Optometry Student Handbook 2023-2024

College of Optometry (CO) 2023–2024 132 Honors Program The goal of the Honors Program is to provide enriching experiences not routinely offered in didactic and clinical courses to challenge students to maximize their academic and personal abilities. During a student’s three years in the Honors Program, the student must complete activities in the following four areas: Academic Activities, Clinical Tasks, Public Service Tasks, and Scholarly Activities. In addition, students will attend an Honors Seminar in which they will enhance their research and clinical awareness and complete review articles to be published in the students’ journal, Current Topics in Optometry. Participation in the Honors Program is by invitation only, based on the judgment of the Honors Program Steering Committee after completion of the first year. National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) The National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) is the professional organization dedicated to increasing minority participation in optometry. Membership is open to individuals of all races, colors, and creeds. The NOSA local chapter provides service to schools and churches in minority communities in the form of vision screenings and presentations. Nova Optometric Practice Management Association (NOPMA) The primary mission of the Nova Optometric Practice Management Association (NOPMA) is to expose optometry students to real-world optometry, business practice planning, and career opportunities to prepare them for what is to come after they have completed their optometric education. The NOPMA wants to provide as many tools as possible for them to make the best of their optometric careers including, but not limited to, business plans, curricula vitae and résumés, start-up consulting, contract and partnership advice, insurance and billing information, optical business resources, and accounting and financial resources such as loan management and investment advice. Optometric Student Association for Ocular Disease (OSAOD) The Optometric Student Association for Ocular Disease (OSAOD) is designed to further interest and education in the field of optometry with specific focus and concentration in ocular disease. The OSAOD features speakers with extensive clinical knowledge in the area of ocular disease who will share their insight and experience in an attempt to add to the clinical education of optometry student club members. Optometry Student Government Association (OSGA) The Optometry Student Government Association (OSGA) is the official voice for all optometry students. The OSGA is open to all students and welcomes proposals and participation from the entire student body. The responsibilities of the OSGA include collecting and expressing student opinion, dispensing funds for student activities, acting as a liaison for the entire student body, promoting optometry, supporting club and class activities, and working to improve the quality of life for all students at NSU’s CO. Four voting representatives are selected from each class. In the spring of each year, OSGA officers— president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer—are nominated from this pool of representatives.