American Medical Technologists (AMT) > Dental Assistant

Are you eligible for RDA certification?

Applicants must meet one of the following routes to be eligible to apply for an RDA certification exam.

Required Documentation

Education

Applicant shall be a graduate of, or scheduled to graduate from, an accredited dental assisting program*.

  • All training programs must have been structured to include at least the following content areas:  
    office assisting skills, dental sciences, clinical procedures and dental radiography 
  • Applicants must be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) 

(The RDA credential is not a substitute for compliance with any licensing or regulatory requirements that an individual state may impose.)

*Program or institution must be accredited by a regional or national accreditation agency approved by the US Department of Education (DOE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or otherwise approved by the AMT Board of Directors.

If recently graduated (last 4 years):  

  • Official final transcript provided by the school, showing graduation from a Dental Assistant program
  • Valid CPR card (copy of front and back). CPR training must include both theoretical and in-person demonstration of CPR proficiency

If graduated 4+ years ago:  

  • Copy of transcripts showing graduation from a Dental Assistant program
  • Documented, relevant, full-time work experience for 3 years out of the last 5 years that is verified by AMT.  Work requirement is assumed to be full-time (40 hours per week). May be a combination of part time settings
  • Valid CPR card (copy of front and back). CPR training must include both theoretical and in-person demonstration of CPR proficiency
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Military

Applicant shall have completed a military dental assisting training program AND shall have completed a minimum of one year of work experience in the dental assisting profession.

  • All training programs must have been structured to include at least the following content areas:  
    office assisting skills, dental sciences, clinical procedures and dental radiography 
  • Applicants must be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)  

(The RDA credential is not a substitute for compliance with any licensing or regulatory requirements that an individual state may impose.)

If recently graduated (last 4 years):  

  • Copy of Joint Services Transcript (JST) showing graduation from a formal training program
  • Valid CPR card (copy of front and back). CPR training must include both theoretical and in-person demonstration of CPR proficiency

If graduated 4+ years ago:  

  • Copy of Joint Services Transcript (JST) showing graduation from a formal training program
  • Documented, relevant, full-time (40 hours per week) work experience for 3 years out of the last 5 years that is verified by AMT.  May be a combination of part time settings
  • Copy of the DD214 (if discharged)
  • Copy of recent evaluations covering the required work experience timeframe
  • Valid CPR card (copy of front and back).   CPR training must include both theoretical and in-person demonstration of CPR proficiency
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Work Experience

Applicant shall have been employed as a dental assistant for a minimum of three years (5,250 hours). 

  • Work requirement is assumed to be full-time (40 hours per week).  May be a combination of part time settings.

(The RDA credential is not a substitute for compliance with any licensing or regulatory requirements that an individual state may impose.)

  • A copy of your high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • Documented, relevant, full-time work experience for minimum of 3 years that is verified by AMT
  • Valid CPR card (copy of front + back) that includes hands-on training
  •  Recommendation from a current or former employer who is a dentist
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Instructor

Applicant shall be currently instructing in an accredited Dental Assisting Program*, shall have completed a course of instruction in a healthcare discipline related to dental assisting, and shall have a minimum of three years of full-time teaching experience (or equivalent part-time experience equal to three years full-time) in a dental assisting discipline that includes office assisting skills, dental sciences, preclinical procedures, infection control, and dental radiography/imaging.

An applicant who has less than three years of full-time teaching experience (or equivalent), but more than one year, shall have a minimum of two years of full-time dental assisting experience within the past five years, in a healthcare profession in which the scope of practice is commensurate with, or exceeds, the dental assisting scope of practice that includes office assisting skills, dental sciences, preclinical procedures, infection control, and dental radiography/imaging. Full-time work is considered 40 hours per week (part-time combination allowed).

(The RDA credential is not a substitute for compliance with any licensing or regulatory requirements that an individual state may impose.)

*Program or institution must be accredited by a regional or national accreditation agency approved by the US Department of Education (DOE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or otherwise approved by the AMT Board of Directors.

  • Copy of academic transcript
  • Proof of documented, relevant work experience that is verified by AMT
  • Valid CPR card (copy of front + back) that includes hands-on training
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Once Eligible You Can Apply

Complete application and submit fee online.

Once you are eligible you can apply. Submit a separate application for each certification.

Pay fee*

RDA
$135

*Fees are non-refundable and include application, exam and first annual fee.

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Dental Assistant (RDA)

 

Once you receive notification from AMT with approval you may proceed.

Schedule the exam

If you are taking the exam at your school, your instructor will provide information about the exam date and time. If you are taking the exam at a one of the hundreds of Pearson VUE testing center locations across the country, you will schedule your own exam.

Locate a Testing Center Near Me

To cancel or reschedule

Call Pearson VUE at 1-888-846-6941 24 hours prior to your exam. If you are late or don’t show, you must pay a retesting fee to reschedule.

Take the Exam

Arrive 30 minutes prior to exam time with the required testing items:

  1. Authorization letter
  2. Two forms of valid identification
    • Both must have your first and last name identical to your name on your authorization letter
    • Both must bear your signature
    • One form must be a photo ID, either a driver’s license, state ID card, military ID, or passport

After the Exam

  • Results are available after the exam and are sent to AMT within 48 hours
  • All documentation MUST be complete to receive certification
  • Official certificate will arrive in the mail within 7-14 days
  • You may download your certified member card from My AMT Portal.

Retesting

If you receive a failing score, you will need to retake the entire exam.

  • Retake is permitted no sooner than 45 days from previous attempt
  • A non-refundable fee is required for each additional attempt
  • You are limited to 4 exam attempts for any one certification
  • Consult the AMT study resources to prepare for a retake

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