Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDHAP)
SPRING 2017 PROGRAM HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO THE FALL SEMESTER 2017. WE APOLOGISE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE THAT THIS MAY CAUSE.
INITIAL MEETING WILL BE IN AUGUST – DATE TBA.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL (310)287-7224.
SPRING 2017 PROGRAM
FEBRUARY 4, 2017 (RDHAP Business Plan Workshop)
FEBRUARY 17 & 18, 2017
MARCH 24 & 25, 2017
APRIL 14 & 15, 2017
MAY 12 & 13, 2017
Please remember that in order to apply to the RDHAP Program, the applicant MUST be a currently licensed Registered Dental Hygienist in the State of California.
2017 RDHAP Application Information (PDF)
RDHAP Program Overview
West Los Angeles College's 150-hour RDHAP program is the first and most widely-recognized program of its kind in California.
Approved by the Dental Board of California and the Committee of Dental Auxiliaries at its inception in 2002, and now by the Dental Hygiene Committee of California. This program prepares registered dental hygienists to become licensed to operate a private practice providing dental hygiene services in homes, schools, residential facilities, and underserved areas.
The California State RDHAP written licensing exam is offered to participants upon completion of the program, and meeting all other criteria set forth by the Dental Hygiene Committee of California. Since the RDHAP program's inception at West Los Angeles College, 100% of our program participants have passed the written licensing exam.
To learn more about the RDHAP program for dental hygienist professionals, consider attending our RDHAP Symposiums.
2017 RDHAP Program Flyer (PDF)
RDHAP Licensing Requirements
To be eligible for licensing, students need:
A passing grade on the California RDHAP written licensing exam
A Bachelor Degree or an Associate of Science degree requiring a minimum 120 semester college units from an accredited institution
Verification of a minimum of 2000 hours of employment in clinical practice within the past 36 months. Click here for form.
Have an active California Registered Dental Hygiene License
Have a current CPR/BLS card for the Healthcare Provider (Allied Health 21).
Program participants must furnish items 2, 3, and 4 prior to admission to the program.
Applications are accepted throughout the year and must be received by February 10, 2017 for coursework beginning in February 2017.
RDHAP Program Cost
The cost of the RDHAP program is $5,000, which includes all materials and supplies required to complete the course. Payment may be made by cashier's check, money order, Visa, or Mastercard. A $500 refundable deposit is due with application to the RDHAP Program. The remaining tuition is paid in three installments of $1,500.00 each (se payment schedule for specific dates).
2017 RDHAP Program Payment Schedule Form (PDF)
The RDHAP Program starts in February of each year and ends in May. It includes:
RDHAP Business Plan Workshop - 1 day event (January)
4 weekends (Friday & Saturday) of seminar-style continuing education on WLAC campus
100 hours of distance learning education
50 hours of Classroom instruction
RDHAP Program 2016 Classroom Meetings:
BUSINESS PLAN WORKSHOP: February 4, 2017
Location: MSA Building, Room 103 - For Registration Form (Registration Form coming soon)
February 17 & 18, 2017
March 24 & 25, 2017
April 14 & 15, 2017
May 12 & 13, 2017
The RDHAP program covers topics including the following:
Business Plan Development
Legal Issues facing the RDHAP
How to Develop Contracts with Institutions
How to Operate and Administer Your Business including Insurance Billing and Processing
Working with Medically Compromised Individuals
Portable Dental Equipment
Infection Control in Alternative Environments
RDHAP Spring 2017 Program Application Form