An applicant must complete the required education and/or work experience and required courses prior to applying to the Dental Board of California to take the written licensure exam to become a California licensed dental assistant. Below are two options and steps to complete for an applicant who does not want to enroll in a board-approved RDA educational program.
Complete the following required courses in no particular order. Courses marked with an asterisk must be completed within five years prior to submitting application for licensure.
Board-approved radiation safety course
Board-approved coronal polishing course
Board-approved 8-hour infection control course*
Board-approved Dental Practice Act course*
Board-approved courses are listed on the board’s website.
Course must be offered by an instructor approved by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association. The applicant’s BLS certificate must be current at time of application submittal.
Except for applicants located out of state, complete the LiveScan form that is part of the application. Make two copies of the completed form. Take all three copies of the form to a LiveScan location in California and submit fingerprints. Pay fee at LiveScan location. An applicant located out of state must request fingerprint cards from the board, then submit fingerprints on the cards with the fee of $49. The fingerprint cards need not be submitted with the application but must be completed and submitted to the board prior to the issuance of the license.
Dental Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1550
Sacramento, CA 95815
Once an application is approved, the applicant will be sent a Candidate Handbook by PSI that has information on how to pay for and when to schedule the examination.
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