Fulfill your passion for helping and empowering others through academic programs in healthcare and related fields. Longwood’s small class sizes, hands-on learning and supportive faculty offer a unique environment to prepare for a career helping others.

The healthcare field has such a high demand that there is no singular path to a thriving career. For many of these degrees, you could find yourself working in a different setting than listed here, serving in an adjacent role, or even working in a job that doesn’t exist yet.

Not sure? Check out the Inquiry into Helping and Healing concentrations. As an Exploratory studies student, you don’t have to declare a major right away, but can explore a variety of health related courses and work with a dedicated advisor before selecting your major.

Why Study for Health Professions at Longwood?

Unique Core Curriculum

Civitae Core Curriculum

Our unique Civitae curriculum challenges students to find interconnected ideas, think deeply about issues our country is wrestling with and develop creative solutions to problems.


“Civitae has shown me so many new perspectives and made me into a student with a well-rounded education and outlook. I am more empathetic, resilient, and aware than I was as a freshman. Civitae has guided my learning experiences and equipped me to be a ‘good’ citizen.” —Madison Harold ‘22, Elementary Education

Full-Time Faculty

Longwood has the highest percentage of full-time faculty in Virginia, meaning students learn directly from professors, not teaching assistants.

  • Average class size: 18
  • 15:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 82% full-time faculty with terminal degrees

Student Research Opportunities

Students are eligible to apply to the PRISM program that combines practical training in a specific research technique and one-on-one collaboration with faculty.

STEM Financial and Academic Support

The LIFE STEM Program, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, provides financial and academic support, focused career preparation, early research experiences, and high-quality faculty mentoring for scholars majoring in biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics (or dual-degree engineering).

100% Nursing NCLEX pass rate

Nursing NCLEX pass rate: ​​For four of the last six years, 100% of Longwood’s nursing graduates have passed the exam on their first attempt—an accomplishment few schools can boast.

  • The nursing program was named the Best BSN Program in the Southeast for 2022 by NursingProcess.org

Experiential Clubs & Orgs

There are endless opportunities to connect with other students while gaining experience in your major and building leadership skills.

  • Service-Dog Training and Education (STEP@LU)
  • Student Nursing Association
  • Association of Medical and Professional Kinesiology
  • Operation Smile Club
  • Federation of Student Social Workers
  • National Student Speech Language Hearing Association
  • Pre-professional Health Society