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Student and new doctor membership benefits

For optometry students and new doctors, the pros of joining the AOA are plentiful

The AOA offers outstanding career and business resources for students and new doctors to advance their career, stay informed, volunteer their talents, share knowledge and build professional skills.

As a student, you can join the AOSA now, because if you’re an AOSA member, you’re also a member of the AOA. And if you’re already an AOSA or AOA member, be sure to invite your colleagues or fellow students to join.

Still wondering what the AOA can do for you during your time in optometry school and after graduation? Check out our Maximizing Membership—Tips for New ODs video.

The AOA’s most popular benefits for students and new doctors include job-seeking assistance and free business cards

Free to all members seeking a job, the Optometry’s Career Center (OCC) is the premier professional development resource for optometry. You’ll find job opportunities, information on salary negotiation, career coaching services and résumé and cover letter assistance. As members, students and recent grads also receive a set of free business cards recognizing their AOA membership.

AOAExcel® is your gateway to professional and practice success. AOAExcel benefits the optometric community with real innovation to help doctors of optometry grow in a changing health-care landscape. Health information technologies, patient engagement solutions and best-in-class business and career services are available to AOA members. Visit AOAExcel to learn more and to complete your profile to receive customized benefits and services.

Members can easily stay informed, connect with colleagues and discuss relevant and timely topics through a number of publications, including AOA News. is an informative website designed by optometry students for optometry students.

Lastly, AOA members are encouraged to share their clinical interests in one or all three unique AOA special interest communities: Contact Lens and Cornea Section, Vision Rehabilitation and Sports Vision.


Managing Your Classes


The American Optometric Association has numerous benefits for its student members, with academic and professional resources.

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The AOA ensures students have the support they need to manage class loads and board exams, and find impactful internships, externships and residency programs.

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Managing Your Classes


A helpful list of tools, resources and opportunities to enhance both your student and optometry career as an AOA member.

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