Ultimate Medical Academy Reviews

  • 399 Reviews
  • Clearwater (FL)
  • Annual Tuition: $15,500 - $15,550
64% of 399 students said this degree improved their career prospects
79% of 399 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • 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..."
  • Reviewed: 5/5/2017
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"Do Not go here this school is a scam big time I would have gone to a community college had I known about this school no one has ever heard of this school and if they have none of it is good I had a friend of mine literally laugh when she found out I was attending this school FYI she is a doctor. I started out taking the associate degree in medical coding and billing but decided to take the certificate course instead because they get you all started with coding then switch gears on you a throw you into biology and English well for starters if I needed to take those courses they should have been first then they do not teach you proper medical terminology which is a big part of this job I have a feeling I've just wasted alot of money and alot of time with this school."
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!"
Amanda Patterson
  • Reviewed: 4/23/2017
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"DO NOT BELIEVE THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS!!!!!!! This school is awesome you don't have to start paying on your student loans until 6 months after graduation unless you want to start paying sooner. If you want your disbursements then you have to call and ask for the remaining amount and they will send it to you. The staff is great and very helpful in everything. They are not all about the money they actually care about your future and help prepare you for a job and interviews and with your resume. If people are leaving negative reviews then they obviously wasn't doing something right. So don't believe the horrible things you hear about this school. I am a review person and if I have a bad experience I will be the first to let you know but this school absolutely wonderful I recommend to anyone. I actually have a friend of mine who chose this school as well and she loves it. UMA ROCKS"
  • Reviewed: 4/14/2017
  • Degree: Healthcare Management
"They were so helpful during my time there but afterwards it was a different story. No support of any kind. Career services suck horribly. My thoughts exactly. No changing of words or mind. Now that I think about it, I would have chosen another school with a better reputation, commitment, and long term assistance."
  • Reviewed: 4/12/2017
  • Degree: Human Services
"This school has ruined my life and my credit. I'm halfway through my program (9 months in) and I am $18,000 in debt. Also my degree will be useless in Louisiana and my credits will not transfer. Run away from this school if they call or you'll regret it. Trust me on this. I am seeking legal action because of all the loans I had to take out unnecessarily. An associates degree should NOT cost $30,000. These people lied to me and pushed me to enroll and by the time I realized they were scamming me it was too late. Please take my advice and do NOT enroll and if you have just enrolled here, withdraw now while you are still debt free. I qualify for full government financial aid, meaning I get the MAXIMUM amount for federal grants and that was more than enough to pay my tuition. But these sharks find every way to charge more and more every semester. They will talk and build you up when you first enroll and you will love them. I did too my first semester. But don't fall for it. These people a trained to motivate you. You will also more than likely have a 3.5 or higher GPA and get praised over and over every time you talk to them. It's all a scam. Every online student is an honor roll student. Then things start to change after they have you trapped and you are thousands of dollars in debt. You can't transfer to a legitimate school because no school accepts your credits and you can't quit. To all of your that just enrolled, please think about getting out while you still have time."
  • Reviewed: 4/11/2017
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
Angela Buchmeier
  • Reviewed: 4/5/2017
  • Degree: Healthcare Management
"I attended UMA not realizing if I was going to like it or not. Once I got started on the program I realized that this was something I really was good at. I am getting my associate degree in Healthcare Management. The financial aid department was very helpful. I had to be transferred a few times to get problems solved but, in the end they were resolved efficiently and effectively. The academic coaching is wonderful. I couldn't tell you how many times I used them. The professors and staff were excellent. They give you the materials you need, and they provide extra websites and materials that help get you through. The professors are very willing to help you through any issues you may have to make sure you succeed. Overall, I have never regretted going to this school. I think they are very well adapted to today's studies. You have to remember that if you take online classes, they aren't easy. If it were easy, you really wouldn't learn anything. You have to be dedicated and committed to do the work and really reach out if you are struggling. They are there to help you push through. I love this school and like I said, I have no regrets at all."
