• Opportunity to make professional contacts through mentoring and attending yearly conventions
  • Complimentary subscription to the ArOA newsletter to help you keep up with new developments in the profession of optometry
  • Free registration for the spring and fall meeting
  • For more information on our Conventions, please visit our upcoming events page.
  • Placement assistance program
  • Access to ArOA staff and resources
  • Grow professionally
  • Build your leadership skills
  • Representation in the Arkansas Optometric Association Board meetings
  • Participate in the ongoing educational experience
  • Easier transition into full membership after licensing
  • Early involvement leading to a more informed professional

Student Membership Application


 Apply By February 1st  for the William H. Townsend Scholarship! Click here for application

Apply By February 1st  for the Dr. Milton Webb Optometric Leadership and Service Scholarship application

Apply by February 1st for the Dr. George A. Haas Scholarship given by the Arkansas Eye Associates

Read more about the scholarships here.

STATE BOARD EXAMS - June 18, 2020 (Must apply by June 1, 2020)


 All candidates must have taken and passed all parts of the National Board Examination since January 1, 1997. For 2020 only, you have one year from date of licensure to complete all parts of the National Board Examinations. Failure to do so will cause your license to be suspended.

 Must apply to take the Jurisprudence and Optometric Physician Certification written examination given by the Arkansas State Board of Optometry by completing the application.

 Submit a fee of $410.00 when returning the completed application.  This total will include the fee for the Logbook.

 Attach a current photograph.

 Submit the names and addresses of three (3) persons, not related to the applicant, as character references with who the applicant has been associated in the past five (5) years.

 Submit a completed transcript of all college work finished.  If the application is submitted before the O.D. degree is received, send the partial transcript with the application and the final transcript after graduation.

 The deadline for applying to take the Board Examination in June 2020 is June 1, 2020.

 The Board Examination will be given in Little Rock, Arkansas on June 18, 2020.

 After receiving the O.D. Degree and making application to take the Board Examination, the optometrist may apply to the Arkansas State Board of Optometry to begin the required internship program.  The internship shall consist of at least 100 hours of supervised clinical training under the supervision of a board-certified ophthalmologist.  A logbook in which to record the hours must be obtained from the Board of Optometry. 

 Study the booklets on the Optometry Law and The Rules and Regulations to prepare for the test.


Dr. Howard F. Flippin, Executive Director
P. O. Box 512
Searcy, AR  72145 



Don't forget to transition your student membership! ArOA will request contact information from all of the New Licentiates in July. We will turn in all of your information to the American Optometric Association (AOA) so that your membership won't be interrupted. If you have a change in contact information, please contact us at 501-661-7675 or e-mail

Q: How do I transition my AOSA student membership to AOA & ArOA professional status? A: First, get licensed. Next, join the AOA state or federal services affiliate in which your principle practice or place of employment is located.  You can join the Arkansas Optometric Association by contacting us here or calling ArOA at 501-661-7675.   Your AOA membership  is included automatically. You can find information about AOA state or federal services affiliates at or 

Q: What’s required if I’m in a residency program? A: Complimentary post-graduate membership continues until the end of the calendar year in which you complete your residency. Application for post-graduate membership must be made directly to the AOA state or federal services affiliate you select or the AOSA.  The ArOA will be contacted by AOA/AOSA so that your membership can remain intact.  A copy of your application will be forwarded to the AOA. To qualify, your status must be one of the following:

  • Non-practicing optometrist/full-time student in an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Optometrist engaged full-time as a resident or a fellow in a residency program approved by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education or by a school or college of optometry which is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.
  • Optometrist engaged full-time as an intern in an internship program required by state law.

Q: Does the ArOA & AOA still have ascending dues for young practitioners? A: Yes. Newly licensed optometrists automatically receive a reduced, ascending schedule of dues for the year in which they are originally licensed and for four years following that.

Year of licensure – Free First calendar year following licensure – 90% discount - pay only 10% of full dues Second calendar year following licensure – 80% discount -  pay only 20% of full dues Third calendar year following licensure – 50% discount -  pay only 50% of full dues Fourth calendar year following licensure –25% discount - pay only  75% of full  dues Fifth calendar year following licensure and thereafter – 100% of full dues


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