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Registered Dental Assistant Applicants

Practical Examination

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) applications MUST be received postmarked by the Final Filing Date. All examination dates are subject to change due to facility availability, but final-filing dates will NOT change. Applicants will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

If you are submitting an RDA Application between April 6, 2017 and July 1, 2017, please include a check or money order for $20.00. Do not include the $60.00 practical examination fee.

Following are Practical Examination Instructions, which are sent to each applicant who qualifies for the examination

Written Examinations

The Dental Board (Board) administers the RDA Practical, Written and Law & Ethics Examinations. Once you file your application for the practical examination, you will be sent information on how to separately pay for and schedule the required computerized written examinations. You will then be able to schedule the written and law & ethics examinations at your convenience through PSI.

(a) An application shall be deemed to have been abandoned in any of the following circumstances:

(1) The applicant fails to submit the application, examination, or reexamination fee within 180 days after notification by the board that such fee is due and unpaid.

(2) The applicant fails to take the licensing examination within two years after the date his or her application was received by the board.

(3) Except as provided in paragraph (4) of this subdivision, the applicant, after failing the examination, fails to take a reexamination within two years after the date the applicant was notified of such failure.

(4) The Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEF) applicant, after failing either the clinical or practical component of the examination, fails to take a reexamination of the failed component within two years after the date the applicant was notified of such failure.

(b) An application submitted subsequent to the abandonment of a former application shall be treated as a new application.

(c) For any other application deficiencies not listed in subdivision (a), an applicant for a license who fails to complete application requirements within one year after being notified by the board of deficiencies in his or her application, shall be deemed to have abandoned the application and shall be required to file a new application and meet all of the requirements which are in effect at the time of reapplication.

Abandoned applicants must complete the application as a new applicant, which includes submitting the fee of $80.00 and qualification documentation.

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For more information, call (916)263-2300 or email da.program@dca.ca.gov