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Registered Dental Assisting


An in-depth two-year program prepares students to become Registered Dental Assistants. Training includes chair side, lab, x-ray, RDA examination preparation, and coronal polish. Instruction includes 400 hours of externship in a dental office. Upon completion of this program students will be eligible to take the RDA State Board Examination. The program combines:

  • Theory, lab work and on-the-job internships in local dental offices
  • Office procedures, management
  • Chair side assisting
  • X-rays and much more 


Open entry/Open exit
Year round
1080 hours for completion

High School Students:
4 Semesters 
3 hours (daily) – 8:00 -11:00 a.m.
or 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

2 Semesters or 4 quarters
6 hours (Tuesday-Friday) – 8:00 -3:30 p.m.


San Leandro High, Arroyo High and San Lorenzo High: 1 yr Science credit

Castro Valley High: 1 semester Science credit

State Department of Education Recognized Model Program 


High School juniors, seniors and adults 


Adults must attend a R.O.P. orientation prior to registration.

All students must have a high school diploma or GED prior to completion of the program.


 High School:

3 hours (daily)
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
or 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Tuesday - Friday

8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 


Adult Fees:
$50.00 registration

$400.00 lab fee

$50.00 – $100 – Physical TB, Rubella
$80.00 – textbooks
$125.00 – uniform, shoes, safety glasses (approximate costs)

Student Fees:
No registration fee
$100.00 – uniform, shoes, safety glasses


Bus Transportation will NOT be provided to or from community work sites.

Instructor: Kathy O'Brien - 293-2957