Dental Assistant

(DA) 12 Week Program

After completing this 12-week Dental Assistant program, graduates will be able to prepare patients for treatment, assist the Dentist during procedures, chart, take X-rays, sterilize instruments, provide oral hygiene instructions to patients, prepare dental filling materials, take impressions, and much more.

You will be ready to step right into your new career!

This course includes lecture, lab, clinical practice, books, scrubs, six certifications, job placement assistance, and a certification of completion. This dental assistant course is available in Encino or Downey.

DA to RDA

Students interested in career advancement can take all six certification courses required by the California Dental Board to become a Registered Dental Assistant.

In order to be eligible to sit for the Registered Dental Assistant Exam, a Dental Assistant must first complete these six required certifications. Once the student has earned these certifications, VSDA will help the student complete the RDA Exam Application. Before the exam, VSDA will help prepare the student for both the Written and Practical portions of the exam.

We provide the support necessary for our students to become a Licensed Registered Dental Assistant. Register for this course in Encino or Downey.

RDA Exam Prep Book is not included.  
RDA Exam Kit Rental is available for a rental fee.

Registered Dental Assistant

(RDA) 800 Hour Program

After completing this nine-month comprehensive course, the graduate will be ready to start work as a Dental Assistant and sit for the Registered Dental Assistant Licensing Exam.

Our Registered Dental Assistant program is California Dental Board-approved which enables graduates to be eligible to take their licensing exam immediately upon completion of the course. Registered Dental Assistants are approved to perform more job duties and they receive higher compensation than an unlicensed Dental Assistant.

This course includes lecture, lab, clinical practice, books, scrubs, six certifications, internship experience, job placement assistance, and a certificate of completion. The registered dental assistant program is available in Encino and Downey.

 

Orthodontic Assistant Permit Course

(OA) Six-Week Course

After completing this course, the graduate will be competent in performing the daily duties of an Orthodontic Assistant and be eligible to sit for the Orthodontic Assistant Permit Exam.

The California Dental Board requires that all Dental Assistants and RDA’s who are working in an orthodontic practice and who are performing the duties of the Orthodontic Assistant must have an Orthodontic Assistant Permit.

As of January 2010, one of the eligibility requirements to obtain an OA permit is to complete a board-approved Orthodontic Assistant Course.

Our course is a six-week, California Dental Board-approved course which includes lecture, hands-on practice, Infection Control 8-Hour Certification, Ultrasonic Scaling Certification, and all course materials. The orthodontic assistant program is available in Encino and Downey.

 

 

Coronal Polishing Certification

After completing this course, the graduate will earn a certificate in Coronal Polishing. This certificate is a requirement of the California Dental Board for unlicensed Dental Assistants as well as Dental Assistants seeking to become RDAs or renew their RDA License and/or perform coronal polishing on patients in a dental office. Register in Encino or Downey.

This is a two-day course:

  • Day One: Lecture, Lab, One Coronal Polish Clinical Patient
  • Day Two: Written Exam, Clinical Exam, Two Patients

 

Pit and Fissure Sealant Certification

After completing this course, the graduate will earn a certificate in Pit and Fissure Sealants. This certificate is a requirement of the California Dental Board for unlicensed Dental Assistants and for those Dental Assistants who are seeking to become an RDA, renew their RDA License and/or perform Pit and Fissure Sealants on patients in a dental office. Register in Encino or Downey.

This is a two-day course:

  • Day One: Lecture, Lab, Clinical Patients / Eight Sealants
  • Day Two: Written exam, Clinical Exam patients – Eight Sealants

 

Infection Control Course

8 Hours

After completing this course, the graduate will earn a certificate in Infection Control 8-Hours. This certificate is a requirement of the California Dental Board for ALL unlicensed and licensed Dental Assistants who work in a dental office. Register in Encino or Downey.

Our Dental Board-approved and required Eight-Hour Infection Control course is divided into two modules — didactic and clinical.

This is a one-day course.

 

Dental Practice Act

After completing this course, the graduate will earn a certificate in the Dental Practice Act, Law, and Ethics. This certificate is a requirement of the California Dental Board for ALL unlicensed and licensed Dental assistants who work in a dental office. Register in Encino or Downey.

This is a Dental Board-approved and required course covering Dental Laws and Ethics.

This is a one-day course.

 

California State Radiology Certification ( X-Ray)

After completing this course, the graduate will earn a certificate in California Radiation Safety (X-ray). This certificate is a requirement of the California Dental Board for all unlicensed Dental Assistants and for those Dental Assistants who are seeking to become an RDA or renew an RDA License and/or take X-rays on patients in a dental office. Register in Encino or Downey.

This is a two-day course:

  • Day One: Lecture and Two FMX Mannequins
  • Day Two: Written exam, Clinical Exam, One FMX Patient

*Students must also complete three separate homework films on patients before taking their final exam.

 

CPR Certification

After completing this course, the graduate will earn a two-year certificate in CPR. This certificate is a requirement of the California Dental Board for ALL unlicensed and licensed Dental Assistants who work in a dental office. Register in Encino or Downey.

This is a two-hour course and is a required certification for all employees working in the healthcare industry.

This course is given by an experienced CPR instructor recognized by the California Dental Board and the American Heart Association.

This certification must be renewed every two years.

 

Ultrasonic Scaling

After completing this course, the graduate will earn a certificate in Ultrasonic Scaling. This certificate will allow the graduate to remove cement from orthodontically banded and unbanded teeth. Register in Encino or Downey.

This is a one-day course:

  • Includes lecture and hands-on work with mannequins.
  • The written exam is given on the same day.

 

RDA Exam Prep

VSDA offers RDA Exam Prep Courses for both the written and clinical portions of the RDA exam. We have a one-day written exam prep course and a one-day clinical exam prep course.  Students may choose to take only the written prep course, the clinical prep course, or both. Register in Encino or Downey.

*There is an additional fee for the RDA Written Exam prep book.

*The Clinical Exam Instrument Rental Kit is available for a rental fee.

 

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