High School Early Assurance Pathway

An Early Assurance Pathway into the Accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Program

The High School Early Assurance Pathway (HEAP) is for high school students who have been admitted into one of the tracks of the Nutrition & Dietetics undergraduate program who would like to secure their spot in the Accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Program. Acceptance to the pathway is limited to highly qualified incoming first year students only, and students are admitted to the pathway in the fall semester only.

High School Early Assurance Pathway students must enroll in the undergraduate Nutrition & Dietetics program (Community Nutrition or Sports Nutrition track) at the University of Cincinnati. Upon completion of this degree, students will have completed all of the necessary requirements to sit for the national registration examination to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

Deadline: March 15th

Application Requirements

Applicants to the High School Early Assurance Pathway must first be admitted into one of the tracks of the Nutrition & Dietetics program then complete and submit the supplemental High School Early Assurance Pathway application. Applicants are required to submit the additional requirements as specified below.

Admissibility into the pathway is based on the following:

Two online letters of recommendation (these are in addition to those required on the University of Cincinnati Common Application)

  • At least one recommendation must be from a high school core subject teacher (science teacher prefered) 
  • Recommendations can not come from friends or relatives
  • In no more than 250 words, please explain your familiarity with the field of nutrition & dietetics and why you want to be a registered dietitian. 

Your resume should provide details on the following items:

  • Extracurricular activities
  • Work experience
  • Volunteer work
  • Honors and awards
     

Accepted Student Expectations

I understand that, if I am accepted into the High School Early Assurance Pathway program to the Accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Program: 

  • I must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all subsequent semesters of study.  If I do not maintain a 3.0 following the completion of the semester, I will be placed on program probation during the next semester.  Upon calculating my combined GPA for the semester during which I did not earn a minimum 3.0 and the subsequent semester, I understand that I will be dismissed from the program if the combined GPA does not meet the minimum of a 3.0 average.  Should the GPA fall below 3.0 in my last semester of didactic work, I understand that I will be dismissed from the program and I will seek academic advising for transfer into the Dietetics or Food & Nutrition undergraduate program.
  • I must earn no less than a C- in any science or nutrition courses. 
  • I must earn no less than a B- in the following NUTR courses: Nutrition Care Planning, and Medical Nutrition Therapy I and II.  (Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program)

Apply

To submit your application to the High School Early Assurance Pathway, you will log in using your application status portal login credentials. 

Deadline: March 15th