How long it takes to complete an associate degree in one of UMA’s online healthcare programs depends on the student. However, each associate degree program at UMA will take at least 18 months to complete.1
At UMA, tuition covers more than just your courses. It also includes books, software, and student services like one-on-one academic support, job search assistance, interview coaching, and more.12 We also have Student Finance advisors who can help you understand financial aid options if you qualify.
UMA is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES.org). The U.S. Secretary of Education recognizes ABHES as a national accrediting agency for the accreditation of private, postsecondary institutions in the United States offering predominantly allied health education programs.
When choosing a career path, it's important to consider the factors that could determine your future in the field. For starters, is it a meaningful career and is it a growing industry?
Well, healthcare and our public health systems save lives. Patients require proper patient care from compassionate people and, as people get older, their healthcare needs often increase. This is a key factor in why the healthcare industry is projected to grow at a much faster rate than all other occupations and is projecting to add about 2.6 million new jobs between 2020 and 2030.13
Health Information Management
Learn to manage the patient information systems that drive healthcare.
Health Information Technology
Learn to work in the information systems that drive healthcare.
Health Sciences — Medical Administrative Assistant
Find out how you can contribute to the front desk of a medical office.
Health Sciences — Medical Office and Billing Specialist
Learn to work in a front office and process medical claims.
Health Sciences — Pharmacy Technician
Learn how to help people as they receive prescribed medications.
Learn how to help healthcare organizations keep track of financial information.
Learn how healthcare administration professionals manage day-to-day operations in the healthcare industry.
Opting for an online education means you don't have to sit at a desk in a classroom. Though some programs require an externship with a set schedule, the coursework itself comes in a convenient online platform and any issues can be handled over the phone or via email. Don't worry about getting dressed for class — enjoy learning from the couch if you'd like.
Earn an education on your time. Apart from externships, which typically have fixed schedules, you can avoid the more rigid structure of a physical classroom and have your coursework fit around your schedule. Busy with the kids in the morning? Complete your course tasks in the evening. Working a nightshift? Enjoy a cup of coffee from home while you learn.
Students in large classrooms and lecture settings may not get the attention needed for them to succeed. They might feel lost in the shuffle. With an online education, online guided discussions can help clarify coursework, and conversations with instructors via email can enhance your student experience.
Determining the value of the education being offered should be crucial when deciding on an online program. Another thing to look for is a school that offers support. Some schools offer in-depth resources to help their students succeed. Find a school that is dedicated to helping you meet your goals.
Some things to look for include:
Everyone's journey starts somewhere. Yours doesn't have to end at an entry-level career in the healthcare system — that may just be the beginning. You might be able to take that degree even further to reach your career goals. In some cases, individuals who've obtained an associate degree choose to further their educational pursuits. If you meet the requirements, transferable credits allow our students to obtain a bachelor of science degree or master’s degree in a relevant field of study that can take their career to new heights in a healthcare setting.6
At UMA, we maintain educational partnerships that can allow alumni with an associate degree from UMA the opportunity to pursue bachelor's degrees and master's degrees in select areas of study.14
Ultimate Medical Academy has supported over 75,000 students through graduation and beyond, but while you're at UMA you won't feel like just another number. Our online healthcare programs’ virtual classrooms have a maximum size of 25 students, with resources designed for students like you.
When you pursue an online education from UMA, you'll:
Our programs also include 24/7 tech support that helps you become comfortable with computers and in the online courseroom. When you hit a technical roadblock, UMA wants to help.
Occupations in the healthcare field can have a number of requirements before a candidate is considered for a role. Though some positions can include on-the-job training, others may require completion from a four-year college program, certification, training, or some level of education in the field. Degrees in healthcare can show that a candidate already has a certain level of background knowledge and education needed for a real-world job. Associate degrees in healthcare can help graduates achieve jobs in health information management, medical billing and coding, healthcare accounting, and more.
Each school is different, and as health informatics multiply and diversify, so do the degrees available to prospective students. And we encourage you to do your research. Below is the list of online degree programs offered at Ultimate Medical Academy:
UMA is committed to not only educating its students but preparing them for a job as healthcare professionals.