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Registered Dental Assistant

Registered Dental Assistant

Start Your Healthcare Career as a Dental Assistant

The registered dental assistant program prepares you for jobs that are in-demand right now and will provide you with a stepping-stone to many dental careers.

Registered Dental Assistant

*** There will be an admissions selection process for a limited number of seats.


The registered dental assistant program prepares you for jobs that are in-demand right now and will provide you with a stepping-stone to many dental careers.

Registered dental assistants record treatment information in patient records. They operate high-tech dental lab and diagnostic tools including performing dental x-rays; dental impressions; providing patients information on dental hygiene, oral health care, and plaque control programs; collecting and recording medical; taking dental histories and patient vital signs; assisting the dentist during a dental procedure. Dental assistants need:                                                                                                 

  • strong attention to detail.
  • critical thinking skills.
  • the ability to multitask.
  • strong organizational skills.
  • Sit for the State Board Examination to become a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) and consequently perform RDA functions in the dental office.
  • Achieve success on all Dental Board of California-administered examinations.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be 18 years of age or older. 
  • All applicants must be citizens, permanent residents, or eligible noncitizens of the United States. Documentation of eligibility status may be required. 
  • Have the ability to work in the U.S.  
  • Be a California resident. 
  • High school diploma (required by FADE Institute) or GED (Concorde). 
  • Be computer and internet proficient. 
  • Have home access to reliable high-speed internet 
  • Have a working computer. 
  • Be willing to commit 3-4 hours per day (estimated at 20+ hours per week) of study time. 
  • Ability to commute to Concorde and/or FADE Institute campuses.
  • Have no felony conviction on record. (for employment)
  • Able to pass drug screening. (for employment)
  • BLS CPR card through only American Heart Association or Red Cross required prior to entry, cannot be done online.

Fast Facts

Course Delivery

Hybrid & Face to Face

Job Outlook

There is an 11% increase in dental assistant jobs from 2019-2029. Salary ranges from $38,630-$40, 680. There are 44,800 projected job openings in California.

Length of Program

9-10 months

Career Opportunities

Dental assistants can advance to dental hygienist, laboratory technologist, dental sales, or office manager.


Connect to a Bigger Community of Healthcare Workers

Futuro Health believes that investing in education, skills training, and retraining results in better paying jobs for workers,
better care for patients, and better workers for employers to hire.
The health care field provides many opportunities for people interested in helping others.
Whether you would like to work directly with patients or work behind the scenes,
there are many different entry level roles available and a lot of growth ahead.
Futuro Health wants to help you take your first (or next) step in the world of healthcare.

Take The Next Step

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Cost of the Program?

In recognition of the impact of the pandemic on our communities, Futuro Health is waiving tuition for all programs and courses at this time. Futuro Health reserves the right to change or update this practice at any time.

Specific to those accepted into the Dental Assistant Program, tuition will be waived. Students should expect to pay a non-refundable registration fee and a $20 per month membership for education and training as part of the application process, unless specifically waived for current SEIU-UHW members or otherwise.

A summary of the cost to the student is as follow:

  • One-time Futuro Health enrollment fee(s): $100 application fee for the Dental Assistant Program.
  • Membership fee for education and training: $20 per month for access to a statewide network of healthcare workers who will advise you about your career and studies.
Do I need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form?

Students enrolling at Concorde Career College will need to complete a FAFSA form. If there are extraordinary circumstances where a student is unable to complete the form, the student is required to submit an appeal to their Futuro Health navigator for review by Futuro Health. Students will be notified by Futuro Health if their appeal was granted. If the appeal is denied, students will have the option of being geolocated to another education provider.

How do I sign and submit my Student Responsibility Agreement?

Watch a self help video here.

How do I make my payments?

Payments are generally live 24-48 hours after selecting a program start date.  You will receive an email alerting you that a payment is available.  Watch a self help video on how to make your payments here