SD HOSA Adds Middle School Division

Like many other states, South Dakota HOSA-Future Health Professionals is adding a middle school division.

The Middle School Division of HOSA is for middle school students (Grades 6-8) who are interested in a career in health care. This division of the HOSA organization has been designated as a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) and has been specifically designed to meet the needs of these talented students!

HOSA - Future Health Professionals provides a unique program that helps the individual with LEADERSHIP SKILLS, PHYSICAL, MENTAL, and SOCIAL ENHANCEMENT, EMPLOYMENT, JOB PREPARATION, SELF-WORTH, MOTIVATION, AND EMPOWERMENT!

The Middle School Division allows students the opportunity to learn more about the health care field. This information can be used to define a possible future occupation, and the skills learned can be used for a lifetime! HOSA programs are taught in middle and high schools, regional vocational/technical centers, community colleges and universities throughout Florida, the nation and internationally.

The feeling of those who have been involved with HOSA is one of value and satisfaction. HOSA provides skills that can be used no matter the individual's future career plans. These LEADERSHIP skills will help the individual to be both successful in employment and citizenship. The rapidly changing health care system will require workers who are technically skilled and capable of accepting leadership roles. With the changes in health care, including health care reform, HOSA will be a benefit to anyone choosing to be a member of the health care team.

The Middle School Division is a membership division of HOSA and South Dakota HOSA. The purpose
of HOSA and the Middle School Division is to provide:

  • support of the health science curriculum in grades 6-8.
  • awareness of health career opportunities.
  • opportunities to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a practical application format.
  • development of leadership potential.
  • recognition of member and group accomplishments.
  • opportunities to become actively involved in school and community.
  • a conduit into a secondary HOSA program.

The National HOSA Office has developed the Middle School Handbook(link) and posted it to their website. The middle school program in South Dakota HOSA will follow the National/International HOSA Middle School Handbook regarding policies and procedures, but may offer different event options.