Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is a national career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of ACTE. HOSA is composed of secondary and postsecondary students. It is headquartered in Flower Mound, Texas. HOSA is the largest student organization that prepares students to enter the health care field.
"To enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science technology education students, therefore, helping students to meet the needs of the health care community
HOSA's goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSTE-HOSA Partnership.
HOSA's mission is especially critical when considering the acute shortage of qualified workers for the health care industry. It is essential that the HSTE-HOSA Partnership maintain its momentum and encourage all HSTE instructors to integrate HOSA into their curriculum and classrooms.
Since its inception in 1976, HOSA has grown steadily reaching 96,000 students through forty-six (46) affiliated state associations with involvement in three (3) unaffiliated states and 2,600 chapters in the 2007-2008 membership year.
HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in HSTE programs. HOSA is 100% health care!
HOSA is not a club to which a few students in school join. Rather, HOSA is a powerful instructional tool that works best when it is integrated into the HSTE curriculum and classroom. HSTE instructors are committed to the development of the total person. Those who join the HSTE-HOSA Partnership recognize the importance of providing students with training far beyond the basic technical skills needed for entry into the health care field. The rapidly changing health care system needs dedicated workers who, in addition to their technical skills, are people-oriented and capable of playing in a leadership or follower role as a member of a health care team.
I Believe in the profession for which I am being trained; and the opportunities which my training offers.
I Believe in education.
I Believe that through education I will be able to make the greatest use of my skills, knowledge, and experience in order to become a contributing member of the health care team and of my community.
I Believe in myself.
I Believe that using the knowledge and skills of my profession, I will become more aware of myself. Through fulfilling these goals I will become a more responsible citizen.
I Believe that each individual is important in his or her own right; therefore I will treat each person with respect and love.
To this end, I dedicate my training, my skills, and myself to serve others through HOSA.
The highlight of every year for HOSA members is the HOSA National Leadership Conference. The conference is held in June in different cities across the United States.
The HOSA National Leadership Conference includes:
HOSA National Leadership Conferences:
Category I - Health Science Events
Category II - Health porfessions Events
Category III Emergency Preparedness Events (recently added in 2007/08)
Category IV- Leadership Events
Category V - Teamwork Events
Category VI - Recognition