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“The Hands of HOSA Mold the Health of Tomorrow”
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Helping Students Become the Best 4
“What is HOSA?” 5
Purpose of HOSA 5
What HOSA Means to You 5
HOSA Supply Service 5
How Does HOSA Help You? 6
History of National HOSA 6
The HOSA Mission 6
The HOSA Emblem 6
The HOSA Creed 7
HOSA Colors 7
The HOSA Motto 7
HOSA’s Slogan 7
Official HOSA Uniform Policy 9
Competitive Events Synopsis 10
National Leadership Conference 13
Establishing a HOSA Chapter 14
Chapter Activities and Opportunities 18
Chapter Program of Work 21
In Closing 21
National Headquarters 22
Activities and procedures within Health Occupations Students of America are governed by the
philosophy of simple fairness to all. Therefore, the policy of National HOSA is that all operations will
be performed without regard to race, sex, color, national origin or handicap. HOSA is in compliance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Many persons have contributed to the publication of the comprehensive HOSA
STUDENT MEMBERSHIP HANDBOOK. To those who have ensured the future of this
organization through their contributions to this handbook, please accept the sincere thanks
of all current and future National HOSA members.
Deepest appreciation is expressed to all who contributed in so many ways to the
handbook sections, including Jim Koeninger and Karen Elias-Koeninger of National
HOSA's current Headquarters Management firm, Corporate Education Resources, Inc.,
referred to as CERI, who provided direction and production services in expediting
development and publication of the comprehensive HOSA STUDENT MEMBERSHIP
The 2000-2001 National HOSA Executive Council would like to express
appreciation to the following HOSA members for their assistance in this project: Rebecca
Armen, National President-Elect (NC), Felipe Leon (OR), Postsecondary/Collegiate Vice-
President, Deborah Veach (TN), Secondary Board Representative, Kelly Roe (CA),
Postsecondary/Collegiate Board Representative, and Rodrick Echols (TN), National
President. Also, to Karen Batchelor (TX), Chair of the Board, Cheryl Keever (NC), Chair-
Elect of the Board, and the 2000-2001 National HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors, thank you
for your continuous support and encouragement.
Finally, to the members of HOSA: This manual is for you and your chapters. We
hope and desire that you use it to further the mission of HOSA and give your chapters the
opportunity to show the leadership role that is undoubtedly a part of them.
Membership in HOSA is
BECOME THE BEST reserved for health-care oriented
students who are or have been enrolled
in a health occupations education
Health Occupations Students of
program. Health Occupations
America, a 100 percent health-care
instructors serve as HOSA chapter
student organization, is committed to
advisors. Indeed, it should be hard to
helping its members become the best
tell the difference between traditional
they can be. And given the current
classroom activities and HOSA-related
acute shortage of qualified health-care
workers, HOSA has an even more activities. HOSA is not a club or
critical mission: to attract career- extracurricular activity.
minded, qualified students to the health Instead, it’s a learning laboratory that
care professions. helps members develop, practice and
refine the skills that will prepare them for
health-care careers. Just as
The group’s mission statement
laboratories in science classes allow
sums up HOSA’s mandate: “to enhance
students to put theory into practice, the
the delivery of compassionate, quality
HOSA lab lets members test their
health care by providing opportunities
personal and leadership skills in real
for knowledge, skill and leadership
development of all health occupations
education students, therefore, helping
the students to meet the needs of the Research studies have shown
health care industry.” clearly that leadership experiences in
high school and college predict later
Over one million career-minded leadership in adult business and social
health-care students have been activities. And leadership experiences
attracted to HOSA and its mission since in organizations such as HOSA relate
1976, experiencing HOSA’s unique more closely to adult success than does
program of leadership development, academic achievement. Through those
motivation and recognition. There are leadership experiences, HOSA provides
over 2,000 HOSA chapters now, and health occupations students with
students who have completed high opportunities to become the best they
school may continue their involvement can be as they pursue rewarding and
in postsecondary chapters and through challenging careers in the vital health
alumni division activities. professions.
HOSA members are proud to
belong to one of the 10 national career
and technical student organizations
recognized by the U.S. Department of
Education and the only career and
technical student organization endorsed
by the Health Occupations Education
Division of the Association for Career
and Technical Education. We’re proud
of the many endorsements we’ve
received from state and national
organizations that work closely with
F. by developing an understanding of
WHAT IS HOSA? current health care issues and an
awareness of environmental
G. by developing character, promoting
Health Occupations Students of responsible citizenship and fostering
America (HOSA) is a Career and patriotism; and
Technology Student Organization H. by encouraging mental and physical
(CTSO) recognized by the United States health through participation in
Department of Education that provides a beneficial social activities.
unique program of leadership
development, motivation and recognition
exclusively for secondary and post-
secondary/ collegiate students enrolled WHAT HOSA MEANS
in Health Science Technology Education
HOSA consists of local chapters 1. HOSA is the local, state, and
and members who are currently enrolled national organization designed
in or associated with Health Science exclusively for Health Science
Technology Education Programs as Technology Education students.
conducted by or in secondary and post- 2. HOSA provides leadership
secondary/collegiate schools of development and scholarship
3. HOSA members meet outstanding
leaders in the health professions
PURPOSE OF HOSA and education.
