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Old 04-17-2007, 08:03 PM   #1
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Calling all LVN's and Medical Assistant

Hello, Im a college student studying medical billing and coding and decided that its not for me. I figured I take some medical assistant classes and go from there as getting my associate degree since its only a two year course. Well I live in CA and I plan on moving to either Florida or to the islands. ( Puerto Rico, US virgin Islands, Bahamas)... I havent decided yet.

I have done some research for MA in the virgin islands and they start off making $10 an hr. Now in Florida, MA salary pay is atleast $11-15 an hr. Not bad, but im not really satisfied. My mother who is a RN told me that becoming a MA w/ or w/o a degree, is a waste of time b/c I can make $10hr w/o a degree right now by doing internships. She believes most MA jobs are hand on training and is a waste of school time and money.

So I took my final step in wanting to become a LVN. In Florida, they make $20-25 an hr. and in US Virgin Islands they make $13-15 an hr.

Now my question is, I decided to go to a course where you dont need to take your pre-reqs. Its a one year course ( Monday- Friday from 8-3pm) or part time course which is one year and half ( Evenings and Weekends) but its cost up to $18000-$23,000. This school has a grant that only covers $6000 but you have to pay the rest. The course starts in May 2007 . I have a choice between two schools which starts June 2007.


I need some guidance......

Any LVNs did the year and half course??

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Old 04-28-2007, 06:36 PM   #2
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Re: Calling all LVN's and Medical Assistant

I am an LPN and I work at a school that trains Medical Assistants. I can tell you that I did the year long course when I went to school. If you aren't sure that you want to be a nurse being an MA is a good way to start out. You get a good base of knowledge and you can "test the waters" of healthcare to see if they are for you. If you are planning to move to the islands I am not sure about the licensing issues for LVN's (LPN's). Yes, nurses do make more money but we also work a lot harder and we work longer hours and put our license on the line everyday. Not to discourage anyone from becoming a nurse, we need more but I want people to have a realistic idea of what they are getting into so do your research! Your tuition seems a little high for a one year program as well, you may want to look into some other schools like the vocational schools and things. Good luck!

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