How to Become a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

How to Become a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)2018-07-14T14:19:05+00:00

 

RDA Educational Programs (RDA licensure applicants) – To obtain an RDA license, an applicant(DA) must either:
Choice #1-

  • Complete 15 months (1,280 hours) of satisfactory work experience

OR

  • Complete a Short-Term Dental Assisting course along with 11 months of documented work experience.

**With both options all Dental Board Certifications that are listed below are required**

***1) or 2) will provide eligibility to sit for the RDA examination***

Choice #2-

Successfully complete a Board-approved RDA Educational Program will provide eligibility to sit for the RDA examination.

Our program is uniquely designed so that you can work in the field as an entry level dental assistant for 1280 hours and complete our 5 certifications in order to apply for your RDA exam.

  • California Dental Practice Act
  • CPR Certification
  • 8-Hour Infection Control Certification
  • Radiation Safety Certification
  • Coronal Polish Certification

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). Towards the end of your course and before your start working, get your Infection Control Certification and Radiation Safety Certification. Your starting pay will be significantly higher, since you will have basic, entry-level training.

OR

  • Get a job as a dental assistant trainee. 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.