RDAEF2 Program

The Next Generation of Licensure – RDAEF2

The newest educational institute for allied dental education, The FADE Institute, is pleased to offer Registered Dental Assistants the opportunity to advance into the next generation of licensure – the RDAEF2.

Our RDAEF2 program meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for RDAs and existing RDAEFs who wish to expand their licensure toward the latest extended functions and truly become the provider every dental team can benefit from utilizing.

Our program offers RDAs and existing RDAEF1s an affordable opportunity to complete the education and qualify for licensure to perform procedures such as:

♦  Cord retraction

♦  Taking final impressions for permanent restorations

♦  Adjust and cement permanent direct and indirect restorations

♦  Perform oral health assessments and preliminary evaluations

♦  Place, contour and finish amalgam and composite restorations

The FADE Institute is proud to be the third Board-approved EF program in Northern California and to bring this valuable opportunity to allied dental professionals seeking to expand their scope of patient care. Unique features of our program include:

→  Small class size – others will accept 30 to 40 students per cohort; our philosophy of education is different and focuses on smaller cohorts (no more than 16) and placing greater emphasis on one-to-one instruction and mentoring

→  Large faculty – our dedicated team of instructors includes three dentists and three RDAEFs to ensure your learning experience is personalized and focused on each individual learner

→  Community support – the Foundation and the Institute are strong supporters of our dental community through engagement and partnerships with the Sacramento District Dental Society, the SDDS Foundation and the Greater Sacramento Dental Assistants Society; through these fabulous relationships we have enjoyed a tremendous amount of support from the dental community and our RDA and EF students greatly benefit from their support and mentorship

The successful utilization and patient services performed today by the RDAEF continues to demonstrate the value of quality education and advanced licensure – your investment in your education will result in greater opportunities and provide much needed care to the dental community.

Please visit our “Documents for Download” tab on the homepage to view the RDAEF Program Brochure for The FADE Institute.

Commonly asked questions:

What makes The FADE Institute’s RDAEF2 program special?

The Foundation for Allied Dental Education (FADE) was founded as a non-profit, public-service entity with a mission to assist allied dental professionals and students meet their educational goals in an environment focused on education, not profit. Our focus is on theory, technique and consumer protection in all our classes. Our team of committed teachers and clinical professionals bring decades of experience in clinical practice to the learning environment with an emphasis on one-to-one instruction, small class sizes, and integration of contemporary products and materials in a safe, enriching, supportive environment. To ensure our commitment, we will only accept up to ten students per class.

What is included in the total fees for the EF program?

Our total program fee includes tuition, materials kit fee, examination kit fee, and textbook fee. Students will not be required to purchase or provide their own instrumentation or materials for the program. In addition, the FADE Institute will cover 50% of the filing fees associated with your Dental Board examination application, your scrubs for use during the program, and your professional liability and malpractice insurance for the first year. If you are an RDA and have not yet completed Pit & Fissure Sealant certification, your participation in the next available course at the Institute will be arranged at no charge to you. EF students are responsible for the purchase of a homework typodont ($215) and magnification loupes that will be custom-fitted and prepared for each student by our preferred provider. The loupe fees are not included in the tuition and will be the separate responsibility of the student.

Do I have to use loupes made by our preferred provider or can I shop around for other providers?

You can certainly shop around – we are not requiring a specific brand at this point, however, we have looked into other vendors and have found Q-Optics to be the better choice for both pricing and flexible payment plans for students.  The minimum criteria for magnification is 3.0 with light and composite shielding protection.

Must I have a sponsoring dentist in order to apply and enter into the FADE EF program?

While we believe it is very important for employer involvement and participation during your education, it is not required; however, a dentist is required to prep and be present during the clinical portion of the State board examinations. Our supervising dentists will provide the anesthesia necessary for the mock board days while in program but cannot serve as the treating DDS for the day of the Board examinations – this is a requirement set by the Board, not our Institute.

Will my Dentist need to attend any of the sessions of the program?

One of the most important aspects of our program is to ensure that the new EF, as well as their current employer, fully understand what is about to occur in the dental office – EF utilization changes the way the game is played each day and our program wants to make sure that utilization, scheduling and oversight is an aspect of the curriculum that every employer of an EF student must participate in.

Can I take any of the course work online instead of attending classes?

No. The Dental Board’s educational regulations require that instruction be obtained and provided under the direct supervision of the faculty in the learning facility; however, online assignments and other research projects can be completed using minimal online tools. While others do most if not all of their didactic instruction online, we do not subscribe to delivering dental sciences in any other modality but live lecture. Students will be issued a textbook kit for all materials covered in the program and a program handbook to use as a study guide for the State Board written examination. Lectures and presentations will be archived for access at any time by students to continue to study for the examinations; lecture materials will be provided to the students to allow for students to review materials at any time for continued competency, and all examination preparation, including the written state board examination, is provided via live lecture only.

What is the schedule of classes for the program?

All classes are held on weekends, both Saturday and Sunday, and generally every-other weekend with homework assignments and home-study projects to complete between sessions. Classes begin at 9:00 am each day and conclude by 4:00 pm. Be advised – the program schedule is subject to change depending on holidays, office closures for breaks, and Dental Board examination schedule for the bench and patient examination. The current schedule of classes can be found in our Program Brochure (see downloadable PDF); we may amend or adjust program scheduling as needed for both student success and State Board examiner availability.

NOTE: What the FADE Institute will not do is graduate a student weeks or months before their State Board examinations are held. Only as an enrolled student of a Board-approved program are you allowed to practice and perform clinically the duties of an EF2; therefore, we do not believe that any student should graduate and then have to wait for their Board exams.  This lapse of clinical and lab practice is detrimental to the overall success of students. Our philosophy is to keep you enrolled until the day of the Boards to promote continued practice and preparation for your licensing examination.  If this means adding dates to the back-end of the program, then we shall do so, at no additional cost to the students, in order to promote successful preparation.

There may be dates that I have to miss class. Are there any penalties for missing classes in the program?

Students will be required to notify the Institute staff, in advance, of the need to miss any class time. Given this program is very intensive and a great deal of time and work must be completed between sessions, it must be emphasized that no more than three (3) days may be missed in the program. Should there be more days than three (3) missed, a fee will be assessed to the student to make up for the work missed with faculty tutoring. Early departure from a class day is only considered on a case-by-case basis.

What are the entry requirements for the program?

You must be able to prove the following at the time of application:

♦  Hold a current RDA or RDAEF1 (or be able to show evidence of having met the requirements for licensure as an RDA)

♦  Possess a current BLS card

♦  Completion of a Board-approved pit & fissure sealant certification (course will be provided for those not already certified in sealants)

♦  Completion of a program application and submission of a $1,795 non-refundable deposit

♦  Successfully complete a written entrance examination to demonstrate basic dental terminology at the time of admission interview

As a higher learning institute that is not funded by tax dollars, we do not currently participate in federal loan programs – instead, our program fees are lower than standard and our Foundation provides interest-free payment plans to all those accepted into the EF program.

Are payment plans available?

Yes. We offer three different no-interest payment plans for students to choose from. We will do everything possible to work with you and your financial needs with discounts for those who pre-pay their tuition by the first day of the program.

For more information about our RDAEF2 program and our next cohort scheduled start date, please contact our office at (916) 358-3825 at any time.

Please visit our “Documents for Download” tab on the homepage to view the RDAEF Program Brochure for The FADE Institute.