I am trying to figure out the most efficient way to get direct patient care hours. I really would like to work as a MA (CNA and EMT are definitely not for me), however I am already in school and can't take an in person certification class since those can take up to 12 months or more. I have been trying to research online schools that have four to six month MA programs and have good reviews. I have heard some offices/clinics will do on the job training and don't require a certification. How common is finding such a place? Does anyone have any recommendations for online schools with a good medical assistant program that is fast paced and I can do while still going to college full time? Any advice would be helpful please.