Medical Assistant Student

Medical Assistant

Showing people you care could become your career.

Can you see yourself using medical terms and wearing scrubs? Does the thought of working side-by-side with a physician or nurse sound exciting? Maybe this career could be for you!

As a UMA medical assistant student, you’ll learn how to take vital signs, collect specimens and blood samples, assist physicians and nurses, prepare exam rooms and more. If playing an important role in the day-to-day tasks of providing healthcare services sounds interesting to you, we’d like to talk to you about it.

What’s the difference between a degree and a diploma?

Medical Assistant StudentIn some cases, people with a diploma and people with a degree may apply for the same job in this field. A diploma program takes less time to complete and is a smaller investment than a degree program. A diploma could mean less earning potential than a degree.1 A degree requires more coursework and may be seen as a more substantial accomplishment in the eyes of a potential employer. UMA students who earn a diploma in this program may choose to continue their education at UMA and upgrade their credential to a degree in this field.

UMA students often start with a diploma because it gets them trained faster and may help them enter the workforce sooner. Once they are employed, they may return to UMA to apply their diploma coursework toward an associate degree in this field.

Hands-on experience through an externship.

Students enrolled in this program receive 220 hours of hands-on experience under the supervision of a professional in a local medical office or clinic. This includes learning a variety of day-to-day tasks that may be common for this career field. Some externships have led to an employment opportunity for the participating student. All UMA externships are unpaid.

Helping you prepare for your certification exam.

After you graduate, you’ll be prepared to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam. Ultimate Medical Academy has a team in place, ready to help you focus on exam-relevant material and tutor you in areas where you might need extra help.

A variety of employment opportunities.

Medical assistant graduates can go on to positions as a medical assistant or medical office assistant. Working environments include physician’s offices, clinics, blood banks and more. This career field is projected to grow 29% from 2012 to 2022.2

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This program can be completed in as little as 14 months (diploma) or 21 months (degree).

May vary according to individual student.

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More than 90% of UMA online and campus students in this diploma program who responded to the survey said they were satisfied overall with their educational experience.

Source: Averaged results from the Ultimate Medical Academy Online “Quarterly Student Survey” for all four quarters in 2014 (11,296 responses) and Ground “End of Course Survey” for all four quarters in 2014 (2,776 responses).

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This program is offered at our Tampa and Clearwater campuses.

Gainful Employment

For additional information on this program’s student graduation, placement, charges, median loan debt and possible occupational outcomes, see: Associate of Science in Health Sciences – Medical Assistant and Diploma – Medical Assistant.

Gainful employment information can be found at ultimatemedical.edu/gainful-employment.pdf and includes information on tuition, loan debt, completion, placement and occupations.

Let’s talk about it.

You probably have questions. We definitely have answers.

By clicking the Request Info button, you agree to be contacted by phone, text message, or email via automated systems by Ultimate Medical Academy at the phone numbers you provided above. You are not obligated to enroll.

I am so happy to be in the UMA program. I love how they take an active and personal interest in me getting my degree. They always call and make sure I understand everything that needs to be done for the week.

—Ebony W., UMA Student

1http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm 2http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm

Let’s talk about it.

You probably have questions. We definitely have answers.

By clicking the Request Info button, you agree to be contacted by phone, text message, or email via automated systems by Ultimate Medical Academy at the phone numbers you provided above. You are not obligated to enroll.