What is HOSA?

HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education (HSTE) 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. Departments eligible to participate in HOSA are:

  • Health Careers
  • Veterinary Assisting
  • Practical Nursing
  • Firefighter/EMT

Why Join!

The top 10 benefits listed by students as reasons to join HOSA were:

  • You learn how to become a leader
  • You get to meet new people
  • You get to travel to exciting places
  • You hold monthly meeting where YOU are in charge of running the meeting
  • You get to attend and compete in a variety of competitions (over 38 to choose from) at the State and National level
  • You invite Health care professionals as guest speakers to learn about topics you’re interested in
  • You get to participate in various community service projects
  • You can apply for scholarships
  • You develop an impressive portfolio that can be used to get the job you really want.
  • You get to have a blast with your friends while becoming leaders of tomorrow!!!

HOSA’s Mission

Health Occupations Students of America, a 100 percent health-care student organization, is committed to helping its members become the best that they can be. Given the current acute shortage of qualified health –care workers, HOSA has an even more critical mission: to attract career-minded, qualified students to the health care professions.

The group’s mission statement sums up HOSA’s mandate: “to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development for all health occupations education students to meet the needs of the health care industry.