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Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions Program Hands-On Course

RDAEF 2013

August 16, 2014 - May 17, 2015

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco

Event Category: Continuing Education

University of the Pacific is pleased to offer an RDAEF Program for licensed RDAs and RDAEFs in California. This comprehensive program satisfies the Dental Board of California's requirements for preparing RDAs and existing RDAEFs for extended functions licensure. Our program goes above and beyond the board's requirements for instructional time to ensure participants receive the highest quality training and education available today and to prepare them for these new responsibilities. All courses will be taught by dental faculty members from both University of the Pacific and UCSF dental schools. Participants will receive the same outstanding quality of education that predoctoral students receive at these premier dental schools.

The course is directed by Dr. Molly P. Newlon. Faculty members have included: Drs. Jeff Miles, Brian Kenyon, Shika Gupta, Gitta Radjaeipour, Darren Machule, Paymon Bahrami, Arianne Terlet and Ms. Christine Miller.

The Dugoni School of Dentistry Difference

A comprehensive program with 410/342 hours of instruction, combining didactic, hands-on laboratory and live patient clinical experiences

  • Certification programs for both RDAs and existing RDAEFs at a fully-accredited dental school
  • Personalized instruction led by dental faculty members from the Dugoni School of Dentistry and UCSF
  • One of only two Dental Board of California-approved providers of the RDAEF program in Northern California
  • Flexible payment plans are available to qualified candidates
  • Convenient weekend schedule at the Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco

Program for RDAs

This 410-hour certification program trains and prepares currently licensed RDAs to perform all of the new procedures in extended functions which include:

  • Performing patient oral health evaluations, charting and evaluating soft tissue, classifying occlusion and myofunctional evaluation
  • Performing oral health assessments in community and school-based settings under the direction of a dentist, RDH or RDHAP
  • Sizing and fitting endodontic master points and accessory points
  • Taking final impressions for tooth-borne removable prostheses
  • Polishing and contouring existing amalgam restorations
  • Placing, contouring, finishing and adjusting all direct restorations
  • Adjusting and cementing permanent indirect restorations

Additionally, participants will be trained to perform:

  • Cord retraction of gingiva for impression procedures
  • Cementing endodontic master points and accessory points
  • Taking final impressions for permanent indirect restorations
  • All other procedures authorized and adopted by the dental board*

*Please see Section 1753.6 of the California Business and Professions Code

Program for Existing RDAEFs

This 342-hour program updates existing RDAEFs (who were licensed prior to January 1, 2010) in the new, allowable procedures for RDAEFs described above. Participants who successfully complete this program will be eligible to take the new RDAEF exam, and upon successful completion, will be able to perform all of the expanded duties approved for currently licensed California RDAEFs.

Modules and Dates

The RDAEF program is divided into three modules held on Saturdays and Sundays-two to three weekends per month-throughout the 10-month period. Both RDAs and existing RDAEFs maintain the same course schedule for Modules 1 and 2. However, existing RDAEFs will take fewer classes in Module 3. In addition, students will be required to complete restorations in their supervising dentist's office during Module 3.

Module 1
August 16, 2014 - October 19, 2014
6 weekends  

Module 2
November 1, 2014 - December 14, 2014
6 weekends  

Module 3
January 10, 2015 - May 17, 2015
11 weekends*

To register or for more information, call 415.929.6486 or visit the RDAEF Program Page >>

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP recognized provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry designates this activity for 410/342 continuing education credits.