Early Assurance Pathway

Early Assurance Pathway into UC's Master of Science in Athletic Training Program for juniors

High achieving health sciences students in the UC College of Allied Health Sciences are eligible to apply for the Early Assurance Pathway into the Master of Science in Athletic Training program during their junior year. Students should be junior level standing in the Health Sciences program at UC (on track to graduate the following spring semester). 

The major advantage of the Early Assurance Pathway is that the successful applicant has a position in the Master of Science in Athletic Training program held for them. Other advantages to early admission are:

  • early and direct communication with the athletic training faculty
  •  the opportunity to enjoy their senior year without the pressure of applying to multiple graduate schools 


Admission in the Early Assurance Pathway is based on the following:

Submission of the online  MSAT Early Assurance Pathway Verification by April 15th. 

Once verified, students will be notified by 5/15 and instructed to begin their ATCAS application when the ATCAS portal opens in July.  Applicants who complete both the ATCAS application and UC Graduate School application by 11/15 will receive priority consideration for scholarship awards.

No more than 250 words describing why you chose athletic training as your professional pathway.

Undergraduate Requirements for Application to UC MSAT program
Area Course Equivalent UC Courses
Natural Science:

*General Biology with Lab

BIOL1081 & BIOL1081L


*General Chemistry with Lab

CHEM1030 & CHEM1030L or CHEM1040 & CHEM1040L


*General Physics (Algebra based) with Lab

PHYS1051 & PHYS1051L or PHYS1051C


*Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II with Labs (or separate Anatomy and Physiology courses - with labs)

BIOL2001C & BIOL2002C




Social Science:

*Introductory level Psychology



Introductory level Sociology (can be substituted with an additional Psychology course)



Medical Terminology



Ethics (any) 

HLTH2011, HLSC2011, BA3080 & more


*Personal/Human Nutrition


Applied Human Science:

*Exercise Physiology with Lab

HLSC3031 or HLSC3032C


*Human Biomechanics/Kinesiology

HLSC3022C, HLSC3023C, or HLSC3020

  *Principles of Physical Conditioning & Exercise/ Exercise Testing and Prescription/ Strength & Conditioning 


Applicants can have no more than 3 prerequisites outstanding at time of application, and will have until May senior year to complete all remaining coursework.

Cumulative and pre-requisite GPA at or above 3.0

At least 50 pre-professional observation or volunteer hours completed at the time of ATCAS application submission.

In your resume you should provide details on the following items:

  • extracurricular activities
  • work experience
  • volunteer work
  • honors and awards
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Thomas Herrmann

Program Director, Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise & Nutrition Sciences

3225 Eden Avenue | Cincinnati, OH 45267

(513) 558-7427