What is HOSA?

January 25, 2016



HOSA is all about students coming together to share a passion for health care.

January 29th is approaching very quickly; maybe too quickly for HOSA (Health Occupations for Students of America) competitors. HOSA is a competition for medical students to develop leadership and technical skills through a program of motivation, awareness, and recognition.

Junior, Melodie Zuelke, states that, “HOSA is a great organization and helps to develop leadership skills. It’s really helpful to be a part of such a rewarding club.” HOSA provides opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students.

Sophomore, Joe Petrantoni, a competitor who advanced to states last year, shares that he felt comfortable during his competition and that he, “had a lot of fun especially at the ceremony that was held after the competition because there was a lot of cool animations and music.”

There are 56 events from team events to work alone events.  Many students in the medical program at PHU participate in HOSA. HOSA is a great way to bring students together who will be pursuing careers in the health care field.

The rapidly changing health care system needs dedicated workers who, in addition to their technical skills, are people-oriented and capable of playing a leadership or followership role as a member of a health care team.

HOSA reaches over 180,000 members each year in 3,500 secondary and collegiate chapters across the nation. It provides powerful instructional tools, recognition, leadership, networking, scholarships, and connections with the healthcare industry.

Regionals for HOSA are on January 29th in Plant City. At Regionals, students present their project or presentation. After everyone has presented to the judges, they find out whether or not they move on to the State Competition. The top 3 participants in each category move on to States. Depending on the category, events may involce taking a test, making a presentation, or bandaging an ankle.

If a student qualifies for States, they will go to Orlando to compete against other state competitors. If they place in the top 3 there, they then move on to the National Competition, which will be held during the spring in Nashville, Tennessee.

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 medical students, therefore, helping students to meet the needs of the health care community.

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