Ultimate Medical Academy

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Ultimate Medical Academy Reviews

Chambersa69 February 21, 2018
Help
I too have had same issues can't find work owe thousands in school loans let's all ban together and try for class action suite what yall think email ashjordan61717@gmail.com if yall want to we can fig out something to help us maybe
ptrk87 July 7, 2011
do your research
Do your research - and consider another school - first off - I have been attending this school since September of 2010 when I enrolled into the Medical Coding and Billing program on line. Things seemed to be okay at first but just wait until you have no support, grades are late, no one ever calls back and instructors barely respond. I finished the Medical Coding and Billing program with some minor break-downs with the system. Once I finished I decided to enroll into the Associate Degree transfer program where I was expected to graduate in May of 2011... I have been trying to repeat a failed course ( my last course) I have never failed a course until my last one... Then I was asked to repeat the course and I agreed. Shortly after I started to repeat it, I noticed that my student account has a balance of $2, 300. I called them and I became aware that if you have to repeat a course, they charge you an additional fees to retake the class and if you pass they will give you a credit minus $95.00. When I started the school I was never informed about this. Nowhere in my contracts or agreements with the school at the time I enrolled stated this. I asked them to produce documents stating that I agreed to this and that this information was disclosed to me. They were not able to do so. So was coming up on completing my repeated course and guess what? Failed again - like I said already I have never failed a course - seems like fraud here. failing the students to make more money. Now I have been getting call after call because the school claims they sent me books that I must return back to them or they threatened to charge me. They told me I must return my ICD-9 and CPT coding books - the very books that I needed for my Medical Coding class and to study for my certification exam. I told them I already started using them... they told me to just send them back as is -

Also, when I was finishing my program for Medical Coding, careers services called me and asked me if I wanted to be a student ambassador - they sent me a word document with an application and a request asking me to write a reason on why I would be a good student ambassador for the online program. I did all the applications and I get a call from some guy in New York on his cell phone trying to give me all this information regarding the program. I was told that I would receive a plaque and a letter of recommendation from the CEO of Ultimate Medical Academy in return for being an ambassador. The guy explained that all I needed to do was go on line like once or twice a month to review sites just like this and post good things about the school - basically to counteract the such horrible reviews other students have posted... I thought this was a joke. He asked for my personal email address to see he can set up Google alerts so that when new information about UMA is posted online I would be alerted in my email so that I can go to the source and post good things about the school. Is this really a student ambassador?

Are they really asking me to send books back that I already paid for and that I need for these classes and to study for my CPC exam?

Did I really fail my last course two times in row and be told that I owe them now $2, 300?

Please, do your research when considering an online school.

My situations have yet to be resolved...
chicagokim June 10, 2011
Poor Communication
I recently completed my on-line course for medical billing & coding at UMA and received my diploma. It was an awful experience. The communication between the school and students was horrible. From the beginning after taking our weekly assessment tests, we had to constantly re-check all the answers because the instructor made several grading errors. Without the communication between the students themselves there is noone willing or more importantly able to assist. The student finance department refuses to justify their calculations and you receive harrassing phone calls prior to any payments even being due. I would not recommend UMA on-line to anyone, perhaps the campus is better.
Cherry Wood April 27, 2011
Why Lie, and Finances, and Licenses
First, I would like to say, except for being way tooooo fast, my education and instructors were wonderful!! However, I took 6 courses I had taken before, and I did find it harder! My course adviser was excellent! Tutoring was fantastic! But, the problems I had with financial aid, (from the beginning) and I was told the college paid for my certification, (then found out they don't) caused me more hardship and took 40% of time out of my life all the way through because of the mistakes made on loans, finances, people I had to report etc. I lost all my benefits except my health insurance: food stamps, unemployment etc. I have now applied with another agency to get more help. When I would try to talk to the same person concerning my financial aid and problems they would always "pass the buck", I would always get someone new who I would have to explain everything from the beginning again, and then why I was told I cannot graduate or get my diploma until I paid another $575.00, I asked which books they were for?? I was told to look at the paperwork and costs of books I got in the mail, and then figure up what added up to that amount. The costs is not on those slips!! I do not have anything showing in detail what costs what. The answer is always, "Everything is estimated." They will be giving a detailed answer later, as I have to report everything I do income wise to 4 agencies due to medical problems, I have not worked since August of 2009. So, I have put the money aside for now, and they are going to have to send a detailed list of all the costs to some of these agencies. I also have to agree the costs for this college is 4 times higher than all the other colleges I checked into later. There is nothing wrong with the education, except the accelerated courses are twice as fast as the accelerated courses I checked into with other college, and after working in medical for years, in my opinion, way tooooo fast!! It is too bad they have these problems, when the education and everything else was wonderful, and I did learn much more, and much more was required. This was not an easy education at all. I had to study 100 times harder than past colleges I attended, and even after working in the same fields for years.

