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Don’t Join a Certified Nursing Assistant Program, Austin!

Thinking about becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA)? The hours of a CNA can be grueling and not conducive to your family’s schedule. It requires a lot of training, internship experience, passing state certification exams, and earning continuing education credits throughout your career. If that sounds like a bit much for you, it’s time to reconsider. There is an easier way to a promising, fulfilling career in the healthcare field.

Disadvantages of Becoming a CNA

  • Long hours
  • Shift schedule that changes each month and sometimes includes midnights
  • Physically demanding work
  • Emotionally demanding work
  • Low pay
  • High burnout rates
  • Few opportunities for advancement without further education

Other Options in Healthcare

The good news is there are plenty of other careers within the healthcare field that allow you to work with patients or assist other healthcare professionals. Perhaps you would rather spend your time on the business side of the healthcare industry. If so, a career as a medical office specialist or a medical billing and coding specialist could be a better fit for you.

Medical Office Specialist

A medical office specialist essentially runs the front office of a variety of medical institutions. You would be responsible for answering phones, scheduling appointments, greeting patients, filing patient information, and so much more. The training to become a medical office specialist includes courses in:

  • Medical charting
  • Patient Care
  • Office Administration
  • Insurance Processing
  • Electronic Health Records

Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

If you prefer to work with numbers, you might find fulfillment as a medical billing and coding specialist. Billing and coding specialists act as the liaison between patients, insurance companies and doctors. Your job would be to code doctors’ diagnoses, submit claims to insurance companies, answer patient questions regarding billing and inquire about unpaid bills. The coursework to obtain certification includes:

  • Patient Care
  • Charting
  • Office Administration
  • ICD 9 & 10

Medical Assistant

Working as a medical assistant provides a lot of the same experiences you would have as a CNA, without all the drawbacks. Medical assistants get the satisfaction of helping patients and assisting doctors and nurses. Essentially, you become a “jack of all trades” that can readily assist as needed, whether you’re drawing blood for lab work or simply scheduling an appointment. Training includes courses in:

  • Phlebotomy
  • EKG Monitoring
  • Patient Care
  • Professional Communication
  • Office Administration
  • Clinical Skills
  • Pharmacology

When you’re considering your future, remember that it doesn’t necessarily have to include a certified nursing assistant program austin. You could spend a lot less time and money in school by becoming a different sort of health professional. Your horizons then become a little broader with opportunities to work from home as a medical billing and coding specialist, or in a variety of medical offices and hospitals as a medical assistant or office specialist.  

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What SCI Students Are Saying

“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”


Denise S.
Medical Assistant

“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”


Raquel S.

“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”


Annette D.
Business Accounting

“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”


Bonnie M
Medical Assistant

“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”


Sidney B
Medical Assistant

“The best place ever!! Ms.Tonia rocks she is the best teacher… I love going to school my time there is amazing.”


Andrea Garcia

“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”


Olga C.

“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”


Valerie D.

“I am very happy with where I am and where I’m going. Through high school, I struggled with math. When I came to SCI, I enrolled in the Business Accounting Specialist program to see if I could do it. SCI provided me with the accounting skills I needed to help me find a career. Now, I have an amazing career and room to grow in the company.”


Crystal H.
Business Accounting

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