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Health Occupations Students of America

HOSA is a national organization for secondary and post-secondary/collegiate career and technical education students enrolled in Health and Medical Sciences Education (and pre-technical health sciences) programs. The activities of HOSA are an integral part of the instructional program that provides occupational skills as well as leadership skills. HOSA was officially formed in November 1976 and comprises state associations organized under the auspices of the appropriate state education agency or other approved institution.

The purpose of the HOSA organization is to develop leadership and technical HOSA skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness, and recognition. The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill, and leadership development of all health and medical sciences education students, therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the health care community.

A student enrolled in any Health and Medical Science program at any high school or post-secondary/collegiate institution across the country has the opportunity to join with other students and form a local HOSA chapter under the supervision of classroom instructors who also serve as HOSA chapter advisors. Upon payment of dues and receipt of membership cards, the chapter is affiliated with the Health Occupations Students of America as a chartered chapter. The chapter is also responsible for affiliating at the state level as directed by the state association.

HOSA is endorsed on the national level by the United States Department of Education and by the Association of Career and Technical Education. The Virginia Health and Medical Sciences Education Association of the Virginia Department of Education supports the Virginia Association of HOSA.

Local HOSA chapters provide programs and activities to help individuals develop their physical, mental, and social well-being. Members strengthen their leadership and citizenship abilities through interaction with professional, business, and other student organizations. HOSA members have the opportunity to share experiences with other people involved in health and medical sciences. They are involved in community-oriented and career-related leadership development activities. Members build confidence in their own ability to develop skills that will lead to successful employment in the field of health.

Students from all local chapters attend regional and statewide conferences for leadership training and chapter management workshops and participation in HOSA competitive events that test and recognize students’ competencies and related skills in their chosen health science. All affiliated state associations conduct state leadership conferences and send as many members as possible and state competitive event finalists in each competitive event and division to the annual HOSA National Leadership Conference where they again compete.

HOSA is Part of the Solution! To the shortage of health care workers. Health and Medical Sciences programs and HOSA students:

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