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Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

This course is designed to prepare students to successfully pass the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) state exam and directly enter the exciting field of dentistry.

The Dental Assistant Certification program offers our students both theoretical and practical training through hands-on experience. Classes meet two (2) days a week, for three (3) hours each session. Generally, the classes are held on a week night and Saturday mornings. The duration of the course is twelve (12) weeks and includes preparation necessary to pass the Registered Dental Assistant examination and provides the skills necessary to become an entry level dental assistant.  In addition to 72 hours in the classroom, and homework study time, our students are eligible to complete a 40-80 clock-hour externship experience. The externship serves as working experience, as well as a reference for future employment.

This 12-week program will prepare you for a career in the exciting field of Dentistry. Subjects covered in the course include:

  • Law and Ethics
  • Dental Terminology
  • Dental Radiology
  • Chairside Assisting
  • Sterilization Procedures
  • Preventative Dentistry
  • Dental Materials
  • Dental Laboratory Procedures
  • Infection Control & OSHA Regulations
  • Patient Care
  • General Dentistry and most specialty procedures
  • Communication Skills
  • CPR
  • Preparation for Employment

The program fee includes all live instruction, labs, externship, and the following:

  • Essentials of Dental Assisting Textbook
  • Pocket Guide of Dental Instruments Textbook
  • Dental Assisting Manual Course Handouts
  • All training aids, instruments, materials for lab and clinical portion
  • Course Syllabus
  • Resume and Cover Letter

Admission Requirements

Below is a brief explanation of the course and the requirements for enrollment. Prerequisites for the course include:

  • A high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED)
  • No felony or misdemeanor related to the sale of drugs. Traffic violations and any other issues must be cleared up before the externship. This is the sole responsibility of each student.
  • Proof of Tuberculosis and Hepititas B vaccinations
  • Students under the age of 22 are required to have proof of Meningitis vaccination
  • Commitment to the rigorous 12-week course schedule.


After completion of the class portion of the program, our Class Coordinator will work with you to place you in a local dental office to gain hands-on experience vital for your success. The location of the dental office and the times you work will be based on where and when you can work. Once you complete the externship, you will receive your certificate of completion from an accredited University or College.


To maintain a low teacher-student ratio seating is LIMITED. We will ONLY be accepting 20 applicants at each location into this program.

Let one of our knowledgeable Admissions Counselors help you determine how you can enhance your life or start a new career.


Classes currently being held in partnership with University of the Incarnate Word.