Health Occupations Students of America – Membership and Objectives

The 2015-2016 membership year will be the 31st consecutive year of growth in the Health Occupations Students of America’s history as an organization. Becoming a part of this growing society’s prestigious ranks is easy! The affiliation process is accessible online, and more information can be found at the HOSA website:

The healthcare industry has reaped the benefits of HOSA members through more compassionate care and awareness since 1976.

As former organization President, Erica Desai, stated speaking from her experience, “[The HOSA] developed professional skills as well as leadership skills. These skills helped build confidence along the way in my ability and led to me finding successful employments in the field of health care.” She has since gone on to lead an impressive career in social work in the healthcare industry.

Some of the many goals of the HOSA are to:

Promote the overall wellbeing of individuals

Help shape the character of future leaders in the healthcare industry Erica Desai

Develop effective communication skills in healthcare professionals

To help guide students as they choose their careers in the health field

To encourage responsibility

Promote and encourage the value of teamwork

Membership is available in several stages:

The secondary division, comprised of those who have not received a high school diploma. These members must be enrolled in an organized health science or health awareness program, is available for those who plan to pursue their career in healthcare.

The Postsecondary/Collegiate Division, which is composed of students who are enrolled in health science programs at the collegiate level.

Professional members who are classified as advisors, who help guide students in health activities, or Professionals, who are health professionals in the community who wish to participate.

Alumni, who are former members of the HOSA.

Honorary members, adults who have made significant influences, whether in donations or influence to the HOSA.

Lifetime members, adults who have been members in the HOSA and have paid the Lifetime membership affiliation fee.

If you are interested in joining the HOSA in any of the membership capacities listed above, follow the affiliation link and contact your state advisor for more information on the affiliation process.