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

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.

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 accredited through 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.


  • 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:
$18,700 (includes a laptop)


September 14, 2021 through July 2022, hours vary


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.