Advisor Handbook

After being hired as a health science classroom teacher, the first question that we all face is: “What is HOSA?”

Quickly you discover there is a lot to learn not only about teaching the subject areas  but also about sponsoring a HOSA chapter and its value to the students.

It takes time and patience to develop the balance and wisdom needed to proficiently sponsor a HOSA chapter. The good news is, you don’t need to know it ALL to be a good HOSA advisor. If you focus on what really matters – the students – you will be a very successful HOSA Advisor.

Have a great membership year and let us know how we can be helpful!

2017 Advisor of the Year

Lorie has been involved with HOSA as an advisor for the past 12 years, while serving as a Health Science teacher at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, SC.  As a HOSA advisor, Lorie’s lead by example philosophy and commitment to developing each student to be the best he/she can be.  Her approach can be best described by a quote from John Quincy Adams “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  Since Lorie has been at SVHs as a Health Science teacher and Local HOSA Advisor.  Spring Valley HOSA has become the largest student organization on campus and has been recognized for making a difference in their school and community. Many students belonging to Spring Valley High School (SVHS) HOSA have served as SC HOSA state officers, have been selected as state and national scholarship recipients, as well as received state and national competitive events awards and recognition. Lorie has instilled a sense of community service in her students as evidenced by their volunteerism for raising funds for the HOSA National Service Projects.

SC HOSA appreciates Lorie’s dedication and participation at the leadership level, not only for her student’s at SVHS but also for the SC HOSA board and state leadership conferences.  Lorie currently serves as a SC HOSA Board representative and has been the Competitive Events Category Chair for testing for the past three years. Lorie has received other recognitions and awards such as SC Health Science Educators Outstanding New Teacher, SC ACTE Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher and SC HSE Outstanding Health Science Teacher in Community service.  It’s evident that Lorie’s background as a Medical Technologist has provided her with the tools, the discipline and the professionalism to excel as a teacher and advisor.
According to Lorie, the reward for being a HOSA advisor comes not from recognition or awards, but rather from the joy that she experiences when her students put forth their very best effort into developing their full potential, as well as, seeing those efforts result in the accomplishment of their goals.

Congratulations Lorie for serving as this past year’s Outstanding HOSA Advisor!

Start a HOSA Chapter

If your school does not have a health science education program – or any program designed to prepare students for health professions, you may wish to talk to a school administrator or counselor to share your desire to start HOSA. If you can find a faculty member who will serve as the chapter advisor and at least five members who plan to pursue a health career, you could start a chapter. Any student in your school who is interested in health professions is encouraged to affiliate with HOSA. Students do not have to be enrolled in a health science education program to become a HOSA member.

View the links to the right for more valuable information on how to get a HOSA Chapter started!


The 2017-2018 Membership year brings the challenge of achieving a record 34th straight year of membership growth for HOSA. The HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors, Executive Council and National staff are ready to assist in meeting this challenge. Let us know how we can be helpful.

New HOSA Chapters

2017-18 New HOSA Charters

  • Greenville Technical Charter High School
  • Philip Simmons High School
  • J-E-T Middle School
  • Upstate AHEC
  • Whale Branch Early College High School

2016-17 New HOSA Charters

  • Conway High School
  • Lake City High School
  • Loris High School
  • Spring Hill High School
  • West Florence High School
  • York Middle School

2016-18 National Service Project


National Alliance of Mental Illness

Who We Are

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

What We Do

We educate. Offered in thousands of communities across America through our NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, our education programs ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need. We advocate. NAMI shapes the national public policy landscape for people with mental illness and their families and provides grassroots volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states.  We listen. Our toll-free NAMI HelpLine allows us to respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free referral, information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many. We lead. Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), NAMIWalks and other efforts, successfully combat stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with reporters on a daily basis to make sure our country understands how important mental health is.

Visit NAMI Website

Suggestions for Fundraising:

  • Interactive Walk with facts about NAMI, charge a small fee to walk
  • Have snacks & drinks available for purchase before/during/after the walk
  • Do a Public Service Announcement,  Local news, flyers, banner (encourage your media class to assist with creation)

2017- 18 National Service Project Participants – NAMI

Gold Medal Schools (donated $1000 or more)

  • Ashley Ridge High School
  • FD Johnson Technology Center
  • Pickens County Career & Technology Center

Silver Medal Schools (donated $500 or more)

  • Gilbert High Schoool
  • Saluda High School
  • Spring Valley High School

Bronze Medal Schools (donated $100 – $499)

  • Academy of Technology & Academics
  • Aiken County Career & Technology Center
  • Applied Technology Education Campus
  • Blythewood High School
  • Lexington Technology Center
  • Loris High School
  • Nation Ford High School