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The Main Problem with CNA Programs: McAllen TX

The country’s booming health care industry has many students interested in a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). While the job provides opportunities for you to make a difference in patients’ lives on a regular basis, the drawbacks could be more than you signed up for. Before enrolling in cna programs mcallen tx, take a hard look at some of the drawbacks to becoming a CNA.

Drawbacks of Becoming a CNA

Many people dream of becoming a CNA for one reason: they want to help people in times of stress and illness. However, the job of a CNA is more than that. It’s a demanding job that could cause you to put your own health and well-being at risk.

  • Unpleasant regular job duties: While helping patients is fulfilling, many times the jobs of emptying bedpans, cleaning feces or bathing patients.
  • Dead-end jobs: Most students will see earning CNA credentials as a mere stepping stone to becoming a Registered Nurse (RN).
  • Low wages: While it’s possible to earn a decent living as a CNA, many health care agencies do not offer high wages for a CNA position.
  • Physical demands: You may be required to lift heavy objects, including patients, which could take its toll on your own health.
  • Emotional demands: While helping patients can be extremely rewarding, it can also be challenging. Some patients are violent, rude or aggressive.

Alternative Careers

The good news is that the medical profession requires a variety of roles in order to function. If you want to help people and like working in a medical environment, you can still have a fulfilling career as:

  • Medical Assistant: Help out around a medical setting in a myriad of ways by taking patient information and vital signs, performing lab work, scheduling appointments and more.
  • Pharmacy Technician: Use your knowledge of medicine and illness to help patients get relief. Pharmacy techs learn all the ins and outs of running a pharmacy to assist the pharmacist in many ways.
  • Medical Office Specialist: Work in a variety of health care office settings. You’ll work closely scheduling and greeting patients, answering phones, filing information and more.
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist: Learn the specific skills and knowledge necessary to bridge the gap between patients, insurance companies and doctors. Billing and coding specialists even have the option to work from home.

Before committing to a career as a CNA, consider all of your options. Perhaps all the duties of a CNA are too much for you. That’s okay, because there are so many other health industry career paths to choose from.  

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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

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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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