HOSA (organization)

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HOSA Logo.jpg
TypeCareer and technical student organization (CTSO)
Headquarters548 Silicon Drive, Suite 101
Southlake, Texas 76092
United States
Executive Director
Jim Koeninger[3]

HOSA-Future Health Professionals, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), 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 middle school, secondary, and post secondary/collegiate students, along with professional, alumni, and honorary members. It is headquartered in Southlake, Texas, and is the largest student organization which prepares students to enter the healthcare field.


HOSA was founded in 1976 out of a task force from the American Vocational Association in order to determine whether a new student organization accommodating healthcare 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.

On November 10–13, 1976, in a constitutional convention in Arlington, Texas AHOESO adopted bylaws, which also changed the organization's name to Health Occupations Students of America; elected national leaders; selected colors and a motto; made plans to design an emblem; and set the first National Leadership Conference for the spring of 1978 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[1]

In 2004, the organization dropped the acronym from its name, and began publishing all documents under the brand "HOSA - Future Health Professionals."[4]



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 to the suit jacket.[5]

International Leadership Conference[edit]

2003 NLC in Atlanta

Members meet annually at an International Leadership Conference held in late 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 nearly all 50 states and a few nations, including Canada and Mexico.[6]

Past and upcoming NLCs include:

  • 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
  • 2017 - June 21-24 - Disney's Coronado Springs Resort - Orlando, Florida
  • 2018 - June 27-30 - Dallas Convention Center - Dallas, Texas

Competitive events[edit]

HOSA currently offers 58 competitive events, ranging from skill-based to leadership and team-based. Members compete at the regional, state, and international levels. Those who place in the top three positions at the state level are given the opportunity to compete at the international level.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Student Membership Handbook, p. 6
  2. ^ a b Davis, Kevin. "What is HOSA?". Health Occupations Students of America. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  3. ^ Davis, Kevin. "HOSA Headquarters". Health Occupations Students of America. Archived from the original on 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  4. ^ Lauver, Lori S., et al. "Kids Into Health Careers: A Rural Initiative." The Journal of Rural Health 27.1 (2011): 114-121.
  5. ^ HOSA Handbook Section A
  6. ^ Student Membership Handbook, p. 13
  7. ^ Student Membership Handbook, p. 10


External links[edit]

  • HOSA — national website