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RDHAP: Oral Health for People with Special Needs Fall 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020

155 Fifth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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Program Overview:

The RDHAP course was designed for dental professionals wanting to expand their knowledge and ability to treat people with special needs in the dental office and off-site settings who may have complex medical, psychological or social situations in traditional and non-traditional settings. 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. The program is primarily web-based and was designed to reach professionals in both rural and urban areas. Two live interactive webinar sessions will allow students to meet their peers and instructors virtually.

To successfully complete this program, students will be required to attend the two live webinar via Cisco Webex (first and last day), complete online lectures, quizzes, case reports, complete a field study and pass the final exam (administered on the last day). Upon completion of the course, DHBC will be notified of participant's attendance and course completion.


Upon registration: Students will receive an email confirmation of registration.

Friday, September 18, 2020: Live webinar via Cisco Webex

  • Begins at 8:30AM
  • Orientation to the RDHAP course
  • Students will be divided into learning groups
  • Get familiar with learning management system, Canvas
  • Guest presentations from speakers

Friday, September 18, 2020 - Friday, December 4, 2020: Online Modules & Assignments

  • Students will be expected to complete six sections of online modules that include presentations and their respective quizzes. Each section contains four to seven modules.
  • Students will also complete online clinical case reports; these case reports consist of a presentation of a clinical case with history, charting, photographs and radiographs. Students will then participate in an online group discussion to evaluate each case.
  • Each student will complete a field study, designed to observe an RDHAP in practice or to observe a site where a RDHAP may potentially provide oral health services.

Friday, December 4, 2020: Last Session via live webinar utilizing Cisco Webex

  • Presentations; practice management, equipment discussion, RDHAP licensing

Course Details:

  • Online, Home Study, Live Webinar
  • Friday, September 18, 2020 - Friday, December 4, 2020
  • Dental Hygiene Committee of California Approved Course


$3400; a nonrefundable deposit of $400 will be applied towards your tuition.  Payment Plan: If you opt for the payment plan, you will be billed in 2 installments of $1500 due by 9/15/2020 1:00 PM.

Who Should Attend:
This 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.

You Will Learn:

  • Information Management
  • Dental Hygiene Practice
  • How to Treat Medically Complex Patients
  • Oral Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Developmental Disabilities and Oral Health Care
  • Treatment for Geriatric Patients
  • Medical and Dental Emergencies
  • Business Administration for Dental Hygienists
  • Treatment for Children With and Without Special Needs

For more information, including FAQs & State Requirements to obtain RDHAP License, please visit our website by clicking here or contact us by email at


Elena Francisco, RDHAP graduated from Loma Linda University with a Bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene. She practiced clinical dental hygiene in Northern California for more than 40 years. She received her Masters Degree in Dental Hygiene from Idaho State University. She served on the faculty at University of the Pacific Dental Hygiene program, teaching all aspects of dental hygiene training. She graduated from the RDHAP program at the University of the Pacific and has maintained a practice since 2006, serving her community oral health programs, as a resource, contributor, and practitioner. She has authored several journal articles, contributed the chapter on Protocols and Prevention of Dental Caries in the 12th Edition of Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, served on the peer review board for Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, and serves on the advisory Board for Elite Healthcare. She is a member of her professional organizations and is active in her local component and the California Dental Hygiene Association. 

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