Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary (EFDA)

The expanded functions dental auxiliary (EFDA) technology program prepares one for a career as an advanced dental professional employed by private dental offices, dental clinics and public health facilities.

This program is available to students who are interested in learning expanded restorative procedures (how to fill teeth) and are currently Ohio or nationally certified dental assistants (CDA), registered dental hygienists (RDH), or dental hygiene students who have completed a minimum of one year in an ADA accredited degree program.

After two semesters of study and completion of the major courses, students will earn a certificate and are eligible to sit for the Ohio EFDA examination offered by either the Commission on Dental Testing (CODT) or the Commission on Dental Competency Assessment (CDCA). If successful on the state’s written and practical exam, and upon registration with the Ohio State Dental Board, a successful applicant will be permitted to use the EFDA initials following their name.

An associate of science degree in expanded functions dental auxiliary technology may be earned through the completion of additional coursework during three additional semesters of study.

Enrollment in the EFDA program is limited. Admission is offered to eligible applicants on a space available basis. The EFDA program requires a separate application; admission to the College does not automatically mean acceptance into the EFDA program.

Your pathway to a degree

You can start with a expanded functions dental auxiliary certificate, taking classes that directly apply to the associate degree in expanded functions dental auxiliary:

  • Introduction to Dental Terminology and Basic Anatomy
  • Dental Morphology for the Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary
  • Expanded Dental Assisting I
  • Expanded Dental Assisting II
  • Directed Clinical Practice

Certificate Credits 14

Take these additional courses to earn an associate degree in expanded functions dental auxiliary that you can take right to the workforce or easily transfer to a bachelor’s degree program:

  • Dental Auxiliary
  • College Algebra
  • Student Success Seminar
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
  • Computer Applications for Professionals
  • Sociology
  • General Psychology
  • College Composition
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (lab)
  • Effective Speaking
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (lab)
  • Business Administration
  • Business Communication
  • Ethics

Additional Credits 46

TOTAL CREDITS FOR DEGREE 60