RDAEF Program Modules and Dates

The RDAEF Program is divided into three modules held on Saturdays and Sundays—two to three weekends per month—throughout the nine-month period at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Both RDAs and existing RDAEFs maintain the same course schedule for Modules 1 and 2. However, current RDAEFs take fewer classes in Module 3. In addition, students will be required to complete restorations in their supervising dentist's office during Module 3.

2017-2018 Program

Module 1:  August 12 – October 12, 2017 (6 weekends)
August 12 & 13; 19 & 20 (1/2 day)
September 9 & 10; 16 & 17; 30
October 1; 14 & 15

  • Dental anatomy
  • Oral health assessment, gingival structures
  • Occlusion principles, TMJ and head and neck anatomy
  • Primary and secondary dentition
  • Beginning of bases and liners for amalgams, composites and glass ionomers
  • Placement, polishing and anatomy for amalgams, composites and glass ionomers
  • Oral isolation

Module 2:  October 21 – December 10, 2017 (5 weekends)
October 21 & 22
November 4 & 5; 18 & 19
December 2 & 3; 9 & 10

  • Continuation of bases and liners
  • Continuation of placement, carving and polishing of amalgams, composites and glass ionomers
  • Dental materials and techniques for making impressions for removable partial dentures

Module 3:  January 6 - May 6, 2018 (10 weekends; 8 weekends for current RDAEFs)
January 6 & 7; 20 & 21; 27 & 28
February 10* & 11 (1/2 day); 24* & 25
March 10* & 11; 24* & 25* (1/2 day)
April 14 & 15; 21 & 22
May 5 & 6 (1/2 day of classes followed by Graduation)

*Dates only for RDAs; current RDAEFs do not attend these sessions in Module 3

  • Dental materials for interocclusal registration, vasoconstrictors, fixed partial dentures, dental cements
  • Fitting, adjusting and cementing of ceramic, all metal and ceramo-metal fixed partial dentures (crowns)
  • Indirect restoration technique*
  • Hemorrhage control, cord packing, vasoconstrictor use and final impressions*
  • Dental ergonomics*
  • Oral health assessment exercise with the dentl school
  • Endodontics
  • Pulp vitality testing, cone fitting and cementation
  • Restorations in your supervising dentist's office
  • Review of all 3 modules prior to the state dental board exam

Dates may be subject to change.

Attendance Policy

All students are required to participate in each day of the RDAEF program. Attendance for all sessions is mandatory. Students will be required to make up any days missed at an additional expense to the participant.