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How can I become a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)?

Directly from the Dental Board of California:

RDA Educational Programs (RDA licensure applicants) – To obtain an RDA license, an applicant(DA) must either:

    • complete 15 months (1,280 hours) of satisfactory work experience*, or
    • successfully complete a Board-approved RDA Educational Program

*NOTE: Proof of completion of an unapproved Dental Assisting course along with 11 months of documented work experience will provide eligibility to sit for the RDA examinations.

Choice #1 allows a DA to learn on the job, earn $24,000+ MINIMUM income(calculated at $11 per hour, 36 hours per week for 15 months), and complete 5 certifications to sit for the RDA examination:

  1. California Dental Practice Act
  2. CPR Certification
  3. 8-Hour Infection Control Certification
  4. Radiation Safety Certification
  5. Coronal Polish Certification

Choice #2 will cost the applicant between $15,000- $22,000, and the applicant will not be able to work during the 8-10 month program, ultimately costing the applicant  $35,000 or more when finished.

 Our recommendations to become an RDA and make as much income as possible during your training:

    • Complete a short-term course(should cost around $2500 and be 8-10 weeks). Toward the end of your course and before you start working, get your Infection Control Certification and Radiation Safety Certification. Your starting pay will be significantly higher than 2- below since you will have basic, entry-level training.

OR

    • Get a job as a dental assistant trainee. Your starting pay will be around $11 with this choice. Once hired, get your Infection Control Certification and Radiation Safety Certification ASAP and your pay will increase. You will be very valuable to the dental office if you can take X-rays right away.

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