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Registered Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting is a challenging and rewarding career, requiring versatility and a willingness to assume responsibility for many different tasks which require both interpersonal and technical skills. Dental Assistants work directly with patients and play a key role in providing oral health care and treatment of dental disease.
The Orange Coast College Registered Dental Assisting Program offers instruction in state of the art dental equipment, digital and computerized systems, and standards of infection control mandated by the state dental practice act.  DA and RDA functions are taught to laboratory competency and clinical competency where applicable. The program prepares students through academic, laboratory and clinical courses for licensing and employment in this dynamic field.
Clinical Training includes rotation in UCLA School of Dentistry and local dental offices. Students will complete 300 hours of clinical training.
Upon successful completion of the program, will hold State of California Radiation Safety, Pit and Fissure Sealant and Coronal Polish Certification. Graduates are eligible to take the Registered Dental Assisting (RDA) examinations for licensure through the Dental Board of California.


Program admittance is accomplished by taking program prerequisite, Allied Health A010-Health Occupations and Allied Health A111 Medical Terminology. Allied Health A010 is a short-term course in which prospective students will submit an application to the program. Students are selected and admitted into the program on a first-come, first-serve basis by date of application. Allied Health A111 Medical Terminology may be completed at any time, but completion is required prior to program admittance. Both Allied Health A010 and Allied Health A111 must be completed with a grade “C” or better before program entry.



The Orange Coast College Registered Dental Assisting Program has been granted the accreditation status of approval by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.


The Commission may be contacted at the following:
Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
 211 East Chicago Avenue
 Chicago, IL  60611


Dental Board of California Approved Program

The Registered Dental Assisting Program is approved by:
State of California Department of Consumer Affairs,
Dental Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1550
Sacramento, CA 95815

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Heather Moreno, CDA, RDA, MBA

Program Coordinator, Instructor

Diane Salcedo-Balding, CDA, RDA, BS


Jennifer L. Rafferty, CDA, RDH, MS


Lynne Marian, CDA, RDA, AS