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Our History

The University of Medical Sciences Arizona (UMSAz) was formed in 2008 in the state of Arizona and received approval to offer degree programs from the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education in 2011. In 2018, UMSAz relocated from Arizona to Hawaii and currently is located on the island of Oahu.

UMSAz’s purpose is defined through its institutional objectives as listed below:

  1. The institution will produce graduates that provide patient centered healthcare service with evidenced based practice.
  2. The institution will produce a highly qualified healthcare professional that has understanding and respect for diversity.
  3. The institution will produce a confident graduate that will address the needs of an ever-changing society and advance into leadership roles.
  4. Grow the university’s local, national, and international community relationships to encourage engagement of the institution’s academic and research environment.
  5. Develop the institution into a national and internationally known center of academic, clinical and research excellence.

The institution is devoted to academic excellence.  It offers healthcare related doctoral programs that are taught from an interdisciplinary perspective to enhance the graduate’s ability to foster interdisciplinary patient care.  A patient centered concept is the common thread woven throughout each class.  It is the objective of UMSAz to change the delivery of healthcare and ultimately enhance the quality of life in individuals that have a functional limitation. 

UMSAz’s dynamic learning environment addresses both the didactic and clinical skills needed to produce change agents and leaders in healthcare.  The evidence-based curricula include interdisciplinary courses with appropriate patient simulation labs and other technology enhanced courses that will foster true collaborative skills. 

The institution provides an online library that gives students access to hundreds of articles, periodicals and e-books that can help UMSAz students successfully complete scholarly writing and research assignments.   It is the university’s objective to be considered an institution of scholarly activity. UMSAz is dedicated to producing quality research that will better the delivery and advancement of healthcare within the nation. UMSAz desires that students will choose this institution because of its academic rigor, integrity, evidence-based theories, and commitment to changing the delivery of healthcare. 

Our Mission

Modeling the ministry of Christ by meeting individuals at their health need to decrease the functional limitations through education and service.

Our Vision

To produce quality graduates that are leaders in their profession and are committed to patient centered care, service and research.

Our Commitment

UMSAz is committed to excellence, academic integrity and diversity; we will create strong interdisciplinary healthcare leaders that will advance the delivery of healthcare.

Accreditation Statement

University of Medical Sciences Arizona has applied for Eligibility from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). WSCUC has reviewed the application and determined that the institution is eligible to proceed with an Application for Accreditation. A determination of Eligibility is not a formal status with the WASC Senior College and University Commission, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation. It is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed within five years of its Eligibility determination to be reviewed for Candidacy or Initial Accreditation status with the Commission. Questions about Eligibility may be directed to the institution or to WSCUC at or (510) 748-9001.


Note: In the United States, many licensing authorities require accredited degrees as the basis for eligibility for licensing. In some cases, accredited colleges may not accept for transfer courses and degrees completed at unaccredited colleges, and some employers may require an accredited degree as a basis for eligibility for employment.

You can view UMSAz accreditation progress via this link: UMSAz Accreditation Journey

Non-Discrimination Policy

The University of Medical Sciences Arizona prohibits discrimination of those which occur on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin; physical, mental or sensory disability; marital status and sexual orientation. Decisions affecting an individual cannot be made on the basis of one of these factors. All admissions decisions should be made on the basis of neutral and objective criteria by which an individual may be evaluated in terms of his or her accomplishments without regard to irrelevant factors such as sex or race.

Diversity Statement

UMSAz is committed to fostering an environment that invites diversity in every aspect of its operations, management and teaching. Hiring talented professors and staff, and enrolling students that hold diverse opinions, beliefs, perspectives and come from varied backgrounds is a corner stone to creating an academic environment that invites the free exchange of ideas and the promotion of scholarly inquiry. UMSAz strives to create such an environment as it can only strengthen its academic integrity and water the creative (diverse) seeds for all associated with the University.

UMSAz aims to develop programs and curricula that prepare students to meet the people’s needs, work in a pluralistic society and be responsible practitioners to the patients they treat. Diversity. Inclusion. Excellence. These values are core to UMSAz and are also goals to be reached. These values, these goals, require a sustained focus and unrelenting commitment from everyone, because where there is exclusivity, the people, and society fail. It is in the counsel of many that there is wisdom