Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDHAP) - Fall 2022

From Friday, August 26, 2022 to Friday, December 2, 2022

First and last days are held as a live webinar offered through Zoom, which enables you to participate in interactive, distance learning through your own computer or tablet. This live interactive webinar will count towards in-person instructional hours per the Dental Board of California.


More event details will be emailed to you upon completion of registration.

Registration End Date: 8/23/2022


Program Overview:

Led by Elena Francisco, RDHAP, MS, this online program is designed for dental hygienists and dental professionals interested in expanding their knowledge and ability to treat people with complex physical, medical or psychological needs and patients in underserved communities. It fulfills the Dental Hygiene Board of California's 150-hour education requirement to apply for an RDHAP license. As California's population continues to grow, it has become one of the most diverse in the United States. Promoting oral health is becoming increasingly challenging. This virtual program is designed to reach professionals in both rural and urban areas. Two live interactive webinar sessions will allow students to meet their peers and instructors virtually.

To successfully complete this program, students will be required to attend the two live webinars via Zoom (first and last day), complete online lectures, quizzes, case reports and a field study. Upon completion of the course, DHBC will be notified of participant's attendance and course completion.



Upon registration: Students will receive an email confirmation of registration.

Friday, August 26, 2022: Live webinar via Zoom

  • Begins at 8:30AM
  • Orientation to the RDHAP course
  • Students will be divided into learning groups
  • Get familiar with learning management system, Canvas
  • Guest presentations from speakers


Friday, August 26, 2022 - Friday, December 2, 2022: Online Modules & Assignments


  • Students will be expected to complete six sections of online modules that include presentations and their respective quizzes. Each section contains four to seven modules.
  • Students will also complete online clinical case reports; these case reports consist of a presentation of a clinical case with history, charting, photographs and radiographs. Students will then participate in an online group discussion to evaluate each case.
  • Each student will complete a field study, designed to observe an RDHAP in practice or to observe a site where a RDHAP may potentially provide oral health services.


Friday, December 2, 2022: Last Session via live webinar utilizing Zoom

  • Presentations: practice management, equipment discussion, RDHAP licensing

Course Details:

  • Online, Home Study, Live Webinar
  • Friday, August 26, 2022 - Friday, December 2, 2022
  • Dental Hygiene Committee of California Approved Course

Who Should Attend:
This program is open to any oral health professional interested in oral health for people with complex needs and is not limited to individuals who will be applying for the RDHAP license.

You Will Learn:


  • Information Management
  • Dental Hygiene Practice
  • How to Treat Medically Complex Patients
  • Oral Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Developmental Disabilities and Oral Health Care
  • Treatment for Geriatric Patients
  • Medical and Dental Emergencies
  • Business Administration for Dental Hygienists
  • Treatment for Children With and Without Special Needs

For more information, including FAQs & State Requirements to obtain RDHAP License, please visit our website by clicking here or contact us by email at


About Us
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is one of the nation's premier dental schools and has served the Bay Area community for more than 100 years.

The dental school is committed to excellence and innovation in education, research, community service and patient care.

The Pacific Center for Special Care is an organization within the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry committed to improving the oral health of underserved people on the local, state and federal level.


A nonrefundable deposit of $400 is due at the time of registration.

CE Credit

CEU: Units - 150

This activity is designated for 150 units of continuing education credit.

Course Fees

Tuition: $3400

nonrefundable deposit of $400 will be applied towards your tuition

Payment Plan Option: If you opt for the payment plan, you will be billed in 2 installments of $1500 due by 8/23/2022 .


Elena Francisco, RDHAP, MS graduated from Loma Linda University with a Bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene. She practiced clinical dental hygiene in Northern California for more than 40 years. She received her Masters Degree in Dental Hygiene from Idaho State University. She served on the faculty at University of the Pacific Dental Hygiene program, teaching all aspects of dental hygiene training. She graduated from the RDHAP program at the University of the Pacific and has maintained a practice since 2006, serving her community oral health programs, as a resource, contributor, and practitioner. She has authored several journal articles, contributed the chapter on Protocols and Prevention of Dental Caries in the 12th Edition of Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, served on the peer review board for Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, and serves on the advisory Board for Elite Healthcare. She is a member of her professional organizations and is active in her local component and the California Dental Hygiene Association. 

Paula Watson, RDHAP, MS, received an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene from Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, California; a Bachelor of Science in Health Systems from Chapman University, California; and a Master of Science in Nutrition from University of New Haven, Connecticut.  In addition to licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist, she also maintains licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice.  Paula has served as Associate Professor of Periodontics in the Dental Hygiene Program at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, as Senior Clinic Coordinator and taught a variety of didactic courses.  Currently, as Professor Emerita, and in the role of Faculty Liaison for the RDHAP program, she helps prepare licensed dental hygienists expand their knowledge to improve access to care for underserved populations.

Paula has served as a textbook reviewer and has published articles nationally.  She holds membership in a number of professional and academic associations.  She currently divides her time between traditional dental and dental hygiene alternative practice, while contributing to a variety professional and public health committees.


Live interactive webinar are hosted on Zoom and course content are hosted on Canvas

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