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Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is the national organization for students enrolled in health occupations programs. HOSA members are involved in community-orientated, career related and leadership development activities. All HOSA activities relate o the classroom instructional program and the health care delivery system, and are an integral part of the health occupations education program.

The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all Americans. The HOSA motto is "The hands of HOSA mold the health of tomorrow."

Goals that HOSA believes are vital to each member are:

  • To promote physical, mental and social well being
  • To develop effective leadership qualities & skills
  • To develop the ability to communicate more effectively with people
  • To develop character
  • To develop responsible citizenship traits
  • To understand the importance of pleasing oneself as well as being of service to other
  • To build self confidence & pride in ones work
  • To make realistic career choices and seek successful employment in the health care field
  • To develop an understanding of the importance in interacting and cooperating with other students and organizations
  • To encourage individual and group achievement
  • To develop an understanding of current health care issues, environmental concerns and survival needs of the community, the nation and the world
  • To encourage involvement in local, state and national health care and education projects

In addition to providing activities which allow members to develop occupational skills, leadership qualities and fellowship through social and recreational activities, HOSA also encourages skill development and a healthy competitive spirit through participation in the National Competitive Events Program. Competition is held at the local, district/regional, state and national levels.