HOSA: Future Health Professionals is a student organization whose curriculum is aligned with Career Technical Education standards. Its focus is to recruit students into the health care pipeline. Through local and state chapters, SD HOSA provides education activities and procedures encompassing health care careers and topics for students in a number of courses. Currently, there are 138,000 members nationwide. South Dakota has become the 48th state to affiliate with HOSA.
Scrubs Camps are free, hands-on health career day camps for South Dakota high school students. Presented by the South Dakota Office of Rural Health, Scrubs Camps take place in numerous communities across South Dakota. Students will have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of health careers through activities and discussions.
Sanford School of Medicine hosts an annual Healthcare Careers Summer Camp in Vermillion to help high school students pursue a future in health care by exploring a range of career options.
The University of South Dakota and Sanford Research are home to the Summer Program Undergraduate Research (SPUR), a unique opportunity for American Indian undergraduate students to receive hands-on research experience and mentoring in a cross-disciplinary training program (biomedical or behavioral research).
If you're interested in a career that will give you the chance to help others, consider working in a health-related field. You can explore the array of opportunities available in this field at South Dakota State University's Health Professions Career Camp. Students will be able to interact with health care professionals and participate in a variety of activities, such as tours, workshops, speaking events, hands-on demonstrations and field trips to health care facilities.