Clubs & Organizations

Whether they are meant to prepare students for their future in health care, encourage networking, instill interest or passion for a particular specialty, or build a sense of community, MBKU sponsors many different student organizations.

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National Student Professional Associations



Professional Optometric Fraternities

Optometric Practice Development Special Group Organizations

Organization Descriptions

National Student Professional Associations

American Optometric Student Association (AOSA)
The American Optometric Student Association is the national organization for all optometry students. All SCCO students are automatically members of the AOSA and the American Optometric Association by virtue of their membership in the SCCO Student Association. The AOSA exists to improve the visual welfare of the public and enhance the education and welfare of optometry students. AOSA directs itself to the educational, legislative, political, interprofessional, intraprofessional and social concerns of optometry students. Each of the optometry schools contributes to AOSA through active participation in their respective AOSA chapters. The trustee from each school serves on the AOSA Board of Trustees. The President of the AOSA is the national spokesperson for optometry students. This individual serves on an advisory committee for the federal government, is a consultant to the AOA, and may testify before the United States Congress on matters pertaining to optometry and optometry students. 

In addition to the AOSA, students may elect to become voluntary members of a variety of organizations and clubs.

American Academy of Optometry (AAO)
The American Academy of Optometry is the national academic organization fostering research and disseminating knowledge in vision science through continuing education presented at its annual meeting. Fellows of the Academy are committed to the premise that learning is a lifelong obligation of a professional, as is the commitment to expand the profession's knowledge base through ongoing Fellowship and exchange. Students are eligible for membership throughstudent fellows of the AAO, and pay a reduced membership fee as well as reduced registration costs to attend the annual meeting.

American Optometric Association Political Action Committee (AOA-PAC)
The American Optometric Association Political Action Committee is a voluntary nonprofit, unincorporated committee of doctors of optometry. This committee is not affiliated with any political party or any other political committee. Optometry is a legislated profession and decisions made by national, state and local politicians have a direct, and often long lasting, effect on optometry. Defending the rights of optometrists to practice full-scope optometry is one of the most important roles of the AOA. The volunteers and staff of the AOA Advocacy Group are dedicated to preserving and forwarding the interests of optometrists and their patients in the legislature of the United States to ensure that Americans continue to have access to quality vision care. Each school and college of optometry has a local representative and students are encouraged to participate for a minimal donation.

College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)
The College of Optometrists in Vision Development is a nonprofit, international association of eye care professionals including optometrists, optometry students and vision therapists, that serves as an advocate for comprehensive vision care emphasizing a developmental and behavioral approach. COVD certifies professional competency in vision therapy, serves as an informational and educational resource and advances research and clinical care in vision development and therapy. The SCCO chapter sponsors speakers and visits to practitioners' offices for interested students.

National Optometric Student Association (NOSA)
The National Optometric Student Association is an affiliate of the National Optometric Association and consists of current students who are committed to the recruitment and retention of qualified underrepresented minority students in the profession of optometry.

National Student Professional Associations
Physician Assistant

Student Association of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA)
The Student Academy of American Academy of Physician Assistants has its own structure, starting with students at individual PA programs. The Student Board of Directors guides SAAAPA affairs for the following year. Each year, students may elect one representative from each PA program to attend the Assembly of Representatives (AOR), the legislative body of the Student Academy. The AOR meets once a year at the annual AAPA conference where it sets policy and elects the Student Academy officers. Any AAPA student member who has not yet graduated is eligible for a student officer position.

California Academy of Physician Assistants (CAPA)
The Mission of the California Academy of Physician Assistants is to represent and serve physician assistants statewide. As an advocate of its members for quality health care and for their valued, unique alliance with supervising physicians, CAPA will enhance, educate and empower physician assistants for the ultimate benefit of their patients.  The Class cabinet includes a CAPA student Representative position.  They work with CAPA to keep the class informed of legislation and advancements specific to California PAs.

Professional Optometric Fraternities

Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK)
Beta Sigma Kappa is an international optometric honor fraternity. Optometric students are eligible for membership if they have attained a 3.5 GPA or higher after the first year, a 3.4 GPA or higher after the second year, a 3.3 GPA or higher after the third year or a 3.2 GPA or higher at graduation. The fraternity is a service organization that provides the on campus tutoring program. The BSK Silver Medal is awarded annually to the graduate who is a BSK member with the highest GPA in the graduating class. The national fraternity also provides funding for student research projects.

Omega Delta (OD)
Omega Delta was originally founded in 1917 to bring about a closer bond between students. Today, Omega Delta has become the largest and oldest optometric fraternity in the world. The goals of the fraternity are to enrich the optometry school experience by encouraging camaraderie among future colleagues, creating an academic and interpersonal support network, and developing professional skills through interactions with alumni. They offer a variety of social events throughout the year, as well as sponsoring educational programs and mock proficiencies for its members in preparation for the various clinical and preclinical exams.

Optometric Practice Development

Optometric Extension Program (OEP)
The OEP club at SCCO increases awareness of the national OEP Foundation through speakers, office visitations, and attendance at local seminars. With these events, members have opportunities to learn more about the behavioral model of optometry.

Private Practice Club (PPC)
The Private Practice Club (PPC) is a completely student-run organization and is open to all students, especially those interested in managing a private practice after graduation. PPC provides motivational speakers, food for meetings, small-group dinner meetings with private practice managing optometrists, and other networking opportunities. On the PPC members-only website, paid members have access to resources from the meetings including biographies and contact information of the speakers, a book list of recommended reading, and optometric business articles.

Spanish Optometric Society (SOS)
The Spanish Optometric Society is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop the necessary Spanish language skills to effectively provide optometric services to Spanish speaking patients. Tutoring sessions for interested students are provided.

Special Group Organizations

Fellowship of Christian Optometrists (FCO)
The Fellowship of Christian Optometrists is a student club that holds weekly bible study meetings for interested students. It is an international evangelical organization committed to worldwide eye care missions and intraprofessional Christian fellowship.

Student Spouse Association
The Student Spouse Association is an educational and social body for married students and their spouses. Their president holds an ex-officio seat on the Student Association Board of Directors.