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Optometric Student Organizations

American Optometric Student Association 

Each student actively enrolled in the UAB School of Optometry is a member of the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA). The UAB Chapter is closely affiliated with the national association and serves as the student government for the School. Students, therefore, are subject to the rules and are eligible for the benefits of both the local and national associations.

Beta Sigma Kappa 

Beta Sigma Kappa is the International Optometric Honor Society. It was founded in 1925 and serves over 1,800 active members plus 950 honor student members. A student must attain a GPA of 3.5 in their first professional year, a cumulative GPA of 3.4 for the first two years, a 3.3 cumulative GPA for the first three years, and a 3.2 cumulative GPA for all four professional years.

Fellowship of Christian Optometrists 

This national organization seeks to provide fellowship for Christian optometrists and optometry students. The organization’s activities include monthly luncheon seminars with featured speakers, Bible studies, and a yearly mission trip for humanitarian purposes.

Gold Key Optometric Society 

The purpose of Gold Key is to recognize upper-class students who have demonstrated outstanding professional and ethical attitudes through leadership in their class, college and profession. All third year students are potential candidates for membership. However, no more than 10% from each class may hold membership. Selection of new members is made entirely by the present student membership of Gold Key based upon the leadership qualities, outlook of the students' drive to help humanity as a doctor, and drive to serve his/her society and school. All of these candidates are chosen for lifetime membership.

National Optometric Student Association

The goals of the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) are to increase minority representation in optometry and to serve as the focal point for the enrichment, counseling, and support of minority students.

Private Practice Club

The Club of Private Practice Management exists to provide students with information and opportunities regarding private practice optometry and to aid in the transition from student to doctor. The club aims to explore the rewards, challenges, and opportunities of private practice through guest speakers, events, and workshops.

Student Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity 

Student Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity (SVOSH) is a charitable organization dedicated to providing vision care to people in the United States and abroad who would not otherwise receive care. Activities include collecting used eyeglasses and participating in vision screenings in underdeveloped countries.

Optometric Organizations

Association of Schools & Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)

Alabama Board of Optometry

Alabama Optometric Association (ALOA)

American Academy of Optometry (AAO)

American Optometric Association (AOA)

American Optometric Student Association (AOSA)

Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO)

Association of Research in Vision & Ophthalmology (ARVO)

National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO)

National Eye Institute (NEI)

National Optometric Association (NOA)

Optometric Residency Matching Service, Inc. (ORMS)

Southern Council of Optometrists/SECO International

Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS)

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

World Council of Optometry