Choosing a Medical Assistant Program or CNA Classes

When exploring the healthcare field, it can be difficult to know which program is best for you. Options such as CNA Classes or Medical Assistant Programs can all have similarities and differences. Explore them below. Ross offers a Medical Assistant program.

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What’s the difference between a Certified Nurse Aide and a Medical Assistant?

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Some people are unsure of the differences between a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA), Nurse Aide (NA), Nursing Assistant (NA), and Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA). Although they all sound a little different, in most cases these terms mean the same thing and refer to the same or very similar job descriptions. The terminology is sometimes different based on the office or state that the person works in. For example, in Michigan, they are Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs), in Ohio they are called State Tested Nurse Aides (STNAs), West Virginia has Nursing Assistants (NAs), and in New Hampshire they are referred to as Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNAs).

Many people also use the titles Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) and Medical Assistant (MA) interchangeably. But are they the same? Although they both spend their time working with patients, there are several differences in their workplace locations and job responsibilities.

Where do MAs and CNAs work?

Medical Assistants and Certified Nurse Aides can both work in a variety of healthcare settings including local hospitals, assisted living facilities, and a variety of other offices. Typically though, MAs are more likely to work in an office or clinic while CNAs are usually found in hospitals and nursing homes.

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What do MAs and CNAs do?

Medical Assistants and Certified Nurse Aides both perform patient care. However, their specific job responsibilities are quite different. CNAs are able to do tasks like bedside assistance, feeding, bathing, and monitoring patient health. On the other hand, MAs are able to do both clinical and administrative tasks. Their clinical responsibilities may include preparation for procedures and assisting in minor surgeries as well as gathering patient health history, performing injections, drawing blood, and more. On the administrative side, they may be responsible to answer phones, file patient charts, and various other things.

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Find out more about the Medical Assistant Program

With a better understanding of the similarities and differences between CNA classes and MA programs, are you ready to learn more about your potential future as a Medical Assistant? Our Medical Assistant page includes information discussing the program and opportunities within it. You can find out about the length of the program, campus locations that offer it, externship opportunities that you’ll have, and some highlights of the classes that make it up. On that page there is also information regarding career opportunities for graduates and answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about Ross and the Medical Assistant program. Click the button below to learn more!



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