Registered Dental Assistant
Job Type

General Summary:
The Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) will provide basic supportive dental procedures under the supervision of a licensed dentist and will assist dentist. The RDA will prepare materials and equipment for treatment and have patient ready for dentist.

Summary of Essential Duties: (*Essential Functions)

  • Prepare treatment room for patient
  • Provides instrumentation by sterilizing and delivering instruments to treatment area; positioning instruments for dentist’s access; suctioning; passing instruments
  • Provides materials by selecting, mixing, and placing materials on instruments and in the patient's mouth.
  • Provides diagnostic information by exposing and developing radiographic studies; pouring, trimming, and polishing study casts
  • Expose dental diagnostic x-rays
  • Educates patients by giving oral hygiene, plaque control, and postoperative instructions.
  • Ensure operation of dental equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirement; call for repairs, when necessary
  • Fabricates temporary restorations or custom impressions from preliminary impressions.
  • Makes preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts. 

Job Specifications: (Knowledge, skills, abilities and experience normally required for competent performance)

Education and Knowledge

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • Graduate from a California Board-approved RDA educational program
  • Require knowledge of dental/office equipment, and dental/medical terminology
  • Successfully complete California Board-approved courses in radiation safety and coronal polishing, AND
  • Successfully complete California Board-approved courses in the California Dental Practice Act and infection control within five years prior to application  for licensure
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety, infection control & emergency policies and procedures


  • A minimal of 15 months as a DA

Skills and Abilities

  • Effectively, in English, both verbally and written.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and project management skills
  • Bilingual Bi-literate English/Spanish preferred

Licensure and Certificates:

  • Licensure as an RDA to the Dental Board of California or  Licensure as CDA
  • BLS Certification