Online Registered Dental Assistant Program

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to begin your career as a registered dental assistant with our self-paced online bootcamp.

Take the first step toward your future career. With our self-paced, engaging learning platform, you’ll work toward an RDA credential with support, guidance, and mentorship from expert coaches during your course and beyond.

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Program Length

16 Weeks



Avg. Starting Salary


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Become a Registered Dental Assistant in 16 Weeks

With our immersive online learning environment, you’ll be prepared with the professional and technical skills to work alongside dentists and dental hygienists providing care to patients in offices, orthodontic practices, and dental surgery centers. launch your career as a registered dental assistant.

  • Update and maintain patient’s dental records
  • Educate patients about oral care and procedures
  • Schedule patient appointments
  • Collect patient billing and insurance details
  • Perform administrative tasks
Weeks 1

Begin instructor-led bootcamp

Weeks 2

Get on-the-job clinical training as apprentice

Weeks 3

Pass clinical competency checklist

Weeks 4

Earn industry-recognized certification

Weeks 5

Land a Job

Weeks 6

Continued support from mentors and coaches.


About the Dental Assistant Training Program

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Web browser with internet connection
  • Course registration and payment
Cost & Included Materials

Cost & Included Materials

  • $3,450
  • Instructor-led video-based training
  • eBooks: Elsevier – Modern Dental Assisting, 13th Edition
  • RDA exam fee
Student Services

Student Services

  • Mentorship from expert coaches
  • RDA Certification Exam Prep
  • 6-month post-program access to career coaches

What Will I Learn?

Our program is divided into 11 digestible courses that easily fit into your schedule, empowering you to complete within weeks.

  • Course 1: The Dental Assisting Profession
  • Course 2: Sciences in Dentistry
  • Course 3: Oral Health and Prevention of Dental Disease
  • Course 4: Infection Prevention in Dentistry
  • Course 5: Occupational Health and Safety
  • Course 6: Patient Information and Assessment
  • Course 7: Foundation of Clinical Dentistry
  • Course 8: Radiographic Imaging
  • Course 9: Dental Materials
  • Course 10: Assisting in Comprehensive Dental Care
  • Course 11: Dental Administration and Communication Skills

Download the syllabus to view all courses and requirements.

Preparing for the Registered Dental Assistant Certification Exam

Successful completion of our online program and mentorship from our expert coaches prepares you the registered dental assistant (RDA) certification offered by American Medical Technologists (AMT).

Career Prospects for Registered Dental Assistants

The majority of dental assistants work in an office setting. Whether it be a solo, group, or specialty practice, the demand for dental assistants is increasing and Health Tech Academy’s dental assistant bootcamp prepares you land a job in this growing industry.

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Dental Offices

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Dental Offices

Most dental assistants work in dental office, working closely with patients and dentists. Daily tasks for registered dental assistants may include keeping patient records, sterilizing dental instruments, processing x-rays, and instructed patients on proper oral hygiene.

Average Annual Salary: $42,460

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Specialty Practices

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Specialty Practices

Specialty practices include oral surgery, orthodontics (straightening teeth with braces), endodontics (root canal treatment), periodontics (gum treatment), prosthodontics (tooth replacement and implants), and pediatric dentistry. Dental assistants support these practices by performing administrative tasks, preparing dental instruments, and advising patients on oral hygiene. Additional training or certification may be necessary.

Average Annual Salary: 42,920

Free Career Assessment

Is dental assistant the right career path for you? Take our free career assessment to determine which healthcare career path is the best fit for you.

*All salaries according to 2021 estimates released by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.




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Dental Assistant Training Program Comparisons

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Program & Tuition Cost $3,450 $3,000 to $15,000/year $3,000 to $15,000/year
Books, Materials & Fees Included + $500 to $2,200 + $500 to $2,200
Certification Exams & Fees Included + $125 to $450 + $125 to $450
Job Ready Timeline 4-6 months 1 to 2 years 9 months to 2 years
100% Online
Schedule Flexibility
1-on-1 Coaching & Mentorship
Job Placement Assistance
Clear Path to Certification
No Travel Requirements

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Registered Dental Assistant Program FAQs

What is a dental assistant?

Dental assistants are professionals who work alongside dentists and dental hygienists to provide dental care. They may also perform administrative tasks to keep the office running smoothly, and are important members of the dental care team.

What is an RDA?

An RDA is a Registered Dental Assistant. The RDA certification is a national certification issued by American Medical Technologists. Health Tech Academy’s Registered Dental Assistant Bootcamp students for this certification exam.

How long does it take to become an RDA?

The RDA certification exam is provided by American Medical Technologists (AMT) and accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

How much do Registered Dental Assistants make?

The average annual salary of a Registered Dental Assistant was $38,660 in May 2021 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Actual salary will depend on geographic location, clinical setting, experience, and qualifications. Top earners could make over $58K annually.

How much does dental assistant training cost?

Dental assistant training costs vary depending on the program. Health Tech Academy’s Registered Dental Assistant training costs just $3,450—significantly less than many other programs—with payment options to help students fit their education into their budget.

Can you be a dental assistant without a certification?

Yes, you can be a dental assistant without a certification in some states. However, many employers require or prefer certification, and both your career opportunities and earning potential is greater with certification.

How do I get my RDA certification?

After completing Health Tech Academy’s Registered Dental Assistant program, you’ll be eligible to apply for the registered dental assistant certification exam through the American Medical Technologists Association.

What are the qualifications for a dental assistant?

Qualifications vary depending on the job. They may include: high school diploma/GED, completion of a dental assisting training program, and RDA certification.

What technology do I need to complete Health Tech Academy’s Registered Dental Assistant Bootcamp?

Our Registered Dental Assistant program is online, so you’ll need access to a computer, as well as a reliable internet connection.

Do I need dental or healthcare experience to start the Registered Dental Assistant program?

No, you do not need dental or healthcare experience to begin the Registered Dental Assistant program. That’s why we’re here! Our Registered Dental Assistant program is suitable for all learners.


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