This event should be required
of EVERY Health Science Technology Education student.
The “big picture” purpose of Health Science Technology
Education is to prepare tomorrow’s health care professionals,
and no event helps students more toward achieving that goal than
the National Recognition Program.
Through the National Recognition
Program (NRP) students create a portfolio. The completed portfolio
provides evidence of a student’s
accomplishments in preparation for a health career. Successful
completion of the portfolio will satisfy portfolio components of
the Certificate of Achievement for National Health Care (Foundation)
Skills Standards. (For more information: www.nchste.com.)
In addition, students are encouraged to use the portfolio as
evidence of pre-professional growth and accomplishments when participating
in interviews for scholarships, college admission, and jobs.
The student must satisfy ten criteria for the portfolio. The
event rating sheet lists the criteria and a description. The HOSA
website at http://www.hosa.org/emag/articles/leadership_may03_pg1.pdf contains
sample pages for each criteria to give the novice an idea of what
the portfolio should look like.
Here are some tips for implementing the National Recognition
Program in the classroom.
- Give students as much time as possible to complete the portfolio.
- Some instructors prefer
to use this as a “senior project” type
- Invite community leaders or advisory committee members to
judge the portfolios.
- If the portfolio is not done as part of HOSA competition,
then the student can put more individual expression in the format
of the portfolio.
- On the other hand, this is a great classroom assignment that
can also provide positive recognition for students through state
and national HOSA conferences.
- If the event is to be used for HOSA, but sure to follow the
guidelines EXACTLY as written. See: http://www.hosa.org/emag/articles/leadership_march03_pg2.pdf
The portfolio is not rated on a scale with many different levels
of achievement as with many rubrics, but instead, is rated on a
two-point scale. Each criteria is rated as:
- Yes, the standard was met as described in the description
- No, it was not.
When the portfolio is part of classroom instruction, students
are often given a second chance to fix a section until it reaches
the standard set by the instructor.
The following two pages include
the rating form that describes each section and the list of questions
that are part of the writing assignment. If students plan to enter
their portfolios in the HOSA National Recognition Program for state
or national recognition, be sure they have a copy of the event guidelines.