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Qualifications and Requirements

This course is for dental assistants who have let their licenses lapse as well as for assistants that have a minimum of one-year work experience or 2000 hours as a chairside dental assistant in a dental practice and want to become a registered dental assistant (RDA) in the state of South Dakota, through the state board of dentistry to legally perform expanded functions in South Dakota.

Documentation Needed at Time of Application

  1. Written letter of recommendation from employer
  2. Payroll report verifying hours showing YTD Amount
  3. Proof of Health Care Provider CPR level
  4. Proof of HS Diploma or GED

Failure to provide any of the documentation at time of application, the applicant will be put on a waitlist until all documentation has been received.

Each module includes online instructions and testing. Modules must be completed with 80% or better for competency prior to hands-on portion. Participants need to be aware that they will be required to spend an equal amount of time reviewing online instruction in addition to the hands-on courses. Total number of hours to complete the course is approximately 60 hours online preparation and approximately 40 hours of hands-on instruction. Completion of the online test and hands-on competency is required for each function.

All necessary supplies and materials will be provided. It is highly recommended that participants purchase a Modern Dental Assisting textbook to enhance basic principles.

Computer Requirements

Having a computer that is operating on the latest operating system, with an efficient processor, adequate memory and storage space will greatly benefit your on-line learning. It is also very important to have an adequate internet connection to allow for more timely transmission of media content and file transfer ability. Dial up connections may make it very difficult or impossible to attain some of the program content.

Browser required: Firefox or Chrome

Required Minimum

  • Windows XP
  • 1 GHz Processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 40GB hard drive space
  • Sound card and speakers
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Microsoft Office 2003

Highly Recommended

  • Windows XP Pro
  • 2 GHz + Processor
  • 1GB + of RAM
  • 80GB hard drive space
  • Sound card and speakers
  • DVD / CD RW
  • Microsoft Office 2007