How long it takes to complete an associate degree in one of UMA’s online allied healthcare programs depends on the student. However, each associate degree program at UMA will take at least 18 months to complete.3
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.11 We also have Student Finance advisors who can help you understand financial aid options if you qualify.
To learn more about tuition at Ultimate Medical Academy, head to our Tuition page.
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 health systems save lives. Patients require proper patient care from compassionate people and the competent processing of medical information is vital to keeping the healthcare system running. As people get older, their healthcare needs often increase. These are key factors 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 million new jobs between 2021 and 2031.7
Health Information Management
Learn to manage the patient information systems that drive healthcare.
Health Sciences — Medical Administrative Assistant
Find out how you can contribute to the front desk of a healthcare office.
Health Sciences — Medical Office and Billing Specialist
Learn to work in a front office and process medical claims.
Health Sciences — Pharmacy Technician
Get pharmacy technician training and certification prep mostly online with an onsite externship.
Learn how to help healthcare organizations keep track of financial information.
Learn how healthcare administration professionals assist with day-to-day operations in the healthcare industry.
Medical Billing and Coding
Prepare for your career in medical billing and coding online.1
Opting for an online education means you don't have to sit at a desk in a classroom. Though some programs require an on-site 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 — so long as you meet the deadlines set by instructors of course. 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 academically 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.
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.
Everyone's journey starts somewhere. Yours doesn't have to end at the entry-level career in the healthcare system that a UMA program will prepare you for — 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 at a UMA partner school, you may be able to seek a bachelor of science degree, then in some cases a master’s degree, in a relevant field of study that may take your career to new heights in a healthcare setting.12
At UMA, we maintain educational partnerships that can allow alumni with an associate degree in certain programs at UMA the opportunity to pursue additional degrees in select areas of study.13
Occupations in allied healthcare fields 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 landing a position. Associate degrees in healthcare can provide the technical training, general education, and soft skills sometimes expected in 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. We encourage you to do your research. Below is the list of online degree programs offered at Ultimate Medical Academy:2
UMA is committed to not only educating its students but preparing them to pursue entry-level jobs as allied healthcare professionals.