Participation in the HOSA
National Competitive Events program can reinforce classroom learning.
Quite often we see an improvement in classroom performance in
students who participate in competitive events. This happens
when learning becomes a “choice” for
students, instead of something that is “forced” upon
The learning outcomes of involvement in competitive events can
be summarized as follows:
Category I events (Terminology, Math, Spelling
and Knowledge) reinforce and remind students of fundamental concepts
of Health Science Technology Education. These events should serve
as a review for students who plan to continue their education,
as the terminology of medicine is central to all health professions.
Category II events (Skill
events) help individualize skill instruction based on the student’s
career goal. They provide the outline for individualized units
of instruction in a comprehensive HSTE class, or support actual
classroom goals for career-specific courses. Specifically, students
who plan to pursue any health career could learn the knowledge
and skills associated with the event as their individualized
instructional plan for a unit on career development.
Category III events (Individual
Leadership) strengthen the leadership and basic communication skills
of future healthcare professionals.
Category IV events (Team Leadership) help build
teamwork skills while strengthening understand of the medical community
(Community Awareness, Medical Reading, Health Education), medical
knowledge (HOSA Bowl, Biomedical Debate) careers (Career Health
Display) and critical thinking (Parliamentary Procedure and Creative
Category V events (Recognition) provide an opportunity
for community service and recognition.