Institutionally Accredited by ABHES
UMA is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for the accreditation of private, postsecondary institutions in the United States offering predominantly allied health education programs. The Clearwater location is on file with ABHES as the main campus of UMA, and the Online location is considered a non-main campus. Contact information for ABHES is:
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314 North
Falls Church, VA 22043
ABHES Accreditation Numbers: Clearwater I-213 | UMA Online I-213-02
UMA maintains the following accreditations, licensures, approvals and memberships:
Commission for Independent Education
The Commission for Independent Education (CIE) has statutory responsibilities in matters relating to nonpublic, postsecondary, educational institutions. In keeping with the Florida Department of Education's goal of producing a seamless educational system, some of these functions include consumer protection, program improvement, institutional policies and administration, data management, and the licensure of independent schools, colleges and universities. Florida Department of Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, 888-224-6684, CIE License Numbers: Clearwater 1606 | Online 4379
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
Ultimate Medical Academy's CME division is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Through its CME division, UMA offers CME activities for physicians and healthcare professionals.1
Florida Board of Dentistry
The UMA Dental Assistant with Expanded Functions program has been approved by the Florida Board of Dentistry to provide expanded duties and radiology courses for the purpose of meeting the formal training requirement as specified in Rule 64B5-16, Florida Administrative Code.
The UMA Dental Assistant with Expanded Functions program at the Clearwater Campus is approved by the Florida Board of Dentistry, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-08, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258, (850) 245-4474.
Florida Board of Nursing
The Nursing Assistant program at the Clearwater Campus is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN C-02, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252, (850) 245-4125.
Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Ultimate Medical Academy’s programs are approved by the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs State Approving Agency for Veterans’ Education and Training at all campuses.
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
The Health Information Management accreditor of Ultimate Medical Academy’s Health Information Technology program is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Ultimate Medical Academy’s accreditation for the Health Information Technology associate degree has been reaffirmed through 2025-2026. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL 60601; by phone at 312-235-3255; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges
Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC) is a nonprofit corporation that works on behalf of private career schools and colleges in Florida, providing leadership, support and advocacy for quality career education.
Ultimate Medical Academy is a member of the following associations:
- American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
- Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC)
- Florida Diversity Council
- Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
- National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
- Online Learning Consortium (OLC)
Iowa: Ultimate Medical Academy is registered with the Iowa College Student Aid Commission to offer fully online programs to residents of Iowa. As a condition of the registration, UMA must comply with the Iowa Code section 261B.7.
Maryland: Ultimate Medical Academy is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to offer fully online programs to residents of Maryland. As a condition of the registration, UMA must comply with the following Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR): 13B.05.01.11; 13B.02.01.21; 13B.05.01.10.
Minnesota: Ultimate Medical Academy is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
1The Continuing Medical Education programs are not included within the institution’s grant of accreditation from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
For additional information on accreditations, licensures, approvals and memberships, please see the UMA Catalog.