Registered Dental Assisting Program
College of Marin's Dental Assisting Program will prepare you for
work as a Certified and Registered Dental Assistant. Completion of the
courses and the clinical training qualifies students for immediate employment.
Full-time students can complete the program in 10 months. Part-time students
can complete the program in 19 months.
The Registered Dental Assistant is a licensed member of the dental team in today's dental office or clinic.
Duties of the R.D.A.
Assisting the dentist in procedures at chairside, which is called four-handed dentistry.
Performing extended functions in the patient's mouth as delegated by the general dentist or dental specialist such as:
An Advisory Committee composed of the Marin County Dental Society
and the Marin County Dental Assistants' Society assists the program faculty
in planning the curriculum and in maintaining a working relationship with
the dental profession. This assures the student that their education is
realistic and that it meets the current needs for employment in the community.
The Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association and is approved by the California Board of Dental Examiners.
Expanded populations, rising standards of living, and increased emphasis
on health care preventive services point to a rising demand for highly-trained
Today, jobs are numerous. The R.D.A. is employed in private dental offices (general and specialty) in the community. Some R.D.A.'s may seek employment in dental schools or clinics and hospitals. Also, formal training will provide the R.D.A. with competencies for work with volunteer health agencies around the world.
Application and information can be received by mail by phoning the
Program Office and leaving name and address with the Secretary or on the
The program is located on the Kentfield Campus, Contact:
Grace Hom CDA, RDA, MA
College of Marin
Kentfield, CA 94904