Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDHAP) Educational Course

RDHAP Education Program

The Division of Continuing Dental Education is pleased to offer a web-based program on oral health for people with complex needs. This online program has been approved by the Dental Hygiene Board of California to satisfy the 150-hour education requirement for the Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDHAP) license in California. The three-month program is offered twice each year.

Program Description

As California’s population continues to grow, it has become one of the most diverse in the U.S. Promoting oral health is becoming increasingly challenging. This course was designed for dental professionals who would like to expand their knowledge and ability to treat people with complex physical, medical, psychological or social situations. The program is primarily web-based and was designed to reach professionals in both rural and urban areas. Two in-person sessions, one at the beginning and one at the end of the program, allow students to meet and interact with their peers and instructors.

Primary topic areas covered in this program include information management; dental hygiene practice; medically complex patients; oral pathology; pharmacology; developmental disabilities and oral health care; geriatrics; medical and dental emergencies; business administration for dental hygienists; treatment for children with and without special needs; case studies and a community field assignment.

The Dugoni School of Dentistry program is open to any oral health professional interested in oral health for people with complex needs and is not limited to individuals who will be applying for the RDHAP license. This program provides 150 hours of continuing education credit. Some states limit the amount of online credits that are counted for license renewal. Please check your state licensing board regulations (Your eligibility for the RDHAP license needs to be confirmed with the Dental Hygiene Board of California. Pacific provides the continuing education course only.  It is the student's responsibility to confirm if college units and foreign trained dental provider degrees are eligible for licensing purposes.  It is the student's responsibility to confirm this with the DHBC and students are encouraged to do this prior to enrollment in the course).