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Ultimate Medical Academy Hosts Career Fair for Healthcare Jobs in Florida
TAMPA, Fla., May 17, 2013 – Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) hosted a career fair at its Tampa campus last month, connecting prominent local and national healthcare employers with over 300 job seekers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 34.5% increase in jobs within the category of healthcare support occupations from 2010 to 2020; the largest percentage of growth among all major occupational groups.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) Sponsors the Egypt Shrine Circus to Support Local Special Needs Children
TAMPA, Fla., May 15, 2013 – Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) announced its sponsorship of the Egypt Shrine Circus which ran April 18 through April 21 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. UMA was a “Ringmaster Gold Level” sponsor for this event. UMA’s sponsorship meant that 44 local special needs children were able to attend the circus at no cost. This included transportation to the event and chaperones to escort and provide necessary assistance.
Ultimate Medical Academy's Spring Graduation Marks Important Milestones For School
TAMPA, Fla., April 17, 2013 – Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) hosted its 14th graduation ceremony on Saturday, April 6, at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Fla. This commencement ceremony marked several important milestones for the school and its graduates:
Ultimate Medical Academy Announces Associate of Science in Nursing Degree Program
TAMPA, Fla., March 20, 2013 – Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) is actively enrolling students for its Associate of Science in Nursing program’s April 15 start. The program is taught at UMA’s Tampa campus located at Busch Blvd. and I-275. In as little as two years, students can graduate and be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) which enables them to seek entry-level positions in nursing.
Hurricane Sandy Victims Not Forgotten This Holiday Season at Ultimate Medical Academy
TAMPA, Fla., December 14, 2012 – Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) announced a fundraising campaign to contribute to American Red Cross relief efforts and extend holiday spirit to victims of hurricane Sandy.
Ultimate Medical Academy's Second Annual "Learn for the Cure" Campaign Supports Breast Cancer Research
TAMPA, Fla., November 8, 2012 – Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) completed its second annual "Learn for the Cure" fundraiser, raising $5,271 to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) Leads With Technology and Service to Enhance Student Experience
TAMPA, Fla., October 10, 2012 – Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) continues to prioritize student success by enhancing the technology and services they offer to support their students.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) Hosts Second Virtual Graduation Ceremony for Students in Online Healthcare Associate and Diploma Programs
TAMPA, Fla., September 18, 2012 – Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) recently hosted its second virtual graduation ceremony for students of its online healthcare associate and diploma programs.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) Raises More than $27,000 for the 29th Annual All Children's Hospital Telethon
TAMPA, Fla., July 24, 2012 – On June 3, 43 dedicated Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) employees got up early on a Sunday morning to help raise funds for one of the top children's hospitals in the nation at the 29th Annual All Children's Hospital Telethon.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) Provides Enhanced Learning Experience for Online Healthcare Programs With Launch of Blackboard 9.1
UMA’s Online Healthcare Courses Are Transitioning to Blackboard Learn 9.1, Which Offers Expanded Functionality and Improved User Experience
TAMPA, Fla., June 4, 2012 – Students enrolled in online healthcare education programs at Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) now have access to Blackboard Learn 9.1, a new online learning platform that is designed to provide an enhanced interactive experience.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) Hosts Virtual Graduation Ceremony for Students in Online Healthcare Associate and Diploma Programs
UMA’s First-Ever Virtual Commencement Ceremony Well Attended by Graduates of Online Healthcare Education Programs
TAMPA, Fla., May 18, 2012 -- Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) recently hosted a virtual graduation ceremony for students of its online healthcare associate and diploma programs. The event, which was the first of its kind for the Florida-based healthcare school, was held Saturday, April 21, 2012, via the INXPO® virtual event platform. More than 500 graduates, guests, and UMA faculty and staff attended the online commencement.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) Participates in Wild Splash 2012 as Part of Clearwater Healthcare School’s Community Outreach
UMA Hosts WiLD 94.1 Live Radio Remote and Connects With Concertgoers in Healthcare Education Booth at Wild Splash 2012
