Competitive Events 

HOSA's Competitive Events Program brings health careers education to life through rigorous testing of knowledge, performance, skill, and leadership capabilities aimed at developing, encouraging, and recognizing the brightest future health care professionals. HOSA’s competitive events are divided into five categories:

Would you like to see Nevada HOSA adopt a new competitive event?

Nevada HOSA prides itself in being co-curricular with Health Science and Public Safety Programs in Nevada. It is always our priority to be offering competitive events that are relevant to curriculum and courses in Nevada programs. If you have a suggestion for a competitive event to be added for Nevada HOSA, please click here for the suggestion form.

Please note: Competitive Event suggestions are reviewed annually. Typically, no competitive events will be added after August of each year and suggestions will be maintained for review the following year.

Competitive Event Resources

National HOSA Competitive Events General Rules and Regulations 
(HOSA Section B) (WWW)


  • Since 2010 at the State level all members may only compete in one event execpt in Recognition events; members may participate in MULTIPLE Recognition events. 

  • Pilot Events/State Level Only events do not count towards the one event limit.
  • At the National level all members may only compete in one event except in Recognition events; members may participate in MULTIPLE Recognition events. 
  • Official uniform is required to compete starting in 2010, this excludes events that require another type of attire like scrubs or CERT gear.

Complete Competitive Event Guidelines are listed in Section B of the HOSA Handbook. Guidelines are updated and revised annually. All chapters should be certain to refer to the most recent version of the guidelines. Updates and notifications are found in the national HOSA Magazine, National Leadership Conference Guide, and Heartbeat of HOSA Newsletter.

Competitive Event Note to Nevada HOSA Advisors

Use the HOSA Competitive Events Program in the classroom as a motivational tool to encourage students to enter one or more competitive events. Your students will appreciate the opportunities for recognition in state and national competition. Advisors can use the event guidelines and rating sheets as instructional tools and as a means of inspiring students to achieve maximum performance.

Emergency Preparedness Events 

CERT Skills
CPR/First Aid
Emergency Medical Technician
Life Support Skills
Public Health

Health Professions Events 

Biomedical Laboratory Science
Clinical Nursing (New to Nevada!)
Dental Science
Medical Assisting
Nursing Assisting
Personal Care
Pharmacy Science (Pilot Event)
Physical Therapy
Sports Medicine
Veterinary Science

Health Science Events

Dental Terminology 
Knowledge Tests
          - Medical Law & Ethics
          - Human Growth & Development
          - Nutrition
          - Pathophysiology
          - Pharmacology
          - Cultural Diversities & Disparity in Healthcare
Medical Math
Medical Reading
Medical Spelling
Medical Terminology

Leadership Events

Extemporaneous Writing
Healthy Lifestyle
Job Seeking Skills
Medical Photography
Research Poster Presentation

Recognition Events

Barbara James Service Award 
HOSA Activity Tracking System - Member Instructions
HOSA Activity Tracking System - Chapter Advisor Instructions
Healthcare Issues Exam
HOSA Chapter Reflections
HOSA Happenings
National Service Project

Teamwork Events 

Biomedical Debate
Community Awareness
Health Career Display
Forensic Medicine
Health Education
Medical Innovation
Public Service Announcement

Middle School ONLY Events (*NEW*)

Foundations of Medical Terminology
Math for Health Careers
Life Threatening Situations
Health Careers Preparation
Exptemporaneous Health Poster
Exploring Medical Innovation