What is HOSA?
HOSA Future Health Professionals is the premier organization for student leaders pursuing careers in the healthcare industry. 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.
History, Size and Reach of HOSA
Founded in 1976 as Health Occupations Students of America, HOSA reaches over 200,000 members each year in over, 500 secondary and postsecondary/collegiate chapters across the nation. Nevada HOSA was founded in 2007 and is one of the fastest growing states in the nation with over 1,600 of Nevada's finest students in over 20 schools throughout the state.
HOSA is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, Nevada Department of Education, the Health Science Technology Education Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education, and over 50 other health-related partners and industry associations.
HOSA is Inter-curricular
HOSA is a national organization that operates as an integral component of the health science education curriculum. Through its network of state and local chapters, HOSA provides powerful instructional tools, recognition, leadership, networking, scholarships, and connections to the healthcare industry to thousands of members across the United States.
Through the HOSA Competitive Events Program members can compete in teams or as individuals in over 55 different events related to all aspects of the health care industry. HOSA integrates into the Health Science Technology Education curriculum to develop and recognize smart, dedicated, and passionate future health professionals.
HOSA's offers numerous health leadership conferences and professional development opportunities including the HOSA National Leadership Conference held in Orlando and Anaheim, Washington Leadership Academy held in Washington, DC, HOSA National Leadership University, Nevada Fall Leadership Extravaganza, and the Nevada HOSA State Leadership Conference.
HOSA Mission Statement
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.
Healthcare Industry Facts
Source: Q&A: Why health care's economic impact matters, USA Today, June 21, 2009 and Kaiser Family Foundation
HOSA National Executive Council with U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin.