State Leadership Conference


State Leadership Conference 2018
Registration Deadline February 15, 2018


When is State Conference?
March 19-20, 2018


Where will the State Leadership Conference be held?
The conference will be held at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska.


How much does registration cost?

State Leadership Conference registration will cost $30/student.  This registration fee covers the cost of speakers and presenters, supplies, competitive events, awards, state and national officer expenses, hospitality room, and meals for volunteers. Students may choose to pre-order lunch tickets for Monday and Tuesday for $10 each day.  Conference T-shirts may also be purchased for $10 each.  Advisors will not have a registration fee this year, however advisors may choose to purchase t-shirts and meal tickets.  Checks can be made to Nebraska HOSA and sent directly to Grafton and Associates as indicated on the invoice.     


Are meals included in registration?

Lunch will be provided for participants that purchased the $10 lunch tickets.   You will receive lunch tickets with your onsite registration packet.  Students may choose to purchase the lunch tickets or eat elsewhere on their own.   


How do I register for State Leadership Conference?

Schools with a HOSA chapter will register using the National HOSA online registration service used for other conferences and affiliation.  Those schools can register HOSA and non-HOSA members through that system.  This system will be used to register for the conference and competitive events, select t-shirt size, and purchase lunch tickets.  Schools without a HOSA chapter can register by contacting Kori Jensen at for registration details. 



Can students that are NOT HOSA members attend State Leadership Conference?

YES! This is a fantastic opportunity for any health science student interested in a career in health care.  Non HOSA members can participate in the Health Science Education and Career Fair, general sessions, volunteer Service projects, Health Science and Leadership Workshops, volunteer to help run a Competitive Event, and can participate in Competitive event demonstrations. 



If my school does NOT have a HOSA chapter what is the cost to attend?

Students from schools without are invited to participate in this conference.  If NON HOSA students wish to attend only Monday the cost is $30 for registration, t-Shirt, & lunch.  Students that plan to attend both Monday and Tuesday can pay the same registration cost as HOSA members $30 t-shirts and lunch tickets are an additional $10 each.  There is no registration fee for teachers, but teachers may purchase a t-shirt for $10 and lunch tickets for $10 each day. Checks can be made to Nebraska HOSA and sent directly to Grafton and Associates as indicated on the invoice.     


Can my students watch Competitive Events? 

No, Competitive Events are closed to spectators.  However, this year we are trying something new to help students experience competitive events.  We will ask for a volunteer team or individual to present or demonstrate their event.  This will allow students to learn more about a variety of competitive events.  This is especially exciting for Non-HOSA members to get a taste of our competitive event program.    


Where can we “store” materials for Competitive Events?

Several events have equipment and supplies students need to bring for their event.  Advisors may put these items in the Advisor/Volunteer Hospitality Room at your own risk.  Please only use this space to temporarily store items needed for competitive events, not student backpacks and purses.  This space is only open to advisors and adult volunteers, students may not enter this room.  The best place to keep personal items and competitive event equipment is your buses and vans.    

What should students wear? 

HOSA members are encouraged to wear business attire, HOSA Official Uniform, or appropriate attire for their competitive event.  Advisors please make sure your students are professionally and appropriately dressed for their events and our conference.  We are representing HOSA to several professionals and sponsors.   


What will my students do when they are not competing?

Students must be busy at all times – either with a competitive event, engaging in a Health Science or Leadership Workshop, participating in the volunteer service project, or attending the Health Science Expo. Students will not be allowed to “lounge” in common areas of campus and must display professional behavior at all times.  Encourage your students to make room in their conference schedule for workshops, service projects, and the career fair. 


What about the Workshops?

Several health science professionals have volunteered their time and talents to present a variety of engaging 50 minute workshops to our students.  Please make sure your students are attending these workshops when they are not competing.  We need to make sure there are 15-25 students participating in each session.  


What is the Health Science Education and Career Fair?

Several post-secondary institutions and career opportunities will be available to speak with your students about careers as future health professionals on Monday, March 19.  All members are strongly encouraged to participate in this fantastic opportunity.    


What is the Volunteer Service Project?



Who are the Keynote Speakers?



How do my students run for the 2018-2019 Nebraska State Officer Team?

Nebraska HOSA needs strong servant leaders to serve on the 2018-19 State Officer Team.  This is a wonderful opportunity that pushes students to develop themselves as leaders.  Students interested should read the State Officer Candidate Information Handbook and submit their application by March 1, 2018. 


What is due on the March 1st deadline?

  • Outstanding Chapter Leader Application
  • National Service Project Recognition Application
  • Barbara James Service hours must be entered and approved by teachers
  • MRC Volunteer hours must be entered and approved by teachers
  • HOSA Happenings Application
  • State Officer Application
  • Feed Nebraska Recognition Application
  • Prepare Nebraska Recognition Application


What do my students need to bring with them to participate in competitive events?

Make sure EVERY student has completely read through the event guidelines.  Make sure your students have all materials they will need for their event.  


What is required for online testing?



Where will we stay in the overnight?