Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEF)

Saturday, September 23, 2023 - Saturday, June 1, 2024

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 


The Dugoni School of Dentistry launched its Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEF) program in June 2011. The next session of the nine-month program will begin in September 23, 2023, directed by Dr. Brian Kenyon, Leann Miller, RDAEF and Maggie Rodriguez, RDAEF. This program will satisfy the California Dental Board's requirements for new and existing RDAEFs who wish to expand their licensure in preparation for earning certification in the new extended functions.


The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Difference

  1. A comprehensive program with 410/342 hours of instruction, combining virtual and in-person lectures, group discussions, hands-on laboratory and live patient clinical experiences.
  2. Certification programs for both RDAs and existing RDAEFs at a fully accredited dental school.
  3. Personalized instruction led by dental faculty members from the Dugoni School of Dentistry.
  4. The only Dental Board of California-approved provider of the RDAEF program at a dental school in Northern California.
  5. Interest-free payment plans are available to qualified candidates.
  6. NEW: Funding available to qualified individual through the Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan program. Please visit the Sallie Mae website for more information.
  7. Convenient online lectures and weekend schedule at our state-of-the-art campus in downtown San Francisco.



RDAEF Curriculum


Program for RDAs

This 410-hour program trains and prepares currently licensed RDAs for the California State Board exam for extended functions. RDAs successfully completing this program will be able to perform all the new procedures in extended functions which include:

  • Performing patient oral health evaluations, charting and evaluating of soft tissue, classifying occlusion and myofunctional evaluation
  • Performing oral health assessments in community and school-based settings under the direction of a dentist, RDH or RDHAP
  • Sizing and fitting endodontic master points and accessory points
  • Making final impressions for tooth-borne removable prostheses
  • Polishing and contouring existing amalgam restorations
  • Placing, contouring, finishing and adjusting all direct restorations
  • Adjusting and cementing permanent indirect restorations


Additionally, participants will be trained to perform:

  • Cord retraction of a gingiva for impressions procedures for indirect restorations
  • Fitting and cementing endodontic master points and accessory points
  • All other procedures authorized and adopted by the dental board
    • Please see section 1753.5 of the California Business and Professionals Code


Program for Existing RDAEFs

This 342-hour program updates existing RDAEFs, licensed prior to January 1, 2010, in the new, allowable procedures for RDAEFs described above. Participants who successfully complete the program will be eligible to take the new RDAEF exam and, upon successful completion, will be able to perform all the expanded duties of currently licensed California RDAEFs.



Module 1: 6 weekends

September 23, 24, 30

October 1, 14, 15, 21, 22

November 4, 5, 18, 19


  • Learning Objectives
    • Beginning of bases and liners for amalgams, composites and glass ionomers
    • Dental anatomy
    • Occlusion principles, TMJ and head and neck anatomy
    • Oral health assessment, gingival structures
    • Oral isolation
    • Placement, polishing and anatomy for amalgams, composites and glass ionomers
    • Primary and secondary dentition


Module 2: 5 weekends

December 2, 3, 9, 10

January 6, 7, 13, 14, 27, 28


  • Learning Objectives
    • Continuation of bases and liners
    • Continuation of placement, carving and polishing of amalgams, composites and glass ionomers
    • Dental materials and techniques for making impressions for removable partial dentures


Module 3: 10 weekends; 8 weekends for current RDAEFs

February 3, 4, 17, 18

March 2, 3, 16, 17, 23, 24

April 6, 7, 20, 21

May 4, 5, 18, 19 (virtual day)

June 1


  • Learning Objectives
    • Dental ergonomics
    • Dental materials for interocclusal registration, vasoconstrictors, fixed partial dentures, dental cements
    • Endodontics
    • Fitting, adjusting and cementing of ceramic, all meta and ceramo-metal fixed partial dentures (crowns)
    • Hemorrhage control, cord packing, vasoconstrictor use and final impressions
    • Indirect restoration techniques
    • Oral health assessment exercise with the dental school
    • Pulp vitality testing, cone fitting and cementation
    • Restorations in your supervising dentist's office
    • Digital scanning and clinical photography
    • Review of all three modules prior to the state dental board exam



  1. Reliable access to a computer with the most recent version of one of the following web browsers: Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
  2. A signed agreement with your supervising dentist agreeing to administer local anesthetic to your patient during the clinical portions of the program
  3. Certification in coronal polishing
  4. Certification in pit and fissure sealant
  5. Certification in radiation safety
  6. Current CPR certification from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association affiliate
  7. Current RDA or RDAEF license
  8. Proof of liability insurance coverage
    • RDAs are required to provide liability insurance for the duration of the program since they will be working on patients and fellow classmates. A copy of the liability insurance certificate must be submitted by the start of the program.

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 Division of Continuing Dental Education is dedicated to educating dental professionals by providing the highest quality CE programs available in dentistry today.


Upon completion of the registration form, please submit all requirements by email to $2,000 nonrefundable deposit is due at time of registration.


Once accepted to the program, a welcome packet will be mailed to you


application deadline August 18, 2023

CE Credit

CEU: 410 for RDAs, 342 for existing RDAEFs


This activity is designated for 410/342 units of continuing education credit.

Course Fees

Program Cost for RDA: $20,995

Program Cost for RDAEF: $16,995

Student Kit Fee $2,995


Brian Kenyon, DMD, did his undergraduate studies at Brown University and graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1982. He was in private practice in Smithfield, Rhode Island for seventeen years prior to accepting a full-time faculty position at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 1999. Dr. Kenyon is a Tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Dental Practice. He is a Group Practice Leader in Pacific Dugoni’s student clinic. Dr. Kenyon has received six Teaching Excellence Awards at Pacific, the American College of Dentists Distinguished Northern California Faculty Member Award, and has been elected to the Tau Kappa Omega and Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Societies. He maintains a Private Practice in San Francisco, CA.

Leana Miller, RDAEF has a Bachelors in Education and has 23 years of orthodontic and general/cosmetic dentistry experience under her belt. In 2011, Leana decided to further her dental career by attending the RDAEF program at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. After graduating at the top of her class, Leana was asked to join faculty as an assistant clinical lab instructor for the RDAEF program in 2017. She has been a mentor for the students and has provided exceptional guidance both as an instructor and as an RDAEF.  Leana joined Monterey Peninsula College as an adjunct dental instructor for the dental assisting program and serves as an advisory board member at Monterey Peninsula College.

Maggie Rodriguez, RDAEF has been in the dental field for over 11 years.  She graduated from Monterey Peninsula College Dental Assisting Program in 2011 and received her Extended Functions license in 2017 after completing the RDAEF Program at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.  Maggie serves on the board for the Monterey Peninsula College Dental Assisting Program and is a member of Pacific’s CDE Advisory Committee.  She currently is co-director for the RDAEF Program at Dugoni School of Dentistry and works full time in Monterey for a private prosthodontic practice.



Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

155 Fifth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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