TAMPA, Fla., May 15, 2012 -- Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) actively participates in community events throughout Tampa Bay and recently connected with the public during Wild Splash 2012, an annual music festival sponsored by WiLD 94.1 FM. UMA hosted a ticket giveaway and live radio remote prior to the festivities. Representatives were available to discuss the school’s healthcare programs at a dedicated “Education Island” tent the day of the event.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) Connects With ESOs and Partners at 2012 Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) Symposium
UMA Reception for Education Services Officers (ESOs) at CCME Symposium Featured Presentations on Healthcare Degree Programs and Services for Military Students
TAMPA, Fla., March 13, 2012 -- Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) recently presented its online healthcare degree programs and military education services at the 2012 Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) Symposium, which was held Feb. 13-16 in Orlando. Nearly 900 people attended this year’s symposium, including Education Services Officers (ESOs) and other military educators, civilian educators, postsecondary educational institutions and providers of education products and services.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) Hosts Open House Featuring Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
UMA Tampa Event Spotlighted Nursing Degree Program and Career Outlook; Attendees Also Enjoyed Refreshments, Giveaways and 94.1 FM Live Radio Remote
TAMPA, Fla., February 15, 2012 -- Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) recently hosted a nursing open house and information session for its Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program. The January 27 event, held on UMA’s campus in Tampa, was open to the public and designed to be an educational and fun gathering for anyone interested in a nursing career. Highlights of the open house included a presentation by Peggy Soper, UMA’s Director of Nursing, as well as refreshments, giveaways and a live remote with radio personality, Gordie of “The Freakshow” on 94.1 FM.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) Partners With United States Coast Guard (USCG) to Facilitate Computer-Based CLEP Testing for Servicemembers
UMA Provides Technology to Support Base-Sponsored National Test Center for CLEP Exams at USCG Sector St. Petersburg
TAMPA, Fla., February 14, 2012 -- The United States Coast Guard (USCG) unit in St. Petersburg, Florida, has partnered with Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) to establish a base-sponsored National Test Center for the College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) provided by the College Board. UMA was commissioned by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) to supply the technology and equipment required for computer-based CLEP testing at USCG Sector St. Petersburg.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) to Exhibit and Host ESO Reception at the 2012 Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) Symposium
UMA Invites Education Services Officers (ESOs) and Military Partners to Attend Cocktail Reception on February 15 During 2012 CCME Symposium
TAMPA, Fla., February 9, 2012 -- Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) will present its online healthcare degree programs and military education services at the upcoming Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) Symposium in Orlando, Florida. In addition to sponsoring a booth in the exhibit hall, UMA will also host a cocktail reception for Education Services Officers (ESOs) and military partners during the event. The 2012 CCME conference will be held at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld from February 13–16.
New Healthcare Programs Launched by Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) in 2011 Expand Allied Health Career Options for Students in 2012
2011 Year in Review: UMA’s Healthcare Education Programs, Military-Friendly Standing and Charitable Community Initiatives Pave the Way for Continued Growth in 2012
TAMPA, Fla., January 23, 2012 -- As aspiring allied health professionals have continued to seek formal healthcare education in specialized areas, Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) responded by introducing a number of new healthcare training and degree programs in 2011. Other highlights of the past year include UMA’s designation as a Military Friendly School® and Voluntary Education Partnership with the Department of Defense, as well as its successful “Learn for the Cure” campaign.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) Enters Voluntary Education Partnership With U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
UMA Approved by DoD for Voluntary Education Program, Enabling Eligible Students to Use Military Tuition Assistance Benefits for Healthcare Degrees
TAMPA, Fla., December 28, 2011 -- Recognized by G.I. Jobs as a Military Friendly School®, Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) has been approved for participation in the Department of Defense (DoD) Voluntary Education Program. Under the terms of this program, eligible servicemembers may apply military tuition assistance benefits toward UMA’s online healthcare degrees.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) to Host Food and Toy Drive on UMA Tampa Campus
UMA Invites Students and Community to Donate "Food and Toys for Girls and Boys" at the Tampa Campus on Wednesday, December 7, During 93.3 FLZ Jingle Ball Ticket Drop
