CNA / MA Program Comparison

  •  Read on for more information about these exciting careers and LCOE’s high-quality programs.

CNA

  • What is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?

    Under the supervision of a health professional, usually a licensed nurse, a Certified Nursing Assistant provides basic nursing services to ensure the safety, comfort, personal hygiene, and protection of patients/residents in a licensed long-term, intermediate health care facility or hospital.

    Career Path

    Certified Nursing Assistants often go on to become Licensed Vocational Nurses and/or Registered Nurses. Completion of a CNA program is a prerequisite for admission into many regional nursing programs.

    Job Openings

    230 new and replacement job openings in Lake and Mendocino Counties*.

    Pay

    $12 - $15 per hour in Lake and Mendocino counties.

    LCOE Program Length

    10 weeks

    Fall: August - November

    Spring: February - May

    Program Format

    Evenings and Saturdays

    Program Cost

    $1,000 - Financial Aid is available

MA

  • What is a Medical Assistant (MA)?

    Medical Assistants work alongside physicians and other healthcare professionals in medical offices and clinics. They perform administrative and clinical duties, from greeting patients and taking vital signs and medical histories to performing lab tests and electrocardiograms.

    Career Path

    Some Medical Assistants work in this challenging and rewarding job for the long-term. Medical Assistants can also go on to become Vocational Nurses and/or Registered Nurses, and even Physicians’ Assistants.

    Job Openings

    140 new and replacement job openings in Lake and Mendocino Counties*.

    Pay

    $15 - $19 per hour in Lake and Mendocino counties.

    LCOE Program Length

    9 Months

    September - May, including clinical externships.

    Program Format

    Fall

    Weekdays: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

    Spring

    Weekdays: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

    Program Cost

    $4,300 - Financial Aid is available

  • *2018, projected, from Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.