I have been a medical assistant for eight years now and I am one of the few in my cohort who has decided to stay on as a MA rather than pursue another degree. Initially, my intent was similar to Suzanne and I wanted to use it as a stepping stone career. It was an affordable option ($5k) at a community college that was easier to get into compared to other healthcare programs. Now, I work at a hospital as a vascular access technician using ultrasound to place IVs on difficult patients. My CMA credential gave me access to specialties, procedures, and skills that I wouldn't have access to in other fields. I was able to specialize in phlebotomy and that is how I got to where I am today!