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Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

Quick Facts

Dental assistants are integral members of the dental team. They work under the supervision of dentists and work closely with dental hygienists daily to deliver dental care to patients.

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Our Program

Why choose RDA?

  • Help & care for others in a dental setting
  • Establish interpersonal relationships with dental patients & team members
  • Apply relevant cutting-edge dental knowledge & technology
  • Choose your work setting: general or specialty dental practices, dental assisting education, office management & public health

Prepare for what you will do at work

  • Help during patient visits:
    • Prepare the patient
    • Sterilize or disinfect instruments
    • Set up instrument trays
    • Prepare materials
    • Assist dentist during dental procedures
  • Record treatment information in patient records
  • Expose diagnostic dental x-rays
  • Take & record medical & dental histories & vital signs of patients
  • Help the dentist in the management of medical or dental emergencies

Marketable skills you will learn

  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Personal & social responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Computer literacy

Before you enroll, think about:

  • You will be in constant contact with others—both work colleagues & patients
  • These personality traits will help you succeed in your work as a Registered Dental Assistant:
    • Attention to detail
    • Dependability
    • Desire to help others

Selective Admission

RDA is a selective admission program.

After being accepted to TCC, you must meet the selective admission requirements to be eligible to submit a separate application to our RDA Program.

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Degrees & Certificates

Certificate

Level 1

Attend a Virtual Orientation Session

Attending an orientation session is an admissions requirement.

All orientation sessions will be virtual via Microsoft Teams.

We will post dates as soon as we schedule future orientation sessions.

Questions?

Contact us:

Laurie Semple, Program Coordinator
817-515-6151
laurie.semple@tccd.edu

Stacy Liebel, Career Technical Education (CTE) Student Support Specialist
817-515-6178
stacy.liebel@tccd.edu

How Much Time & Money to Finish?

Degree or Certificate Program Title Hours Total Tuition & Fees
CRT1 Registered Dental Assistant 25 $1,600

Notes:

  • Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
  • Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.

Non-Credit Programs

Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.

Earn More Choices & More Money

Transfer to a college or university to continue your studies. Earning a bachelor’s degree opens the door to career and promotion opportunities.

Next steps

Start on Your Pathway!

Contact

Northeast Campus

Health Sciences Department

Visit NHSC, Room 1131

Call 817-515-6435

Email health.sciences@tccd.edu

Northeast Campus

Laurie Semple
Program Coordinator

Email laurie.semple@tccd.edu

Updated September 10, 2021