California Dental Assistant Requirements
Each state has different requirements for dental assistants. This page includes links to all the information you need to understand the requirements for dental assistants in this state. View the different dental assisting levels, along with the requirements for each. You can also view the allowable duties at each level.
Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEF) Requirements
To perform expanded functions under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist in California, a dental assistant must be licensed as a Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEF). To register as an RDAEF, one must:
1a. Complete the requirements for Registered Dental Assistant licensure (see requirements above), or
1b. Successfully complete the requirements for RDA licensure, AND
2. Successfully complete a California Board-approved course in the application of pit and fissure sealants, AND
3. Successfully complete a California Board-approved extended functions educational program, AND
4. Apply to the Dental Board of California for licensure as a Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions.
5. Pass the California RDAEF written exam
To qualify to perform the additional functions listed below, one must:
I. Provide evidence, satisfactory to the Dental Board of California, of having completed a board-approved course in those function.