 posts, read 786,176 times
Reputation: 121
Quote:
Originally Posted by beckycat View Post
Thanks for all the info, it's very helpful! I spoke with the instructor at the college. She suggested my daughter take the CNA program and then continue onto Patient Care Tech and then become certified. This would allow her to get into the hospital as an Advanced Clinical Tech. I have heard stories about how hospital nursing can be brutal. I don't want her to face that. Are they the same to the techs? I do like the fact if she goes for the Certified Medical Assistant program, the hours are perfect. I know they get paid about $10-$15/hr which isn't much, but it's a start. The Clinical Tech gets paid about the same. The only difference is that the CNA/PCT program is only a semester. The MA program is at least a year. I guess it's up to what she wants to do. Also, for the nursing program, you have take a bunch of pre-requisites that take at least a year before you can get into Nursing school. It doesn't guarantee that you get in either. Honestly, I think it may be a challenge just for her to finish those. The istructor says to test the waters first by being a tech to see if that's what you really want to do. I think this is a great idea and it only takes one semester. Anybody a tech out there? Any input?
More than likely it will take more than a year it took me two years to do my prerequisites because there is no way I could have took human anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, english, and psychology in one year. Those science classes require so much studying time because there is so much material to remember. Good luck in whatever she chooses, I know she can do it!!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-01-2009, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Sunshine state
2,538 posts, read 3,710,728 times
Reputation: 3996
I am currently taking pre-reqs so I can apply for the nursing school next year, and let me tell you, the Anatomy & Physiology courses are really tough! It's just memorization, but you really need to study every day at least 1-2 hours to succeed due to the sheer amount of materials you have to memorize in such a short time. My class was full when the semester started, but it dwindled to probably 6-8 people left by the end of semester because people were dropping out like flies.

The economic downturn has also resulted in unprecedented amount of applicants to the nursing program in my area. I was told by the nursing program's admission officer in my local community college that they received 700 applicants for the Fall 2009 semester competing for 100 seats. The lowest GPA who got in was 3.50.

The CNA route is probably the best way to get your daughter's feet wet, so to speak. Have her sign up for CPR class too, as hospitals usually require an applicant to be CPR certified before they'll consider your application.

Good luck!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-01-2009, 08:24 AM
 
239 posts, read 351,353 times
Reputation: 115
Quote:
Originally Posted by Houston3 View Post
I watched my daughter go thru school the get her RN degree and it's a tough road to haul..

I'd suggest your daughter take something else first to see if she can cut it.

"She is the type of person that needs to take small steps at a time." She wont be able to do that.
Nope, not at all. The reality of it is that most RN programs are terribly hard to get into and even harder to pass. My program only accepted exceptional students with perfect or near perfect gpa, volunteer work, etc and even with those types of students we had close to half fail out by the end of the program. I know someone that switched to engineering because they thought it was easier. -_0
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-01-2009, 08:29 AM
 
239 posts, read 351,353 times
Reputation: 115
Quote:
Originally Posted by iluvcj View Post
More than likely it will take more than a year it took me two years to do my prerequisites because there is no way I could have took human anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, english, and psychology in one year. Those science classes require so much studying time because there is so much material to remember. Good luck in whatever she chooses, I know she can do it!!
It took me almost two years too. What is crazy is that at the end of all this hard work you get an ASN. Gimme a break. My program had like 12 prereqs, its nuts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Education > Colleges and Universities
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2024, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top