Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEF)

Saturday, August 11, 2018 - Sunday, May 5, 2019

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 


The Dugoni School of Dentistry launched its Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEF) program in June 2011. The next session of the nine-month program will begin in August 2017. Directed by Dr. Molly P. Newlon, '82, this program will satisfy the California Dental Board's requirements for new and existing RDAEFs who wish to expand their licensure in preparation for earning certification in the new extended functions.

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Difference:

  • A comprehensive program with 410/342 hours of instruction, combining online lecture, group discussions, hands-on laboratory and live patient clinical experiences
  • Certification programs for both RDAs and existing RDAEFs at a fully accredited dental school
  • Personalized instruction led by dental faculty members from the Dugoni School of Dentistry and UCSF
  • The only Dental Board of California-approved provider of the RDAEF program at a dental school in Northern California
  • Interest-free payment plans are available to qualified candidates
  • NEW: Funding available to qualified individual through the Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan program. Please visit the Sallie Mae website for more information.
  • Convenient online lectures to be reviewed on your own time and weekend schedule at the Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco



RDAEF Curriculum:

Program for RDAs:

This 410-hour program trains and prepares currently licensed RDAs for the California State Board exam for extended functions. RDAs successfully completing this program will be able to perform all the new procedues in extended functions which include:

  • Performing patient oral health evaluations, charting and evaluating of soft tissue, classifying occlusion and myofunctional evaluation
  • Performing oral health assessments in community and school-based settings under the direction of a dentist, RDH or RDHAP
  • Sizing and fitting endodontic master points and accessory points
  • Taking final impressions for tooth-borne removable prostheses
  • Polishing and contouring existing amalgam restorations
  • Placing, contouring, finishing and adjusting all direct restorations
  • Adjusting and cementing permanent indirect restorations

Additionally, participants will be trained to perform:

  • Cord retraction of a gingiva for impressions procedures
  • Cementing endodontic master points and accessory points
  • Taking final impressions for permanent indirect restorations
  • All other procedures authorized and adopted by the dental board*

*Please see section 1753.5 of the California Business and Professionals Code


Program for Existing RDAEFs

This 342-hour program updates existing RDAEFs (who were licensed prior to January 1, 2010) in the new, allowable procedures for RDAEFs described above. Participants who successfully complete the program will be eligible to take the new RDAEF exam, and upon successful completion, will be able to perform all the expanded duties of currently licensed California RDAEFs.


Module Dates:


Module 1: August 11 - October 21, 2018 (6 weekends)

August 11 & 12; 25 & 26 (1/2 day)

September 15 &16; 29 & 30

October 13; 14 & 20 & 21

  • Dental anatomy
  • Oral health assessment, gingival structures
  • Occlusion principles, TMJ and head and neck anatomy
  • Primary and secondary dentition
  • Beginning of bases and liners for amalgams, composites and glass ionomers
  • Placement, polishing and anatomy for amalgams, composites and glass ionomers
  • Oral isolation


Module 2: November 3 - January 13, 2019 (5 weekends)

November 3 & 4; 17 & 18

December 1 & 2; 15 & 16

January 12 & 13

  • Continuation of bases and liners
  • Continuation of placement, carving and polishing of amalgams, composites and glass ionomers
  • Dental materials and techniques for making impressions for removable partial dentures


Module 3: January 26 - May 19, 2019 (10 weekends; 8 weekends for current RDAEFs)

January 26 & 27

February 9 & 10, 23 & 24

March 9* & 10 (1/2 day); 23* & 24

April 6* & 7, 13* & 14* (1/2 day), 27 & 28

May 4 & 5, 18 & 19 (1/2 of classes followed by Graduation)


*Dates only for RDAs; current RDAEFs do not attend these session in Module 3

  • Dental materials for interocclusal registration, vasoconstrictors, fixed partial dentures, dental cements
  • Fitting, adjusting and cementing of ceramic, all meta and ceramo-metal fixed partial dentures (crowns)
  • Indirect restoration techniques*
  • Hemorrhage control, cord packing, vasoconstrictor use and final impressions*
  • Dental ergonomics*
  • Oral health assessment exercise with the dental school
  • Endodontics
  • Pulp vitality testing, cone fitting and cementation
  • Restorations in your supervising dentist's office
  • Review of all three modules prior to the state dental board exam


Dates may be subject to change



  • Current RDA or RDAEF license
  • Current CPR certification from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association affiliate
  • Certification in radiation safety
  • Certification in coronal polishing
  • Certification in pit and fissure sealant
  • Proof of liability insurance coverage*
  • A signed agreement with your supervising dentist agreeing to administer local anesthetic to your patient during the clinical portions of the program
  • A reliable access to a computer with the most recent version of one of the following web browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer. The computer must also have Adobe Acrobat reader (v. 10 or later) and the latest version of Flash Player


*RDAs are required to provide liability insurance for the duration of the program since they will be working on patients and fellow classmates. A copy of the liability insurance certification must be submitted by the start of the program.

About Us

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is one of the nation's premier dental schools and has served the Bay Area community for more than 100 years. The dental school is committed to excellence and innovation in education, research, community service and patient care. The Division of Continuing Dental Education is dedicated to educating dental professionals by providing the highest quality CE programs available in dentistry today.


Upon completion of the registration form, please submit all requirements by email to


Once accepted to the program, a welcome packet will be mailed to you

CE Credit

CEU: 410 for RDAs, 342 for existing RDAEFs


This activity is designated for 410/342 units of continuing education credit.

Course Fees

Program Cost for RDA: $19,895

Program Cost for RDAEF: $15,895

Student Kit Fee $2,495


Molly P. Newlon, DDS, MA, has been the course director of the RDAEF program at the Dugoni School of Dentistry since its inception and was involved with the RDAEF program at UCSF School of Dentistry for 18 years. She received her DDS degree from the Dugoni School in 1982 and completed a general practice residency in San Antonio, Texas. She was in private dental practice in Santa Rosa before joining the faculty at UCSF in 1989. She is currently a clinical professor and director of health and safety at UCSF.

Brian Kenyon, DMD, did his undergraduate studies at Brown University and graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1982. He was in private practice in Smithfield, Rhode Island for seventeen years prior to accepting a full-time faculty position at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 1999. Dr. Kenyon is a Tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Dental Practice. He is a Group Practice Leader in Pacific Dugoni’s student clinic. Dr. Kenyon has received six Teaching Excellence Awards at Pacific, the American College of Dentists Distinguished Northern California Faculty Member Award, and has been elected to the Tau Kappa Omega and Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Societies. He maintains a Private Practice in San Francisco, CA.



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