Should i go for a Associate in medical assisting or LPN or RN? What school will look better on my resume?

OK!! So i am stuck in a hard place! I am a certified medical assistant i went to Montgomery job corps and got a trade as a medical assistant it took me 4 months to complete the program, on my national board exams i made a 89! I was 17 then and now i am 18 i will be 19 in august 2011, i have never found a job in field! I never really looked that hard because i felt like 4m wasn’t enough to work!! I wanna go back to school but i don’t know if i should go to college and go for RN or LPN or just get a degree as a medical assistant?? I wanna go for 2yrs and then get a job just to get money stable enough for me and my 2yr little girl to get a place of our own! There is no doubt that a wanna be in the medical field i love helping people and caring for them!! After i finish 2yrs and everything is stable i wanna go back and father my education to the next level but i don’t know where to start off!! Another thing is i am living in Birmingham so i don’t know which college to go to should i go to Jefferson State CC or should i go to Virgina College??? Them are the only choices i have. From what i looked up JSCC does not have a medical assistant program, but they do have LPN and RN. Virginia College has them all!! My problem is which one would look better on a resume and which one do i have a better chance of getting a job when i leave??? I really don’t wanna be a RN or LPN because i am afraid that a patient might think i am to young and i should have staid in school longer another reason is because i feel like its better to work your way from the bottom to the top and not just jump into the big thing. I think i will feel more comfortable in a hospital or clinic when i am a RN Proxy-Connection: keeProxy-Connection: keep-alive
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OK!! So i am stuck in a hard place! I am a certified medical assistant i went to Montgomery job corps and got a trade as a medical assistant it took me 4 months to complete the program, on my national board exams i made a 89! I was 17 then and now i am 18 i will be 19 in august 2011, i have never found a job in field! I never really looked that hard because i felt like 4m wasn’t enough to work!! I wanna go back to school but i don’t know if i should go to college and go for RN or LPN or just get a degree as a medical assistant?? I wanna go for 2yrs and then get a job just to get money stable enough for me and my 2yr little girl to get a place of our own! There is no doubt that a wanna be in the medical field i love helping people and caring for them!! After i finish 2yrs and everything is stable i wanna go back and father my education to the next level but i don’t know where to start off!! Another thing is i am living in Birmingham so i don’t know which college to go to should i go to Jefferson State CC or should i go to Virgina College??? Them are the only choices i have. From what i looked up JSCC does not have a medical assistant program, but they do have LPN and RN. Virginia College has them all!! My problem is which one would look better on a resume and which one do i have a better chance of getting a job when i leave??? I really don’t wanna be a RN or LPN because i am afraid that a patient might think i am to young and i should have staid in school longer another reason is because i feel like its better to work your way from the bottom to the top and not just jump into the big thing. I think i will feel more comfortable in a hospital or clinic when i am a RN or LPN after i had the experience of being there first and working for awhile… Please if any nurses or anybody has advice please give it to me i am so desperate.. time is running out for

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  1. I’m stuck in the same position. Two of my sisters are in the med field. One is an LPN and one was an LPN but just earned her RN. After careful thought (and their advice) I decided to go for the RN license. I’d advise you to choose the school that has all the classes. That way if you don’t reach the moon they have some stars in their curriculum that you can land on. I’d not worry about what patients or really anyone else thinks of you. Your focus and goals should be on providing the very best that you can for your child. Nothing else matters. I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.

    BTW the RN test is the same as the LPN in Indiana so it’s really a no brain-er for me. Maybe it’s the same way in Birmingham.

  2. DO NOT WASTE TIME ON AN ASSOCIATE IN MEDICAL ASSISTING!!!
    DO NOT WASTE TIME ON AN ASSOCIATE IN MEDICAL ASSISTING!!!

    That’s one thing I can’t emphasize enough!!!

    Given that hospitals are phasing out LPN/LVN’s, I wouldn’t advise you go that route unless you definitely want to work in an extended care facility/nursing home.

    Next, I would guess the test “truqueen” is referring to is TEAS V, which most CC’s require before admission to the clinical phase of both a practical nursing and an Associate Degree nursing program and NOT the NCLEX!
    Graduates of practical nursing programs take the NCLEX-PN and graduates of professional nursing programs take the NCLEX. They most certainly ARE two different tests and they remain two different tests all across the country!

    If the only reason you are afraid to become an RN is because you’re worried a patient might think you are too young, you need to go into another field. That’s like me being concerned my patients having a natural birth, a simple vaginal birth, or even a VBAC might think I’m not qualified to be their labor nurse (or even CNM in the future) because I’ve never pushed a baby out…mine were all surgically birthed! C’mon, have some self confidence! By the time you finish with even an Associate Degree RN program, you’ll be 22. That’s the same age BSN grads that started college in the Autumn after graduating high school are and I haven’t heard a patient think they’re too young. Act mature and don’t worry about your chronological age…you don’t need to tell patients your age and they don’t need to be asking.

    Whatever school you choose, make sure it’s accredited by either the NLN:

    http://www.nlnac.org/Forms/directory_search.htm

    or the AACN: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/MemberServices/membdir.htm

    As far as what schools look best on your resume….the one that’s accredited by at least one of the two agencies listed above.

    Have some confidence in yourself!!!

    Best wishes in your career goals!

  3. The RN, hands down (but the test for the RN and the LPN are NOT the same-to be the same makes no sense does it?; and the test is nationwide, they do not differ by states). It makes no sense to back to school for the MA, which you are already and the possibility of not finding a job is great. You will be no younger than many others by the time you finish the RN, so don’t worry about it. The RN makes the most & his the greatest job availabilities.