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CNA / MA Program Comparison

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.

Job Openings

Over 200 new and replacement job openings in Lake and Mendocino Counties.

Pay

$18 - $22 per hour in Lake and Mendocino counties.

LCOE Program Length

3 months

Fall: August - November

Spring: February - May

Program Format

Evenings and Saturdays

Program Cost

$1,500 - 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

Over 100 new and replacement job openings in Lake and Mendocino Counties.

Pay

$18 - $23 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

$4,550 - Financial Aid is available