RDAEF advertisement outlines upcoming course and dates
By Cara McCool - June 27, 2024

Today marks the first day of class for our dental board-approved RDAEF Expanded Duties Program at LLUSD. This unique year-long comprehensive hybrid program is designed with   working professionals in mind by combining online course work with on-campus laboratory and clinical training.  It's a perfect opportunity for new and existing RDAEFs to expand their licensing and achieve certification in new expanded functions. 

After completing this course, an RDAEF2 may do the following: 

  • Conduct preliminary patient health evaluations, which includes charting, intraoral and extra-oral soft tissue evaluations, classifying occlusion, and myofunctional evaluation.  

  • Perform oral health assessments in school-based, community health project settings under the direction of a dentist, registered dental hygienist, or registered dental hygienist in alternative practice. 

  • Size, fit, and cement endodontic master points and accessory points. 

  • Take final impressions for tooth-borne removable prosthesis. 

  • Place, contour, finish, and adjust all direct restorations. 

  • Polish and contour existing amalgam restorations. 

  • Adjust and cement permanent indirect restorations. 

  • Perform cord retraction of gingiva for impression procedures. 

  • Take final impressions for permanent indirect restorations. 

Hiring an RDAEF can significantly streamline many dental procedures and reduce the workload on dentists within the practice. The RDAEF program is a commitment to professional development and a gateway to achieving excellence in patient care. It's a career path that promises continuous growth and learning opportunities. 

RDAEF students practicing their new skills

The following is needed to be accepted into the RDAEF Expanded Duties Program 

  • Current/active Registered Dental Assistant License 

  • Completion of certifications in coronal polishing, x-ray, and sealants 

  • Current CPR Basic Life Support Certification (AHA or ARC) 

  • Proof of having completed a 2-hour Board-approved course in infection control. 

  • Proof of having completed a 2-hour Board-approved course in California Dental Practice Act 

  • Verification of T.B. skin test or chest x-ray clearance within the last year 

  • HBV vaccination clearance 

  • Proof of liability insurance coverage 

If you're considering this path, we're here to support you every step of the way. Please call 909-558-4685 or email continuinged@llu.edu with any queries or for assistance. We understand that financing can be a concern, so we offer flexible payment plans to ensure financial constraints don't hinder your professional growth.