Ultimate Medical Academy Reviews of Associates in Medical Office Administration

  • 56 Reviews
  • Clearwater (FL)
  • Annual Tuition: $15,500 - $15,550
67% of 56 students said this degree improved their career prospects
84% of 56 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Reviews - Associates in Medical Office Administration

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Rebecca Stevens
  • Reviewed: 6/14/2020
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"UMA is a wonderful school with a lot of helpful staff and resources. As a working wife and mother the online courses make having a college education and career that I love a reality. If it wasn't for the availability of these courses online there is no way I would be able to further my education at this time in my life. Also, every time I need help with anything there is always someone available from UMA to assist, day or night. I would highly recommend UMA as a top choice in furthering your medical/healthcare education."
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2019
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"At first, I admit that I was skeptical of going back to school at age 41, because of the number of years it had been since I had any type of formal education. I was a divorced Mom whose only son had just graduated from High School and had no real direction, after all, I had been just "Mom" since I was 18 years old. Stephanie from admissions had called and truly inspired me. She was thoughtful, patient, energetic, and took the time to answer every single question I asked thoroughly. I was then contacted by Financial Aid, and was equally as impressed by the time spent to explain the loan process to me. Every single Advisor, Instructor, Financial Aid Counselor, etc. that I have encountered along my journey has treated me with nothing but respect, courtesy, and a positive attitude. I have been able to call, text, and email all of my Instructors, at any given time, for guidance, support, and to answer my questions the entire time I have been a UMA student. Discussion forums and a broad social network of fellow UMA students have helped me to feel like I am not alone in this. I would also like to add that their slogan that "UMA Cares" is a fact that I have experienced on two of the scariest days of my life. The first being the sudden death of my Mother on Christmas last year, only two months after I enrolled. The second was on my 41st birthday, September 14th, when I suffered a Myocardial Infarction (or heart attack) and had to have surgery to place a stent in the artery that supplies blood to the actual heart muscle. It was terrifying because I had 100% blockage and nearly did not survive. The concern and genuine affection I felt from UMA staff was overwhelming and I will never forget it as long as I live. I am proud to say that, despite the most difficult obstacles I have ever faced, I was able to maintain my 4.0 GPA. I was accepted into the Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society and I am an official UMA Ambassador! I graduate in just a few short months and I hope that my story will help you all to see that if you really want a purpose and need direction, then UMA is the school to guide you. It has been the best decision of my life, and truth be told, UMA is a fantastic place to gain your diploma or degree. There are those that do not take full advantage of the resources provided, and they may try to sway you away from UMA, but do not allow them to discourage you. It is a huge decision and your life will be forever changed, so do not let others make your life's decisions for you, myself included. I can only tell my story and hope that someday I may read yours here. Thank you for your time,"
  • Reviewed: 10/3/2019
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"I would say in all honesty, UMA is a great school to attend. They have your back through the end and even after you graduate. The tuition is inexpensive than majority of the other schools that have you paying an arm and a leg for. Also, UMA have great selections of majora to choose from. You also, receive reminders of when assignments are due every course and you also get to be apart of something great. I love it here and my graduation is next year in the spring. All you have to do is stay focus, be on time, and ask questions. Don't feel like you have to do this journey alone because you don't. This school is very understanding and they care. They are hers for you no matter what. You just have to speak and be clear on what you're not clear on and you shall receive your answer. Finally, when it comes down to job replacement, this school will support you and get you working in your field of study. I don't know what some of the reviews is speaking on but this school Ultimate medical academy great on saying they will support you on helping you get a job inyour field but you also have to have a part into knowing where you want to be and also put out your resumes as well not just the school. It goes hand in hand. Overall, I've recommended several people to this school and they say they love it and its a game changer for them and they will recommend others as well. Everything about this school has changed me. I have a 4.0 and always making the Dean's List since 2018. So I did it and succeeded you can too. Sometimes you have to go with your gut and ezperiences instead of reading or listening to what others have to say because you could be missing out on a great opportunity in its entirety."
Responded: 11/5/2019

We're so glad to hear that you're having a great experience at UMA, Sheena! Keep up the amazing work and please be sure to let us know if you ever need any assistance, we're here for you!

Kyle Callison
  • Reviewed: 6/3/2019
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"They discriminate. They disqualified me for a 14 year old misdemeanor. I already have an associates with honors. What a shame they can't further my aspirations. They have wasted alot of my time. Don't apply if you have misdemeanors no matter how old."
Responded: 7/12/2019

Hi Kyle - Thank you for reaching out to us. A criminal background check is an enrollment requirement at Ultimate Medical Academy and we include a disclosure in our enrollment packet to gather consent and provide information about the process. Many healthcare positions require a background check before hiring and our goal is to avoid enrolling students who may not be able to pass a background check satisfactorily when seeking employment in their field of study after graduation.

