Early Assurance Pathway

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

The Early Assurance Pathway allows you to reserve your spot in the MS in Athletic Training program if you are not eligible for the accelerated pathway. This pathway will take you six years and includes four years of undergraduate education and two years of graduate education. 

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 1st

Once verified, students will be notified by 5/30 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



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 

HLSC3034C or HLSC3035

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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