Student Director

fonseca-karlaKarla Fonseca is serving as Student Director on the CDAA Board of Directors.  Her role is to represent Student Members, bringing the voice of students, recent graduates and emerging assistants to the Board.  Read about her here . .

Karla’s Korner

Karla Fonseca, RDA

CDAA Student Director

After many months of being overwhelmed with tons of homework, daily quizzes, final projects, and state requirements to complete the dental assisting program, the final is almost here and graduation is around the corner. So dental assisting students dream about having a break after all the effort and energy that they have invested during this time, but then they realize that being prepared to look for a job is the next assignment.

Here are some ideas that may help to obtain a job . . . read more

Student Opportunities

CDAA Honors Students in Anaheim

CDAA President Shari Becker photobombing!

Hey, did you come by our booth? If you did….thanks a million…or at least a few hundred! That was how many stopped by…well over 200!

We had an amazing time. Once again, our photo booth was a great success with emoticons and other fun hold up props for those who wanted to pose in front of our sign! Special thanks to . . .

Thanks to Swiss Monkey and Crosstex who assisted in sponsoring our student recognition event. We had 139 students come by to pick up their ‘thank you’ gift of a special tooth keychain.  read more . . .


Student Table Clinics

Each year, the California Dental Association sponsors a Table Clinic Competition for dental and dental assisting students. RDA Students present their table clinics to a panel of judges, followed by a presentation to the dental community during

TqbleClinicWinners 2017

RDA Table Clinic Winners Shawnee Lopez, Pamella Cabella and Erlinda Benavides.

the open CE. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three winners.

Table clinics for RDA Students were held during the CDA Presents Anaheim on Friday, May 3.  Congratulations to all participants! And the winner is . . . for

their presentation on Dental Unit Waterlines – Shawnee Lopez, Pam Cabello and Erlinda Benavidez from Citrus College RDA Program.

CDA Presents

Student Chapters (SADAA)

Students of American Dental Assistants Association are chapters or clubs set up at dental assisting programs around the country. Their purpose is to provide support, encouragement, education and leadership opportunities to ADAA student members during their time in school. To organize a chapter, click here.

Organize a Chapter

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Become a Volunteer Leader

Taking a leadership position is a great way to influence the future of your profession and can be the start of an exciting journey that takes you to new heights of achievement.

Becoming a leader has many benefits:

  • Learn leadership and organizational skills
  • Have the chance for your voice to be heard
  • Increase your knowledge of our profession
  • Work with some of the best and brightest in dentistry
ADAA Student Trustee

Each year, a Student Trustee is appointed to the ADAA Board of Trustees. Eligibility includes being an ADAA Student member who has graduated from or who will graduate from a dental assisting program within 12 months of the application deadline date (June 30). To apply, click here:

Apply Today

ADAA Council on Student Relations

This Council of the ADAA serves to promote and enhance all aspects of services to the student membership. Each member is appointed for a two-year term. To apply click here:

Apply Today

For more information about ADAA and Students, click here:

ADAA Student Information