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Registered Dental Assisting

The Registered Dental Assisting Program (RDA) curriculum is structured based on a minimum of one hundred and sixteen (116) hours instructional hours. The course will include fourteen (14) hours on the subject of dental radiology. The program will provide detailed knowledge of the tasks and skills needed for dental assisting in a dental setting. The program includes a didactic section and a clinical section. The courses will be completed online, with one day at the CDM facilities for in-person, hands-on instructions. Clinical experience is provided under the supervision of qualified faculty. Students will be evaluated for competency.

Apply for the LMU-CDM Registered Dental Assisting Program HERE.


Program Goals

The purpose of the Registered Dental Assisting Program is to provide the community with Registered Dental Assistants who can work with the dental team to attain the shared goal of providing optimum care for patients.  The program is committed to providing students opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills while utilizing critical thinking as an integral part of the process as well.

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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

RDA Program Prerequisites

Students must be 18 years of age or older before admittance into the program and must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Any conviction must be explained to the Board of Dentistry with their application for registration and all court documents regarding the conviction must be submitted. The Board of Dentistry reviews submitted court documents with the application for registration and may deny registration or require an appearance before the Board of Dentistry before deciding to issue or deny the registration.

Program Completion

Upon completing the course, the student MUST pass the competency examination on the material covered each week before continuing to the material for the next week. Remediation will be offered to students who do not pass the competency before the start of the next week.


For more information about the program, contact Dental Assisting Program Director Jessica Lovely at