Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions Certification Program at University of the Pacific Now Accepting Applications

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Second session of ten-month certification program at Dugoni School will begin on August 11, 2012.

The Continuing Dental Education division at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 session of its Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEF) program. This is the second year this course is being offered at the Dugoni School of Dentistry. It meets criteria of expanded functions for RDAEF certification requirements as set forth by the Dental Board of California.

The certification program will begin on August 11, 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 (UCSF), and will take place over a 10-month period on various weekends at the Dugoni School of Dentistry’s campus in San Francisco.

“Pacific is recognized as a prestigious dental school and I knew I would be guaranteed a top-notch education,” said Leann Haas, RDAEF Class of 2012. “I wanted to be part of the Dugoni School of Dentistry family and the school’s reputation alone was convincing enough for me to enroll.”

To give potential applicants a sneak peek of the program, the Dugoni School of Dentistry is hosting a special event for prospective applicants on Saturday, March 31 from 11:00am to 1:30pm. The event will offer applicants a chance to tour the dental school; meet RDAEF program faculty and current students; observe RDAEF students in the simulation laboratory and enjoy a buffet lunch. Interested applicants are invited to call 415.929.6486 to RSVP for the event. Space is limited.

The Dugoni School of Dentistry is currently one of only two Dental Board of California-approved providers offering the RDAEF course in Northern California.

The program at the Dugoni School is lead by Newlon, who also directed the school’s inaugural RDAEF program during the 2011-2012 academic year. Newlon was previously involved with the RDAEF course at UCSF for 18 years before helping the Dugoni School of Dentistry launch its program. 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.

All segments of Dugoni School of Dentistry’s program are delivered face-to-face, with a low faculty-to-student ratio, allowing for an exceptional educational experience. For more information or to enroll, call the Continuing Dental Education division at 415.929.6486 or visit

RDAEF courses have been offered in California for many years, but expanded functions were adopted in recent years, requiring RDAEFs to complete a more in-depth certification program. The Dugoni School’s course satisfies 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 revised 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.

One of the nation’s premier dental schools, University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has served the Bay Area community since 1896. The School of Dentistry is committed to excellence in student-centered education, patient care and research. Its clinics, located in San Francisco, Union City and Stockton, offer quality, affordable dental services to children and adults throughout Northern California.


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