I just finished my program classroom part. It was 10 weeks front office and 10 weeks back office. I also passed by national certification for MA through NCCT and will be taking my NCCT for phlebotomy so I can get certified and licensed her in California. I will also be starting my externship for 2 weeks for phlebotomy at a Kaiser hospital and then 4 weeks for medical assistant at a medical group.
I have been in the medical field for over 25 years but that was on the admin side doing patient registration and ER admitting, plus customer service. I have heard that being over 50, some places prefer more mature people then those in their 20's. I was also 11 years active duty Air Force and 11 years Reserves in Medical Administration so that background will help get a job.
The bad part here in Southern California is that a lot of offices want you to also speak Spanish which I do not.