TAMPA, Fla., December 5, 2011 -- To help Tampa Bay families in need this holiday season, Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) and radio station 93.3 FLZ will be hosting a food and toy drive at the UMA Tampa campus on Wednesday, December 7, from 1 to 3 pm. The public is invited to join UMA students, faculty and staff in donating "Food and Toys for Girls and Boys"; and everyone who donates will be entered to win one of 12 pairs of tickets to 93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball 2011, which will take place on December 11 at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) Presents $5,000 Donation to Florida Suncoast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Participation of UMA Students and Community in “Learn for the Cure” Initiative Helped Raise $5,000 for Breast Cancer Research, Diagnosis and Treatment
TAMPA, Fla., November 16, 2011 – Students, faculty, staff and friends of Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) rallied together to “Learn for the Cure” in October 2011, collectively raising $5,000 in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On November 10, UMA presented the donation to a local affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, an organization that is recognized as a global leader in the fight against breast cancer.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) Designated a Military Friendly School® by G.I. Jobs
G.I. Jobs’ 2012 Military Friendly Schools® Listing Includes Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA), Which Offers Online Healthcare Training and Degree Programs to Students Worldwide
TAMPA, Fla., November 11, 2011 – While servicemembers and veterans have long recognized Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) as a military-friendly school, G.I. Jobs has made it official. The respected military publication recently released its 2012 Military Friendly Schools® list, which includes UMA among the top 20% of all universities, colleges and trade schools nationwide. Institutions featured in this prestigious listing are recognized for their support of military education as well as their military-friendly policies, including acceptance of military tuition assistance.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) Employees Join Together in “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer”
UMA Staff Teamed Up to Raise Awareness and Donations for American Cancer Society “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Walk
TAMPA, Fla., November 08, 2011 – In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) employees organized a team of walkers for the 2011 Pinellas, Florida, “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” event, which took place on October 22 in downtown St. Petersburg. Hosted by the American Cancer Society, the annual walk is held in cities throughout the United States and is designed to raise funds for breast cancer awareness campaigns, education, research and treatment.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) Awards Degrees and Diplomas to Approximately 500 Students in September Graduation Ceremony
Graduates of Campus-Based and Online Healthcare Programs Receive Their Degrees and Diplomas in UMA’s Largest Graduation Ceremony to Date
TAMPA, Fla., October 28, 2011 – Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) recently hosted the largest graduation ceremony in its history, awarding healthcare degrees and diplomas to approximately 500 students. The event was held Saturday, September 17, 2011, at the Florida State Fairgrounds and was attended by more than 1,000 family members and friends.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) Kicks Off “Learn for the Cure” Initiative in Support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
UMA Pledges to Donate Funds for Breast Cancer Research Based on Student and Community Participation in “Learn for the Cure” Campaign, October 17–23
TAMPA, Fla., October 12, 2011 – In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) will be sponsoring a “Learn for the Cure” initiative, which will take place October 17–23, 2011. The week-long campaign is intended to promote awareness and early detection of breast cancer, while contributing funds toward breast cancer research
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) Hosts First-Ever Meet and Greet With Faculty, Staff and Students of Online Healthcare Programs
Attendees at UMA Event in Tampa Bay Shared Online Healthcare Training Experiences and Enjoyed Food, Fun and Giveaways
TAMPA, Fla., September 27, 2011 – Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) recently hosted a meet and greet for students and graduates of its online healthcare training programs. The August 13 event was a first for UMA, which offers a variety of healthcare degree and diploma programs through its online campus as well as at its ground-based locations in Tampa and Clearwater, Florida. Attendees were treated to lunch and giveaways at Whiskey Joe’s waterfront restaurant in Tampa, where they had the opportunity to meet and mingle with their fellow classmates as well as UMA directors, faculty and staff.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) Debuts New Healthcare Education and Career Resource Center Online
UMA’s New Web-Based Content Library Features a Growing Collection of Healthcare Training and Career Articles
TAMPA, Fla., September 12, 2011 – With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projecting strong healthcare employment growth, many individuals are exploring healthcare education as a means to break into or advance within the allied health field. Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) is pleased to introduce a new healthcare education and career resource center designed to help prospective students make informed decisions regarding their healthcare training and employment options.