4. HOSA members have the
opportunity to participate and/or
The purpose of HOSA is to advance the compete in area, state and national
education and welfare of its members in leadership conferences.
the following ways:
A. by assisting local chapters in the
growth and development of HOSA; HOSA SUPPLY
B. by furthering the development of
respect for education in health-
related careers in order to
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abilities of its members through a
professional student organization
program of motivation, awareness,
competition and recognition;
E. by encouraging the use of ethical
standards in health occupations;
HOW DOES HOSA (1) adopted bylaws which changed the
name of the organization to Health
HELP YOU? Occupations Students of America
HOSA activities that are an integral (2) elected national officers;
part of the curriculum provide students (3) selected national colors and a motto;
with the ability to: (4) made plans for HOSA emblem
1. make realistic career goals; (5) set the first National Leadership
2. be flexible for inevitable career Conference for spring 1978 in
changes; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
3. manage basic survival skills;
4. build self-esteem;
5. develop enthusiasm and maintain
motivation; THE HOSA
6. communicate more effectively;
7. interact with health care and
community professionals; and
8. develop workplace readiness “To enhance the delivery of
skills. compassionate, quality health care by
providing opportunities for knowledge,
skill and leadership development of all
health occupations students; therefore,
HISTORY OF helping the students to meet the needs
NATIONAL HOSA of the health care community.”
At the 1971 American Vocational
Association Convention (AVA) in
Oregon, a task force was appointed to THE HOSA EMBLEM
study student organizations, how they
might serve health occupations students
and to examine whether a new
organization was needed.
On November 4 - 7, 1975, through
the leadership of the State Department
of Education and Division of Vocational
Education in New Jersey, 18
representatives of Alabama, New
Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, The circle represents the continuity
Oklahoma and Texas voted to form the of health care; the triangle represents
American Health Occupations Education the three aspects of human kind well
Student Organization - AHOESO. A being: social, physical and mental; and
Constitutional Convention for AHOESO the hands signify the caring of each
was convened in Arlington, Texas on HOSA member.
November 10-13, 1976. The delegates
THE HOSA CREED
I BELIEVE in the health care profession.
I BELIEVE in the profession for which I am being trained and in the opportunities,
which my training offers.
I BELIEVE in education.
I BELIEVE that through education I will be able to make the greatest use of my skills,
knowledge and experience in order to become a contributing member of
the health care team of my community.
I BELIEVE in myself.
I BELIEVE that by using the knowledge and skills of my profession I will become more
aware of myself. Through fulfilling these goals I will become a more
I BELIEVE that each individual is important in his or her own right; therefore, I
will treat each person with respect and love.
To this end, I dedicate my training, my skills and myself to serve others through Health
Occupations Students of America.
Navy Blue: Loyalty to the Healthcare Profession
Medical White: Purity of Purpose
Maroon: Compassion of HOSA Members
“The Hands of HOSA Mold the Health of Tomorrow”
“HOE and HOSA - A Healthy Partnership!”
HOSA is committed to enhancing the use of technology in order to improve services
for both advisors and the students. For example, be sure to watch for technological
renovations to the official HOSA website, www.hosa.org. We are extremely excited
about these developments, proving HOSA’s commitment to changing “with the times.”
The web site includes:
Online affiliation tools
Links to state association home pages. State associations may include local
chapter links on their web sites.
Online publications - HOSA Magazine, NLC Information Packet (State Advisors
and Chapters), HOSA HANDBOOK, and all other publications, including updated
competitive event guidelines.
Links to Advisor staff development
Links to all competitive event resources at Amazon.com
Links to National Sponsors, Professional Organizations, Exhibitors, NLC
Suppliers, Awards Unlimited (HOSA Supply Service), etc.
Online daily updates from the HOSA National Leadership Conference.
Online archives for publications, minutes (Board and Committees), SAM
Online tools and resources to enhance the integration of HOSA into the HOE
classroom including PowerPoint presentations, classroom activities, etc.
Online photos of the NLC, SAM, Board meetings, etc.
Announcements and News on a continuous basis.
Online Career Center
HOSA OFFICIAL HOSA UNIFORM POLICY
The HOSA uniform shall be worn for
all official functions such as the following:
Competitive Events when uniform is 6. The official HOSA member or advisor
specified, official business, and Executive pin is centered on the left lapel of the
Council meetings when representing HOSA jacket.
in various public relations activities and
other related activities. 7. Matching navy or white slacks for
males, and slacks or skirts for
An Official HOSA uniform is required of females. (Jeans and denim skirts
voting delegates and national officers. are not considered appropriate.)
