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How to Apply for the Athletic Training Early Assurance Program

Outstanding high school seniors are invited to apply for Ohio University’s Early Assurance Program (EAP) for the Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training (PMSAT).

Early assurance program students apply for admission to the PMSAT program while they are still in high school, and a slot in the master’s program is reserved for them as long as they maintain program requirements during their undergraduate time at OHIO. 

The master's in athletic training is a rigorous and selective graduate program that allows students to combine classroom knowledge and skills with experience at a variety of clinical sites. Athletic trainers provide health care services to the physically active population. Many athletic trainers work with high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. However, you can also find athletic trainers working in rehabilitation clinics, industrial settings, the military, the performing arts, physician offices, and a variety of other settings.

Benefits of the Athletic Training EAP

  • Admission to the Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training (PMSAT) program
  • Assistance with completing observation hours
  • Waiving of program application fees
  • Exemption from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) 
  • Ability to attend PMSAT events
  • A dedicated athletic training faculty advisor


  • Have the equivalent high school GPA of 3.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale
  • Have been admitted to OHIO's Athens campus as a first-year student in one of the following majors:
    • Exercise physiology
    • Exercise physiology Pre-Athletic Training
    • Exercise physiology Pre-Physical Therapy
    • Biological Sciences
    • Biological Sciences Pre-Physical Therapy
    • Psychology Pre-Physical Therapy
    • Related honors programs

Application Process

The Athletic Training Early Assurance Program application deadline is February 1, 2021. To be considered, students must submit the Early Assurance Program application, including a response to the essay question. For best consideration, applicants should also submit a list of extracurricular activities and at least one letter of recommendation that speaks to their interest in athletic training (this can be from a teacher, mentor, or athletic trainer) if one was not already included as part of their undergraduate application.

You will need your OHIO email address and password to apply. If you haven't activated your OHIO ID, please visit the admitted student website and use your PID to get started. If you need assistance with your OHIO ID and password, visit the OHIO Information Technology website or call 740.593.1222.

Apply now!

For more information, visit the Athletic Training website. Please contact Professional Athletic Training Program Director Kristine Ensign at ensign@ohio.edu with any questions about the Athletic Training Early Assurance Program.