Pharmacy Technician Training Programs From UMA Offer Quality Healthcare Education to Students Throughout the U.S.
UMA’s Pharmacy Technician Degree and Diploma Programs Provide Flexible Training Online or On-Campus, Preparing Students for Careers in Growing Healthcare Industry
TAMPA, Fla., August 23, 2011 – Two recently launched pharmacy technician training programs from Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) have made it possible for students nationwide to prepare for a career in this expanding field, which is projected to experience double-digit growth in the coming years. According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) list of the 30 fastest-growing occupations, pharmacy technicians hold the #23 spot; with an expected employment increase of 30.57% between 2008 and 2018.1
New Government Report Asserts Healthcare Education and Training Can Help Military Servicemembers Find Jobs Faster
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA), a Military-Friendly School Offing Online Healthcare Degrees and Training Programs, Is Committed to Meeting the Needs of Veterans in Today’s Labor Force
TAMPA, Fla., August 02, 2011 – A recent report issued by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC) Chairman’s Staff found that healthcare education and training can improve employment prospects for military servicemembers and veterans.1 The report – issued by JEC Chairman Senator Bob Casey and titled “Meeting the Needs of Veterans in Today’s Labor Force” – asserts that training in high-growth sectors such as healthcare can combat the high unemployment rate among post-9/11 veterans.
Healthcare Management and Health Information Technology Degrees Now Available Online From Ultimate Medical Academy
UMA Expands Online Healthcare Programs With New Associate Degrees in Two of Today’s In-Demand Allied Health Fields
TAMPA, Fla., July 19, 2011 – To meet the growing demand for allied health professionals, Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) has expanded its array of healthcare training programs with two new associate degrees. Prospective students throughout the U.S. can now enroll in online healthcare degree programs leading to an Associate of Science in Healthcare Management or an Associate of Science in Health Information Technology.
LOCAL CAREER SCHOOL HOSTS
HEALTHCARE NETWORKING & SPEAKERS EVENT
Ultimate Medical Academy hosts Medical Billing & Coding,
Pain Management Speakers Event
TAMPA, FL (June 18, 2010) — On Friday, June 18, 2010, Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) hosted its first Networking & Speakers Event as part of its ongoing efforts to provide the local health care community with up-to-date and relevant information and education. In coordination with many local healthcare associations such as the Hillsborough County Medical Association (HCMA), Physician Office Managers Association of America (POMAA), and Merrilee Severino, CPC, CMM, CPM of MS Physician Practice Management and Revenue Consultants, the event drew attendees from Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco counties.
“It is our honor to host this no-cost networking and speaker’s event to provide our community with relevant education on pressing topics,” said Toni Riggs, Senior Director of Career Services at UMA.
Friday’s event had two key focuses: new regulations for pain management clinics and pressing issues in medical billing and coding. The speakers included board-certified health care lawyers, leading physicians, and leading business consultants. The following topics were highlighted at the event:
• Regulatory Impact of New Pain Management Regulations
• Pain Management Clinics and Criminal Prosecution
• How to Oversee Your Billing Department
• Protecting Yourself & Your Employees
• Implementation of Cash Based Supplemental Income to Your Practice
• Electronic Health Records: What’s the meaning of “Meaningful Use?,” Incentive Payments & Implementation
The event, hosted at UMA’s Tampa campus, drew more than 40 attendees encompassing Doctors, Certified Coders, Physician’s Office Managers, and health care lawyers from throughout the Bay area. Continuing Education Units were provided for “How to Oversee Your Billing Department,” presented by Merrilee Severino, CPC, CMM, CPM.
“I want to thank UMA for hosting a wonderful speaker’s event,” said Merrilee Severino, CPC, CCM. “The speakers, lunch, and location were perfect. The UMA staff is always so knowledgeable, courteous, and efficient. I love working with them and found them to be a phenomenal resource for my clients.”
