About Ultimate Medical Academy
Ultimate Medical Academy is a nonprofit healthcare educational institution with a national presence. Institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), UMA has more than 50,000 alumni. The school offers content-rich, interactive online courses to 14,000 students as well as campus-based training to hundreds of students.
With a mission to equip and empower students to excel in healthcare careers, the UMA experience includes individualized student services throughout all phases of the student journey, from admissions to the job search. UMA students have access to academic advising, one-on-one or group tutoring, resume and interview coaching, job search assistance, technical support, and more. The school also supports alumni in finding new jobs, progressing in their current positions, and enhancing their skills to remain competitive in the job market.
UMA was founded in 1994 in Clearwater, Florida as Ultimate Learning Center, Inc., a nonprofit educational institution serving the Tampa Bay community’s need for trained nursing assistants and other healthcare professionals.
Over time, UMA recognized the growing need for trained professionals in other healthcare specialties and employers’ needs for multi-skilled staff, so the institution began to offer a wide range of programs focused on developing allied healthcare professionals. In 2009, UMA launched online allied healthcare courses to students throughout the U.S.
Following the launch of the online programs, UMA added a continuing medical education division that now also includes Littleton, Colorado-based Global Education Group, New York City-based Med Learning Group, and Miami-based Complete Conference Management. These divisions create innovative and award-winning programming to maximize the learner experience and, ultimately, improve patient outcomes.
In 2015, Clinical and Patient Educators Association (CPEA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, acquired UMA. CPEA focuses on developing quality, innovative education for healthcare practitioners and the patient communities they serve.
UMA is led by Derek Apanovitch, President, and governed by a board of directors comprised of individuals with significant experience in education, medicine, nonprofits, law, and finance. The board includes Chair Darlyne Bailey, Ph.D.; Stephen Burghardt, Ph.D.; Richard J. Friedman; Christopher Hawk, M.D.; Sheila McDevitt; Vice Chair Theodore Polin; and Matthew Wootten.