The official HOSA uniform policy is: 8. Footwear appropriate to the overall
appearance of the uniform in navy,
1. Blazers for members - Males and black, or white, should be consistent
Females. among the particular group. (Open-
A tailored navy blazer with emblem toed dress shoes are acceptable for
affixed over the heart. Awards females. Tennis and track
Unlimited Supply Service is the sneakers/shoes are not considered
official supplier for this blazer. appropriate.)
2. Shirt/blouse for female members. Attire for the Recognition and Awards
A white tailored blouse or a short- Sessions on Friday and Saturday
sleeve white jewel neck shell are evening:
acceptable. This is interpreted to
mean: an open or closed neck. Females -- A "dressy" short or long
Jewel necklines with lace, ruffle or dress, official HOSA uniform
full-edged collars are not or business attire.
acceptable. Males -- Business attire or official
3. Shirt for male members. A white
closed-neck, man-tailored dress shirt, Business Attire
suitable for use with a tie.
Females --Business suit, tailored dress
4. Accent for female members. The or blazer and skirt with
maroon HOSA scarf no longer is a tailored blouse
required part of the official uniform Males -- Business suit or sport coat
for females. However, maroon and slacks with dress shirt
accent is optional as a scarf and tie
or bow tie.
No denim clothing or canvas shoes
5. Accent for male members. A solid will be acceptable.
navy or maroon man-tailored long tie. Knee-length split skirts may be
acceptable but city “shorts” are not
-- Administrative Medical Assisting --
National Competitive Competitors develop and knowledge
Events and skills as a Medical Assistant in an
Program -- CPR/First Aid; EMT --
A two-member team works together to
Active HOSA members gain the demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a
opportunity to compete at the regional simulated emergency situation.
and/or area levels in their respective states. -- Dental Assisting --
Each state is allowed to send three (3) Competitors develop and apply
representatives to participate in national knowledge and skills as a Dental Assistant
competition. See your local and/or state in a Dental clinical setting.
advisor for more information. -- First Aid/Rescue Breathing --
Competitors demonstrate skills in
Category I (Health Occupations Related providing basic first aid and rescue
Events) breathing in two emergency situations.
(For students with special needs.)
-- Medical / Dental Terminology -- Medical Assisting Clinical --
These events are written tests. They Competitors develop and apply use
include 100 questions and some tiebreaker knowledge and skills in a medical clinical
questions. The event guidelines contain setting as a Medical Assistant.
“test plans” and resources to help the -- Medical Laboratory Assisting --
HOSA member in deciding what to study. Competitors apply knowledge and skills
-- Medical / Dental Spelling -- as a Medical Laboratory Assistant.
Round One of these events is a written -- Nursing Assisting --
test. Students that advance to round two Competitors develop and demonstrate
compete in a traditional spelling bee. basic entry-level knowledge and skills as a
Competitors must correctly spell a randomly Nursing Assistant.
selected word. One miss and you sit. The -- Personal Care --
last remaining competitor wins. Competitors apply skills in patient care.
-- Medical Math -- (For students with special needs).
Competitors learn the conversion table -- Physical Therapy --
in the event guidelines and then solve math Competitors are apply knowledge and
problems to complete a 50-question exam skills in Physical Therapy.
plus tiebreaker problems. -- Practical Nursing --
-- Knowledge Tests -- Competitors develop and apply
These events are 50-100 item written advanced knowledge and skills as a
tests. Competitors select one of the Practical Nurse.
knowledge tests to take, study the area -- Sports Medicine --
using the resources and following the test Competitors develop and apply
plan in the event guidelines. knowledge and skills as Athlete Trainers in
Category II (Health Occupations Skills -- Veterinary Assisting --
Events) Competitors apply veterinary
Most events in the category involve a knowledge and skills in a veterinary clinical
written test and skills performance section setting.
related to a specific health career. The
written test serves as Round One to
determine the number of students
advancing to the skills procedures.
-- Clinical Specialty -- -- Biomedical Debate --
New Event – includes knowledge, skill A team of 3-4 students researches an
and a work-based learning component in a ethical topic. After a preliminary round, the
healthcare profession. top teams debate either the Affirmative or
Negative side, plan their strategy and
Category III (Individual Leadership debate an opposing team.
