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University of the Pacific Now Accepting Applications for Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions Program

March  26, 2013

The Continuing Dental Education division at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 session of its Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEF) program. This is the third consecutive year the program has been offered at the Dugoni School of Dentistry. It meets criteria of expanded functions for RDAEF certification requirements as set forth by the Dental Board of California.

The popular program will begin on August 10, and will be directed by Molly P. Newlon, DDS, MA. The curriculum will be taught by faculty members from the Dugoni School of Dentistry and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and will take place over a 10-month period on various weekends at the Dugoni School of Dentistry's campus in San Francisco.

Potential applicants are invited to a special open house event on Saturday, April 6 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. The event will offer applicants a chance to tour the dental school; meet program faculty, alumni and current students; observe RDAEF students in the simulation laboratory and enjoy a complimentary lunch. Interested applicants are invited to call 415.929.6486 or email to RSVP for the event. Space is limited and reservations are required.

"I am looking forward to welcoming prospective applicants and giving them a sneak peek of the program on April 6," said Newlon. "This is a great chance to learn more about our RDAEF program and the Dugoni School of Dentistry family."


The Dugoni School of Dentistry is currently one of only two Dental Board of California-approved providers offering the RDAEF course in Northern California.   The program at the Dugoni School is led by Newlon, who has directed the school's RDAEF program since its launch in mid-2011. Previously, Newlon was involved with the RDAEF course at UCSF for 18 years. She currently serves as the director of Health and Safety at UCSF School of Dentistry and is an associate clinical professor. She is also a 1982 graduate of the Dugoni School of Dentistry.

All segments of Dugoni School of Dentistry's program are delivered face to face, with a low faculty-to-student ratio. For more information or to enroll, visit the Continuing Dental Education division web page or call 415.929.6486.


RDAEF courses have been offered in California for many years, but expanded functions were adopted in recent years, requiring RDAEFs to complete a more in-depth training program. The Dugoni School's course satisfies the California Dental Board's requirements for new and existing RDAEFs who wish to expand their licensure in preparation for earning certification in the new extended functions.

RDAEFs are trained to complete many restorative procedures which were previously only done by dentists. Although the dentist will continue to oversee treatment and will complete all surgical procedures on the teeth, the RDAEF is trained to properly complete many complex tasks-such as the filling of restorations-which can free up the dentist to see more patients and to deliver more care. RDAEFs are especially useful in large clinic or rural settings which often have a lack of dentists available to treat the underserved.

The revised extended duties, which can be performed by dental assistants who complete this course and pass the California Board exam for extended functions, include making final impressions for crown, bridge and removable partial dentures and filling and polishing amalgam, composite and glass ionomer restorations. RDAEFs who complete this program may also complete general oral health assessments in community clinic settings and fit master and accessory cones for endodontic (root canal) procedures.

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