This course has been designed as an intensive introduction to 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 Functions.


The essential functions taught in this course but are not limited to, placing and removing rubber dams, carving and finishing of amalgam restorations, coronal polishing, application of fluoride, pit and fissure sealants, and placement and finishing of light-cured composite restorations and crown and bridge temporary restorations . These skills are attained through lecture presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on technical laboratory sessions.

  • 6 Semester Credits
  • 216 total hours (with Didactic and Clinical combined – EFDA 101 & 102): 96 hours/12 weeks of Didactic (Lecture/Lab – EFDA 101) and 120 hours of Clinical Practicum– EFDA 102

This course is not an introduction to clinical dental assisting. It is assumed that the student can perform clinical assisting duties (suctioning, retraction, patient communication, infection control, impression taking, knowledge of procedures, manipulation of materials, etc.) with clinical competence and confidence.

The training is designed to provide the opportunity for the experienced Dental Assistant/Dental Hygienist with the necessary theory and clinical instruction to obtain a temporary EFDA permit and/or to sit for the PA State Board of Dentistry EFDA Certification Exam. This program is accredited by the PA State Board of Dentistry.

Of our graduates from the past 5 cohorts, 97% have successfully completed the State of Pennsylvania Expanded Function Dental Assisting Certification.


  • Dental Assisting National X-ray Certification; a copy of the X-ray certification must be provided with the application.
  • Students must achieve a minimum of 80% or better in EFDA 101 to progress to EFDA 102.

How to Enroll:

To apply for the EFDA Certificate program, please complete the online application at Applicants must submit a copy of a current X-ray certification after submission of the application.

Please contact the Continuing Education Office at (814) 941-8324 and with questions.


Upon completion of the program, students may take the following certification exams:

  • Infection Control Exam Component of the DANB for Certified Dental Assistant Certification
  • PA Expanded Function Dental Assistant Certificate Exam


$5,100 (includes all course materials except items needed for supply kit)


Next session:

  • Fall 2022: September 10, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10
  • Spring 2023: February 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6

Class sessions are typically 12 Saturdays from 9 am to 5:30 pm with a half hour for lunch. All class sessions are at the GACTC. Dates and times are subject to change.

Please contact the GACTC Continuing Education Office at (814) 941-8324 and for more information.