ESTABLISHING A PENNSYLVANIA (PENN) HOSA CHAPTER
Please review the entire chapter affiliation process before you continue. If you have questions about any aspect of the process, please contact the PENN HOSA-Future Health Professionals State Advisor:
211 Kelso Circle
Collegeville, Pa 19426
|Step #1||Contact the PENN HOSA-Future Health Professionals State Advisor and indicate your interest in affiliating your school/college and students with the state association and national organization.
|Step #2||To start a chapter there must be five (5) students and one (1) advisor. More information of Advisor responsibilities is located in Section C of the HOSA Handbook: Guide to Organizing and Managing a HOSA Chapter found under Publications on the national website @ hosa.org.|
|Step #3||Decide which method your institution will use to organize one or more HOSA chapters.
Classroom based chapter. A HOSA chapter is formed for each class of five (5) or more students with one (1) advisor. This is a preferred method in institutions where students are unable to meet together regularly. For example, a career and technology center might offer a HSE (Health Science Education) program in the morning and afternoon. The instructor could organize multiple chapters that will conduct their business meetings and activities independent of each other; HOSA Chapter #1 (a.m.); HOSA Chapter #2 (afternoon). Each chapter elects an officer team and develops its Program of Work (POW). For large projects, chapters can collaborate. Business meetings and programs can be held during class time since HOSA is “curricular” and not “extracurricular.”
Instructor based chapter. One instructor forms a chapter for all students enrolled in his/her classes. While chapter meetings with all students may be difficult to schedule, individual classes can form in-class committees to plan and organize projects and activities. Each class can elect a vice president (class representative) that serves on a HOSA Chapter Council, the steering committee for the chapter.
Institution-wide chapter. A single chapter is formed for all students in all classes regardless of the number of instructors. This is the preferred method for high school and post high school institutions (community colleges, technical schools and four-year colleges) where multiple instructors offer multiple courses. If this method is adopted, every effort must be made to get 100% active involvement by all students and instructors.
|Step #4||Contact local school/college officials (e.g. activity directors, Dean of Student Activities, Directors) and make certain all information is properly submitted and on file. (A sample constitution for a HOSA chapter is available in the HOSA HANDBOOK under Publications @ hosa.org)|
|Step #5||The advisor and lead students meet and review the material in the affiliation information found on the HOSA website hosa.org.|
|Step #6||Recruit, Recruit, and Recruit! A membership drive is held and an orientation presentation is given to the target students.|
|Step #7||Chapter guidelines are established for a local officer election and chapter officers are elected.|
|Step #8||Processes for collecting funds and paying bills are established according to the school/district policy.|
|Step #9||Yearly student membership fees are $16 (state – $6 and national – $10). All Pennsylvania HOSA students must be a member of both the state and national organization. In addition, a chapter may elect to collect local chapter fees.|
|Step #10||Yearly advisor/professional membership fees are $16 (state – $6 and national – $10). And just like the student members, all Pennsylvania HOSA-Future Health Professionals advisors/professionals must be a member of both the state and national organization.|
|Step #11||Membership fees are collected and deposited into the proper account established at the educational facility.|
|Step #12||Complete chapter membership affiliation for state and national membership directly online by going to the HOSA-Future Health Professionals website hosa.org Before beginning the affiliation process you will need your assigned chapter # and password. Contact your state advisor @ the address listed above if this information is needed. Directions for completing the affiliation process can be found on the Pennsylvania state website at http://www.pahosa.org
|Step #13||Get students actively involved in local, state and national activities through attendance at:
|Step #14||Local chapter by-laws are developed and voted on by the membership and kept in a file. Contact your State Advisor for a sample.|
|Step #15||The membership develops a meaningful Program of Work (POW) that sets goals and plans for the year and includes the following types of activities:
|Step #16||Develop, refine and practice leadership skills in the local PENN HOSA chapter.|
|Step #17||Prepare students to participate in the HOSA Competitive Events Program. Contact your state advisor for the dates for state and international competition.|
|Step #18||Review the member services provided by HOSA-Future Health Professionals.