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The Dental Board of California is exploring alternative ways for registered dental assistants in extended functions program to obtain licensure due to delayed examinations at multiple locations for reasons related to COVID-19.
Dental board members on Aug. 21 submitted a waiver to the Department of Consumer Affairs requesting temporary suspension of clinical and practical examination requirements for RDAEF candidates due to lack of available testing locations through the end of the year, but the waiver was denied.
In a Sept. 14 statement,, the board said it will continue to work closely with The University of California, Los Angeles and San Francisco to secure examination dates in 2021. Board staff will contact applicants as examination dates and locations become available.
The director of DCA has the authority to waive statutory or regulatory professional licensing requirements under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s state-of-emergency order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but he has not yet waived any clinical or practical examination for any licensing board.
Applicants are encouraged to check the Board’s website for the latest information about testing availability.