Career Awareness

Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)

for High School Students

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), is a national career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Occupation Education Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education. Nationally, there are more than 66,000 members. Minnesota is one of 36 states affiliated with the national organization specifically designed for students pursuing health occupations.

HOSA's mission: to promote career opportunities in the health-care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.

Some annual events organized by Minnesota HOSA include: Fall Advisor Workshop, Fall Delegate Assembly, Mid-winter Competitive Event, Science Museum Day, Spring Leadership Conference and Spring Advisor Workshop. A national leadership conference is held every June, which provides students with an opportunity to compete nationally while showcasing and developing their skills.

Mayo Clinic supports Minnesota HOSA by offering resources to the Minnesota state board. Mayo has also sponsored a spring leadership conference in Rochester, and has sent representatives as both delegates and competition judges to other state events. Mayo tries to support local chapters with classroom resources such as speakers, on-campus tours and visits.

For more information on HOSA, visit the following sites, which will open in a new window:

National HOSA:

Minnesota HOSA:

Program Facts

What: Classroom speakers

Who: 7th-12th graders

Why: Career promotion and linkages to classroom learning

When: Available by request and resource capacity