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What is HOSA?

HOSA Future Health Professionals is the premier organization for student leaders pursuing careers in the healthcare industry. 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.

History, Size and Reach of HOSA

Founded in 1976 as Health Occupations Students of America, HOSA reaches over 200,000 members each year in over, 500 secondary and postsecondary/collegiate chapters across the nation. Nevada HOSA was founded in 2007 and is one of the fastest growing states in the nation with over 1,900 of Nevada's finest students in over 20 schools throughout the state.

HOSA Endorsements

HOSA is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, Nevada Department of Education, the Health Science Technology Education Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education, and over 50 other health-related partners and industry associations.

HOSA is Inter-curricular

HOSA is a national organization that operates as an integral component of the health science education curriculum. Through its network of state and local chapters, HOSA provides powerful instructional tools, recognition, leadership, networking, scholarships, and connections to the healthcare industry to thousands of members across the United States.

Through the HOSA Competitive Events Program members can compete in teams or as individuals in over 55 different events related to all aspects of the health care industry. HOSA integrates into the Health Science Technology Education curriculum to develop and recognize smart, dedicated, and passionate future health professionals.

HOSA's offers numerous health leadership conferences and professional development opportunities including the HOSA National Leadership Conference held in Orlando and Anaheim, Washington Leadership Academy held in Washington, DC, HOSA National Leadership University, Nevada Fall Leadership Extravaganza, and the Nevada HOSA State Leadership Conference.

HOSA Mission Statement

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 science technology education students, therefore, helping students to meet the needs of the health care community.

HOSA Facts

  • HOSA is one of Nevada's six Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) along with National FFA Organization, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), DECA, SkillsUSA, and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).
  • Dr. Jim Koeninger is the National HOSA Executive Director.
  • HOSA is the largest student organization in America concentrating 100% of its mission and programs on developing future health professionals and leaders.
  • Nationwide there are 200,000+ HOSA high school, college, and alumni members.
  • The U.S. Department of Education (ED) endorses HOSA with all state chapters endorsed by the State Department of Education.
  • Past keynote speakers at the International Leadership Conference include Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General, J.R.Martinez, former U.S. Army soldier who sustained burns to over 40 percent of his body while serving in Iraq, and Dr. Ben Carson, World Renowned Neurosurgeon who successfully separated conjoined twins joined at the head.
  • Over 10,000 attendees were present at the 2017 International Leadership Conference.
  • Each year HOSA awards over $400,000 on the national and state level to deserving members.
  • HOSA offers over 55 healthcare industry endorsed competitive events; they are utilized throughout the academic year as instructional resources.
  • HOSA's Competitive Events Program includes four events specifically designed for students with disabilities.
  • The U.S. Surgeon General's office hosts summer internships in Washington, DC for HOSA members annually.
  • During Summer 2012, National HOSA launched a new brand for HOSA to modernize the image, retain familiarity, and establish HOSA’s identity nationwide.
  • The 2017-2018 National Theme is “Create Your Future"

Healthcare Industry Facts

  • Healthcare represents one-sixth of the U.S. economy—more than any other sector.
  • The U.S. spends $2.7 trillion on healthcare or about 17.5% of gross domestic product (up from 13.8% in 2000 and 5.6% in 1960).
  • The healthcare industry employs 15.5 million people.
  • Health care occupations have grown by 427,000 jobs since the recession began.
  • Health professions are at the top of high demand, high wage, and high-skilled occupational areas.

Source: Q&A: Why health care's economic impact matters, USA Today, June 21, 2009 and Kaiser Family Foundation



Shelly Kinnunen (right) HOSA advisor from Nevada with 2016 keynote speaker Brad Montague.