During the 2009-2010 academic year, the Health Sciences students will participate for the first time in HOSA. We feel that this opportunity will enhance the curriculum and give the students experience in a variety of academic competitive events.

HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education 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 Partners.

HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in HSTE programs.

HOSA's Mission:

The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skills and leadership development of all health occupations education students, therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the health care community.

HOSA's mission is especially critical when considering the acute shortage of qualified workers for the health care industry. It is essential that the HOE-HOSA Partnership maintain its momentum and encourage all HOE instructors to integrate HOSA into their curriculum and classrooms.

HOSA Goals

The goals that HOSA believes are vital to each member are:

  • To promote physical, mental and social well-being
  • To develop effective leadership qualities and skills
  • To develop the ability to communicate more effectively with people
  • To develop character
  • To develop responsible citizenship traits
  • To understand the importance of pleasing oneself as well as being of service to others
  • To build self-confidence and pride in one's work
  • To make realistic career choices and seek successful employment in the health care field
  • To develop an understanding of the importance in interacting and cooperating with other students and organizations
  • To encourage individual and group achievement
  • To develop an understanding of current health care issues, environmental concerns, and survival needs of the community, the nation and the world
  • To encourage involvement in local, state and national health care and education projects

Participating in HOSA will involve regional competition at Washtenaw Community College on March 5, 2010. Students who qualify will then have the opportunity to compete in the state level competition. This will be held in Traverse City on April 15-16, 2010. Students who qualify will then have the opportunity to compete at the national level competition. The national competition will be in Orlando, FL June 23-26, 2010.