Do you have a question about HOSA? Find it below or email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a new teacher coming into an existing program, contact Dana Stringer at email@example.com for your chapter’s charter number and password. If you are starting a brand new Health Science program, you will also contact Dana Stringer in order to request a charter number and password for your new HOSA chapter. Learn more here.
Affiliation is actually joining State and National HOSA, and becoming HOSA members. This is done online through www.hosa.org
You will login with your username and password on the national website, then you will add your membership data. Once you have added all your membership data and clicked that you are done, you can then print an invoice and mail your dues to the National HOSA office (address will be on the invoice).
Registration is how you sign up to participate in a HOSA event, such as State Qualifying Events, the State Leadership Conference, and the International Leadership Conference. This is also done through the National HOSA website in the same area where you affiliated. It also requires your charter number and password.
This varies greatly depending on your classroom schedule. The most frequently used option is to have your meetings during class time. This would require student officers for each class, and works well with block scheduling.
You could also have meetings during your school’s club time (if your school does this). This would allow all of your members to be present at one time and you would only need one set of officers. This meeting time is usually much shorter and you would have to be diligent to create, plan, and evaluate your chapter’s program of work.
National HOSA has resources available to assist you with establishing a chapter and being a dynamic HOSA advisor. Be sure to check out the “Establishing a HOSA Chapter” and “New Local Advisor Handbook” documents.
Start planning in August! Begin your meetings and select your officers. New business in your first or second meeting should be HOSA competitive events. It is helpful if you already have the expense per student figured before this meeting for State Qualifying Events and State Leadership Conference.
I have found it useful to make copies of the events that will be offered document found under Competition Resources so the students have a hard copy they can write on as they research the events. Please note that Alabama does not offer all of the events provided at the International Leadership Conference.
Students can enter up to three (3) different events in the State Qualifying Events. Then, providing they place well enough to qualify, they will be invited to State Leadership Conference for the one (1) event with their highest qualifying score.
You have many options when assigning students to events:
In order to pay for attendance, hold fundraisers, secure sponsors, or you can have the students pay for it themselves. Sponsors are ideal, but are can be difficult to acquire. They depend on the support from your local businesses. You would be in the best position to determine if your local businesses would support your students in this way.
If you have the students pay their own expenses, you could be preventing some very deserving students from attending based on poor family finances. But, you could set up a payment plan if you start collecting in advance.
Fundraising is a little time consuming, but it worked best for me as a teacher. I gave the students several fundraising options and let them vote for the ones they felt they would be most successful doing. I tallied up the total cost (per student) to attend SLC (or Nationals) and made sure the students understood the following:
Any of your affiliated secondary (high school) HOSA members can register to compete in the SQE. They can participate in up to three events. As the advisor, you can also choose to allow them to compete in only one event. You know your students and your ability to help them prepare. Do what you feel is best for all involved.
Registration is online through the National HOSA website, www.hosa.org in the same area where you affiliated. It requires your charter number and password. Registration deadline is November 1st.
State Leadership Conference (SLC), it is open to students that qualified to participate through the State Qualifying Events. These students will be listed on the www.alabamahosa.org website.
Other students who may attend:
SLC is a privilege. Every student that qualifies is invited, but you have the final say on who you will allow to attend. As a teacher, I was more than willing to fundraise and bring any student that was well behaved, willing to work, prepare for competition, and earn the invitation. While it is a great opportunity for students, it is a large facility and you will be better able to supervise students who have demonstrated mature behavior in your classroom.
You also need to consider how many students you are comfortable supervising. You may want to recruit an additional chaperone. Some local school systems have policies dictating this number. Your director should be able to assist with that information.
Any person planning to participate in any HOSA event or who plans to attend any part of a general session must register for the conference. Attendees who did not register for the conference will not be admitted into the general sessions. This includes every attendee - parents, chaperones, HOSA members who are running for office, and additional school employees.
Alabama HOSA has to sign a contract assuring the hotel that a certain number of rooms will be booked. For this, Alabama HOSA receives a deal on the rooms and space needed to conduct the conference. This allows the registration price to remain affordable and allows us to conduct the conference in a location that is suitable for the best and brightest health science students.
No spectators are allowed in the competitions for several reasons. Most competition rooms are not large enough to accommodate more people. Observers could make the competitors nervous or could cause distractions that would skew the fairness of the competition itself.
This rule keeps us in line with National HOSA. It has been put in place to assure that all students have had access to the guidelines and encourages student preparedness and equality in the competitions.
HOSA does not have a set of criteria that students have to meet in order to be awarded cords/stoles. They also do not require you to offer them at all.
My suggestion is that you have this discussion with your director. Many systems will only allow students to wear cords/stoles at graduation if they are academically based and have to be earned. As a teacher, I followed this same way of thinking. I used the following requirements in order to determine which students were awarded cords and stoles (as an example):
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