About Our Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Program

RDA by the Numbers

  • 14: maximum number of applicants accepted each application period
  • 25: credit hours to earn the RDA Certificate
  • 2: number of semesters to complete the RDA Program
  • $2,523: approximate cost of the program—including books and uniforms

Our Mission

The mission of the TCC Registered Dental Assistant Program is to provide affordable educational training that is accessible and consistent with industry standards.

How Our Program Works


We accept 14 applicants.

Time Commitment

You need to commit to a full-time schedule for 2 semesters:

  • Fall: 13 semester credit hours
  • Spring: 12 semester credit hours


RDA is a face-to-face-delivery program, which means you will take classes on campus both semesters.

We teach each didactic class over a 16-week period during the fall semester and over an 8-week period during the spring semester.

Classes and labs are scheduled:

  • Fall semester: Monday–Thursday between 8 a.m. & 6 p.m.
  • Spring semester: Monday–Friday between 8 a.m. & 6 p.m.

For more details, contact the program coordinator.

Clinical Site Externships

Our RDA Program requires a total of 224 clinic hours.

Our program coordinator arranges clinical site externships. She will create and coordinate schedules based upon availability.


You must earn a minimum grade of “C” (75%) to pass.

You will receive a "D" or "F" for any grade earned that is below 75%.


Approximately $2,523, including books and uniforms



Northeast Campus

Health Sciences Department

Visit NHSC, Room 1118

Call 817-515-6435

Email health.sciences@tccd.edu

Northeast Campus

Laurie Semple
Program Coordinator

Email laurie.semple@tccd.edu

Updated January 29, 2024