If you have any questions about the admissions process, please reach out to our UMA Cares Team at 800-509-5474 and we would be happy to discuss in more detail with you.

  • Reviewed: 5/15/2019
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"I had the school help me find a job and im still with out a job, the jobs they are trying to place me at is not in my field, i thought when i m got my degree that i would be placed in a office or something but they jeep trying to pull me for jobs that i know for a fact i want get because my are is big on hands on and liscense, ile only get an inter view but thats as far as ile make it and the position their offering me is no more than 10 an hour. I told tge lady that i would like to find my own job i no longer needed their help and today my mom tells me that the lady called her phone. That is harassing, thats something you dont do. Great school but not good at job placing and they harass alot"
Responded: 6/3/2019

Hi Jawanna - Thank you for reaching out to us and letting us know your concerns. I would like to connect you with our UMA Cares Team so that we may discuss your concerns in more detail with you and see if there is anything we may do to help. Would you please email us at social@ultimatemedical.edu so that I may connect you?

Andria Johnson
  • Reviewed: 2/9/2019
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"Furthering my education at Ultimate Medical Academy is one of the best choices I could have made in my life. I am currently a 4.0 student, a member of the ABK, and also an Ambassador for UMA. I would recommend this school to anyone interested in a medical career. The staff is great and always just a phone call or email away ready to assist you."
Responded: 2/14/2019

We're so happy to hear that you are having an amazing experience at UMA! Way to go on all of your accomplishments, that is awesome!

  • Reviewed: 10/29/2018
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"If I could give UMA zero stars I would. I applied for my bachelor degree, with another college and was told during the transcript review that my associate degree is a diploma and UMA is not regionally or nationally accredited. I'm in debt up to my eyeballs. I do not have the funds to re-take my associate degree and my bachelor degree plus at my age, I do not want to graduate in my 50's. UMA states they are accredited and I do in fact have an associate degree, this came from a manager. UMA has blamed the other college saying that it is up to the individual college if they accept UMA credits or not. So four different colleges telling me the same thing about the accreditation and me having a diploma instead of an associate degree is every college's fault but UMA's. Career services is a joke they send you for jobs not even in your degree field. I graduated as a medical admin assistant and was being sent for jobs like a pharmacy tech and dialysis technician. UMA's response, well you use your degree in those fields. I was a paramedic, there is a major difference between a dialysis tech and a medical admin specialist. UMA always points the finger at everyone else, they refuse to take ownership of their own faults, like accreditation and career services sending you random jobs you are not qualified for."
Responded: 12/3/2018

Hi Lillian - Thank you very much for reaching out to us. UMA is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Each school sets its own policy for accepting transfer credits from other institutions. For example, UMAs policy regarding External Transfer Credit for Previous Education can be found on page 26 of the Catalog. UMAs Catalog at page 28 states that a receiving institution controls acceptance of credits, and accreditation does not guarantee acceptance. Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the accepting institution; it is a students responsibility to confirm whether another institution accepts UMA credits. Like many schools, UMA has entered into articulation partnerships with select schools offering Bachelor degree programs. Information regarding these articulation partnerships can be found on page 27 of the Catalog. Qualified students may be eligible to transfer credits earned at UMA into these programs. For more information regarding these educational opportunities, please contact me. Our Career Services Team is dedicated to assisting our graduates in their job searches and our team would be happy to continue working with you in your job search. I would like to connect you with our UMA Cares Team so that we may discuss your concerns in more detail with you and see if there is anything we may do to help. Please email us at social@ultimatemedical.edu so that I may assist you.

Letrecia Brown
  • Reviewed: 5/11/2018
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"UMA was the best decision that I have ever made in my educational journey. I have never been so satisfied with all the services that UMA offers us students. From start to finish, I have maintained a 4.0 GPA, Straight As, placement on the Deans List, acceptance into the ambassadors program, and placement with the Honors Society. I have worked very hard but if it was not for my instructors, advisors, and UMA I dont know if I would have made it. I am so happy and proud of all my hard work and look forward to my future."
Kaitlyn Corrigan
Responded: 6/4/2018

Congratulations on all of your success, Letrecia! We are so happy to hear that you have enjoyed your experience at UMA while maintaining a 4.0 GPA! Please be sure to reach out to our Career Services Team so that we may assist you in your job search!

