Welcome to San Diego North County’s ONLY Nationally Accredited RDA Program

Palomar College and Mesa College RDA Programs are the only programs in San Diego County that are recognized by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), allowing you to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). Other Dental Assisting programs will not give you the education necessary to become a Certified Dental Assistant.  In addition to becoming an RDA and a CDA, Palomar College awards the following required certificates in the state of California: Pit and Fissure Sealants, Radiation Safety (X-ray), Coronal Polishing, Infection Control and California Dental Practice Act.

Graduates from the RDA program are required to take a state board examination and are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). Become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) AND a California Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) at the same time and at NO extra cost!

Why pay thousands of dollars to other schools that will only give you certification in the  state of California and a poor passing rate on state examinations? The Registered Dental Assisting Program at Palomar College is VERY affordable! Click on “Costs” above.

Palomar Registered Dental Assistants are in high demand and have starting salaries from $15 to $25 per hour! We help our graduates find terrific jobs!

       For more information, attend an orientation. For program information and questions, please contact Michelle Tucker by e-mail at mtucker@palomar.edu or by phone at 760.744-1150 ext.2571