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. In response to the increased duties of Dental Assistants, the GACTC designed an intensive study of the basics of restorative dentistry for the Dental Assistant in the role of an Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA).

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In this program, the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry’s rules and regulations will be presented and reviewed as they pertain to Expanded Function Dental Assistants. The essential functions taught in this program include, but are not limited to the following:

  • dental assisting functions
  • placement, carving and finishing of amalgam restoration
  • placement and finishing of composite restorations
  • crown and bridge temporary restoration
  • placement of pit and fissure sealants
  • coronal polishing
  • fluoride application
  • impressions for athletic appliances
  • other functions allowable by the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry

The specific program courses include:

  • Dental Anatomy
  • Dental Assisting I & II
  • Dental Assisting Clinical I & II
  • Dental Radiology I & II
  • Dental Materials
  • Expanded Function Dental Assisting & Practicum
  • Private Practice Preparation

These skills are attained through lecture presentations, demonstrations and hands-on technical laboratory sessions in which students perform procedures on dental simulators. Additionally, students complete 480 hours with dental offices to develop their skills.

GACTC high school students that have successfully completed the high school Dental Assistant program (CIP code 51.0601) and the State of Pennsylvania Radiology license exam may be exempt from the radiology courses within the EFDA diploma program.

All students from our past 3 classes have successfully completed the State of Pennsylvania Radiology licensure exam.

After successful completion of this full-time program, students may pursue immediate employment as a Dental Assistant or an Expanded Function Dental Assistant. Graduates of this program receive, upon successful completion of the program requirements, a diploma for Expanded Function Dental Assisting.

This program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry.

Although not required for many Dental Assistant and EFDA positions, graduates of the GACTC EFDA program have the opportunity to complete an associate degree with several local colleges and universities. Please contact the Continuing Education office for details.

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The GACTC welcomes all interested individuals to apply for admission into our career training programs. Review the admissions requirements and apply now at

Health Examination Form, completed by a licensed medical professional. Students are required to be screened for Tuberculosis by having a mantoux (2 Step PPD) test, IGRA blood test, or, if deemed necessary, a chest X-ray. Negative results must be submitted to the Continuing Education Office prior to the first day of the required internship. Students are required to have a physical including a Hepatitis B vaccination and other certain immunizations.

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Expanded Function Dental Assistant


  • CPR
  • OSHA 10 hour Healthcare certification
  • State of Pennsylvania Radiology license
  • State of Pennsylvania Expanded Function Dental Assisting Certification
  • Infection Control Exam Component of the DANB for Certified Dental Assistant Certification


Estimated Tuition & Fees for 2022-2023:
$18,700 (includes a laptop)

For the 2021-2022 academic year, this program is eligible for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding! Contact your local CareerLink to learn more about WIOA funding.


Next start is September 2022. Schedule to be announced – call the Continuing Education Office at (814) 941-8324 for more information.


Please contact us to schedule a tour and to meet with a career counselor to discuss your career goals and this program. Complete this short form to request more information and to schedule a tour, or call us as 814.941.TECH.

We welcome your application to the EFDA program.

Jamie Hershey

EFDA Coordinator/Instructor
2nd Floor