Firstly, for anybody who is interested in online medical office assisting, know in advance that it is for FRONT OFFICE medical assisting, not back office. Through the course you will learn some back office procedures, but because this is not a hands on course, you only are able to really get the "feel" of the front office part of medical assisting (even though they do not state it until you receive the course materials). You also get a feel of medical billing and coding specialization too.
I started the program a few months ago, and so far aside from what was just said, I REALLY like it. The course material is not too easy, and not too tricky, it is set up so it is easy and enjoyable to read, and is just all around set up very well. It is most definitely only for people who have the willpower and determination to teach themselves, as you can't get instruction from a teacher all the time. The Ashworth forum REALLY helps in this situation if you need help. So far I have had more success getting my questions answered there quicker than emailing the college themselves.
Overall, distance education from them has its pros and cons, but I totally would recommend this college to anybody who wants to get into distance education. I love Ashworth so far!
Class of 2012 (hopefully)