The mission of the American Optometric Student Association is to “improve the visual welfare and health of the public, to promote the profession of optometry, and life-long commitment to the AOA and AOA state affiliates, and to enhance the education and welfare of optometry students.”
Although a separate entity from the American Optometric Association (AOA), 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.
The AOSA represents more than 6,600 students attending the 23 schools and colleges of optometry throughout the United States of America, Canada, and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. Each school has a unique AOSA chapter which works hard to raise money for community outreach and dedicates time to community service.
Each school is represented on the AOSA Board by a Trustee and Trustee-Elect. These individuals are very hard-working and have a deep passion for optometry and work to keep students informed about issues important to aspiring optometric physicians. Most importantly, these individuals work to be a channel of communication between the AOSA and the schools in which they represent.