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Palomar College Dental Assisting

Registered Dental Assisting Program

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

Due to Governor Newsom’s Stay At Home order and our commitment to minimize and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19),
classes  will be delivered in an off-site format that will be identified by instructors.
Instructors will contact their students to inform them as to how to engage in their coursework and class time.
The Dental Assisting office is closed however staff is working remotely and will respond to calls and emails in a timely manner.

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” tab for more information.

Palomar Registered Dental Assistants are in high demand and have starting salaries from $22 to $25+ per hour!                                                                                                                  

Dental offices regularly request our graduates to fill open positions in their offices.

The next RDA Program will start in Fall 2021 ( August)!

 For program information and to ask questions, please email





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