Student Member Benefits

Did you know? If you're an AOSA member, you're also a member of the AOA!

The AOA offers outstanding career and business resources for students and new practitioners to:

  • Advance your career
  • Stay Informed
  • Volunteer your talents
  • Share knowledge
  • Build your professional skills

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Here are a few of our most popular student member benefits.

Compass

Take advantage of this online interactive tool that guides you step-by-step from college to career and beyond. Sign on at www.aoa.org/compass.

Have you used your AOA Compass lately?

Amber Gatti Dunn, O.D., AOA Student & New Graduate Committee, speaks on the benefits of AOA Compass. 

Optometry's Career Center® (OCC)

Free to all member job seekers, the OCC is the premier professional development resource for optometry where you'll find:

  • Job opportunities
  • Salary negotiating/information
  • Career coaching services
  • Resume and cover letter services (writing/critiquing) visit www.optometryscareercenter.org

AOAExcelTM - Next Generation Optometry

Adapt. Grow. Thrive! AOAExcelTM is leading change for the optometric community with real innovation to help optometrists grow in a changing healthcare landscape. Health information technologies, patient engagement solutions, and best in class business and career services are available to you. AOAExcelTM is your gateway to professional and practice success! Visit www.ExcelOD.com to learn more and to complete your profile to receive customized benefits and services.

AOA Education Financial Services by Wells Fargo

Various student loans are available to fit your needs. Benefits include:

  • Special interest rate discount for AOA members
  • Fixed and variable interest rate options
  • Absolutely no application, origination or early repayment fees
  • No payments required while in school or during grace period
  • Additional interest rate reductions for graduation and automatic payments
  • Dedicated website and toll free number for AOA members

For more information, visit www.ExcelOD.com/Education-Loans or call 866-878-1090.

Optometrystudents.com

An informative website designed by optometry students for optometry students. Log on to www.optometrystudents.com.

Free Business Cards

Publications & Social Networking

Stay informed, connect with colleagues and discuss relevant and timely topics.

AOA News

Eyes on the Future Newsletter

Delivered b-monthly to your email address and packed with career and online resources. You'll find exciting, fun stories spotlighting students, faculty and young ODs making a difference in their patients'  lives and communities. You'll also find helpful information about residencies, industry trends and special offers to help you succeed.

Special Interest Programs

Share your clinical interests in one or all three unique AOA special section communities - Contact Lens and Cornea, Vision Rehabilitation, and Sports Vision. Learn more at www.aoa.org/sections.