  • Reviewed: 3/23/2017
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"This school has had a huge impact on my life. Not only with my education but my career as well. I am only 19 years old working at my children's doctors office and continuing to attend classes and take care of my family at home. This school has helped stay focused on my school work and if I need anything if a little extra push I receive it. The advisers are amazing. I have had a total of 6 advisers and that's because the first one moved then I had 2 more after that because of my GPA and then I went back to continue my education. Your adviser will work with you and always give you a call back."
Sarah Parker
  • Reviewed: 3/16/2017
  • Degree: Healthcare Management
"This school is a joke. No decent paying place of employment will hire people from this school. Towards the end i figured out you can reset your attendance with a discussion or extra credit then do all 5 weeks work in one day and still very an A in the class. If you do that the teachers don't even read your response they just give you a decent grade for everything you submit. They call your phone 5 times in a row a couple times a day every single day. It is ridiculous. You tell them you work nights don't bother me they ring your phone by 9am. Financial aid messes award letters up. It is a waste of time and an even bigger waste of money. You can get a better education at a community college for a fraction of the cost."
  • Reviewed: 2/21/2017
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"Worse school ever! Lied too about everything ! Took my disbursement funds , that I was told I was going to get never did !!!! Was lied to about everything the school Would offer . Wouldn't recommend this place to anyone ! Ever!!!!! They are liars !"
Hailey Wood
Responded: 3/3/2017

Hi Anne - I see you are frustrated and want to let you know that we are here to provide answers and help to resolve the misunderstanding you are currently experiencing. I'd like to connect you with Student Finance so that they may fully explain to you the steps involved with the Financial Aid process. From each student's first day, the are guided with the help of an Admissions Representative, a Learner Services Advisor, Student Finance Advisors and even Academic Facilitators or coaches. Each of these teams (and more) are available to help each student in their path to success. We are still here for you. Please reach out to us at 888-212-5421so we may help you to more fully understand your financial process or contact UMA Cares at 800-509-5474.

Joycelyn Watson
  • Reviewed: 2/21/2017
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"For starters I joined an online school because it was best fit for my lifestyle at the time having two young children. I was very weary for this is my first time attending online school which is not easy but I was motivated to complete the program to make my children proud. My experience with UMA has been absolutely AMAZING. I would highly recommend this school to anyone who is ready to take their education to the next level and really serious about completing. I maintained a high gpa throughout my entire program I stayed up long nights studying utilizing all of the amazing resources that the school has given the students. Not to mention the staff is awesome, very attentive, and when they say they'll be there every step of the way, they will. I never felt alone although I live states away it felt like UMA was right here for me. Anyone ready to take education seriously, coming from a UMA graduate, I recommend UMA. Even after you graduate theyre here every step to help find employment. UMA literally has the best career services ive ever witnessed from a college, they care, they want us to find jobs and get everything out of what we signed up for attending this college. This school is excellent from the mock interviews to the professional advice ive learned so much not just with my field of study but how to become a professional in any business venture being goaled. I cant express this enough UMA has helped me grow in so many ways from my education level to my over all professional presentation. I will continue my education with UMA and it is worth every penny."
  • Reviewed: 2/20/2017
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"This school is unreliable. They tell you that they will help but they don't. Their Financial aide dept only wants the aide from the government but is unwilling to help give accurate information. They hound you but don't help or offer a solution. They're not that good."
Kalaiah E.
  • Reviewed: 2/15/2017
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"This is an email I sent to the school career services member. I caution anyone applying to this school. Yes let them know and please advise the ultimate medical staff to not schedule me anymore job opportunities, as this schools career services is honestly not even recognized,and is an honest waste of my time and finances.I have gone to interview after interview, spending my gas and time that I could be using at my current employer, because I had faith that this was going to work in my favor..Me working hard to stay on a honors path,hasn't gotten me anywhere,& every interview "John Doe" sends me on is a complete waste. I have no experience,& obviously my education and associates it has no worth based upon the fact that every school I have tried to enroll into for my bachelors state this schools accreditation is national and not regional, so Universities.. out. A school with actual pull,when it comes to pushing their students success..out. If the career services department could spend as much time researching these supposed job opportunities, as they do calling me back to back to back, this would be a winner. There was a warning sign when I received an email from another graduate that stated she wasn't getting anywhere with her interviews,& I thought maybe it's her. Maybe she isn't representing herself effectively..but honestly I believe this is probably a trend. Im quite interested to know what the actual success of job placement is within this institution.What research does your institution do to find these "job opportunities"? Because it feels like the team is searching the yellow pages in Southern California, for medical offices. Lastly, who schedules someone for an interview and hasn't even spoken to them? I'm not sure if I've ever heard of something like that. I have been at job training for the past week or so with another company,& I haven't been able to answer the phone, so I assume the career services representative that decided to just schedule something, without my knowledge is not aware of the fact that, you should speak with a person before making decisions on their behalf and their personal time.So at this point, there really isn't anything else for me to say to any of your staff. I wish you all well. This school is a complete joke, & I wouldn't recommend anyone even considering it."
