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Ultimate Medical Academy Recognizes 83 Students Becoming ABK Honor Society Members

Tampa, Fla., September 17, 2020 – The Online Campus of Ultimate Medical Academy, a non-profit educational institution with the mission of equipping and empowering students to excel in healthcare careers, is recognizing 83 students as its newest members of the prestigious Alpha Beta Kappa (ABK) National Honor Society. By pursuing careers in healthcare, these stellar students are helping to meet a rising workforce need. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 12.5 million workers are needed to fill new and open healthcare positions in the decade leading up to 2028.

“UMA is delighted to recognize these students for their academic achievements in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Geordie Hyland, Executive Vice President. “Their success is a testament to their dedication to their coursework and their commitment to joining the healthcare industry at this crucial time when the importance of skilled professionals is highlighted daily.”

ABK recognizes students who achieve at least a 3.85 CGPA and complete at least 30 credit hours. UMA’s Online ABK honorees are enrolled in or have recently graduated from diploma or associate of science degree programs to help prepare them for careers in the allied healthcare industry. The following graduates have studied:
Health and Human Services (Associate of Science) – Crystal Curtis, Darrian Davis, Laterrica Blount, Steffanie Reyes-Rodriguez

Health Information Technology (Associate of Science) – Ikia Hennings, Mary Mitchell

Health Sciences – Healthcare Technology & Systems (Associate of Science) – Amie Jewell, Dora Vega

Health Sciences – Medical Administrative Assistant (Associate of Science) – Ashley Meador, Brandy Naverro, Jalah Jones, Jennifer Welsh, Katherine Weston, Keiana Jones, Kellie Runyan, Kemona Robertson, Lacey Blevins, Lauren Chavez, Leticia Koster, Mary Aldana, Michael Butler, Rashai Lee, Tiffany Kendrick

Health Sciences – Medical Office and Billing Specialist (Associate of Science) – Allison Beadle, Cheryl Griffett, Heather Barefoot, Ifeoma Akobundu, Lori Fondon-Mata, Sylvia Butler

Health Sciences – Pharmacy Technician (Associate of Science) – Angelica Mcgriff, Avion Hines, Craig Patterson

Healthcare Management (Associate of Science) – Asiayonna Smith, Brittney Wayman, Cheyenne Fite, Davenia Bass, Deanna Morgan, Isha Muzhimu, Karmetta Clay, Pamela Brown, Pamela Tallent, Rashonda Johnson, Shamicka Mccoy, Tiara Simmons, Virginia Wiley

Medical Administrative Assistant – Arizona Widener, Irene Paulsen-Small, Justice Glaze

Medical Billing and Coding (Associate of Science) – Amber Collins, Amy Floyd, Amy Huettenberger, Ariela Polanco-Pena, Autria Jones-Hurst, Catherine Wolfe, Donna Boutalis, Elizabeth Paschal, Julie Bateson, Katrina White, Kyla Jacoby, Laura Tagliarino, Lisa Watkins, Malerie Duncan, Maria Everhart, Marlo Cavette, Mayia Allen, Michele Honshell, Michelle Rubio, Mitchell Llewellyn, Nickeya Evans, Rhea Courtney, Stephanie Lewis, Stephanie Weed, Stephene Tipton, Tamika Gant-Moore, Tatyana Lanier, Tiffany Collins, Tracy Cole, Tracy Schlueter, Vanessa Pack, Victoria Trent

Medical Billing and Coding (Diploma) – Heather Bond, Tinya Moe

Medical Office and Billing Specialist (Diploma) – Lawanda Washington

ABK is the premier national honor society for America’s private postsecondary schools, institutes, colleges and universities. ABK recognizes distinction in student achievement, character and leadership. To become a member, students must excel in classroom, shop, studio and laboratory work; leadership and service in class and school activities; and personal integrity and good moral character. UMA was granted a charter of ABK in 2014.

About Ultimate Medical Academy: The need for skilled healthcare workers in the United States is critical and continues to grow. Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) is an accredited, nonprofit educational institution that helps to meet that need by equipping and empowering students to do vital work at the heart of healthcare. In addition to offering diploma and associate degree programs, UMA works closely with healthcare companies to connect students directly to job opportunities.

Founded in 1994 and based in Tampa, Florida, UMA offers hands-on learning at its main campus in Clearwater, Florida as well as content-rich, interactive programs through its online campus. The institution supports students through every step of their journey with access to academic support, interview and resume coaching, job search assistance, technical support and more. UMA has more than 60,000 alumni and 14,000 students nationwide. It also has three individually accredited centers for Continuing Medical Education (CME) that provide ongoing training and professional development opportunities to more than 30,000 physicians, nurses and other medical professionals throughout the U.S. annually.

UMA is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). The continuing medical education programs are individually accredited and are not included within the institution’s grant of accreditation from ABHES. Learn more by visiting

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