Purpose of Major's Fitness Test

"The purposes of the screening procedure are to insure adequate health-related physical fitness levels, and to promote active and healthy lifestyles so graduates will be good role models in their professional careers."

Health-related physical fitness is the dimension of fitness that is related to health status. Health related physical fitness is associated with a person's ability to:

  • Function efficiently and effectively
  • To be healthy
  • Resist hypokinetic diseases (hypokinetic diseases are associated with lack of physical activity, for example: heart disease, low back pain, obesity and adult-onset diabetes).

Health-related physical fitness has the following components:

  • Aerobic capacity
  • Muscular strength
  • Muscular endurance
  • Flexibility

Following are items for the Major's Health-Related Physical Fitness test. Please note that this is a pass/fail test. One must successfully pass all four events in order to be admitted into the major.


Test objective: To run as many laps as possible in accordance with the set cadence.

Test Description: The PACER is a test for cardiovascular fitness which starts off slow and progressively increases in intensity. Students should run across the 20-meter dis­tance and touch the line with their foot by the time the beep sounds. At the sound of the beep, they turn around and run back to the other end. If some students get to the line before the beep, they must wait for the beep before running the other direc­tion. Students continue in this manner until they fail to reach the line before the beep for the second time. The test is completed when the student can no longer keep pace (reach the line before the beep). The criterion for passing is 61 laps for males and 41 laps for females.

Test Objective: To complete as many curl-ups as possible at a specified pace.

Test Description: The student assumes a supine position with knees bent at an angle of approximately 140 degrees, feet flat on the floor, legs slightly apart, arms straight and parallel to the trunk with palms of hands resting on the mat. Measuring strip 4.5" in width is placed under the knees on the floor so that only fingertips are resting on the edge of the measuring strip. Keeping heels in contact with the floor, the student curls up slowly sliding fingers across the measuring strip until fingertips reach the other side, then curls back down until head touches floor. Movement is slow and controlled to a specified cadence of 20 curl-ups per minute (one curl-up per three seconds). The cadence is kept by the test administrator. Passing criteria: Men >24, Women > 18

Trunk Lift
Test objective: Using the muscles of the back, one must lift the upper body off the floor holding the position long enough for a measurement to be taken.

Test Description: The student being tested lies on the mat in a face down position. Toes are pointed and hands are placed under the thighs. Students lift their upper body off of the floor, in a very slow and controlled manner, to a maximum height of twelve inches. The position is held long enough to allow the tester to place a ruler on the floor in front of the student and determine the distance of the student's chin from the floor. Once the measurement has been taken the student may return to the starting position in a controlled manner. Two trials will be allowed and the highest score will be noted. The criterion for passing is nine inches for both men and women.

Modified pull-up

Test objective: The objective of this test is to correctly complete as many modified pull-ups as possible.

Test Description: Student assumes a supine position with shoulders directly under a bar set one to two inches above the student's reach. An elastic band is placed seven to eight inches below and parallel to the bar. The student grasps the bar with an overhand grip (palms away from the body). The pull-up begins in a "down" position with arms and legs straight, buttocks off the floor, and only the heels touching the floor. The student then pulls up until chin is above the elastic band, and returns to full arm extension. The body must be kept straight and the movement must be rhythmic and continuous (student may not stop and rest). Passing criteria: Men > 14, Women >4.

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If you have problems signing up, please contact the main department office at 252-328-4632.

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