Become a Board Certified Athletic Trainer and join the ranks of Longwood alumni who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment, rehabilitation of injuries to athletes and anyone engaged in everyday physical activities. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) our program will prepare you for a pre-professional course in physical therapy and sports medicine.

Career Path

Longwood graduates have gone on to work in a variety of employment settings and graduate study in athletic training, physical therapy and physician assistant studies.

Athletic Trainers work in a variety of employment settings such as

  • Collegiate and professional sports
  • Secondary and intermediate schools
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Hospital emergency rooms
  • Rehabilitation clinics
  • Occupational/industrial settings
  • Fitness centers
  • Physician offices

What You'll Study


Get the background and the skills to work in athletic training.

An attractive and marketable combination with these jobs in mind:

  • Medicine
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Nursing

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AT Program Admissions Information 

Pre-healthcare Clinical Studies Minor

Designed to provide those students pursuing other medical and allied health fields or graduate education with applied knowledge of athletic training, clinical theory and skills. 

The minor does not meet NATA-BOC or Virginia licensure eligibility requirements, and therefore, does not lead to certification as an Athletic Trainer.


Establish the essential qualities and competencies necessary for all entry-level athletic trainers in courses that include Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biomechanics, General Physics and Clinical Methods in Athletic Training. 

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Programming Highlight

Jonathan Buckley transfers a piece of thermo-plastic to an ultrasound spectrometer after damaging it while Dr. Kenneth Pestka looks on.


Jonathan Buckley ’16 slams an odd-looking hammer onto the head of a hole punch.

Then, as quickly as he can, he takes out tweezers, picks up a little square of plastic that was under the punch and transfers it to an ultrasound spectrometer. His research mentor, Dr. Kenneth Pestka II, assistant professor of physics, times the maneuver.

As odd as it may seem—at least to a nonscientist—there is almost no hole in the plastic from where the punch went through. That’s because Buckley, of Round Hill, and Pestka are studying self-healing plastics—materials that automatically patch themselves when damaged.

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