An Explanation of HOSA Membership Categories

When affil­i­ating chapter members, the question often arises as to what is meant by the different levels of membership. To help address this issue each of the membership categories is further delin­eated below. 

SECONDARY - These shall be secondary students who are or have been enrolled in a health science or an organized health career awareness program or are inter­ested in, planning to pursue, or pursuing a career in the health profes­sions. They shall pay affil­i­ation fees as estab­lished by the local, state, and national organi­zation, and shall be eligible to hold state and national office, partic­ipate in national activ­ities, and, if chosen, serve as voting delegates, and represent their chapter and state in national affairs. The official defin­ition for secondary members of HOSA for the purposed of Competitive Events is: A secondary student is one who, a) is enrolled in a state-approved Health Science program or is planning to pursue a career in the health profes­sions; b) has not received a high-school diploma (or its equiv­alent) prior to the state’s annual conference; or c) has been within the continuous, sequential educa­tional system for two or more years prior to the current year’s HOSA National Leadership Conference.

POSTSECONDARY/ COLLEGIATE – Postsecondary students shall be enrolled in a postsec­ondary health science education program at less than the baccalau­reate level.  Collegiate students shall be students enrolled in a health career program in pursuit of a baccalau­reate degree. Postsecondary/collegiate members shall pay affil­i­ation fees as estab­lished by the local, state, and national organi­zation, and shall be eligible to hold national office, partic­ipate in national activ­ities, and, if chosen, serve as voting delegates, and represent their chapter and state in national affairs. The official defin­ition for postsec­ondary members of HOSA for the purposes of Competitive Events is: A postsec­ondary student is one who (a) is enrolled in a state-approved postsec­ondary program or college level program; (b) has received a high-school diploma (or its equiv­alent) and/or has been out of the continuous, sequential educa­tional system prior to the current Health Science Education enrollment for two or more years prior to the current year’s HOSA National Leadership Conference. Even though adult students may be enrolled in a secondary program, they may not compete in secondary compe­tition at the HOSA National Leadership Conference. When students satisfy one or more of the criteria of being postsecondary/collegiate students, they are to be classified as members of the postsecondary/collegiate division of HOSA. The official defin­ition for colle­giate member of HOSA for the purposes of Competitive Events is: A colle­giate student is one who is seeking a baccalau­reate degree.

PROFESSIONALADVISOR – The person(s) respon­sible for advising students on health science activ­ities that relate to HOSA. They shall pay affil­i­ation fees, but may not vote, hold office or compete for HOSA member awards.

PROFESSIONAL (Other than HOSA Chapter Advisor) — These shall be health profes­sionals and other adult members of the community who wish to assist and support the HOSA program of activ­ities. They shall pay affil­i­ation fees, but may not vote, hold office or compete for HOSA member awards.

ALUMNI- These shall be persons who have been enrolled in Health Science programs and ere members of HOSA, or former members of a HOSA chapter who no longer meet the require­ments of regular chapter membership.  Alumni members shall pay no affil­i­ation fees, and may not vote, make motions, hold office or compete in events.

HONORARY- These shall be persons who have made signif­icant contri­bu­tions to the devel­opment of Health Science Education and/or have rendered outstanding service to the organi­zation. The names of individuals to be considered for membership shall be submitted to the HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors for its approval by a three-fourths vote. They are lifetime members of the national organi­zation and they do not pay affil­i­ation fees. Some state associ­a­tions have estab­lished a State Honorary Membership category. Unless also accepted for National Honorary Membership, such individuals are subject to national affil­i­ation fees, paid by the state associ­ation or the individual. Honorary members shall have none of the oblig­a­tions and all of the privi­leges of membership except voting, making motions, holding office and competing in events.

LIFETIME MEMBERS- Lifetime membership shall be available for persons who are or have been active members and who are or have partic­i­pated in HOSA in a profes­sional capacity. Lifetime membership affil­i­ation fees shall be $150. Lifetime members may not vote, make motions or hold office by virtue of this membership alone. Lifetime members will have all privi­leges accorded if serving in other roles in HOSA; e.g. Delegate Assembly, HOSA, Inc. of Board of Directors.