AARC, HOSA & YOU: Connecting Our Future

Partnering to grow the respiratory therapy profession

We are so happy you are interested in bringing the wonderful career of respiratory therapy to the next generation through Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA).

“HOSA is a global student-lead organization recognized the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services and several federal and state agencies. HOSA’s mission is to empower HOSA-Future Health Professionals to become leaders in the global health community, through education, collaboration, and experience. HOSA actively promotes career opportunities in the health industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.”


AARC Workforce Recovery Taskforce: Response to a Critical Need

2023–2024 AARC President Carl Hinkson tasked AARC members, COARC, and NBRC representatives to address ways to recruit for our profession. AARC Board of Directors brought forth the recommendation for developing relations with HOSA.

AARC attended the 2023 International HOSA Leadership Conference in Dallas, TX June 21–23. AARC purchased email blasts, booth space at the vendor hall, and lead two workshops at the conference.

We are now focused on developing a national campaign to connect respiratory therapists and HOSA.

AARC-HOSA Premier Partnership in 2024

Three-pronged approach: National, State, and Regional: The AARC Board of Directors approved HOSA sponsorship for 2024 at the premier level to promote respiratory heavily. We need your help to promote!

Our goal is for AARC State Affiliates and RTs to connect with HOSA affiliates and chapters across the U.S. by:

  • State affiliates serve as primary local HOSA resource
  • Coordinate representation at HOSA events — exhibit & workshop
  • Visiting HOSA classrooms and sharing resources
  • Hosting HOSA students on your campus for show and tell
  • Assisting HOSA advisors
  • Volunteer as mentor or competition judging

Competitions are the key. Support HOSA Advisors to make this a success. We need you!

Grab a Toolkit to Get Started

We’ve outlined three specific toolkits below to make the process easier. Each of these toolkits provides information on how to get started, already created assets, and information for booth trunk rentals (affiliates only). We’ve also created a document filled with need-to-know information for HOSA Advisors.

Use the form below to request a link to download the toolkits:

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Heading to the New Era

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