Events) -- Career Health Display --
A team of 2 students researches a
-- Extemporaneous Health Poster -- career in a health occupation. They then
Competitors in this event create a create a display that is 3 feet high that will
visual display of a health care issue/topic explain the chosen career.
using poster board and pencils, crayons, -- Community Awareness --
rulers, ink pens, colored markers, colored This is a community service event.
pencils, erasers, charcoal, pastels and a Chapter members work within their
pencil sharpener. The key focus is on the community to select a health-related issue
development of the secret topic (health and then raise community awareness of
issue) and quality of information presented. that issue. The product of the project is a
-- Extemporaneous Speaking -- notebook of activities and a presentation of
Competitors will be given a secret topic the project.
related to the HOSA theme and will have 10 -- Creative Problem Solving --
minutes to prepare a 2 - 4 minute speech. Teams of 3 - 4 members are given a
Judges will rate you on speaking skills and secret problem related to a health issue.
how well you cover the secret topic. They have 30 minutes to analyze the
-- Extemporaneous Writing -- problem and then 10 minutes to present
Competitors are given a secret topic their solution to a panel of judges, who will
that is health related and have one hour to ask questions about their solution and the
write an essay on the topic. problem solving process.
--Job Seeking / Interviewing Skills -- -- HOSA Bowl --
In this event, competitors write a Teams of four HOSA members take a
resume, fill out a job application and then 50-item, multiple choice written test on
participate in a simulated job interview. HOSA facts, parliamentary procedure,
(Interviewing skills event is for students with medical information, and medical history.
special needs). Top scoring teams advance to a single
-- Prepared Speaking / Speaking Skills -- elimination tournament by ringing a buzzer
In this event, competitors will write a before the other team and correctly
speech using the HOSA national theme. answering the most questions in 10-minute
They may write an outline of their speech rounds.
on note cards and then give the speech to a -- Medical Reading --
panel of judges. (Speaking skills event is Teams of three members read five
for students with special needs). books that have been selected by the
-- Researched Persuasive Speaking -- National Competitive Events Program and
This event allows the competitor to take answer a series of questions individually
a stand, either for or against one of two and some questions collaboratively.
selected topics. They research a topic to Reading comprehension is the key for this
gather facts to support an opinion, write a competitive event.
paper, and then give a speech to a panel of
judges. Afterwards, the judges will ask
questions on the competitor’s position.
Category IV (Team Leadership Events)
-- Parliamentary Procedure -- -- Kaiser Permanente Healthcare Issues
In this event, teams of 5 - 8 members Exam --
learn about parliamentary procedure. For This event is a 50 item written test. It
competition, they take a 50 item multiple measures a HOSA member’s knowledge of
choice written test. Then, after having 10 current health issues. All members who
minutes to analyze a secret problem, they reach a mastery level are recognized.
conduct a simulated business meeting, -- National Service Project --
addressing the motions in the secret problem. Chapters are recognized for supporting
-- Health Education -- the National HOSA Service organization.
In this event, teams of 2-4 The 2002-2004 National Service Project
competitors select a health-related concept supports the American Cancer Society.
or instructional objective, then prepare a -- Barbara James Service Award --
lesson, provide instruction, and evaluate This event provides recognition to
results. The instruction must include the use individual HOSA members for outstanding
of presentation tools such as a student-made volunteer service in their community.
video, computer demonstration software, HOSA members fill out an application that
slides, overhead transparencies, or any other describes their volunteer efforts and are
form of media. Teams will provide recognized for their achievements.
instruction to a selected group of learners, -- Chapter Newsletter --
and will have their instruction videotaped. Chapters are encouraged to submit a
For the competitive event, one set of judges newsletter for recognition at the national
will evaluate the videotape, and another set level, and for possible inclusion of chapter
will judge the documentation notebook and activities in the National HOSA magazine.
an interview with team members. -- HOSA Week --
Chapters are recognized for HOSA
Category V (Recognition) Week activities.
-- Outstanding HOSA Chapter --
Chapters plan activities all year
following the guidelines for Outstanding
HOSA Chapter, and then create a
scrapbook that contains proof of those
activities. A judge reviews the scrapbook,
and chapters who get the highest score
earn gold medals, chapters with the second
highest score earn silver medals, and
chapters with the third highest score earn
-- Outstanding HOSA Member --
A panel of judges interviews HOSA
members who complete the HOSA National
-- National Recognition Program --
This event lets you learn about and
participate in a variety of HOSA activities
that build leadership and organizational
skills. All members who complete the
National Recognition program are
recognized for this achievement.
e. Conduct the necessary annual
NATIONAL business of the national career and
LEADERSHIP technical student organization of the
Health Occupations Students of
CONFERENCE America by the national voting
delegates and HOSA, Inc. Board of
The National Leadership Conference Directors.
