About UCA
Since 2004, the Urgent Care Association (UCA) has been the trade association for Urgent Care with a current membership of more than 4,000 Urgent Care centers representing clinical and business professionals from the United States and abroad.
UCA exists to ensure the advancement and long-term success of Urgent Care.
Communities count on Urgent Care’s easy access and quality while
Urgent Care relies on UCA’s global leadership and voice. We believe Urgent Care is a requirement for a patient-centered healthcare ecosystem.


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History of Urgent Care Association

November 12, 2004

UCAOA is founded as a nonprofit corporation by Don Kilgore, Dr. John Koehler, Dan Konow, Dr. William Meadows, Dr. Lee Resnick, Marge Simat, and Dr. David Stern.

April 13-16, 2005

Inaugural National Urgent Care Convention, Orlando, Florida

October 2005

First Benchmarking Survey conducted

October 2006

Inaugural Journal of Urgent Care Medicine (JUCM) Issue Published

March 17, 2009

Certified Urgent Care Center Designation launched

July 2009

Legislative initiatives begin

September 2009

First live webinar produced and recorded

August 2010

Urgent Care Foundation (UCF) is formed

April 2011

Urgent Care College of Physicians (UCCOP) is formed

August 2011

UCAOA Accredited by ACCME

March 20, 2014

New program standards created and new UCAOA Accreditation program is launched

September 2016

Urgent Care College of Physicians (UCCOP) Board votes to include Advanced Practice Practitioners into the College 

March 2017
College of Urgent Care Medicine logo

UCCOP changes its name to College of Urgent Care Medicine (CUCM)

September 2017

Urgent Care Foundation (UCF) offers disaster relief funds to centers assisting hurricane victims

October 2017

California Urgent Care Association (CalUCA) becomes a UCA chapter

May 2018

UCAOA changes name to UCA

October 2018

UCA launches Political Action Committee, UCAPAC

April 2019

CUCM starts offering CME through Urgent Caring newsletter

April 2019

Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation program launched

April 2022

Urgent Care Convention returns after pandemic with record numbers

April 2022

Voices of Urgent Care campaign shared with Congress 


Formation of Delegates Council

Spring 2023

UCF awards inaugural research grants

March 2023

Initial DEI Benchmarking

August 2023

Publication of Urgent Care Industry White Paper

November 2023

Initial signatures from Congress for letter to CMS

November 2023

Initial meeting with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and CMS Innovation Center (CMMI)

November 2023

Launch of Advocacy Newsletter

November 2023

Leadership & Advocacy Conference/Lobby Day: First "Ask to Congress" to make it a priority to work with UCA and Urgent Care to reduce inappropriate emergency department visits 

January 2024

Launch of Operational Response Committee

February 2024

Bipartisan Congressional letter in support of Urgent Care sent to CMS leaders 

March 2024

Meeting with CMS to discuss Congressional letter

UCA Fosters Togetherness

We connect thousands of professionals, so working in Urgent Care never has to feel lonely.

We are a Community

UCA Empowers Best Practice

We set standards and share resources to improve and inspire each other.

We are Experts

UCA Champions Excellence

We tell the stories that inform, educate and raise visibility for Urgent Care.

We are Advocates


The association’s bylaws were updated in December 2023 by unanimous vote of the board. 

As per the bylaws, the UCA financial statements are available for all members to review. The fiscal year is a calendar year. Articles of Incorporation can be found here.

Daily operations are managed by a Chief Executive Officer, a staff of full- and part-time professionals, and two Urgent Care industry consultants, overseen by the UCA Board of Directors.

There is power among us. We are stronger together.

UCA is composed of industry leaders, care providers and suppliers in the field of on-demand, consumer-focused healthcare. We are dedicated to the advancement and long-term success of Urgent Care, which includes a strong commitment to Diversity Equity and Inclusion to properly serve the diverse communities for which we care.

UCA started as the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA), and was founded on November 12, 2004 as a 501(c)6 by Don Kilgore, Dr. John Koehler, Dan Konow, Dr. William Meadows, Dr. Lee Resnick, Marge Simat, and Dr. David Stern. On May 7, 2018 UCAOA became the Urgent Care Association (UCA).

2024 Strategic Plan

The 2024 Strategic Plan encompasses the activities of the Urgent Care Association, the College of Urgent Care Medicine and the Urgent Car Foundation, and details how all efforts support our common goals.

Careers at UCA

Why UCA?

When you work at UCA, you’re a part of this larger community of forward-thinkers, entrepreneurs and medical professionals working together to provide accessible, patient-focused healthcare. Our small, nimble team is singularly dedicated to the advancement and long-term success of Urgent Care.

Inclusivity & Collaboration:

The Urgent Care Association (UCA) believes that hiring qualified individuals to fill positions contributes to the overall success of the association. Each employee is hired to make significant contributions to UCA, the Urgent Care Foundation (UCF) and/or the College of Urgent Care Medicine (CUCM). We value diversity of backgrounds, personalities and working preferences across the team. We strategically build inter- and intra-departmental collaboration time into our schedules every week to provide space for all voices and perspectives.