  • Reviewed: 1/27/2017
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"I would and do recommend UMA to anyone that is thinking about furthering their education. The advisors and teachers are the best. When I graduated the career advisors worked very hard to help me find a job, I am so thankful I know it is an expensive school but, I know of no school where the advisors really work so hard to help you get a job. The school has such wonderful resources to help with your class work. Teachers are so helpful, if you need help you can contact them and they will call you back text or email you. I did not think I could do an online class. I thought I had to sit in a classroom, I proved myself wrong, I'm glad I did."
  • Reviewed: 1/14/2017
  • Degree: Mathematics
"Program waste of money, almost $30000 for MAA DEGREE. This school is nationally accredited meaning I would not be able to transfer to Regionally accredited. I'm paying all that money for something I can take at local school for $2000-$4000.... I would get an entry level job making between $8-$11 a hour. The school refund check was $1200 and so much loans taken out verses local community college I wouldn't need to take out any loans. Not to mention Career Services doesn't help assist with looking in same field of work or similar, if they can get you an interview flipping burgers they would. This is all to protect their retention and placement disclosures to be accredited."
Kristin mitzelfelt
  • Reviewed: 12/19/2016
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"This school is a scam I completed my first course all the way until the last day when they suddenly canceled my enrollment "for financial aid" but instead of letting me finish my last test they said that I would have to redo the whole entire course if I wanted to re-enroll so they let me attend for 5 weeks of school and made me pay for a whole entire course when they canceled me I did not ask to be canceled and then tried to get me to retake the whole entire course that I just took absolutely ridiculous they made me file my taxes over 16 times it was a runner-up no one could answer me no one could tell me what was going on and they just kept transferring me it was the worst experience I have ever had in my life I was getting all A's in my class and I was super excited and then this I will never again try to do school online I will stick to local schools"
Erin B
  • Reviewed: 12/19/2016
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"I graduated with high honors, on the honor roll every quarter. I felt the school was rather easy. I had issues with a few of the instructors. One would not answer any questions I had. I had tried to reach her by business phone, cell phone and email. It took over a week to get her to respond. I then was basically blown off with my needs. I rarely reached out for help but when I needed it I felt no one was there for me. My other issue was I was told my cost for Diploma and Associates program would be a total of $17000. When I finished my diploma program I owed with interest $17000 and they want another $10000 for the Associates program. I feel like I was lied to and swindled. My spouse who's getting a Bachelors Degree with an actual university is spending a total of $22000! I feel like I was ripped off!! I cannot say I would recommend this program to anyone just based on the cost factor."
Keevah A Brown
  • Reviewed: 12/18/2016
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"This program was so thorough and detail oriented, I actually learned more than I did at my previous college where I attended in person instead of online! The course work was invaluable and there was always a tutor at my leisure to call and assist me with any questions or problems I may have had. I immediately found employment in my field with the degree I earned from UMA and am very grateful for the experience!"
Christina Y
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2016
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"My decision to attend UMA was based entirely on my desire to become the most educated and prepared medical biller possible. UMA is dedicated to providing all of the training essential to student success in the medical profession. The instructors at UMA are some of the most caring and compassionate people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. They truly care about their students success, and continuously go above and beyond to make themselves available to their students for support, both educational and personal. I am a two - time graduate of UMA, and I will always return to UMA for all of my secondary education needs."