Welcome to the official website of the American Optometric Student Association. The AOSA is committed to promoting the optometric profession, enhancing the education and welfare of optometry students, as well as enhancing the vision and ocular health of the public. This website is designed to provide information to future, current and past students of optometry.
It comes as no surprise that the American Optometric Student Association is the largest student-led optometric organization in the country. Representing over 6,600 optometry students throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, the AOSA has become a very important component of the optometry school experience.
Being a member of the AOSA allows students to truly gain the most from their optometric education. One of the primary goals of the organization is to increase the welfare of the public by raising awareness concerning vision and ocular health. What better way to do this than through the use of the local chapters at the various colleges of optometry? Each school works tirelessly to raise funds for community outreach, and dedicates several hours to community service. As students, we are in a unique position to reach out to our local communities. Through various programs and initiatives, the AOSA serves as a medium through which schools are able share information and ideas on ways to effectively increase public awareness.
Nationally, members of the Board of Trustees govern the AOSA. Membership on the board consists of a Trustee and Trustee-Elect from each school. These members, who are often elected from amongst peers, are your advocates at the national level. Trustees help facilitate the transfer of communication between the various schools and the AOSA.
Becoming an active member within the AOSA is the best way to fully gain the most from your experience. In doing such, you are taking on a personal responsibility to this profession. There are numerous ways to get involved at both the local and national level. Each and every position within the AOSA is equally important to the progression of this profession. I encourage you to enthusiastically seek out opportunities to get involved. After all, the success of the AOSA is a direct reflection of those members who are determined to make a difference. It is very important to know the power that you possess as a student. You have the ability to positively impact change that will benefit your fellow students, as well as members of the general public. The AOSA serves as a mechanism through which students can continue in being changing agents in their respective school and communities.
Please feel free to check out our site! You will find an abundant source of information that pertains to both current and prospective optometry students alike. Contact information for the Executive Council can be found under the “About” tab located at the top of this page. We look forward to hearing from you!
Andy Mackner, President
Pacific University College of Optometry
Class of 2018