RDAEF2 For RDA
EFDAA’s 410 Hour RDAEF2 program will be starting again on October 13, 2018 at our training facility in Orange, California.
Why enroll in EFDAA’s EF Program? The best reason…is that EFDAA’s graduates have the highest pass rates of any EF program in Southern California; the tuition and instrument kit costs are the lowest in all of California and our class size is small…no more than 10 students.
EFDAA’s EF program also has the following benefits:
- 100 hours of the mandated hours are conducted in a visual classroom online in the comfort of your own home on Thursday evenings or through assigned taped lectures.
- Course enrollment is limited to 10 students per instructor. This small class size allows you to receive individualized assistance, which is critical to learning these complex procedures.
- Courses are being held in a dental training facility in Orange, California, which is central to many Southern California cities and has easy access by freeways.
RDAEF2 410 hour program for RDAs will be taught in a series of four individual courses that must be successfully completed in sequence within the program.
- Each course is offered in such a manner that students will have greater flexibility in making their required budgetary and time commitment to complete this program.
- No more than 10 students will be accepted per course.
- Students must pass each course with 75% pass rate before proceeding to the next course. A failure of any course will require that the individual repeat said course for an additional tuition or drop out of the program.
Make an investment in yourself!
We suggest that to assist you with the tuition, you may wish to speak to your employer for assistance or a loan; or you may also secure a small personal loan at a bank or credit union; ask a family member to co-sign a loan. One of the most popular methods is to use a credit card for the four courses.
Course 1 – $4,500
Course 2 – $2,900
Course 3 – $2,900
Course 4 – $2,900
Mandatory Student Kit – $1,600
*It is highly recommended that students acquire lighted loupes for this course.
Placement/finishing of composite restorations
Program Dates and Payment Schedule – 2018
All students enrolled begin their online and taped education in October 2018. This instruction runs from throughout the program when assigned.
Classroom Instruction – Schedule for Courses 1, 2, 3 and 4
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day
Many students enroll way in advance of the program start. If you wish to reserve your seat in our next program, you may submit your application with all the required documents any time, but you must include a $500 non-refundable deposit to save a seat. If you register, the $500 will be credit toward your tuition. Enrollments are based on a first come first serve basis, so enroll early to ensure a seat!
Class Time: 8:00 to 5:30 on scheduled dates
Practical homework assignments will be made throughout the program.
Management and Utilization Course For DDS – December 1, 2018
Schedule for Course 1, 2, 3 and 4 (program for licensed RDAs. Existing RDAEFs must complete Course 1, 2 and 3 only.
Enrollments are based on a first come first serve basis, so enroll early to ensure a seat!!
Course 1 – Upon enrollment
October 13 and 14
October 27 and 28
November 10 and 11
November 17 and 18
December 1 and 2
Payment for Course 2 – December 8, 2018
January 5 and 6
January 19 and 20
February 2 and 3
Payment for Course 3 – January 30, 2018
February 16 and 17
March 2 and 3
March 16 and 17
Course 4 – For RDA Students Only
Payment for Course 4 – February 8, 2018
February 23 and 24
March 9 and 10
March 23 and 24
How are Lectures Presented?
98 percent of all lectures for this program are provided in an on-line, virtual classroom. This gives you the opportunity to listen to the lectures on your own time frame. This reduces the number of face-to-face meetings in Orange. This reduces travel and/or hotel expenses. It allows the program to be completed in a timely basis. In addition, we average a 99% pass rate on the RDAEF written state examination as our students review all lectures and test online, as well as being able to download all program handouts. Other programs average a much lower pass rate on the same examination.
What are the Program Prerequisites?
Prior to entrance into the program, the following pre-requisites must be met. Photocopies of the following documents must be submitted with your registration form, tuition payment for Course 1 and the fee for the student armamentaria kit.
- Valid California RDA license.
- Certifications in coronal polishing, x-ray and pit and fissure sealants.
- Valid CPR Card from American Red Cross or American Heart Association.
- Proof of Liability Insurance Coverage. (this is a copy of your employer’s malpractice insurance)
- Current employment as a practicing registered dental assistant.
Participants will need to provide many of their own instruments and consumable supplies which are typically found in their dental office. An “EF Program Issued Armamentaria Kit” will be required for each student. The cost of this kit will be $1,600. It will include items such as a “special typodont”and over 125 prepared amalgam/composite teeth; amalgam/composite material, impression material and much more.
What are the Cord Retraction and Final Impression Specific Requirements?
In addition to the above described pre-requisites, Course 4 includes performing cord retraction and final impression on patients. The following requirements must be met during this course and performed at the training facility in Orange:
- Provide five (5) clinical patient experiences that have a posterior full cast crown preparation.
- For all crown preparations, at least 50% of the margin of the preparation must extend down to the level of the gingival tissue, but be no deeper than 1mm into the gingival crevice.
- Patient must be in good health and the tissue surrounding the preparation must be healthy.
- Patient must be 18 years of age or older.
- For the four clinical practice experiences, there needs to be only one adjacent abutment tooth.
- For the final clinical exam experience, the preparation must have a mesial and distal contact and 1 mm. shoulder margin.
- More information on these requirements will be provided in Course 1.
- Four of the five clinical experiences are utilized as practice experiences.
- The fifth clinical experience is used as the final clinical examination.
- All patients must have their crown preparations prepared and temporized with a custom acrylic temporary prior to their scheduled time. No preparations can be done at the training site.
- A supervising dentist is required to be present during performance of said procedures for the clinical cord retraction and final impression phase during Course 4. The dentist will be responsible for administering local anesthesia to the patient.
- Minimal additional supplies will be required for this course.
What are the Requirements for the Supervising Dentist?
