Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDHAP) - Fall 2023

Friday, August 11, 2023 to Friday, November 10, 2023

First and last days are held as a live webinar offered through Zoom, which enables you to participate in interactive, distance learning through your own computer or tablet. This live interactive webinar will count towards in-person instructional hours per the Dental Board of California.


More event details will be emailed to you upon completion of registration.

Registration End Date: 8/7/2023 1:00 PM


Program Overview:

Led by Elena Francisco, RDHAP, MS, this online program is designed for dental hygienists and dental professionals interested in expanding their knowledge and ability to treat people with complex physical, medical or psychological needs and patients in underserved communities. It fulfills the Dental Hygiene Board of California's 150-hour education requirement to apply for an RDHAP license. As California's population continues to grow, it has become one of the most diverse in the United States. Promoting oral health is becoming increasingly challenging. This virtual program is designed to reach professionals in both rural and urban areas. Two live interactive webinar sessions will allow students to meet their peers and instructors virtually.

To successfully complete this program, students will be required to attend the two live webinars via Zoom (first and last day), complete online lectures, quizzes, case reports and a field study. Upon completion of the course, DHBC will be notified of participant's attendance and course completion.



Upon registration: Students will receive an email confirmation of registration.

Friday, August 11, 2023: Live webinar via Zoom

  • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Orientation to the RDHAP course
  • Students will be divided into learning groups
  • Get familiar with the learning management system, Canvas
  • Guest presentations from speakers


Friday, August 11, 2023 - Friday, November 10, 2023: Online Modules & Assignments


  • Students will be expected to complete six sections of online modules that include presentations and their respective quizzes. Each section contains four to seven modules.
  • Students will also complete online clinical case reports; these case reports consist of a presentation of a clinical case with history, charting, photographs and radiographs. Students will then participate in an online group discussion to evaluate each case.
  • Each student will complete a field study, designed to observe an RDHAP in practice or to observe a site where a RDHAP may potentially provide oral health services.


Friday, November 10, 2023: Last Session via live webinar utilizing Zoom

  • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Group presentations on field study assignment
  • Presentations: practice management, equipment discussion, RDHAP licensing

Course Details:

  • Online, Home Study, Live Webinar
  • Friday, August 11, 2023 - Friday, November 10, 2023
  • Dental Hygiene Committee of California Approved Course

Who Should Attend:
This program is open to any oral health professional interested in oral health for people with complex needs and is not limited to individuals who will be applying for the RDHAP license.

You Will Learn:


  • Information Management
  • Dental Hygiene Practice
  • How to Treat Medically Complex Patients
  • Oral Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Developmental Disabilities and Oral Health Care
  • Treatment for Geriatric Patients
  • Medical and Dental Emergencies
  • Business Administration for Dental Hygienists
  • Treatment for Children With and Without Special Needs

For more information, including FAQs & State Requirements to obtain RDHAP License, please visit our website by clicking here or contact us by email at


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.


A nonrefundable deposit of $400 is due at the time of registration.

CE Credit

CEU: Units - 150

This activity is designated for 150 units of continuing education credit.

Course Fees

Tuition: $3,400

A nonrefundable deposit of $400 will be applied towards your tuition.

Payment Plan Option: If you opt for the payment plan, you will be billed in 2 installments of $1500 due by 8/7/2023 1:00 PM.


Elena Francisco, RDHAP, MS graduated from Loma Linda University with a Bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene. She practiced clinical dental hygiene in Northern California for more than 40 years. She received her Masters Degree in Dental Hygiene from Idaho State University. She served on the faculty at University of the Pacific Dental Hygiene program, teaching all aspects of dental hygiene training. She graduated from the RDHAP program at the University of the Pacific and has maintained a practice since 2006, serving her community oral health programs, as a resource, contributor, and practitioner. She has authored several journal articles, contributed the chapter on Protocols and Prevention of Dental Caries in the 12th Edition of Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, served on the peer review board for Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, and serves on the advisory Board for Elite Healthcare. She is a member of her professional organizations and is active in her local component and the California Dental Hygiene Association. 


Live interactive webinar are hosted on Zoom and course content are hosted on Canvas

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