Physical & Health Education

Criteria for Admission

Requirements for admission into the PHETE Program should be completed before the end of the midpoint of the spring semester of the sophomore year. The requirements are:

Students should follow the PHETE Course Sequence. The courses are carefully sequenced to ensure that necessary courses are completed in time to apply for admission to teacher education. 

Transfer students

Transfer students must apply for admission to the Physical and Health Education Teacher Education Program (PHETE) by the midpoint of their second semester at Longwood University. All criteria listed above apply to transfer students.

Teacher Candidates Applying For Licensure Only

Licensure only teacher candidates apply for admission to the Physical and Health Education Teacher Education Program (PHETE) and must be accepted before beginning professional course work at Longwood University. Students must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Two letters of recommendation from a licensed teacher or school administrator or from a previous college level instructor are also required of any Licensure Only student. All standardized testing requirements must be met as well as an interview with the PHETE Interview Committee.

Standardized Testing Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education:

Standardized testing. Virginia wants highly qualified teachers who can demonstrate competent skills in mathematics, reading, and writing.  This must be documented before a student can be admitted into teacher education. To that end, there are several ways to demonstrate competencies in all three areas:

  • Mathematics competencies are met if you achieve a 530 on the math portion of the SAT (and a composite score of 1100) or 22 on ACT math (with a composite score of 24).  If you have done either of those, then you have met this requirement, but if you do not have either of those scores (and composites), there is another way to meet the requirements.
  • MOST PHETE majors take the Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) in mathematics (Test # 5732).  You need a score of 150 to pass.

The CASE test is computer-based and available in many locations around Virginia.  Go to for more information and to register. It will cost approx. $100 to take the test.  There is information about the test on the website AND for $17 more you can have access to an on-line version that you may take as many as 10 times to practice.  We strongly recommend this.  Books to help you prepare will also be on reserve in the Longwood Library. If you do not pass, you must wait 30 days to re-take it.

  1. Reading and writing competencies are met by achieving a score of 235 on the reading and 235 on the writing portions of the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) OR achieving a composite score of 470 if the test is attempted after January 1, 2014. To register, go to  Please know that this is a two-step process and may take two log-ons and usually two days to complete.   The test is computer-based and available at many sites around Virginia.  It will cost approx. $130 to take both portions of the VCLA test.  There is information about the tests on the website.  If you do not have 470, you must wait 30 days before you can re-take it.  Please attempt this test as soon as possible.

Requirements for admission to Student Teaching:

Requirements for admission to the Student Teacher Program should be completed one year before you plan to student teach; September 1 for student teaching the following fall semester and February 1 for student teaching the following spring semester.


  • prior admission to the PHETE program
  • completed Application for Admission to Teacher Prep Program
  • overall Grade Point Average of at least 2.5
  • major Grade Point Average of at least 2.5 (determined by grades earned in KINS 150, 201, 203, 204, 275, 280, 350, 351, 352, 364, 374, 377, 378, 386, 387; HLTH 160, 201, 205, 313, 314, 335, and 465)
  • two recommendations from members of the PHETE faculty
  • evidence of the satisfactory completion of a broad background in general education
  • demonstration of adequate preparation in professional courses specific to the PHETE program and a minimum grade of C on the following courses: 
    • KINS 350, 351, 352,  364, 374, 377, 378
    • HLTH 465

Athletic Training

For students entering Longwood University in fall 2019 or after, Longwood offers a pathway to a career and/or Master’s of Science in Athletic Training. (Students will no longer be admitted to the pre-professional phase of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program.)

For students who entered Longwood in fall 2018, please note that the last admission cycle to the professional phase of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree program will occur in spring 2019. No students will be admitted to the professional phase of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program after spring 2019.

Criteria for Admission

The program leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree via the Athletic Training Program includes one year of pre-athletic training, a selection process, and three years in the professional and clinical education phase of the program. Admission to the Athletic Training Program is competitive.

Because of enrollment limitations, students who have completed the pre-athletic training year at Longwood cannot be assured admission to the professional and clinical education phase of the Athletic Training Education Program. The course of study for students planning to participate as a member of an intercollegiate athletic team is five years.

Program Admission Process


Admittance into the Longwood Athletic Training Program consists of three stages.

The first stage consists of meeting a number of grade and grade point criteria, filing a formal application for admission consideration, successful completion of prerequisite courses, and a directed observation requirement.

Once those criteria are met the student will enter the second stage which includes obtaining updated grade estimates and participation in an admission interview. At the completion of the interview stage, students will be informed of denial of admission or the preliminary admission decision by the program director. Students granted preliminary admission enter stage three.

In stage three, final semester grades are subject to the grade and grade point criteria. Final admission decisions are made following the posting of candidates' semester grades.

Students may apply for admission to the program after the completion of the first academic year (freshmen) or the first semester on campus providing that all prerequisite courses are completed. The admissions process will be administered during the spring semester. Students will be informed by the program director of exact dates.

Stage One

The following criteria will be used to determine eligibility for admittance into the Longwood Athletic Training Education Program:

  • File a formal written application for program admission (can be obtained from the program director).
  • 30 semester hours of college coursework completed.
  • A 2.5 overall grade point average (GPA) and a 2.75 GPA or better in all athletic training major courses are required at the time of application,
  • Courses ATTR 200, 210, HLTH 260, BIOL 206 and 207,
  • Grades of C or better in ATTR 200, 210, and BIOL 207
  • 75 hours of athletic training directed observation experience.

Stage Two

Once the above criteria are met the student may complete the following steps in the admission process:

  • Obtain updated grade estimates for the current semester (form available from program director).
  • Complete a formal interview with the Athletic Training Review Committee (ATRC).

