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Recruitment Notice - Dental Assisting Council

What is it?

The Dental Board of California (Board) established a seven member Dental Assisting Council which considers all matters relating to dental assistants in California and makes appropriate recommendations to the Board and the standing Committees of the Board.

Dental Assisting Council (DAC)

The DAC meets quarterly in conjunction with Dental Board meetings and at other times as deemed necessary. The DAC is composed of the Registered Dental Assistant member of the Board, another member of the Board, two members who are employed as faculty members of a registered dental assisting educational program approved by the Board, and three members, one of which shall be a registered dental assistant in extended functions, who shall be employed clinically in private dental practice or public safety net or dental health care clinics. DAC members are appointed by the Board and serve at the Board's pleasure.

Applications are now being accepted from qualified registered dental assistants (RDAs) for two (2) members who are employed as faculty members of a registered education program approved by the Board and one (1) member employed clinically in a private dental practice, a public safety net, or a dental health care clinic.

In making a determination to apply, the following factors should be considered:

  1. Requirements - The candidates are required to have possessed a current and active RDA or RDAEF license for at least the prior five years; and to be employed clinically in a private dental practice or public safety net or dental health care clinic, and shall have been so employed for at least the prior five years. The candidate shall not be employed by a current member of the Dental Board, shall not have served on the Dental Assisting Forum and shall not have any financial interest in any Registered Dental Assistant school.
  2. Time - A minimum of 4 days per year will be required for DAC meetings. Terms are four years.
  3. Reimbursement - DAC members will be reimbursed for expenses (i.e., transportation, meals, and lodging at the prevailing State rate) and will receive $100/day for each DAC meeting. In addition, members receive the satisfaction of providing valuable service to the public and the dental community
  4. Responsibilities - With assistance from other DAC members, consider all matters relating to dental assistants in this state, and on your own initiative or upon the request of the Board, make appropriate recommendations to the Board and the standing committees of the Board including, but not limited to, the following areas:
• Requirements for dental assistant examination, licensure, permitting, and renewal.
• Standards and criteria for approval of dental assisting educational programs, courses, and continuing education.
• Allowable dental assistant duties, settings, and supervision levels.
• Appropriate standards of conduct and enforcement for dental assistants.
• Requirements regarding infection control.
  • Refer to the application for additional qualification requirements. If interested, please complete the application and return it along with a cover letter and résumé to the Dental Board.

    Applications must be received by the Dental Board by Friday, March 2, 2018.

  • If you have any questions regarding the DAC application, please contact Jeri Westerfeld at 916-263-2212.