Students and New Licensees

Currently enrolled in optometry school? Just became a licensed optometrist? Been practicing for several years and recently moved to the state? No matter what your current status is, the North Carolina Optometric Society is here to support you!

Together with the American Optometric Association, we offer outstanding benefits and services to all our members. Below are some of our top benefits for new licensees / recent graduates.

NCOS and AOA Benefits

  • Professional development and career resources
  • Tiered dues system to ease the burden of membership dues for early career optometrists
  • Advocacy for the protection and advancement of your profession’s scope of practice
  • Exclusive access to the largest network of optometrists
  • Important updates via newsletters, emails, and social media

NCOS Benefits

  • New Licensee Luncheon and Seminar at Fall Congress in Asheville, NC
  • Free registration to our Fall Congress in Asheville, NC (New Licensees)
  • Free registration and volunteer opportunities at our Spring Congress in Myrtle Beach, SC and Fall Congress in Asheville, NC (Student Members)
  • Access to a list of member practices that offer summer positions to optometry students (Student Members)
  • Young ODs Program – an open forum to network and connect face-to-face with other early career ODs 
  • High quality NC Board of Optometry approved continuing education at discounted rates
  • Leadership opportunities and professional recognition
  • Access to our classified ads with job postings listed by NCOS members

 AOA Benefits

  • No-cost $50,000 group term life insurance for your first fully licensed year 
  • Business and liability insurance – receive 50% off your first year malpractice insurance coverage premium and 25% off your second year
  • Private loan consolidation 
  • Custom practice financing through Bank of America
  • Business and career webinars on valuable practice management tips
To join, fill out an application below! 


Related Links:
Complete list of NCOS Member Benefits and Services
AOSA Website
AOA Student Member Benefits and Services
AOAExcel - Solutions for Business, Career, and Student Needs
AOA's Career Center
Complete list of AOA Member Benefits and Services