Inspiring today's students to become tomorrow's healthcare workforce

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Pipeline. Our most long-range and ambitious mission is to increase the health workforce pipeline in Tennessee through education and experiences. We are dedicated to inspiring students and support education as the solution to workforce shortages.


Consider this.  Rising ninth graders right now will be entering medical school beginning in 2026 and starting to practice medicine in 2033. That will be here before we know it.

Don't ask why.  Ask how can I help?

We offer knowledge and participatory experiences to help students shape their decision making. We give them financial awards to encourage them as they begin college. We put particular emphasis on reaching students from rural and disadvantaged areas of Tennessee.

What can you do?

We are compelled to help. This is our pipeline. This is our future.

Our Initiatives


Introducing Tennessee middle and high school students to careers in various healthcare professions, including; medicine, nursing, behavioral health, dentistry and allied health. 


Giving financial awards to Tennessee students with a demonstrated interest in healthcare as they rise to be college freshmen.


Offering Tennessee high school students the opportunity to attend a day in a simulation lab at one of the state’s premier medical schools. 

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HOSA Advisor of the Year

High school students - nominate your Tennessee HOSA advisor for the 2018 Tennessee Center for Health Workforce Development HOSA Advisor of the Year award. This $2000 award will be made to an outstanding HOSA advisor based upon student recommendations.

Following student nomination, the advisor will be notified and asked to provide a resume, professional biography, answer an essay question and provide any (optional) letters of support.

Applications must be complete by April 30, 2018.

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Mary Layne Van Cleave Achievement Award

$2000 award open to high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Students must be nominated by their HOSA advisor or Health Sciences teacher.

Six additional $1000 runner up awards will be made.

To find out about the requirements, details and application, click below.

Applications must be complete by April 30, 2018

Nominate a Student 

Since 2015 we have met over 600 Tennessee high school students and advisors from more than 40 counties. Have you met us yet?

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