Photo of the HOSA Emblem

HOSA is a national career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE.

HOSA’s two-fold mission is to:

  1. Promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.
  2. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health science instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.

HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for middle school, secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in health science programs or interested in health science careers.

Since its inception in 1976, HOSA has grown steadily reaching over 165,000 students through forty-nine (49) affiliated state associations and over 3,750 chapters in the 2013-14 membership year.


Three EMT students conversing outside of their competitive event at the HOSA State Conference.

HOSA is not a club to which a few students in school join. Rather, HOSA is a powerful instructional tool that works best when it is integrated into the Health Science curriculum and classroom. Health Science instructors are committed to the development of the total person. Those who join the HSE-HOSA Partnership recognize the importance of providing students with training far beyond the basic
technical skills needed for entry into the health care field. The rapidly changing health care system needs dedicated workers who, in addition to their technical skills, are people-oriented and capable of playing a leadership or followership role as a member of a health care team.

HOSA’s mission is especially critical when considering the acute shortage of qualified workers for the health care industry. It is essential that the HSE-HOSA Partnership maintain its momentum and encourage all Health Science instructors to integrate HOSA into their curriculum and classrooms.

Use of Photos

HOSA participants grant permission, through the photo release form, for Colorado HOSA to use photos taken during the year for use on the Colorado HOSA website or in publications. Colorado HOSA will remove any picture on the web or in a publication upon written request of the student in the photo. Personal addresses and phone numbers of students are never used on this website. NOTE: Any student who is subjected to harassment due to the publishing of photos should contact the Colorado HOSA State Advisor.