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Help shape your profession now, when it matters the most. Consider your student membership as an investment in your career, and an opportunity to introduce yourself to the professionals in optometry.

Give voice. Create change. Achieve goals. Ensure the Future.
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The California Optometric Association welcomes you to join as a student or post-graduate member. Out-of-state students are also encouraged to apply. Membership offers you an opportunity to gain an understanding of the issues facing optometrists in the state today, and as a future doctor of optometry. Apply for Student Membership.

Benefits include:

  • Complimentary Membership:
    Dues are waived while you are attending a school of optometry. Your AOA Residency dues are $35 annually.
  • Access to Members Only at COA Online: 
    Student membership provides you with password-access to the members only section of COA's website.
  • Access to read COA's award-winning California Optometry magazine online.
  • Student Registration Discount at COA's educational conferences.
  • Student Vote at the COA House of Delegates:
    Student delegates from the California schools of optometry are invited to participate in the COA House of Delegates, an annual meeting of society representatives, to conduct association business.
  • Explore local societies of COA:
    Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the professionals in optometry. Many local societies surrounding the two California schools of optometry welcome students at their membership meetings and/or may have special mentoring opportunities available.

Priority Membership Offer

An invitation especially for fourth year optometry students. Apply today for New Practitioner Priority Membership.

Don't get lost in the transition from new graduate to licensed optometrist. Priority Membership is your commitment to becoming an active member of the California Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, and your local optometric society.

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