(NLC) is the highlight of the year for HOSA
members and advisors - with dynamic The event winners receive a medallion
general sessions, informative business recognizing first, second and third place.
sessions, nationally known speakers, health The top ten winners in each event are
care industry tours, competitive events, recognized at the Awards and Recognition
awards, recognition and much more. The Session. National officers are elected and
NLC is held annually in June and attracts serve until the next NLC.
the very best HOSA members and advisors
for four days of testing, learning and To enjoy the motivational benefits of
recognition. the NLC, each chapter should strive to have
at least one delegate in attendance at the
The purposes of the NLC are to: National Leadership Conference. Press
coverage prior to and following the NLC will
a. Provide a variety of educational and build the importance of attending. The
social learning activities at a national chapter advisor can use the NLC as a
level for HOSA members; motivational tool to encourage new
members to get involved in chapter
b. Provide HOSA members the activities and to develop their leadership
opportunity to share common and technical skills in hopes of serving as a
experiences in leadership delegate to the State Leadership
development, community service and Conference and the National Leadership
understanding of their vocational Conference.
health occupations programs;
NLC registration materials are mailed
c. Provide information about current to chapters in good standing in February of
health care issues and concerns at each year.
the local, state and national level in
health occupations and the career and
technical student organization of
HOSA that foster attitudes of good
ethical practices and respect for the
dignity of work;
d. Provide the opportunity for
participation in and recognition of
leadership and skill development
through competitive learning activities;
HOSA Chapter Decide which method your institution will
use to organize one or more HOSA
Please review the entire chapter
affiliation process before you continue. If a. Classroom based chapter. A HOSA
you have questions about any aspect of the chapter is formed for each class of
process, please contact the HOSA five (5) or more students. This is a
Headquarters at its toll-free number: (800) preferred method in institutions where
321-HOSA or (972) 874-0062. students are unable to meet together
regularly. Each chapter elects an
Step #1 officer team and develops its program
Secure a copy of the following materials to of work. For large projects, chapters
affiliate your HOE program with Health can collaborate. Business meetings
Occupations Students of America. and programs can be held during
class time since HOSA is "curricular"
a. Chapter Affiliation Application - and not "extracurricular."
contact HOSA Headquarters if
additional applications are needed for b. Instructor based chapter. One
multiple chapters or supplemental instructor for all students enrolled in
memberships. his/her classes forms a chapter.
While chapter meetings with all
b. HOSA HANDBOOK - available from students may be difficult to schedule,
HOSA Headquarters. individual classes can form in-class
committees to plan and organize
c. HOSA: LEARN, GROW AND projects and activities. Each class can
BECOME - a curriculum package (with elect a vice president (class
a teacher's manual and a student representative) that serves on a
workbook) that will help integrate HOSA Chapter Council, the steering
HOSA into the HOE classroom. For committee for the chapter.
more information, call toll-free (800)
654-4502 or write CIMC, 1500 West c. Institution wide chapter. A single
Seventh Avenue, Stillwater, OK chapter is formed for all students in all
74074-4364. classes regardless of the number of
instructors. This is the preferred
Step #2 method for post high school
Contact the HOSA State Advisor and institutions (community colleges,
indicate your interest in affiliating your technical schools and four-year
school/college with the state association colleges) where multiple instructors
and national organization. The state offer multiple courses. If this method
advisor is an excellent source of information is adopted, every effort must be made
regarding state and national activities, to get 100% active involvement by all
projects, meetings and services available to students and instructors.
chapter advisors and members. Please
contact HOSA Headquarters if you need the
name and telephone number of your state
advisor. (If your state does not offer a state
association, your chapter may affiliate
directly with the national organization.)
Step #4 g. Each chapter must have at least one
Contact local school/college officials (e.g. dues paying advisor. List the chapter
activity directors, Dean of Student Activities) advisor as a professional member.
and make certain all information is properly
submitted and on file. (A sample h. Chapters may pay their total fees by
constitution for a HOSA chapter is available check or purchase order. HOSA will
in the HOSA HANDBOOK.) bill the school or chapter. Payment
must be received within 30 days of the
Step #5 stated deadlines (January 1 and
Review the instructions for completing the March 1) for the chapter to remain in
Chapter Affiliation Application on the good standing.
backside of the pink copy of the form. The
application is available from the HOSA i. Affiliation fees for postsecondary/
Headquarters. Please give special attention ollegiate students who enroll in a
to the following guidelines. program after January 1 must be
received by HOSA on or before March
a. National fees for all fall semester 1. These students are members until
students must be received by HOSA December 31 of the same year.
on or before January 1 of the
membership year. Step #6
Review the member services provided by
b. Affiliation fees for students who enroll Health Occupations Students of America.
after January 1 must be received by
HOSA on or before March 1 of that a. National Organization. Founded in
same year. 1976, HOSA provides an array of
services and support to its chartered
c. Students who do not affiliate by the states and affiliated chapters and
appropriate date shall be ineligible to members. The maintenance and
participate in the HOSA Competitive expansion of the national organization
Events Program or seek national provides maximum visibility for Health
office. Occupations Education and the health
care industry. Greater visibility
d. National competitors must be affiliated attracts attention and support for the
with the national organization prior to organization (HOSA) and the
their state conference to be eligible for instructional program area (HOE).
participation at the National
Leadership Conference. b. National Competitive Events Program.
