05/23/2019

Becoming a California-licensed RDA

New Practice Support resources can help

CDA Practice Support developed and published in April two new resources for practice owners who wish to help put their staff on the proper path to become a California-registered dental assistant. Both resources are in a one-page format that is easy to follow.

“Steps to Becoming a California-Registered Dental Assistant” outlines the required hours of work experience or formal training and dental board-approved courses that must be completed prior to taking the written RDA licensure examination. Final steps for completing and mailing the application are included.

Similarly, “Helping Your Out-of-State-Trained Dental Assistant to become a California-Registered Dental Assistant” outlines the same requirements but is specifically designed for dental assistants who have already received out-of-state training. The specific need for this resource is covered in detail in the May issue of the CDA Update (page 15).

Download the new resources at cda.org/practicesupport.



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