Dental Assisting Students, Graduates, Working Examination Candidates and Unlicensed Assistants

Here is your place for news and information, resources and materials to assist you in preparing for your future as a Registered Dental Assistant. Whether you are currently in school, recently graduated or are working as a dental assistant and preparing to challenge the State Board examinations, CADAT is here is help make the process a lit bit easier for you.

This page is created for you – so keep checking back as we build and add information on a regular basis for the latest resources and materials. CADAT is dedicated to your success!

California RDA Law and Ethics Examination Information

Candidates for the RDA Law and Ethics examination may begin contacting their testing facility to schedule an examination time once the Dental Board has sent you a confirmation letter that your application has been successfully processed. If you have already been approved to sit for your written examinations you can schedule your examinations by calling PSI and schedule your examination.

If you have not already done so and would like to purchase the CADAT Law and Ethics Examination Prep Book and Study Cards (3rd Edition, 2013), visit and order on-line today!

The Law and Ethics Examination Outline from the Dental Board can be downloaded here.

California RDA Licensure Applications from the Dental Board

The California RDA Licensure Examination Applications, published by the Dental Board, are provided here for download by graduates as well as those seeking licensure through the work experience pathway.

Current features of the applications include:

  • Separate applications for the two pathways to licensure: one for those graduating from a Board-approved RDA program and one for those qualifying through work experience to include those who have completed coursework in a non Board-approved dental assisting program
  • Comprehensive instructions: the new application includes comprehensive instructions for either pathway to provide the candidate with more detailed information
  • Live Scan forms included in application: the Live Scan form issued by Live Scan facilities has been added to the application; the new application process requires all those applying to obtain fingerprints prior to submission of application

For more information and downloads of all the application information, visit the RDA Examination Data page of this section of the website.

Mandatory Education Courses for Unlicensed Assistants:

8-Hour Infection Control and 2-Hour Dental Practice Act

The Foundation for Allied Dental Education (FADE), the affiliated Foundation of CADAT, have course locations available in Santa Cruz and Folsom to provide Dental Board approved courses to meet the mandatory education requirements for unlicensed assistants currently working or those planning to apply for the RDA examination. For a current schedule of course offerings, visit the Foundation website at