University of the Pacific to Launch New Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions Certification Program

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New Program Will Meet Criteria of Expanded Functions for RDAEF Certification Requirements.

The Continuing Dental Education division at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry announced the launch of a new certification program, the Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEF) course. The program will begin on June 18, and will be directed by Molly P. Newlon, DDS, MA. The curriculum will be taught by faculty members from the Dugoni School of Dentistry and University of California, San Francisco, and will take place over an 11-month period on weekends at the Dugoni School of Dentistry’s campus in San Francisco.

RDAEF courses have been offered in California for many years, but new expanded functions were adopted recently, requiring RDAEFs to complete a more in-depth certification program. The Dugoni School of Dentistry’s course will satisfy the California Dental Board’s requirements for new and existing RDAEFs who wish to expand their licensure in preparation for earning certification in the new extended functions.

RDAEFs are trained to complete many restorative procedures which were previously only done by dentists. Although the dentist will continue to oversee treatment and will complete all surgical procedures on the teeth, the RDAEF is trained to properly complete many complex tasks—such as the filling of restorations—which can free up the dentist to see more patients and to deliver more care. RDAEFs are especially useful in large clinic or rural settings which often have a lack of dentists available to treat the underserved.

The new extended duties, which can be performed by dental assistants who complete this course and pass the California Board exam for extended functions, include making final impressions for crown, bridge and removable partial dentures and filling and polishing amalgam, composite and glass ionomer restorations. RDAEFs who complete this program may also complete general oral health assessments in community clinic settings and fit master and accessory cones for endodontic (root canal) procedures.

“All dentists may benefit from utilizing RDAEFs in their practice, particularly in large clinic settings where many patients are seen in a busy atmosphere,” said Newlon. “These specially-trained assistants are able to complete many procedures that were previously above a dental assistant’s scope of work.”

Newlon, the course director, has been actively involved with the RDAEF course at UCSF for 18 years. She currently serves as the director of Health and Safety at UCSF School of Dentistry and is an associate clinical professor. She is also a 1982 graduate of the Dugoni School of Dentistry. Joining Newlon as primary course instructors are Dugoni School of Dentistry faculty members: Drs. Brian Kenyon, Shika Gupta, Jeffrey Miles, Gitta Radjaeipour and Ariane Terlet. Dr. Darren Machule, a San Francisco endodontist and UCSF graduate, will also be a primary instructor.

The Dugoni School of Dentistry is currently one of only two providers offering the RDAEF course in Northern California. Funding options are available to qualified candidates.

For more information or to enroll, call the Dugoni School of Dentistry’s Continuing Dental Education division at 415.929.6485 or visit


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