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Registered Dental Assistant Applicants
Reciprocity is not offered to practice as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) in California. All persons wishing to perform the functions of a RDA in California must complete the licensure process described below.
To obtain a California RDA license, you must:
- Successfully pass a hands-on practical examination performed on a typodont.
- Successfully pass a State computerized written examination.
- Successfully pass a State computerized law and ethics written examination.
- Successfully complete Board-approved courses in coronal polishing and radiation safety.
- Successfully complete and show proof of a Board-approved course in Dental Practice Act, an eight (8) hour Board-approved course in infection control and proof of basic life support (CPR) card.
- Submit fingerprint clearances from both the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigations. This process can take 60 days or more. If an applicant has a criminal history, arrest report and court records must be obtained and investigated before a decision is made to issue or deny the license. Live Scan locations
Once this process is completed and an applicant is found to be qualified for licensure, a pocket identification card and wall certificate are issued. There is no license fee required for the initial license other than the initial application and examination fees.
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