A HOSA CHAPTER
you for your interest in HOSA. Please review the following steps of
the chapter affiliation process. If you have any
questions, please contact your state advisor, Denise Abbott, at 801-
400-5600 or firstname.lastname@example.org or you may contact National HOSA at 1-800-321-HOSA.
If this is a new chapter, contact Utah HOSA and indicate your interest
in affiliating a HOSA chapter. Utah HOSA will add you to the mailing
list. If this is a new chapter at a school or college, be sure you have
the proper authorization from administration to have a HOSA chapter.
some additional information about HOSA, please read through the advisor
manual found at http://www.hosa.org/advisor/advisor_handbook.pdf.
HOSA chapter is formed for each class of five of more students. Each
chapter should elect an officer team and develop its program of work.
The HOSA competitive events program can serve as an idea bank for
your annual activities.
A membership application form that you will create
should be completed with the names of those students that have indicated
that they want to
join the HOSA chapter. You will need their name, address and e-mail
when you register them for HOSA online. It is highly advised that all
become members of HOSA as it is important to integrate HOSA into the
classroom so all students can take advantage. It is important to give
students a deadline for paying their dues and affiliate those members
who paid. You can submit a supplemental application to submit those
members paying after the deadline. The dues for National HOSA are $10.00
person and the dues for Utah HOSA are $5.00 per person.
There are guidelines
for membership in Article 3, Section 9 of the HOSA Bylaws at http://www.hosa.org/natorg/hosabylaws.pdf.
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3 and you have a HOSA chapter. If you came to
a program that already has a HOSA chapter, your next steps will involve
learning about the HOSA chapter from last years members. Most existing
chapters have chapter officers, which is an excellent place to start.
They should share with you the history of the HOSA chapter and their
expectations for the coming year.
ORGANIZING YOUR NEW CHAPTER
If you are starting a new HOSA chapter, you have a wonderful
opportunity to create an exceptional student organization. The
good news is you can lead the chapter in a direction that clearly supports
the purpose of HOSA.
GET APPROVAL. Make sure you follow the rules of your institution
and get the support of your administrators. This may include
asking a professional colleague to serve as a co-sponsor of your
DEVELOP INTEREST. Tell your students about the purpose
of HOSA and refer them to the National HOSA website for more
information. Give them an assignment to surf the HOSA website
and then suggest ideas for their HOSA chapter. Begin explaining
the importance of a being a member of an organization such as
HOSA. Most students today are very computer literate and will
find this an easy assignment.
HAVE A START-UP PLAN. One option would be to have interested
students choose a planning committee to put together the pieces
Constitution and bylaws (you can use those from Utah State HOSA
found at http://www.schools.utah.gov/ate/HST/Documents/HOSABylaws.pdf.
Plan for electing officers. You may choose to select instead
of elect officers for your first year. Try to find students who
are enthusiastic and have a passion for health care careers.
EMPOWER THE STUDENTS TO LEAD. Students need encouragement,
guidance, and responsibility. If you let them know what they
need to do, they will get it done. Your job is to give them a
helping hand to get them started and guide them along the way.
AFFILIATE. Collect dues and complete your online chapter
affiliation. Your students are not HOSA members unless they pay
their dues and are properly affiliated. The national dues are
$10.00 per member and the state dues are $5.00 per member.
GIVE THEM THE RULE BOOK. The best resource for organizing
a HOSA chapter is the HOSA Handbook Section C, which can be found
on the HOSA website at http://www.hosa.org/natorg/SectionC.pdf This is an excellent resource for everything HOSA members need
to know to lead a HOSA chapter.
The HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors has endorsed the continued
use of the online affiliation system due to its success.
Many of your suggestions to improve the system have been
implemented and we appreciate your feedback for continued
The HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors requested the collection of
additional information for membership to use in building an alumni
database for future mailings and HOSA promotional activities.
Therefore, it is vitally important that ALL information on the
Affiliation Application be completed, WHICH INCLUDES THE HOME
ADDRESS OF ALL MEMBERS, to build the national database with the
same information collected in HOSA's internet system. Through
online affiliation, chapters are able to take full advantage
of HOSA membership. The online system allows chapter advisors
the ability to view their affiliated HOSA members, print invoices,
print membership rosters, register for the National Leadership
Conference and much more.
is quick and easy using National HOSA's Online Affiliation.
Before you begin, be sure you have your chapter's
charter number and password and a list of members to affiliate.
For each member, you will be asked to provide:
(grade or class in school)
and title (for professional members)
you used online affiliation last year, your password will be the same
for this year. If you don't know your chapter's charter number and
password, or if you are a new chapter, call National HOSA headquarters
at 1-800-321-HOSA for assistance.
the national dues to National HOSA and Utah HOSA dues to Utah
HOSA in c/o Denise Abbott. Chapters add additional money to
in the local treasury for snacks during meetings, purchasing banners
or other PR materials, etc. If your chapter adds additional money, such
as $5 to stay at the local level, you will only send $15 per student
to National HOSA and keep the $5 per student in the local treasury.
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