CW
jersey1057 March 25, 2011
harrassing phone calls
Fast talking, smooth talking person. cost of this program is $14, 000, which far exceeds the average online medical billing and coding programs out there. When I tried to back out, I was contacted over and over again by phone and started screening my calls, not answering. already contacted the school to say I was not interested. calls continued at my home in the evening, and when not answered, they were one after another within 1 minute of each other (we have caller ID). one call was 4 minutes of just "elevator" music! I sent an email to the school today to cease the harassing phone calls and my next step is legal action if needed. I'm an educated person, so I'm not easily swayed by smooth talkers. Beward of these young people calling you with promises and don't give out any information to them. There are less expensive programs available that offer the same results.
S Stewart February 1, 2011
Not following directions
I came into contact with this company by accident. I was in the process of applying at a local university in the town I live and clicked on a request for information. I thought I was still under the "university 1" website. Since then I am receiving calls between once or twice a day. After I let the representative do their introduction, I inform them that I am enrolling at a different school. For some reason that does not matter. I have even been asked to be taken off of their calling list; and for some reason that does not matter. I have been receiving calls and when I try to call back, it gives some odd ball name. When I let the phone ring, the message is music playing in the background. I find this rude and not professional at all. Here is the question I pose to you, "If I have asked you on several occassions to remove me from your calling list and that request has not been fulfilled, what makes you think that you can give me a proper education?"
bhxn July 22, 2010
Fraud
I agree with some of the other negative posts about UMA. I did not get a $15000+ education. I just completed a whole program with these people and I feel like they took advantage of me. They make getting all these loans and grants very easy for the student to get and they tell you there are many jobs to be had upon graduation. Nothing could be further from the truth. What they teach you in class is OK but it is way overpriced. One of the other posts says they figure out how much money they can get from student loans and grants and then charge based on that, as opposed to charging on what they give you. That's exactly what they are doing. In the beginning, I asked them about job placement because I looked at some job sites (careerbuilder and monster), and there were almost no jobs. The salespeople told me that not many medical jobs are listed on those sites and that a lot of people get hired while on extern and if the extern site is not hiring, career services helps the student get a job. (They do, of course, tell you that while it very likely that you will get a job, they can't guarantee it.) I get that but I don't even see a need for career services. They have had my resume since April and they can't give me one single lead on a job. Nothing. The only careers to be had are for the people working at UMA (And the Burger King out in the parking lot.). This school is ruining a lot of peoples lives. I am looking at some government web sites to see if some type of complaint can be filed. What they are doing has to be some type of fraud. I suggest everyone else do the same as more complaints might get someone to look into this and maybe get some of the money back that UMA stole from us. Just think-- For every 100 students that UMA charges $15000, they take in 1.5 million dollars. When you watch the news and they start to question where all the stimulus money went, I now have a pretty good idea. Anyway, if I make any progress with a complaint, I will repost with more info.
Clark January 14, 2009
Fraud and cheating
Ultimate Medical Academy promises a lot, but the promises are empty. When speaking to an advisor before attending classes, one is promised so much. Especially what is underscored is that one would be working in the medical field, where there are always jobs.

The classes were described to me as being six months long for an MCLA (Medical Clinical Lab Assistant). In fact, there are four mods which are about a month long each. So much work is crammed into that time to get students in and out of the school. It is almost like an assembly line. Into school, cram a lot of teaching into a short period, then out on externship.

After the four months of schooling one is given an externship site. For an MCLA, one must extern for 180 hours.

The complaint about the classes crammed together is because a student may have an issue with a medical clinical procedure, but is passed anyways. Other technical schools in the area ensure that all medical clinical procedures are done correctly at least fifteen times before the student may pass the class.

For the amount of money the school charges, the students deserve much better treatment. The faculty should care that the graduates reflect on how the school has trained them.

The cost of the program is expensive. If you are using Federal Student Loans, the school can only get about half of the cost from the government. The rest of the money is out of pocket, paid monthly.

Once one has finished externship the student is on their own. In this difficult economic atmosphere, MCLA jobs require experience and certification. For new graduates, if you are not hired from the externship site, jobs are difficult to find.

The rate of pay for this field, if one is lucky enough in this economic climate, to find a position is $9-$10 an hour.

To summarize, one is put through a factory like assembly line 4 month set of 4 courses. One is promised the moon before signing on the dotted line. One is ON THEIR OWN in this difficult economic climate after school and externship have been completed. The cost of attending this school is just too much money to throw away if one is not able to seek employment.

If being a medical assistant is what one really wants to do, research other schools, or try nursing.
Marcus January 13, 2009
Fraud and cheating
Ultimate Medical Academy promises a lot, but the promises are empty. When speaking to an advisor before attending classes, one is promised so much. Especially what is underscored is that one would be working in the medical field, where there are always jobs.

The classes were described to me as being six months long for an MCLA (Medical Clinical Lab Assistant). In fact, there are four mods which are about a month long each. So much work is crammed into that time to get students in and out of the school. It is almost like an assembly line. Into school, cram a lot of teaching into a short period, then out on externship.

After the four months of schooling one is given an externship site. For an MCLA, one must extern for 180 hours.

The complaint about the classes crammed together is because a student may have an issue with a medical clinical procedure, but is passed anyways. Other technical schools in the area ensure that all medical clinical procedures are done correctly at least fifteen times before the student may pass the class.

For the amount of money the school charges, the students deserve much better treatment. The faculty should care that the graduates reflect on how the school has trained them.

The cost of the program is expensive. If you are using Federal Student Loans, the school can only get about half of the cost from the government. The rest of the money is out of pocket, paid monthly.

Once one has finished externship the student is on their own. In this difficult economic atmosphere, MCLA jobs require experience and certification. For new graduates, if you are not hired from the externship site, jobs are difficult to find.

The rate of pay for this field, if one is lucky enough in this economic climate, to find a position is $9-$10 an hour.

To summarize, one is put through a factory like assembly line 4 month set of 4 courses. One is promised the moon before signing on the dotted line. One is ON THEIR OWN in this difficult economic climate after school and externship have been completed. The cost of attending this school is just too much money to throw away if one is not able to seek employment.

If being a medical assistant is what one really wants to do, research other schools, or try nursing.

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