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 both Dental Assisting and 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.