Competitive Events Guidelines

HOSA Handbook Section B

2015 - 2016 Event Mid-Year Changes   

  • 12/18/15
    •  Clinical Specialty: Gudelines have been re-posted. The rating sheet this year included points for a Works Cited page, but the number of total pages allowed for the portfolio had not been updated to match. A one-page Works Cited is required as page 8 or 9 of the portfolio following the HOSA Style Sheet included in the guidelines. All changes are posted in red text in the guidelines. 
  • 10/17/15
    • Medical Math has been re-posted. There was an error on the conversion chart. 1 drop = .0667 ml. 
    • CPR has been re-posted. Skill IX rating sheet was inadvertently left off the original guidelines posted. Skill XI rating sheet had a duplicate step, so that has been deleted and the total and mastery score updated.    
  • 9/15/15
    • Parliamentary Procedure has been re-posted. The Round One test is now 35 items and 30 minutes will be allowed to complete the test. The resource for the test is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised In Brief, 2nd Edition. These changes match the new membership process for  NAP. Check with your State Advisor to determine if they will administer a 100-item test or a 35-item test for your 2016 regional and state conferences.

2015-2016 Mid-Year Announcements

  • 3/5/16  Medical Assisting:  Guidelines have been re-posted to clarify the correct page number for the fillable pdf required in Skill II. This fillable pdf is posted below under the Medical Assisting guideline link. No content changes made to the event.

  • 1/17/16: Biomedical Debate:  Sample questions have been updated.
  • 12/01/15
    • Medical Innovation clarification on "working model" from guidelines 4A and 4B:  competitors choosing to create an original innovation (4A) should include a prototype of their innovation, while competitors choosing to research an existing innovation (4B) should include a replica of that innovation.  This working model needs to be able to simulate, as close as possible, the intention of the chosen innovation.
  • 10/29/15
    • For all events using Awards Unlimited portfolios, binders, or chapter reflection books: Awards Unlimited will be transitioning to the new HOSA logo on these items.  During the transition, portfolios, binders, or chapter reflection books with either the new or the old HOSA logo will be accepted for use in Competitive Events at NLC 2016. 

Health Science Events

Dental Terminology Medical Spelling Medical Terminology
Medical Math

Medical Reading



Knowledge Tests

  • Behavioral Health
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Nutrition
  • Transcultural Health Care

Health Professions Events

Biomedical Laboratory Science Clinical Nursing Clinical Specialty
Dental Science Home Health Aide

Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting Fillable pdf

Nursing Assisting *Personal Care Physical Therapy
Sports Medicine Veterinary Science  

Emergency Preparedness Events

CERT Skills CPR/First Aid Emergency Medical Technician
Epidemiology *Life Support Skills MRC Partnership
Public Health    

Leadership Events

Extemporaneous Health Poster Extemporaneous Writing Healthy Lifestyle
*Interviewing Skills Job Seeking Skills Medical Photography
Prepared Speaking Researched Persuasive Speaking *Speaking Skills

Teamwork Events

Biomedical Debate Community Awareness Creative Problem Solving
Forensic Medicine Health Career Display Health Education
HOSA Bowl Medical Innovation Parliamentary Procedure
Public Service Announcement    

Recognition Events

Healthcare Issues Exam

HOSA Happenings

HOSA Chapter Reflection

Outstanding State Leader  HOSA Marketing Challenge



Barbara James Service Award MRC Volunteer Recognition


National Service Project


Instruction Sheets for HOSA Activity Tracking System (BJSA, MRC, and NSP)

Appendices and Resources

Appendix A CE Multiple Sections

Appendix B Inquiry Procedure

Appendix C Orientation Proxy Form

Appendix D Event Manager's Information - Written Test

Appendix E Icon Table

Appendix F Dress Code for Competitive Events

Appendix G Demos and Pilots

Appendix H Victim/Patient Instructions

Appendix I  How to Break a Tie in Competitive Events

Appendix J Cell Phone Policy

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