Beta Zeta Nu is Cañada College's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. It has been honored as one of the premier chapters in the country. It was recently recognized at the  honor society's international convention as one of the organization's most distinguished chapters.

Beta Zeta Nu was named the Most Distinguished Chapter in the Nevada-California Region and the sixth most distinguished chapter out of 1300 chapters internationally.

The Cañada chapter received the College Project Award for its organization of the Evening of Academic Excellence which annually recognizes the area's top high school scholars. It also received the Honors in Action Award for a study on academic integrity that several members presented at the annual Bay Honors Research Symposium.

The Cañada chapter was the only West Coast chapter to be named to the Top 10 in the Most Distinguised Chapter polling. It is the second consecutive year Beta Zeta Nu has earned the honor.

Paul Roscelli, a faculty advisor for the club, has been named a PTK Faculty Scholar seven times. Former Cañada President Thomas Mohr received the Shirley B. Golden Award of Distinction in 2009 which is bestowed on college presidents that show exceptional support for their chapters. Vice President of Instruction Linda Hayes was the recipient of the Distinguished College Administrator Award in 2012 and former VPI Sarah Perkins also received the award. The Cañada PTK chapter has been named a Five Star Chapter for 13 consecutive years.

Recent active members have transferred to universities such as: Stanford, UC Berkeley, Williams, M.I.T., Columbia, UCLA, UC Davis, Cornell, University of Washington and Dartmouth, just to name a few. Alumni have gone on to graduate institutions such as UCSF, Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge.