What is HOSA?

HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of ACTE. HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA's goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSTE-HOSA Partnership.
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!

Since its inception in 1976, HOSA has grown steadily reaching 120,000 students through 46 affiliated state associations with involvement in four (4) unaffiliated states and 3,000+ chapters.

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 a leadership or followership role as a member of a health care team.

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.

HOSA's Mission
The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skills and leadership development of all health occupations education students, therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the health care community.
HOSA's mission is especially critical when considering the acute shortage of qualified workers for the health care industry. It is essential that the HOE-HOSA Partnership maintain its momentum and encourage all HOE instructors to integrate HOSA into their curriculum and classrooms.

HOSA Goals

The goals that HOSA believes are vital to each member are:

  • To promote physical, mental and social well-being
  • To develop effective leadership qualities and skills
  • To develop the ability to communicate more effectively with people
  • To develop character
  • To develop responsible citizenship traits
  • To understand the importance of pleasing oneself as well as being of service to others
  • To build self-confidence and pride in one's work
  • To make realistic career choices and seek successful employment in the health care field
  • To develop an understanding of the importance in interacting and cooperating with other students and organizations
  • To encourage individual and group achievement
  • To develop an understanding of current health care issues, environmental concerns, and survival needs of the community, the nation and the world
  • To encourage involvement in local, state and national health care and education projects