The Ultimate Medical Academy has been approved for participation in the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Program.

Under the terms of this program, eligible servicemembers may apply military tuition assistance benefits toward UMA’s online healthcare degrees.

The University is committed to providing education opportunities for Armed Forces personnel and has implemented numerous military-friendly policies.

While servicemen have been able to use military tuition assistance benefits at the institution since January 2011, recent policy changes to the department’s Voluntary Education Programs now require educational institutions to have a Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding on file with the DoD.

The signed agreement between UMA and the DoD Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness means that UMA is officially recognized as a participating institution under the Voluntary Education Partnership.

As stated in the Voluntary Education Partnership MoU, the DoD regards military tuition benefits as a “strategic investment” that helps servicemembers accomplish their mission within the Armed Forces and successfully return to civilian life afterward*. Under the DoD Joint Uniform Tuition Assistance program, eligible servicemembers may receive up to $ 4,500 per fiscal year – at a rate of $ 250 per semester hour or $ 166.67 per quarter hour – toward the cost of tuition.

Brian Braggs, Director of Military and Veteran Affairs at Ultimate Medical Academy, reaffirmed the school’s enduring commitment to military students. “UMA has a long history of providing quality healthcare education programs to the men and women of the Armed Forces. By entering into a Voluntary Education Partnership with the Department of Defense, we have ensured our ongoing ability to serve these students, as we will be able to continue accepting their military tuition assistance benefits when the DoD policy changes take effect in 2012,” he explained.

“Tuition assistance plays a key role in helping to make postsecondary education affordable for military students, while UMA’s online healthcare degree programs help make their education goals attainable no matter where they’re stationed or living,” remarked Braggs.

“We’re proud to support servicemembers in their pursuit of associate degrees and healthcare certification, and our faculty and staff remain dedicated to preparing them for employment in the allied health field,” he declared.

Military students can choose from a variety of UMA healthcare training and degree programs online. Options include Associate of Science degrees in Medical Billing and Coding, Health Information Technology, Healthcare Management and Spa Management, as well as a Health Sciences associate degree with a choice of concentrations: Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Office and Billing Specialist, and Pharmacy Technician.