Certified Nursing Assistant vs. Medical Assistant

Certified Nursing Assistant vs. Medical Assistant

Thinking about pursuing a certified nursing assistant (CNA) career?

Medical assistants and CNAs are related careers in the healthcare sector and they can both contribute to the care of patients of all ages.

Sometimes, healthcare facilities employ both medical assistants and certified nursing assistants. Even with these similarities, the two careers still differ significantly. For instance, you can earn more as a Medical Assistant and have a wider range of opportunities.

Read more about the differences below…

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Career

The main duties of a certified nursing assistant are to provide basic care to patients and assist them with daily tasks such as bathing and dressing.

• Usually employed in nursing and residential care facilities

• Certified Nursing Assistants are active and may need to lift and move patients repeatedly

• Typically perform less technical duties

• CNA positions are often part-time

• National median salary: $25,710*

Medical Assistant Career

Due in part to the aging baby-boomer population, Medical Assistants are becoming increasingly replied upon within the healthcare community as important care providers.

As physician practices and other healthcare offices expand, they’re hiring more medical assistants to handle routine clinical duties so that the physicians can see more patients per day.

CNA vs Medical Assistant

  • Affordable tuition
  • Finish in at little as 8 months
  • Broader range of responsibilities
  • Opportunity to be involved in both administrative duties and patient care
  • Employment of Medical Assistants is expected to grow 23% by 2024 (much faster than average)
  • Job opportunities for Medical Assistants include outpatient clinics, hospitals, doctor’s offices, orthopedic care facilities, plastic surgery centers, and other healthcare settings
  • Steady, full-time work is available for most Medical Assistants*
  • National median salary: $30,590*

How to Start a Medical Assistant Career

Starting your journey toward a rewarding healthcare career as a medical assistant can be easy! Visit our Steps to Enroll page to learn more. Find out more about our comprehensive Medical Assisting Program here.

American Medical Technologists

Chicago medical assistant program
American Medical Technologists (AMT) is a nationally and internationally recognized certification agency and membership society for a variety allied health professionals, including medical assistant. AMT is the premier allied health professional certification. Our curriculum is specially designed to help you obtain this certification!

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Chicago Medical Assistant School

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*=https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm and https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm. Federal financial aid is not currently offered or available for our Medical Assisting Program.
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