RDA Registration

Registered Dental Assistant Certification

VIP Dental Training Center’s course of instruction prepares individuals for entry-level jobs as a dental assistant.  Graduates may find suitable employment with general dental practices as well as dental specialists including Endodontists, Periodontists, Orthodontists, Prosthodontists, Pediatric Dentists and Oral Surgeons. Upon completion of this program the students will be prepared to apply for the Registered Dental Assistant certification. RDA certification is the responsibility of the State Board of Dental Examiners.

RDA Registration:
The course and examination are available online.  Through our school we will register the students for the RDA course and examination at a reduced rate of $40.00.  The course can be completed in 3.5 to 5 hours according to our students who have completed it.  Once registered into the course, the student has 30 days to complete the course at their own pace.  The only timed requirement is when a test is invoked.  The tests must be completed without interruption.  This course is administered through the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Dental Assistants who make x-rays in Texas must register with the State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) within one year of employment.

“Qualified Dental Assistant” is a dental assistant who has received on-the-job training or instruction through a dental assisting school.  There is no credential for this level of training or instruction.

“Registered Dental Assistant” is a dental assistant who has successfully completed the registration process with the SBDE.  Dental Assistants who successfully register and have been issued a Dental Assistant Registration Certificate by the SBDE may use the credential “Registered Dental Assistant” or “RDA”.

“Certified Dental Assistant” is a dental assistant who meets the education and/or experience prerequisites established by the Dental Assistant National Board (DANB) and passes the DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Examination including; Radiation Health and Safety (RSH), Infection Control (ICE) and General Chairside (GC) components, is currently CPR-certified and continues to maintain the CDA credential by meeting DANB requirements.  Dental Assistants who complete this process may use the credential “Certified Dental Assistant” or “CDA”.