|Type||Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO)|
|Headquarters||6021 Morriss Road, Suite 111
Flower Mound, Texas 75028,
|Executive Director||Jim Koeninger|
HOSA - Future Health Professionals 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/collegiate students. It is headquartered in Southlake, Texas. HOSA is the largest student organization that prepares students to enter the health care field.
HOSA was founded in 1976 out of a task force from the American Vocational Association (AVA) in order to determine whether a new student organization accommodating health care students was necessary. From November 4–7, 1975 the State Department of Education and Division of Vocational Education in New Jersey with 18 representatives from Alabama, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas voted to form the American Health Occupations Education Student Organization (AHOESO). On November 10–13, 1976 in a constitutional convention in Arlington, Texas AHOESO: (1) adopted bylaws, which also changed the organization's name to Health Occupations Students of America, (2) elected national leaders, (3) selected colors and a motto, (4) made plans to design an emblem, and (5) set the first National Leadership Conference for Spring 1978 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
In 2004, the organization dropped the acronym from its name, and began publishing all documents under the brand HOSA - Future Health Professionals.
|“||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 science technology education students, therefore, helping students to meet the needs of the health care community.||”|
The official HOSA uniform consists of a navy blue suit with maroon accent in the form of a tie for men or a scarf for women. The HOSA emblem is affixed on the suit jacket.
National Leadership Conference
Members meet annually at a National Leadership Conference. The conference is held in June in cities across the United States. Over 7,500 students participate in exciting general sessions, competitive events, and leadership experiences, all while networking with health sciences students from 50 states and territories.
Future NLCs are scheduled for:
- 2013 - June 26–30 - Gaylord Opryland Hotel - Nashville, Tennessee
- 2014 - June 25–28 - Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando Florida
- 2015 - June 24–27 - Hilton Anaheim - Anaheim, California
- 2016 - June 22–25 - Gaylord Opryland Hotel - Nashville, Tennessee
HOSA currently offers 58 competitive events, ranging from skills-based to leadership and team-based. Members compete at the regional, state, and national levels. Those who place in the top three positions at the state level are given the opportunity to compete at the national level.
- Student Membership Handbook, p. 6
- Davis, Kevin. "What is HOSA?". Health Occupations Students of America. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
- Davis, Kevin. "HOSA Headquarters". Health Occupations Students of America. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
- Lauver, Lori S., et al. "Kids Into Health Careers: A Rural Initiative." The Journal of Rural Health 27.1 (2011): 114-121.
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- Various. Student Membership Handbook (PDF). Health Occupations Students of America
- HOSA — National Website
State Association Websites