National Optometric Student Association (NOSA)

News & Activities

January, 2014

On January 20, NOSA (National Optometric Student Association) students Cerina Buchanan '15, Shanee Chandler '15, Gustie Christopher '15, Richae Dehaney '16, Candace Ellis '15, Samantha Haslbeck '17, Tiffany Hooks '16, Paulina Hor '17, Stefanie Hwang '16, Jessica Johnson '17, Sadia Kalsoom '16, Marichris Lim '17, Rehana Manji '17, Caitlin McQueen '17, Julia Mobilio '17, Kelly Morse '17, Gargee Patel '17,  Eleanor Siri '17,  Bryttani Sylvain '15, Deena Tailor '17, Denise Tran '17, Ting Wei '16, Shirley Yan '16,  and preceptors Dr. Neal Nyman and Dr. Ruth Shoge, spent the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at Girard College, where the group performed 44 vision screenings for community members.

Also in January, NOSA and the Red Cross held a blood drive on campus. The recruitment efforts of NOSA members paid off, as this was the highest producing NOSA blood drive since 2009, with 34 registered donors. The Red Cross collected 29 productive units of blood that can be used to save as many as 87 lives through the generosity of Salus donors, who included students from the optometry, audiology, and physician assistant programs, as well as Salus staff and faculty. NOSA thanked all who participated in this important event, especially the many first-time donors, and hopes to sponsor a second blood drive later this semester.

Pennsylvania College of Optometry at
Salus University Chapter

The National Optometric Association (NOA) was founded in 1969 by Dr. C. Clayton Powell and Dr. John L. Howlette. Its focus has always been on the needs of minority communities; specifically, addressing the need of accessibility to healthcare service.

The National Optometric Association created the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) in 1979 as an effort to recruit and support the retention of minority students in optometry schools across the country.

The Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) at Salus University NOSA chapter has taken the mission of "addressing needs of minority populations" by directing multiple on-campus and community initiatives.

On campus, NOSA has established a mentoring program in which first year optometry students are paired with second year students. Through this program, first year students are offered a strong support system inside and outside of the classroom. Some of the most favored events include a Mural Tour of Philadelphia in the fall semester and quarterly potluck dinners.

In the community, NOSA hosts vision screenings, clothing drives, and the distribution of Thanksgiving baskets. The NOSA "ODs of Tomorrow" initiative addresses minority representation in education by reaching out to students at various educational levels in the community. Last year, NOSA visited Sheppard Elementary School and explained not only the importance of vision and healthcare, but also the anatomy of the eye through the dissection of pig eyes.

All of the various on-campus, community and fundraising events throughout the year culminate in an annual Spring NOSA Awards Banquet. The banquet celebrates and recognizes the efforts and achievements of PCO faculty, NOSA members, and graduating fourth year students.

For more information regarding NOA and NOSA at the national level, please visit the NOA website at and the new NOSA national website at Also, visit our Facebook page! Just type "National Optometric Student Association" in the search engine.
Camille F. Cohen ’14
NOSA Chapter President,
Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry

Tiffany Hooks, PCO Class of 2016

NOSA Member of the Month:
January 2013
Tiffany Hooks, PCO Class of 2016

Undergrad Institution: University of Rhode Island
Major: Exercise Science: Kinesiology
Interesting fact about myself: As a child I played the accordion and won first place in a competition. For those of you who don't know what the accordion is..... think Steve Urkel!
Why I became a NOSA member:  I became a NOSA member to get involved at Salus University. So far, the NOSA event I have enjoyed most was the MLK Vision Screening because I was assisting the community while practicing my clinical skills.