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Registered Dental Assisting

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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.
 
PROCEDURE FOR PROGRAM ADMITTANCE
 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 is 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.
 
ACCREDITATION
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
 312.440.4653
 www.ada.org
 
The Orange Coast College Registered Dental Assisting Program will be reviewed during a site visit by the Commission on February 26 and 27, 2015.
 
Comments may be sent to the Commission using the Third Party Comment link:
 
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
www.dpa.ca.gov
 
FACULTY
Joy L. Myers, CDA, RDA, BS
Program Coordinator/Assistant Professor
 
Diane Salcedo-Balding, CDA, RDA, BS
Instructor
 
Jennifer L. Rafferty, CDA, RDH, MS
Instructor
 
Federal Gainful Employment Report
 
Use the link below to view Orange Coast College’s gainful employment reports. These reports provide you, the student, with important information regarding the costs, benefits and potential employment options of our certificate programs.
 
Federal Gainful Employment Reports - Registered Dental Assisting