A chapter advisor to motivate HOE
e. All state members are to be affiliated students to prepare for competition at
with National HOSA. district, state and/or national
conferences should use the
f. Do not mix membership divisions on competitive events program. HOSA
one application. If you serve more does not provide competitive events
than one division (secondary, for competition's sake. Rather, HOSA
postsecondary, collegiate), request provides a national program as a
additional applications from the HOSA means of recognizing those students
Headquarters. who pursue excellence by preparing
for competition and having the
determination to attend a conference -
- district, state and/or national -- and
demonstrate those competencies
gained through the HOE classroom. e. Emblematic Services. The HOSA,
The Competitive Events Committee, Inc. Board contracts with Awards
working with Technical Advisory Unlimited to provide the HOSA Supply
Committees, is constantly reviewing Service. A current catalog is available
the national events to provide from the HOSA Headquarters (1-800-
members and advisors with the most 950-3553)
comprehensive and modern
competitions available to HOE f. HOSA Travel Service. This service is
students provided under an arrangement with a
travel service in the NLC host state.
c. National Leadership Conference. In State associations are encouraged to
June, the National Leadership use the service since the official
Conference is held annually to airlines for the conference can provide
recognize outstanding performance in a discount below the best discount
leadership and competitions. While at fare available if booked through the
the NLC, members and advisors are HOSA Travel Service.
provided opportunities to learn about
current health care issues. During the g. Scholarships. HOSA members are
national conference, the leadership of eligible for the Lois B. Graham
HOSA, Inc. and HOSA meets and Scholarship, Catherine B. Junge
elects new representatives and Scholarship, and Kaiser Permanente
officers. The National Leadership cash award. Additional sponsors are
Conference is not only the capstone of being sought to expand the
the year for the students and scholarship program.
instructors in attendance; it is the
spark for the new membership year. Step #7
All HOSA members in good standing Solicit membership fees from all HOE
are eligible to attend the National students or hold a fund-raising project to
Leadership Conference if approved by pay the affiliation fees for all members and
their state association and local advisors. Special recognition is given to
chapter. 100% chapters at the National Leadership
Conference and in the NLC Program. If you
d. National Publications. The National are a 100% chapter, you will receive a
HOSA Handbook is the primary recognition certificate along with your
document needed by all chapters and membership cards.
state associations. Other publications
and visual products are available to Step #8
integrate HOSA into the HOE Submit the initial application promptly to
classroom and to organize and avoid deadline conflicts. Be among the first
develop an effective local chapter and one hundred chapters that submit chapter
state association. Regular mailings applications to HOSA and you'll receive a
are sent to state leaders and chapters, certificate as a HOSA-100 Club Chapter.
including: HOSA Magazine, HOSA HOSA-100 Club Chapters are also
Leaders' Update, and Vision. A recognized in the Spring issue of the HOSA
variety of video presentations are MAGAZINE.
available and under development. A
current list of publications (print and Step #9
video) is available upon request from Submit supplemental applications when
the HOSA Headquarters. students enroll in the HOE program.
Supplemental applications are accepted state advisor for the dates for district, state
until March 1. Please be aware that and national competition
substitutions are not allowed. Membership
cards cannot be transferred to other Step #15
students once they are issued. Hold fund-raising projects to sponsor all
students who qualify to attend the National
Step #10 Leadership Conference in June. Funds
Get actively involved in local, state and permitting, at least one student should
national activities through attendance at: apply to attend the NLC Leadership
a. Local chapter meetings. Academy, held in conjunction with the NLC
b. Local committee meetings. Competitive Events Program. The
c. District or state officer training Leadership Academy will be an excellent
meetings (if available). training program for students who will return
d. State Leadership Conference (review and be a chapter leader the next school
the competitive events and workshops year
in which members can participate).
e. National Leadership Conference (held Step #16
in June each year Develop, practice and refine leadership
skills in the HOSA chapter.
Develop a meaningful program of work that Step #17
includes the following types of activities: Hold chapter meetings in the summer for
a. Leadership development. next year's members and alumni to
b. Community service. maintain momentum and enthusiasm for the
c. Social and recreational activities. next year
d. Professional development
Step #12 Receive the initial chapter affiliation
Adopt a budget and identify fund-raising application in late August or early
projects that can generate sufficient September and begin the process of
revenue to support the student-developed leadership development with your students.
program of work. Contact HOSA Headquarters if you do not
receive the Chapter Affiliation Application by
Step #13 mid-September.
