Welcome to North County’s Only Nationally Accredited RDA Program

Palomar College’s RDA program is the only program in North San Diego County that is accredited by the Dental Assisting National Board  (DANB). Graduates of the program meet the requirements of a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) and Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) and are eligible to take both the state board examination and the national board examination.

The RDA Program begins in the fall semester of each year. Students will be prepared to:

  • Assist dentists at chair-side and in laboratory
  • Assist in practice management
  • Perform radiographic procedures
  • Place pit and fissure sealants
  • Perform coronal polishing
  • Perform infection control
  • Meet state requirements for knowledge of the California Dental Practice Act

Registered Dental Assistants are in high demand and salaries are at a competitive rate.

Students will have externship opportunities during the Spring semester each year. Dental offices can request to be on our internship list by filling out an Internship Request Form.


RDA Application Packets for Fall 2024 will open on JUNE 1, 2024!

Attend an Information Session!