HOSA - Health Occupation Students of America
2012-2013 National HOSA Theme:
"HOSA: Build a Better You "
2012-2013 Oklahoma HOSA Theme:
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 occupations education students, thus helping the students meet the needs of the health care community.
HOSA has more than 107,000 members in approximately 3,000 chartered chapters in 47 state associations, including the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
Oklahoma has a membership of over 4,800, including secondary, postsecondary, collegiate students; professional members; and alumni members.
HOSA plays an important role in HCE programs and links them to the health industry. Members of HOSA chapters include secondary, postsecondary, and collegiate students enrolled in HCE classes. Alumni and professional members are former active HOSA members who have remained in good standing with the chapter or persons who are associated with or who have participated in the development of HCE students in a state as approved by the state association. Honorary Life Members are individuals who have made contributions to the development of HOSA in a state and whose membership has been approved by the state executive council. The state executive council is made up of student officers that represent all regions of the state.
Why Affiliate With HOSA?
HOSA is the only CareerTech Student Organization designed to exclusively serve the needs of students in health occupations programs. HOSA is for and led by students.
HOSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Occupations Division of the American Vocational Association as an integral part of health occupations education via an official policy statement. Academic and vocational skills must be blended together within the instructional delivery system to provide realistic reflections of how these skills are used with our world.
HOSA promotes and develops a respect among students, teachers and the citizens of the community for health occupations education.
HOSA's state and national leadership conference and competitive events program are included in the list of approved activities of the Oklahoma and National Association of Secondary School Principals.
HOSA provides opportunities for students enrolled in health occupations education programs to sharpen their occupational skills while developing valuable leadership, decision-making, and employment skills. Individuals must actively participate in the teaching process for true learning to take place, and there must be a method to support pathways of success for all learners. All individuals in an educational development setting should be held to high expectations and should have a plan to reach their highest potential.
HOSA members learn to appreciate their ability to help people who need health care and develop a better understanding of health-related issues. Getting involved in health issues is central to HOSA.
HOSA encourages skill development and a healthy competitive spirit through participation in the national competitive events and recognition program. Individuals and the educational system must have benchmarks to measure against to ensure that they are progressing positively towards long-term goals and objectives.
HOSA promotes fellowship through social and recreational activities.
HOSA actively involves members in school, community, state and national activities, providing members with the opportunity to travel, meet new people, and share ideas. HOSA provides students with exposure to the world in which their goals and plans are based upon to modify, with obtained information, their individual development.
State HOSA Advisor
Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education
1500 W. Seventh Ave.
Stillwater, OK 74074-4364