Ms. Chatman
  • Reviewed: 4/5/2018
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"First off let me start by saying I love this school. All of my instructors have been very helpful and my advisors have been even better. I am a few classes away from graduating and I cannot wait. I see all of the negative reviews and I honestly feel that everything is what you make it. Although they state that they will help with finding a job, interviewing, and taking the MAA certification, everything else is really up to you. Finding a job is not going to be easy but if you stay persistent and focus on what you really want you will get it. This school keeps in touch with you and they really encourage you to be the best. I am currently in the honor society and I am also an ambassador. So again it is all about what you make of it."
Responded: 4/26/2018

Hi Ms. Chatman - Thank you for taking the time to review UMA! We're so glad to hear that your instructors and advisors have been there for you to help when you need them! Way to go on being accepted into the ABK Honor Society and the UMA Ambassador program!

Shawntalyne Brown
  • Reviewed: 12/8/2017
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"UMA is a great school I would tell any and everyone that wants to go to school either online or on campus UMA is the place to go. I signed up straight out of high school they had a high school program that they dropped but I was lucky to finish the high school program and go straight into college for my degree. The instructors call to see how you doing as well as let you know how your doing."
Responded: 1/17/2018

Hi Shawntalyne - We're so glad to hear that you've had a great UMA experience!

Bebe perry
  • Reviewed: 11/23/2017
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"First of all I enrolled in this school because a former friend of mines was enrolled and I thought it was a good ideal note my friend didn't finish with this school because of their on reasons, let me say I'm 3 classes in and I have opinions of my own about UMA. First of all I feel like i have wasted a lot of money going to this school which in loans that I have to pay back, the reason I feel like this is because it took forever to get in contact with a instructor and by forever I mean forever. Also I just feel like this school is not legitimate and I tell you why I'm in a class now with an instructor who name is Dr. Magby no picture on this person no information on this person like other instructors and I just don't trust that it makes it's seems like it is a random person who is just giving out grades just because you complete the work rather it's wrong or right. I just think this school is out to just get money, I hope I'm wrong and I can use this degree in a professional matter. I worry that this is just a piece of paper that I will have that won't work for me.i graduate in 2019 and God willing I will write back and tell how all goes. Question does anyone who graduated from UMA with AAS in Medical administrative Assistant has this degree helped you in anyway with getting a job in the medical field? I hope that my feeling about this school being a scam are wrong and I can put my faith in them."
Responded: 1/17/2018

Hi Bebe - Thank you very much for reaching out to us. Online students can access their instructors information by logging in to the online classroom and navigating to the specific course area. We ask that you please allow at least 48 hours for your instructor to respond. Our Academic Team is also available for one-on-one help and can be reached at 888-215-8215. If you need immediate assistance, our Learner Services Team is available to assist you as well. I would like to have our UMA Cares Team reach out to you so that you may discuss any concerns you may have with them. Would you please email us at social@ultimatemedical.edu so that I may have a team member reach out to assist you?

  • Reviewed: 11/10/2017
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"The school is good but the career services is awful. I had a baby at the end of my degree (unplanned) I choose to stay home, when I asked if we could close my case until I am ready to work I was told no in a rude way. They call all the time and email non stop I reply to every email and never hear back. The classes were great and helpful. If you know you are going right to work this is an awesome school but if you may have something come up this isn't the school for you."
Responded: 1/17/2018

Hi Lacie - Thank you for reaching out to us. I would like to discuss this further with you as well as connect you to our UMA Cares Team. Would you please email us at social@ultimatemedical.edu so that I may better assist you?

Responded: 1/31/2018

Hi Lacie - Thank you for reaching out to us. I would be happy to ensure that you are no longer contacted until you are ready to start your job search. Would you please email us at social@ultimatemedical.edu so that I may assist you?