Preliminary admission decisions are made following the interview process. At that time students will be selected into the program based on a cumulative scoring procedure. The scoring procedure includes the combination and rank ordering of candidates by results from the interview (as scored by each committee member), assessment of the written application interview (as scored by each committee member), grade point averages, and results of clinical evaluations derived from the directed observation experience.

Rank ordering of candidates by grade point averages and results of clinical evaluations will be completed by the program director. Upon conclusion of review of written applications and all candidate interviews, each member of the ATRC will rank order all candidates in each area and submit their rank ordered lists to the program director. The program director places the rank order results for all components of the admission process for all candidates into a single spreadsheet. The ATRC meets to discuss the overall ranking of candidates and then renders preliminary admission decisions based on collective results across all pre-admission categories. The total number of students admitted will be based on the number of students leaving campus for the internship experience from the previous semester.

Students who are not admitted to the program may reapply for admission in a subsequent semester if they wish. Students who reapply must again meet all pre-admission and admission criteria.

Stage 3

All students who are granted preliminary admission will be reviewed following the completion of the semester and the posting of final grades. Those students who continue to meet the minimum grade and grade point average requirements will be officially admitted into the program effective the first day of the following semester.

Technical Standards for Admission

The Athletic Training Program at Longwood University is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity.

The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training Program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs [CAATE]). The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the Athletic Training Educational Program. In the event of a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program.

Compliance with the program's technical standards does not guarantee a student's eligibility for the BOC certification exam.

Candidates for selection to the Undergraduate Athletic Training Program must demonstrate the following:

  • the mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm;
  • sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients;
  • the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively. Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice;
  • the ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately;
  • the capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress;
  • the perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced;
  • flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations;
  • affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Candidates for selection to the athletic training educational program will be required to verify they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards.

The Longwood University Academic Support Center will evaluate a student who states he/she could meet the program's technical standards with accommodation and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws.

If a student states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the University will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation; this includes a review a whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether accommodation would jeopardize clinician/patient safety, or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, clinical experiences and internships deemed essential to graduation.

Exercise Science

Criteria For Admission

Admission to the Kinesiology Exercise Science program requires successful completion of the criteria and formal admission to the Kinesiology Exercise Science concentration. Admission to Kinesiology Exercise Science is competitive and decisions are made by Kinesiology Exercise Science faculty and is based on the collective results across all pre-admission categories. A final rank ordering is based on the total of all components of the application process.

Because of enrollment limitations, students who have completed the required Kinesiology Exercise Science classes cannot be assured admission to the program. 

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Good standing with the University (not subject to probation, suspension, or in financial appeals)
  • An overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0
  • Successful completion of the following courses:
    • KINS 205 – Introduction to Exercise Science with at least a B-
    • BIOL 206 & BIOL 207 – Anatomy and Physiology I & II with at least a C in both courses
      • Exception: Students with at least an A- in BIOL 206 can have BIOL 207 waived as a criterion for the application.  Admittance is provisional as long as BIOL 207 is completed with at least a C in the same term in which you apply.  A grade of "C" will be entered for BIOL 207 for the purposes of scoring your application.

Program Admission Process

Deadline: Applications are accepted once per year and are due by 11:59 p.m. the Monday After Fall Semester Finals (December 12, 2016).

Applications submitted early will not be score differently. We recommend that you complete the application process well before the due date to give yourself time to correct any mistakes we may find.

Your application MUST include final grades from the Fall Semester.

Application Material Submission: 

  • Enroll in the Canvas course “Exercise Science Admission Application”  
  • Upload your Transcripts from all post-secondary schools (i.e., any schooling beyond high school), Personal Statement, and Professional Resumé. ALL documents must PDFs. 
  • Click on each link and attach the respective document. 
  • Upload FOUR copies of your Personal Statement using the “Submit Personal Statement 1/2/3/4 Here” links
  • Upload FOUR copies of your Resumé using the “Submit Resumé 1/2/3/4 Here” links 

Transfer Students

Acceptance into the Exercise Science program does not guarantee admittance into Longwood University or vice versa.

Transfer students without an associate’s degree must adhere to all criteria, as well as the criteria listed below:

  • Your cumulative GPA for ALL post-secondary coursework will contribute to your application score.
  • If the equivalent BIOL 206 and/or BIOL 207 were taken at a different institution, you must have earned at least a C in both courses and our grade in those courses will contribute to your application score.
  • Complete KINS 205 (Introduction to Exercise Science) before applying.

Transfer students with an associate’s degree:

  • You must apply to both the Exercise Science program and Longwood University.  ii. You must apply to the Exercise Science program the February preceding your first full term at Longwood
  • Your cumulative GPA for ALL post-secondary coursework will contribute to your application score.
  • Completed the equivalent BIOL 206 and/or BIOL 207 and earned at least a C in both courses before applying.  Your grade in those courses will contribute to your application score.
  • KINS 205 (Introduction to Exercise Science) will be waived as a criterion for the application process.  Admittance will be provisional (contingent on completion of KINS 205 at least a B- in your first full term at Longwood University).


Applications are scored based on the following:

  • Overall GPA (40%)
  • Average GPA for KINS 205, BIOL 206, and BIOL 207 (20%)
  • Average personal statement score* (30%)
  • Average professional resumé score* (10%)

* Your personal statement and professional resumé will be scored by all Exercise Science faculty and the average score for each item will be used to compute your overall application score.  The faculty do not know your identity when scoring these items.

The maximum possible overall application score is 100%.  For the number of spots we have available in a given year, the highest scoring applicants will receive acceptance letters/emails.  For example, if there are 30 openings the top 30 scoring applicants will be accepted.