Orthodontic Assistant Permit

The Orthodontic Assistant Permit – available now at the FADE Institute

The FADE Institute is pleased to offer the OAP program.  If you are a Registered Dental Assistant, the OAP is a 55 hour program over two weekends and includes approximately 24 hours of clinical competency and skills development in your dental office.  For unlicensed dental assistants who may be working in an orthodontic office or general practice, the OAP is available to you as an 84 hour program, with clinical requirements that may be completed in the dental office.

Our program offers RDAs and DAs an affordable opportunity to complete the education and qualify for a permit to perform procedures such as:

  • preparing teeth for orthodontic bonding materials

  • select, preposition and cure orthodontic brackets

  • remove orthodontic brackets and attachments

  • size, fit and cement orthodontic bands

  • remove excess cement from teeth using an ultrasonic scaler

All materials and instrumentation for the program will be provided to each enrolled student for use during instruction and lab procedures.  Clinical requirements for hours and clinical procedures to be performed on patients shall be done so in the dental office during the weeks following completion of all lecture and lab assignments.

A comprehensive study guide for the State Board written examination will be made available to all students.  Students will be meeting with our faculty one additional day following the completion of the course to submit all clinical competency paperwork, evidence of completion of requirements and to complete their State Board OA examination application.

Pre-requisites for each OA program

For unlicensed dental assistants (84-hour program):

  • current BLS card (American Heart Association or Red Cross)

  • completion of 8-hour Board approved course in Infection Control

  • completion of 2-hour Board approved course in Dental Practice Act

  • completion of no less than six months work experience as an unlicensed dental assistant (must complete one year before applying to the State Board examination)

For licensed Registered Dental Assistants (55-hour program):

  • current BLS card (American Heart Association or Red Cross)

  • current, active license as a Registered Dental Assistant – You will be requested to provide your RDA license number upon registration.

To register for the OA Permit for the RDA course or for the OA Permit for the DA course, please visit our “Courses” tab on the Homepage and click on Courses – El Dorado Hills