Early Admission Pathways

The University of Cincinnati offers two early admission pathways for students in Health Science - Pre-Athletic Training. These pathways will allow you seamlessly transition into the Master of Science in Athletic Training program. 

Accelerated Assurance Pathway

Designed for high school students entering their first year

If you are accepted into the Health Sciences-Pre-Athletic Training program as a first-year student, you are automatically in the Accelerated Assurance Pathway.  This pathway will give you a fast-track to the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program - allowing you to graduate from your undergraduate and graduate programs in just five years. 

To remain in good standing in Accelerated Assurance Pathway:

  • Must maintain university GPA ≥ 3.333 
  • Must maintain an MSAT essential prerequisite course GPA of ≥ 3.333 
  • Membership in either REHABCATS, the Health Sciences Club, or HealthCats (west campus student organization for undergraduate students in pre-health professions majors) 
  • If either the university or essential prerequisite course GPA falls below 3.333 a student will have one semester to recover to ≥ 3.333 

The Accelerated Assurance Pathway saves your spot, saves you a year of time and gives you other program perks like waiving the GRE. 

Early Assurance Pathway

Designed for students who transfer/transition into Health Sciences - Pre-Athletic Training or for students who do not need the requirements for the Accelerated Assurance Pathway. 

The Early Assurance Pathway allows you to reserve your spot in the MS in Athletic Training program early and also gives you other program perks, like GRE waivers and more. This pathway will take you six years and includes four years of undergraduate education and two years of graduate education. 

To be eligible for this pathway a student must:

  • Have a university GPA and essential prerequisite course GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  • Have, or be able to earn, at least 50 observation/pre-professional hours with an AT by semester’s end 
  • Provide one (1) letter of recommendation from the supervising AT with whom they acquired their hours 
  • Provide one (1) letter of recommendation from a department faculty other than AT program faculty 
  • Provide an essay of no more than 250 words describing why they chose AT as their professional pathway 

Applications for the Early Assurance Pathway will be sent to eligible Health Sciences - Pre-Athletic Training students in the third year. Successful applicants will have a place held in the MSAT class entering in the next year’s summer semester (i.e., the successful applicant who is notified in spring semester 2020 will have a spot in the summer 2021 MSAT class). To remain in good standing as a Early Assurance Pathway candidate, the student must:

  • Meet all admission requirements of the MSAT program 
  • Graduate from the Health Sciences - Pre-Athletic Training program on schedule
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