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!

2019 Advisor of the Year

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 2018-2019 Membership year brings the challenge of achieving a record 35th 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

2018-19 New HOSA Charters

  • Aiken High School
  • Aiken Technical College
  • Lexington Two Innovation Center
  • Long Leaf Middle School
  • May River High School
  • Ocean Bay Middle School
  • R.H. Getty’s Middle School

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

2018- 2020 National Service Project

The 2018-2020 HOSA Service Project is the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF). HOSA is excited to work with NPCF for the next two years in raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancer.
For more information on state and national recognition with NPCF, please review the HOSA Service Project Guidelines.

NPCF,  A majority of cancer research focuses on adult treatments and is done within the walls of individual institutions. In contrast, we fund clinical trials and COLLABORATE with a network of cutting-edge hospitals across the nation to fast track less-toxic, more targeted treatments. All to increase the survival rate of children battling cancer.

For 26 years and counting, the NPCF has been the one shining light for children who are fighting cancer. We have donated millions of dollars to research and our clinical trials are yielding amazing discoveries that are saving many children’s lives.

Gold Medal Schools (donated $1000 or more)

  • Academy for Arts, Science & Technology
  • Ashley Ridge High School
  • Pickens County Career & Technology Center

Silver Medal Schools (donated $500 or more)

    • Aiken Career Center
    • Gilbert High School
    • Hamilton Career Center
    • Lexington Career Center
    • Spring Valley High School

Bronze Medal Schools (donated $100 – $499)

  • Academy of Technology & Academics
  • Applied Technology Education Campus
  • Blythewood High School
  • F.D. Johnson Career Center
  • Fort Dorchester High School
  • G Frank Russell Career Center
  • River Bluff High School