Receive the chapter affiliation packet from
HOSA Headquarters that includes:
a. Current membership cards.
b. 100% Affiliation Certificate (if
c. HOSA-100 Club Certificate (if
d. HOSA Charter (new chapters only)
e. HOSA promotional Poster
f. Assorted other materials and other
Prepare students to participate in the HOSA
Competitive Events Program. Contact your
Chapter Activities b. Take roll call, prepare absentee
slips and keep records.
And Opportunities (Secretary)
1. Review professional oaths. When c. Maintain all financial records
presenting the history of medicine, including receipt of monies,
discuss the significance of the following disbursements, issuance of
oaths: checks, payment of accounts
a. Hippocratic Oath payable, etc. (Treasurer)
b. Declaration of Geneva
c. Nightingale Pledge d. Monitor class protocol and member
d. HOSA Creed behavior and, when necessary,
teach members the fundamentals
Learn the HOSA Creed, as it is a of parliamentary procedure.
symbol of the HOSA member’s (Parliamentarian)
commitment to excellence and
leadership development. e. Prepare bulletin boards and
posters to create a positive
2. Elect chapter officers. Gain learning environment. (Historian)
opportunities to make decisions and to
see the consequences of those f. Prepare articles and news releases
decisions. Members need to elect a for school and local newspapers.
leadership team to guide their class (Reporter)
and chapter. While some members
serve in leadership roles, all members 3. Establish committees. To give most, if
are able to witness first-hand the not all, students the opportunity to
challenges that face elected leaders practice leadership skills, the chapter
and their followers. The HOSA chapter can establish standing and ad-hoc
experience can be likened to the committees to achieve the program of
"health care team" that must work work. Appoint students as
together to achieve a common goal - chairpersons of committees who were
quality health care. not elected chapter officers. The
committee structure will encourage
When the chapter advisor uses the greater student involvement since more
officer team to facilitate classroom members (not just the officers) will feel
functions, it will be much easier for a greater sense of ownership in the
students to see the curricular nature of chapter.
the HOE-HOSA Partnership. The
officer team should be as concerned 4. Use parliamentary procedure. The
and involved with classroom activities proper use of parliamentary procedure
as it is HOSA chapter activities. enables a group to arrive at a decision
in an orderly manner. All members are
Class and/or chapter officers can be provided the opportunity to state their
used in a variety of ways: opinion on an issue. Parliamentary
procedure promotes a team spirit,
a. Call the class to order and demonstrates cooperation, builds group
announce the objectives to be harmony and provides a structure for
accomplished that day. (President discussion and decision making in a
or Vice President) group. Parliamentary procedure
recognizes the will of the majority in
regulating the actions of all versus the at these meetings can be discussed at
will of the few regulating the total. chapter meetings to share the
experiences with those students unable
5. Prepare a chapter newsletter. Chapter to attend.
newsletters achieve several teaching
objectives, including: development of 9. Interview health care leaders. Assign
basic communication skills; students the responsibility to interview
dissemination of news to the total selected health care leaders and to
membership and support groups; share their findings with all students.
reinforcement of major topics The interviewers can develop a
presented in the classroom; questionnaire to guide the interview.
development of ownership and pride in
the organization; and an official record 10. Sponsor a blood pressure screening
of the success in integrating the HOE- clinic. In this activity, members are
HOSA Partnership into the classroom able to develop, practice and refine a
and curriculum. All members should be variety of skills, including:
asked to contribute articles to the organizational and planning skills;
newsletter throughout the year. communications skills; supervisor skills;
technical skills; people skills; and,
6. Emphasize professional dress and evaluation skills. Members are
grooming. Personal and career responsible for organizing the project;
success is enhanced by good grooming securing a place to conduct the clinic;
and professional dress. By rewarding developing a promotional plan;
good habits while in school, members preparing an advertisement or article
will achieve greater success when for the newspaper; preparing
competing for entry level positions and promotional posters; scheduling
career advancements. A dress up day members to work the clinic; conducting
is a positive image builder for the professional blood pressure
HOSA chapter and will raise the screenings; etc.
visibility of the HOE program and
health care careers among all students. 11. Prepare an extemporaneous talk.
Health care workers must be able to
7. Sponsor field trips. Chapter members organize their ideas and express them
should identify and select the health whenever called upon. The
care facilities they wish to visit during development of good communication
the membership year. After decisions skills will enhance the career
are made, chapter members should be advancement of HOE students. Those
appointed (by the President) to contact students who enjoy extemporaneous
and coordinate the field trips. speaking should review the guidelines
for the HOSA competitive event called
8. Attend civic, professional or trade "Extemporaneous Speaking".
meetings. By representing HOSA at
such meetings, other groups will realize 12. Prepare a talk for a community group.
the professionalism and desire of the What better way to develop, practice
HOSA members to prepare themselves and refine communication skills than to
for future leadership responsibilities. In prepare a talk and present it to a group.
