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Course Introduction

This course is designed to be a self-paced curriculum for teachers of Health Science Technology Education (HSTE) programs. The purpose is to help teachers learn how to develop effective HOSA partnerships.

The flexible design of the course allows it to be used for a variety of purposes:

  • Self-paced Professional Development – The HSTE teacher works through the course at his/her own pace, completing the assignments as desired. A mentor may or may not be assigned for discussion and support services. Staff development credit may be awarded by the sponsoring agency (school or Texas Education Agency).
  • CEUs – The HSTE teacher follows the requirements for earning CEUs by the sponsoring agency. Assignments are submitted as requested by the course instructor/facilitator but are not graded.
  • University Credit – The HSTE teacher follows all requirements for enrollment and credit by the sponsoring university. Assignments are completed and submitted by published deadlines, and then graded by the university professor. A final exam may or may not be given.

The design of the course requires that the person taking the course is currently teaching Health Science Technology Education, or will be teaching the course in the coming year. The actual incorporation of HOSA activities in lesson plans is essential.

It is also important that the person taking the course have access to the Internet and a printer, and is comfortable navigating the HOSA web site at

The course consists of five modules. A summary of each module is described below.

 Module 1: The Basics of Partnership Development

This module will enhance your understanding of partnerships. Partnerships are often described as mysterious, challenging, difficult, impossible, and confusing.  The purpose of HOSA 104 is to demystify and simplify the development of partnerships for HOSA advisors.  The purpose of module one is to understand the basics of partnerships and build on that foundation to strengthen HOSA chapters through partnerships.

Activities for this unit will include a variety of integrated activities for reading and problem solving – all to reinforce current instructional outcomes.

 Module 2: The Keys to Successful Partnerships

This module will identify the keys to successful partnerships.  Establishing partnerships requires identifying a common purpose.  This is your goal.  You could say that starting with this goal in mind is as important as how you achieve the goal. 

Activities for this unit will include the development of a chapter budget and a PowerPoint presentation.

 Module 3: Taking the Right Approach

The purpose of this module is to help the chapter advisor plan and implement an organized approach to partnership development.  This includes the development of tools that can be used in establishing partnerships.  It also includes the comparison of current partnerships and chapter needs in order to determine priorities for partnership development.

Activities for this unit will include developing a business card, and a newsletters.

 Module 4: Successful Collaborative Activities Within Partnerships

This module will look at four specific partnerships that challenge the HOSA advisor to provide unique and powerful opportunities for HOSA members. 

Activities for this unit will include examining the pros and cons of pursing a fundraising idea, conducting a survey and analyzing the data collected.

 Module 5: Developing National Partnerships and Measuring Success

The purpose of Module Five is to assess partnership success.  In order to measure success you need to be able to identify measurable key elements.  All partners want to be successful.

Activities for this unit will include a self assessment and the development of a personal profile.

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