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Effective January 1, 2011, statutes that set new requirements for Registered Dental Assistant Educational Programs, Infection Control Courses, Orthodontic Assistant Permit Courses, Dental Sedation Assistant Permit Courses, and Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions Programs will be repealed. The Board is currently proposing to adopt new regulations that would reinstate these course and program requirements. The Board is currently completing the public comment period for the proposed regulations and anticipates filing the regulations package with the Office of Administrative Law for review and approval within the next 60 days.

In the meantime, applications for these courses or programs will not be processed until new regulations reinstating the dental assisting course and program requirements have been adopted. All other course applications, including those for Radiation Safety, Coronal Polishing, Pit and Fissure Sealants and Ultrasonic Scaler, will continue to be reviewed.



Following are the confirmed RDA practical examination dates in California for 2013.  The actual examination dates and sites are subject to change, the final filing dates will not change.  Applications will NOT be accepted before the filing period opens.  Applications must be postmarked no later than the end of the filing period. 

Applicants will be provided specific information about the content of the Practical exam, and directions for scheduling the written examinations, when they are notified that their application has been approved.

Examination Date

Examination                       Location

Filing Period


February 9 and 10, 2013


UC, San Francisco

Nov. 4, 2012 – Dec. 4, 2012


February 23 and 24, 2013


Carrington College, Pomona


April 13 and 14, 2013


UC, San Francisco


Jan. 5, 2013 – Feb. 5, 2013


April 27 and 28, 2013


Carrington College, Pomona


August 3 and 4, 2013


Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria


Apr. 1, 2013 – June 1, 2013


August 17 and 18, 2013


UC, San Francisco


August 24 and 25, 2013


Carrington College, Pomona


November 2 and 3, 2013


UC, San Francisco

Aug. 3, 2013 – Sept. 3, 2013


November 16 and 17, 2013


Carrington College, Pomona



Carrington College
901 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 300
Pomona, CA 91768

UCSF, School of Dentistry
707 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94143

Allan Hancock College
800 South College
Santa Maria, CA 93454