getting involved in civic, professional The fear of speaking in public is usually
and trade meetings while in school, ranked the #1 fear by most people.
members will be less reluctant to do so Those who achieve success in the
as health care workers. Observations health care industry will be those who
develop strong communication skills to be given at special events, i.e. a
complement their outstanding technical program for a civic or trade group, an
skills. "Prepared Speaking" is a open house, or a school function. The
competitive event available to HOSA rating sheets in the HOSA HANDBOOK
members who want to refine their can be used to evaluate all projects
communication skills. and identify the project that will
represent the chapter in district/state
13. Participate in mock job interviews. competition.
Entry into any industry requires good
interviewing skills. By participating in 16. Participate in a homecoming parade.
mock interviews (as either the This is an excellent activity to develop
interviewer or job applicant), members and reinforce the importance of working
will be more successful in actual job together in a cooperative manner. The
interviews. The most talented job steps in building a float for the
interviewers should enter the HOSA homecoming parade include:
event called "Job Seeking Skills." identifying the theme for the parade;
brainstorming the kinds of floats that
14. Participate in HOSA Bowl competition. could be built to emphasize the theme;
The "HOSA Bowl" competitive event is selecting the most appropriate design
an excellent tool for reviewing for the float; securing the resources
classroom learning. The team nature needed to build the float; determining
of the event encourages students to what talents are needed; recruiting
work together to achieve success. The members to help design, build and
HOSA Bowl builds enthusiasm among decorate the float; scheduling members
the "teams" and demonstrates the to work; and, completing the project
positive effects of competition. The within the time parameters.
most successful HOSA Bowl players
should represent the chapter in 17. Giving a party for handicapped
district/state competition. children. Activities of this type will
enhance the sensitivity of the students
15. Conduct a community awareness toward special populations. In addition
project. The community awareness to the good feelings in serving these
project, a comprehensive HOSA team children, your students will be able to
leadership competitive event, provides plan, organize, coordinate and evaluate
members with the opportunity to take a the activity. This activity emphasizes
more intensive look at a critical health the importance of the health care team
care issue. While classroom training working together to serve the needs of
builds a strong knowledge base, this others.
project encourages linkage with the
health care industry by organizing a 18. Assisting in a blood donor drive. This
Health Awareness Council to guide the is an activity that uses the technical
project. By forming multiple project training in the classroom and provides
teams, all students can work on a a worthwhile service to the community.
project. If issues are selected and The organizational and technical skills
coordinated, the projects can of the students - collectively and
encompass a variety of issues that fit individually - can be evaluated through
the curriculum. The project such activities.
presentations can first be given in class
to refine them. The oral presentations
(with audio-visual documentation) can
Of Work IN CLOSING
The program of work includes all those
activities in which your members want to be After completion of their health
involved. It is important that the program of occupations training, graduates are thrust
work be based upon the collective ideas of into a highly competitive labor market.
the total membership. "Students will Success will be enjoyed by most of those
support what they help create" is a valid health care providers that possess a
observation. If the chapter officers or the "competitive edge". Compared to other
chapter advisor designs the program of programs, health occupations programs
work, the members may not be committed have a strategic tool (HOSA) that provides
to the activities. By involving all members in HOE students with the leadership and
the development of the program of work, followership skills needed to achieve higher
the activities will receive greater acceptance levels of personal and professional success
by the chapter. in adult life.
Balance is an important quality in When implemented properly, HOSA
evaluating a chapter's program of work. can be a positive force for: increasing
The program of work should provide equal program enrollments; gaining program
emphasis on the following types of visibility; involving employers; securing
activities. commitment of vitally important support
groups; motivating students and teachers to
a. Leadership development activities higher levels of personal and group
b. Social activities performance; recognizing excellence; and
c. Community service activities providing the means by which personal and
d. Career preparation activities career goals become realities for HOE
e. Fund raising activities students.
Chapter activities should be student-led. Energize your HOE classroom and
The chapter advisor should help the chapter curriculum by providing a leadership lab
officers get all members involved. (chapter) in which your students can
Throughout the year, assignments should develop, practice and refine skills that will
be made so that all students are given distinguish them from other health care
leadership and followership responsibilities. workers in the labor force. The mission of
The HOSA HANDBOOK (Section C) health occupations education is to provide
provides additional guidance in designing a students with the very best preparation
chapter's program of work. available to enhance their job performance
and competitiveness in their chosen
profession. If your students are not
leadership ready, they may not be as
valuable to their future employers. By
integrating the leadership skills found in this
book into your curriculum, you can provide
your students with a value added classroom
that provides them with the slight edge
needed to be competitive in tomorrow's
health care delivery system.
Dr. Jim Koeninger
Coordinator, Membership Services
Webmaster and Technology
6021 Morriss Road, Suite 111
Flower Mound, TX 75028