Registered Dental Assisting program
Enrollment Period: Summer- Fall 2013 (program to begin mid-August 2013)
The Registered Dental Assistant (RDA), a member of the dental health team, performs many essential duties in the dental office. At chairside, the registered dental assistant prepares patients for treatment, records health histories, assists the dentist with a wide variety of treatment procedures, fabricates temporary crowns, places sealants, mixes various dental materials, takes and develops x-rays, takes digital radiographs, sterilizes instruments, maintains equipment and performs many basic laboratory procedures. Additional administrative duties may include office management, appointment scheduling, bookkeeping, preparation of insurance claims, and the purchase of supplies. While most registered dental assistants find employment in dental offices, opportunities for employment also exist in government clinics and hospitals, insurance agencies, the military services, and in dental x-ray laboratories, dental product manufacturers, and dental supply houses. Working conditions are excellent, the surroundings pleasant and attractive, and a rewarding opportunity exists to meet and be of service to many people.
At Diablo Valley College the Registered Dental Assisting Program is designed to prepare graduates for employment and for successful completion of the Dental Assisting National Board leading to qualification as a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) and for the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Examination from the Dental Board of California. The graduate will receive the Certificate of Achievement in Dental Assisting. An Associate of Science degree is also available if additional classes are taken. The Registered Dental Assistant Program is two semesters plus a two week summer session. The Program consists of classroom instruction as well as clinical experience.
The Registered Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. The Program is also approved by the Dental Board of California. The Program’s Dental Assisting Advisory Committee, composed of representatives of dentistry, dental assisting, and education, assists the college in decisions regarding program objectives, and recommends curriculum revision as necessary to insure the inclusion of improved methods and techniques in the dental field.