Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) is a private educational institution that primarily provides healthcare training. It was established in 1994 and has two physical campuses located in Tampa and Clearwater, Florida and its online campus. The two physical campuses offer day, evening, and weekend classes while the online campus provides access to healthcare training to students worldwide anytime.
UMA focuses on short-term diplomas and associate degree programs. Associate degree programs include Medical Billing and Coding, Health Information Technology, Health Sciences, Healthcare Management, Nursing, and Spa Management. Diploma Programs consist of Basic X-Ray with Medical Office Procedures, Dental Assistant with Expanded Functions, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Assistant., Medical Billing and Coding, Medical/Clinical Laboratory Assistant, Medical Office and Billing Specialist, Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Pharmacy Technician, and Phlebotomy Technician.
Ultimate Medical Academy is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) which is the agency recognized as the institutional and specialized accreditor of healthcare training-focused educational programs by the US Department of Education. It prides itself as a military-friendly school specifically for online healthcare programs. Highly recommended for military students seeking career advancement or a future in the civilian job market are UMA’s associate degrees programs particularly the AS in Health Science in three concentrations namely Pharmacy Technician, Medical Administrative Assistant, and Medical Office and Billing Specialist; AS in Medical Billing and Coding; AS in Information Technology; AS in Healthcare Management; and AS in Spa Management. Ultimate Medical Academy is a member of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) as well as the National Healthcare Association (NHA) and the Florida Association of Post Secondary Schools and Colleges.
Financial assistance can be obtained through grants, scholarships, and federal loans. Federal student aid usually covers tuition, books, and supplies. Other sources of tuition assistance include need and merit-based scholarships and employer tuition reimbursement. Federal aid may come in the form of Pell grants, Stafford and PLUS Loans, among others. Military students can also use veteran’s benefits as provided in the Montgomery G.I. Bill.
Special tuition rates are made available to active-duty service members, guards, reserves and veterans, as well as spouses and qualified dependents of active-duty military. Ultimate Medical Academy accepts military tuition assistance, waives registration fee, and accepts CLEP/DANTES credits and credit transfers for eligible military experience. Prospective students can contact an Admissions Representative for specific costs.
Ultimate Medical Academy online campus provides the benefits of an accredited institution, interactive learning, affordable education, and supportive community. Through the convenient Online Allied Healthcare Programs, professionals and military servicemen need not quit or take leave from their jobs while pursuing further education. Classes can be accessed from anywhere the Internet is available.
Students can opt to sign up for the Study Buddy Program to be part of a beneficial student network that provides enhanced academic and social experience. The online training programs also provide personalized attention and guidance to each and every student. Online healthcare training programs include Health Information Technology, Health Sciences, Healthcare Management, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Office and Billing Specialist, Pharmacy Technician, and Spa Management.
The total number of students enrolled at Ultimate Medical Academy is placed at 466, 76% of whom are female and 24% are male.