Career Paths for CNAs | Healthcare Careers | Medical Assisting

Career Paths for CNAs

Healthcare Careers

Being a CNA is hard work, and it’s a great way to get into the healthcare field. If you’re currently a CNA, you may be asking yourself where to go next in your career. There are lots of options, so let’s get right to it.

Medical Assisting

  • Medical Assisting is an extremely versatile field and your experience as a CNA is sure to impress employers looking to hire medical assistants. They can work in a variety of settings, directly with patients and in back and front office administrative roles. Medical assisting is a natural step up from CNA. MCC’s Medical Assisting program prepares students for five certifications (medical assisting, phlebotomy, EKG and patient care tech), allowing you to specialize.

Dialysis Technologist

  • Dialysis Technology is a field that requires significant interaction with the patient, so the patient-care experience that all CNAs have will really come in handy. Dialysis technicians use dialysis machines to filter the blood of patients with end-stage renal disease and are responsible for the patient’s safety and well-being during the process. MCC’s Dialysis Technologist Training Program goes in depth in both practice and theory, preparing students for the industry standard BONENT exam, as well as certification in phlebotomy, a must-have for dialysis techs.

Surgical Technology

  • Looking for something a little more intense? Surgical Technology might be for you. Surgical techs are of vital importance in the OR where they help assist surgeons with instruments, maintain a sterile field, handle specimens and more. If you like working on your feet and don’t mind a bit (and sometimes a lot) of blood and guts, surgical technology can be a very rewarding field with significant potential for advancement. You’ll have the chance to join the team of surgeons and nurses who save lives through surgery. MCC’s Surgical Technology program prepares students for certifications in surgical technology and sterile processing.

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