When you’re just starting on your medical career path, you have so many options to choose from. You could choose a short program that lets you start working right away or a longer program that prepares you for a career you’re passionate about.
When making these big choices, many people wonder whether becoming a medical assistant or a nursing assistant is a better fit for them. At Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology, we can answer your questions and help you make the right choice.
Medical Assistant vs. CNA: How the Jobs Compare
Medical assistants and CNAs are quite different. Medical assistants focus on the administrative side of healthcare while CNAs focus on supporting the nursing team.
Medical assistants are supervised by doctors and help them complete day-to-day tasks. They greet patients and help prepare them for exams, chart vital signs and handle some billing matters. They can even draw blood. You might see medical assistants working in doctor offices, outpatient medical facilities, specialty clinics and hospitals.
CNAs focus more on providing nursing care to patients than on supporting doctors. A CNA (sometimes called a nursing assistant or nursing aide) completes tasks such as answering call buttons, moving patients who have a hard time walking, monitoring food intake and assisting with activities of daily living. You might see CNAs working in long-term care facilities, nursing homes and other settings where patients require lots of care.
Education and Pay for MAs and CNAs
Medical assisting training takes one to two years to complete. This differs from the CNA program, which is completed in just weeks. If you’d like to begin your career right away, the CNA program might be a better fit for you. However, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assistants usually earn more than CNAs when they are done with school.
While both MAs and CNAs are on the go, the CNA job requires heavy lifting and moving patients regularly. If you’re thinking of becoming a CNA, you’ll want to be up to the task. Be prepared for the physical challenges that come with providing great patient care.
Thinking About a New Career in Miami?
If you’re thinking about becoming a medical assistant or CNA, we can help answer your questions and support you in reaching your educational goals. To learn more about your options or to apply today, give us a call at 877-206-4279 or send us a message.