This speaker’s event is the first in a series of networking and speakers events to be hosted by Ultimate Medical Academy.
ULTIMATE MEDICAL ACADEMY REACHES OUT TO THE TAMPA COMMUNITY WITH FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN
ULTIMATE MEDICAL ACADEMY REACHES OUT TO THE TAMPA COMMUNITY WITH FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN
From November 9th through 15th 2009 at five different locations around Tampa, women and children lined up for free health screenings. Students and instructors from the Ultimate Medical Academy were there, reaching out to the community. And you might have been there too.
It was part of the Prime Time Sister Circles (PTSC) community healthcare program, created and staffed by the faculty and students of Ultimate Medical Academy. Earlier ths year, PTSC held another event at Blake High School. And our work has only begun. In the months and years ahead, we’ll be reaching out again to members of our community with free weight, height and blood pressure checks for women and children. We know that women between the ages of 40 and 70 are often too busy to have the kind of regular healthcare screenings that catch small problems before they become big. And we made the decision to help.
“Many times, we focus so much on day-to-day tasks and to-do lists, we often forget to take care of our own bodies,” says Terri Stanley, department chair of Ultimate Medical Academy. “It’s very important to take the time to have medical check-ups throughout the year, and our highly trained students and staff are here to provide those services at no cost to the members of our community. Our goal at Ultimate Medical Academy isn’t just to educate students on how to perform a job, but also to prepare them for life and some of the most valuable lessons they will learn come from interacting with the community.”
LOCAL RESPONSE TO REPORT RELEASED FROM OBAMA’S COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS – JOBS IN HEALTH CARE WILL SHOW LARGEST GROWTH
Local medical academy provides job opportunities and career preparedness for local residents to gain jobs
TAMPA, (August 3, 2009) — Locally, there’s hope to those who are looking for jobs, and its right here in our own backyard. According to a report released by President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, jobs in health care and those requiring post-secondary education are expected to have the biggest growth by 2016. This outlook comes as an apparent result of the president’s $787 billion economic stimulus plan, through which the administration is committed to creating millions of jobs. Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA), located in both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, is helping students attain vocational and post-secondary education in the health care field. The school now augments its academic instruction with training in the skills students will need in their careers; educates students in a variety of career-preparation skills including recognition of proper attire, professionally crafting a resume and learning interviewing techniques.
“It’s quite humbling to recognize that our academy, , is continually growing and helping others grow too,” said Regional Vice President, Matthew Verratti. “We have an entire career preparedness program that is unlike any other. Not only do we provide the education, but we provide the skills needed to acquire and maintain a job.”
Students who attend the academy are offered career placement opportunities, externships and career preparedness.
FORMER CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS NAMED TO ULTIMATE MEDICAL ACADEMY ADVISORY BOARD
Sheila McDevitt named to Advisory Board of Ultimate Medical Academy
TAMPA, Fla. (September 30, 2009) - Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) is pleased to announce a new member of its Advisory Board, Sheila McDevitt. Ms. McDevitt was recently the Chair of the Board of Regents, and will be a valuable asset to UMA’s Advisory Board. The school relies on its Advisory Board to help fulfill its mission of giving its students a competitive advantage in the workplace and providing the community with skilled health care workers. The Advisory Board works with local employers to ensure that the quality of education exceeds industry standards and that the program offerings are aligned with the needs of the community.
In addition to being a member of UMA’s Advisory Board, McDevitt serves as Counsel and Chief Legal Officer to the Law Firm of Akerman Senterfitt in the Corporate Practice Group. Among the highlights of her community volunteer efforts, McDevitt is the immediate past Co-Chair of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society at the United Way of Tampa Bay, the Trustee and member of the Executive Committee for The Florida Orchestra, immediate past President and current Trustee of the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation and a board member of St. Petersburg Pier Aquarium. McDevitt holds a B.A. and J.D from The Florida State University in Tallahassee.