Registered Dental Assistant & National Entry Level Dental Assistant Programs

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Registered Dental Assistant
(RDA)
National Entry Level Dental Assistant
(NELDA)

The Medical Academy is excited to offer two dental certifications: Registered Dental Assistant and National Entry Level Dental Assistant. Currently, we are 1 of 3 high schools in Texas approved for the NELDA exam. With completion of this program, you will be given the opportunity to sit for the Registered Dental Assistant exam and the National Entry Level Dental Assistant Exam.

Medical Academy is proud to offer the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant program. This program is the ONLY program of its kind at the high school level and the only COA program south of San Antonio. With completion of this program, you will be given the opportunity to sit for the certification exam.

Certification Process

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) is a state certification through the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. After successfully completing the1st semester, students will register for the on-line course and exam offered by the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio’s Dental Continuing Education department. The RDA allows students to be licensed as dental assistants in the state of Texas. The RDA course and exam teaches and assesses students in 3 specific content areas:

  • Dental Jurisprudence
  • Infection Control
  • Dental Radiology
  • Ophthalmic imaging

National Entry Level Dental Assistant is a national certification offered through the Dental Assisting National Board. After successfully completing the 1st semester and passing the RDA course and exam, students will challenge the national exam. The national exam certifies students as an entry-level dental assistant. The NELDA certification allows students to work in all 50 states.

Job Description

Dental Assistants serve as a “second pair of hands” for a dentist. Also, dental assistants work with office staff and dental hygienists assisting in day to day duties of a dental office.

Duties

  • Seating/dismissing patients
  • Recording medical/dental histories
  • Unit set up/disinfection
  • Exposing intra/extra oral radiographs
  • Packaging/Sterilizing instruments
  • Assisting dentist/hygienists during dental procedures
  • Patient education

Benefits

  • Work in a high-demand field
  • Work closely with other medical professionals
  • Help patients with diagnosis, treatment, and education
  • Be financially stable to support yourself during college
  • Be a part of an innovative program

To learn more about the Registered Dental Assistant or the National Entry Level Dental Assistant program, download the Program's brochure

Registered Dental Assistant and the National Entry Level Dental Assistant Program Brochure