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.


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

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

AOAExcelTM - Next Generation Optometry

Adapt. Grow. Thrive! AOAExcelTM is leading change for the optometric community with real innovation to help doctors of optometry 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 to learn more and to complete your profile to receive customized benefits and services.

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Publications & Social Networking

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

AOA News

Eyes on the Future Newsletter

Delivered bi-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