All students must have a participating supervising dentist. If there is more than one assistant from an office enrolled in the program, the dentist may supervise all of his/her assistants. The time commitment for this requirement is attending 2.5 days during Course 4. On these days, the dentist will administer anesthesia to the cord patients. The exact days and time will be scheduled during the first weekend of Course 1 when all students are present. In addition to these clinical days, the supervising dentist must attend a 2 hour lecture defining the clinical requirements during the externship component of the program, as well as RDAEF management protocol. Be sure your dentist is available on the following date: Supervising Dentist Management Lecture Course: December 1, 2018 – 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
What are the Clinical Requirements in the Externship Site?
As part of the clinical requirements for the program, each student will be required to place, contour and finish at least twenty (20) direct restorations in prepared permanent teeth with the following requirements:
- At least fifty (50) percent of the experiences shall be Class II restorations using esthetic materials.
- At least twenty (20) percent of the experiences shall be Class V restorations using esthetic materials.
- At least ten (10) percent of the experiences shall use amalgam.
These procedures will be performed near the completion of the program when the student has demonstrated laboratory competency. All procedures must be performed under “direct supervision” of a dentist.
When must the Clinical Externship Assignment be Completed?
The externship component part of the program will start when the student has maintained laboratory proficiency and must be completed by March 10, 2019.
A mandatory 1 day will be scheduled after the classroom instruction; externship and prior to practical/clinical examination administered by Dental Board.
Tuition is divided into 4 modules of instruction. Each module is paid individually to better accommodate working dental assistants. Because this is considered a licensure course and the hours are considerably less than an RDA program, federally backed student grants and/or loans are not available.
What are the Payment Requirements?
Payments for each course must be received by the office no later than the deadline for payment listed above for each course.
What is included in the tuition and “student armamentaria kit”
Tuition provides students with all instruction, instructional handouts and many supplies, such as rubber dam instruments, use of pediatric typodont, etc. The student kit provides students with dental materials such as amalgam, composite; adult typodont with cheeks; over 125 specially prepared teeth for amalgam and composite; impression material; light cured base material; simulated endodontic teeth; etc. that are usually listed by other course providers as required items. Instead of asking students to buy these products through a retailer provider, EFDAA has secured these products at a discounted rate and packaged them for student’s use.
When do I receive information on the additional instruments and supplies that I will need to bring from my office?
Upon receipt of your registration form, payment and acceptance into the program, we will e-mail you a supply list, in addition to other critical information about the program requirements.
When can I enroll in Course 1?
To ensure a seat you need to begin the registration process early. Remember there is a $500 non-refundable deposit. If you register, the $500 will be credited toward your tuition. The tuition of $4,500 and mandatory student kit fee of $1,600 are due the time of enrollment when we have our 10 applicants. Payments are made in the form of a cashier’s check, credit card or dentist’s check. We take MasterCard, VISA and American Express. We urge you to enroll today, as our program has a small enrollment to provide you the finest training and seats fill up months before the class start!!!
What is the Cancellation Policy?
Due to the complex nature of this program and high demand for seats, no refund can be given to a student after they have enrolled. This includes fees for student kit and tuition for Course 1.
EFDAA reserves the right to change tuition payments, instrument kit or program location at any time prior to the start of the program.
Is there Federal Financial Aid for this Program?
To our knowledge there are no institutions providing financial aid for this short of a program. We will be accepting several credit cards and money orders for tuition payment. You will only need to pay for one course at a time. It is extremely important to create a budget that includes plans for the entire program tuition.
What is needed to participate in the virtual online and taped classroom instruction?
You will need a computer with a sound card and speakers. Most computers today have these two features.
What are the Attendance and Performance Requirements?
Attendance to all classroom instruction is mandatory. Missed days constitute an incomplete in said module; thus student will not graduate. Student must reapply to the following scheduled RDAEF program and repeat said module at regular tuition rate. In addition, when student re-enters the program and it is determined that additional restorative and crown and bridge procedures must be performed to meet minimal standards, attendance to additional course day/s will be required. Additional tuition fees will be accessed by the day.
What Type of Homework is Required?
In addition to preparing for examinations, after you have gained skill in placing restorations, you will be asked to practice these skills outside of class to gain even more proficiency. These projects will be critiqued by the instructor. Practicing procedures accurately not only is enjoyable, but contributes to competency and success.
How are the Written and Practical/Clinical Examinations Conducted?
Written examinations will be given online. Practical and clinical examinations will be given throughout the course to prepare you for the practical/clinical state Board examinations. Your continued study and practical application is the key to successfully becoming an RDAEF.
What does the Dental Board Require for the RDAEF2 graduates after graduation?
All RDAEF2 graduates will be required to sit and pass a Dental Board administered written/practical and clinical examination. This examination will include:
- Successful completion of two of the following procedures on a simulated patient head mounted in appropriate position and accommodation an articulated typodont in an enclosed intra-oral environment, or mounted on a dental chair in a dental operatory
- Place, condense and carve an amalgam restoration
- Place and contour a nonmetallic direction restoration
- Polish and contour an existing amalgam restoration
- Placement of retraction cord and taking a final impression of a crown preparation on a patient provided by the candidate.
- Sit and pass a clinical examination on a patient consisting of placement of retraction cord and taking a final impression of a crown preparation.
- Passage of a state administered written examination.
What must I do if I have lost my certificate?
If you lose your certificate, you must send us a letter requesting a duplicate copy. In this letter, please specify when you completed this course, the location and where you wish the certificate to be mailed. The cost for this service is $25.
How do I reach EFDAA if I have any questions?
The easiest and most efficient way to contact us is via the e-mail system. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to reach us by phone, call 760-200-2851.