Esther Gonzalez
  • Reviewed: 9/5/2017
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"UMA has given me the opportunity to accomplish my dream. I had an opportunity to finish my Associates in Administrative Medical Assisting online this year.My classes were online this gave me the flexibility to handle my personal life, work and school. The instructors were very helpful, knowledgeable. This is the best school I have ever attended, I do recommend this school to other new students looking for online courses in the medical field."
Theresa Herman
  • Reviewed: 8/31/2017
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"I have been in the Healthcare field for 10+ years but never finished a degree. UMA helped me accomplish that and more! The instructors are very caring and extremely helpful. When they saw me slipping a bit they reached out to ensure everything was ok. They helped me achieve a 3.66(4.0 until my last 3 classes due to health issues) all while working full time and taking care of my family. I dealt with a sick husband and a struggling 15 year old in his academic studies. I couldnt have done it with the help of my instructors and my class advisor Ancel Simmons! I highly recommend this school and would attend on campus to further my clinical education in a heartbeat if I lived in Florida!"
  • Reviewed: 8/23/2017
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"I would not recommend this school to anyone. They do a good job a misrepresenting themselves and seeming like they care about your education at first. I have a degree from a traditional college but wanted a degree in medical because I've been thinking about changing careers for a while. Since I work, I decided to try online and give UMA a shot. Big mistake. The staff does a really good job of sucking you in with their overly enthusiastic congratulations and well wishes. They're selling a product so of course the representatives seem positive and excited for you at first, almost to the point of being a bit pushy. Should have been a red flag there. After that everything gets worse. They call your phone several times a day back to back, even after you tell them you're busy and that you'll get back with them within the hour or during your free time. Constant emails are even worse. Family emergency? Sick child in the hospital? They don't care, they just want you to finish your financial information asap so they can get paid. While my child was in the hospital one of the reps called me and said "there's nothing you can do for them now", but asked could I "get online and go through fasfa" at that moment. Are they trained to be that insensitive when it comes to getting money out of you? Should have been another red flag that this "school" is only out for money. Many of their financial representatives are rude and sound either bored with their job or not wanting to help you. Maybe both. They wouldn't accept certain state grants for some reason so, if PELL grant didn't cover the cost, you either have to take out a loan or pay out of pocket. I was originally told that the program would cost $16,000 but later the cost changed to $26,000. Seriously, I have no idea where the extra $10,000 was coming from and they were adamant that this was always the price even though a summary and a rep at the beginning stating the cost at $16,000. For the price of UMA degrees, you're probably better off attending a local college or even a university. Thank goodness I was still in touch with my old college advisor. She laughed when I told her I had signed up with UMA and said their degrees are pretty much worthless and over priced(no kidding $26,000 for a $2,500-4,000 degree). She also told me the UMA has been known to take loans out in their students' names. No thanks. I only got into a week or so of class before I cancelled out, owing them nothing. From what I saw of the classes, it was basically independent study with the instructor popping in just to give out assignments and answer a few questions if you have trouble. Can't really talk in depth since I didn't stick around. All in all, I would say don't fall for anything this "school" promises. Take your money and go attended a local college it will save you a lot of time, money and hassle."
Shawntalyne Brown
  • Reviewed: 7/28/2017
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"At UMA you will have a choice to either go to school on line, or on campus. There are so many classes to choose from since I like helping people I choose the MAA associates degree. The staff call you to see if there is anything they can assist you with as well as you can earn Honor roll, Dean's List, and many more."
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  • Reviewed: 7/8/2017
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"My college is very smooth,but are money hungry,they go to your fafsa and deciedes for you, what you should pay back. What schools accepts loans f or you and do not let a student decied if they want subsizied or unsubsized loans. You may just want a grant, or you may want all moneys , because you are the one who has to pay back. I would not let this school get you in debt and they do not display what you actually paying for, I do not trust them and may withdraw after doing more extensive research. Can I transfer credits , is this school official, and why I cannot mkae my on finacial decisions with my fafsa. Bad Scool and who does that?"
  • Reviewed: 5/25/2017
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"PLEASE DON'T LISTEN TO THE NEGATIVE REPORTS UMA ROCKS! If you didn't succeed there it had to be on the individual because everything they said they was about they fulfilled it and more. I never had a problem any information I requested and needed help with they was there. Like anywhere there is a protocol you must follow now if you didn't follow that then there will be consequences. UMA taught me the best..."
Allison Lester- Stojakovich
  • Reviewed: 4/30/2017
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"This is my first time ever attending college! Let me tell you, I am truly blessed to be attending UMA! I have looked at over a dozen of online school most were scams, don't care about your needs,just wanted money ans were a profit school. My friend who now graduated Uma in march 2017 with her bachelor's degree in billing and coding told me I needed to check out her school. I did. I did some research on it found out it was in the top 10. Before choosing my career as a Medical administrative assistant... I chose billing and coding. After talking to advisors they helped me choice Medial administrative assistant and asked me to take the quiz on there website. It helps fit you with the best program. I'm now in my 3rd week of college and have A+. The courses are easy and very understandable. There is a catch.... of you need help they have coaches for you which I call all the time. When i say all the time probably 5-10 times a day when I need help or better understanding my assignment. They literally hold your hand and walk you thru every step. best school ever. Stop looking at all these other school, let go of the stress on your plate. CHOOSE UMA. They choose you!"
  • Reviewed: 4/11/2017
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration