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Early Assurance and Accelerated Programs

The unique nature of UMR's Health Sciences degree allows students to get a head start on many health careers.

Since the final capstone year is customizable, it can be used to earn certificates that most students pursue after graduation or to take the first year of graduate coursework in professional programs.

UMR offers these programs in collaboration with a number of other institutions, including the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.


At present, UMR has partnerships with the following programs:

Early Assurance 

These programs allow students to apply as high school seniors for entry into both the initial undergraduate program and the following professional or graduate programs. As long as students meet all of the requirements, they do not need to reapply to the second program. Most of these programs also give students the opportunity to interact with faculty in the professional or graduate programs and learn more about the profession through mentoring and shadowing opportunities. Some Early Assurance Programs are also accelerated, reducing the student’s total time to completion, by allowing them to begin the professional or graduate program in their senior year.

Northwestern Health Science University

Accelerated Programs

Often referred to as “3+2,” “4+1,” or other combinations of numbers, these programs allow students to complete two programs in a reduced amount of time. This saves students both time and money. Sometimes the two programs are separate undergraduate and graduate degrees; in other cases they are an undergraduate degree and a certificate program.

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences