Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA)
Full-Time Program | CIP Code 51.0601
The field of Dental Health is growing rapidly. As the need for qualified dental office personnel increases, the need for training also increases. One area of rapid growth is in the current practice of Dental Assistants. The role of Dental Assistants has been expanded to include a variety of added functions. This program has been designed as an intensive study of the basics of restorative dentistry for the Dental Assistant in the role of an Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA). The Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry’s rules and regulations will be presented and reviewed as they pertain to Expanded Function. The essential functions taught in this course include, but are not limited to: placement, carving and finishing of amalgam restoration, placement and finishing of composite restorations, crown and bridge temporary restoration, placement of pit and fissure sealants, and coronal polishing and fluoride application. These skills are attained through lecture presentations, demonstrations and hands-on technical laboratory sessions in which students perform procedures on dental simulators.
After successful completion of the program, students may pursue immediate employment as a Dental Assistant or an Expanded Function Dental Assistant. Each GACTC EFDA graduate receives a diploma for both Dental Assisting and Expanded Function Dental Assisting (EFDA) and is eligible to matriculate into an Associate of Applied Science degree at Mount Aloysius College.
PA State Board of Dentristy
Start Dates: August
12 Month Program
Schedule: Monday - Thursday
· American Heart Association CPR
· Dental Assisting X-ray Certification
· PA Expanded Function Dental Assisting Certification
· Infection Control Exam Component of the DANB for Certified Dental Assistant Certification