HOSA – Future Health Professionals – Guiding Principles

HOSA – Future Health Professionals – Guiding Principles

  1. HOSA is a student-led organization. HOSA members should do the leading and you should do the “advising.”
  2. The BEST HOSA activities support the purpose. No two HOSA chapters will look alike, so don’t compare your chapter activities with what others are doing. Measure your success by the growth and achievements of your chapter members.
  3. Don’t keep it a secret. Be proud of what your HOSA members are doing, and use every opportunity at your disposal to herald their achievements.
  4. Make sure your chapter members are doing the work. If you are working harder than your students, consider the purpose of HOSA and make the needed changes.
  5. You don’t need to do it ALL, but you need to do something. Start off sponsoring a HOSA chapter from day one and let your chapter members set the pace.
  6. Be patient with yourself. There is a lot to learn about managing a student organization. Some of what you need to know is in this handbook. Some things you will learn from colleagues. The rest, you will figure out yourself with time.
  7. Don’t get discouraged. Youth do not always do what we expect them to do. When they mess up, it isn’t personal.
  8. HOSA is supposed to be fun! Look around. Make sure all HOSA members have a reason to feel good about HOSA. Encourage–don’t pressure. Celebrate the good and use the bad to improve. But most of all, sit back and watch HOSA members achieve and succeed–the real reward for sponsoring a HOSA chapter


Christine Phipps
State Advisor

Jane Shovlin

Advisor Mentor
Joanie de Berry