Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) - Certificate of Achievement


Program Description

This program provides instruction to dental assistants as preparation for licensure as an Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) in the state of Washington.  The curriculum is approved by the Dental Quality Assurance Commission.  

Career Opportunities

Graduates who have been awarded licensure by the Washington State Department of Health may be hired as an Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary.  This licensure extends the scope of practice of traditional dental assisting to include placing and carving direct restorations, taking final impressions, and the ability to perform various supportive services with less supervision.  Expanded Function Dental Auxiliaries also deliver limited services to the community in settings such as schools and community organizations. See Health and Wellness » Dental Assisting for more career and employment information. 

Program Outcomes

South Puget Sound Community College believes that all students need to develop a broad range of abilities that will not only make them more effective in their professional pursuits but will enhance their capacity to relate well to others in their daily lives.  Students who complete the EFDA program will have the training and experience necessary to take and pass both the Washington State Restorative Exam (WARE) and Western Regional Examining Board Exam (WREB).     

Additional Considerations

HEALTH AND SAFETY:  Applicants must have current and valid health care provider basic life support (BLS) certification and proof of Hepatitis B immunity.

PRE-ENTRANCE EXAM:  Once all applications are received, up to 20 applicants will be chosen to take the Pre-entrance Exam in July.  This exam consists of a written portion covering basic chairside assisting and a practical portion to include coronal polishing, sealants, and radiographs.  All applicants must pass each section before being considered for the EFDA program.

SPONSORING DENTIST:  This is normally the employer of the EFDA applicant.  The sponsoring dentist provides mentoring, instructional support, and the clinical aspect of the second two quarters of the program.

ADDITIONAL COSTS (dollar values are approximate and subject to change):

Non-refundable application fee $25.00
Lab fees for materials $120.00
Lab kit $1,500.00
Medical liability and malpractice insurance $18.00
Loupes eye wear and light $1,700.00
Personal Protection Equipment $50.00
Textbooks (2) $250.00
White full length lab coat $35.00
Typodont and teeth $700.00
Total $4,398.00

The following are estimated costs.  Please contact each directly the for the exact amounts:

EFDA State Licensure fee is $175
Washington State Restorative Exam (WARE) is $300
Western Regional Examining Board Restorative Exam (WREB) is $515

Additional Program Information

Special Admissions

Program Information

Length of Program: This certificate program includes three courses offered in sequence on an evening schedule through one academic year (fall, winter, and spring).

Admission: Applications for special admission to the EFDA Program are available online.

Minimum eligibility for entrance to the program: Applicants to the EFDA Program must be currently registered as dental assistants with Washington State (RDA).  Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years restorative chairside dental assisting experience within the last 5 years. If an applicant has not graduated from an ADA/CODA accredited dental assisting program they must have a current CDA certificate through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). Applicants must have a dentist willing to commit as their sponsoring dentist.  Applicants must also have all passing scores on the EFDA Pre-entrance Exam.

Priority consideration will be given to those students who have 5 or more years of restorative chairside experience, current certification with the Dental Assisting National Board (CDA), and have submitted a complete application prior to other qualified applicants. Scores on the Pre-entrance Exam will also be considered during the final selection of applicants into the program.

Application procedure:  Applications for the EFDA Program will be accepted beginning on the first business day in January. Those received by the first business day in June will be given priority consideration for admission over applications received after the first business day in June. There is a required, non-refundable $25.00 application fee due at the time of application.  For an EFDA application to be complete, all required documentation must be included.

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Educational Plan

Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary

Certificate of Achievement
9 credits

1st Quarter Fall

DENT 200 Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary I 2 Credits Search Schedule
Combined lecture/lab course. In the lab setting, place, carve, and finish amalgam and composite restorations as well as take final impressions and construct temporary crowns. This includes: dental materials, assessment, indications and contraindications, armamentarium, Black's cavity classifications, occlusal relations, and ergonomics. Prerequisite: Student is admitted upon approval by Program Director. Must have completed an accredited Dental Assisting Program, or be a currently Certified Dental Assistant. Applicants need to have a Washington State Registered Dental Assistant credential. Must have at least three years of recent full-time equivalent working experience as a Dental Assistant. Must be able to satisfactorily perform a coronal polish, sealant placement, full mouth set of radiographs, and pass a written exam.

2nd Quarter Winter

DENT 201 Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary II 3 Credits Search Schedule
This is a combination lecture, lab, and clinical application. Content includes: placement of restorative materials in patient simulators, mock WREB exams, preparation for the Washington Auxiliary Restorative Exam (WREB), Washington State Dental Practice Act, ethics, cultural diversity, endodontically restored teeth, oral health instructions to patients, related pharmacology, dental emergencies, and health history alters. In a clinical setting, students will perform on patients: coronal polish, sealants, fluoride application, and construction of temporary restorations. Prerequisite: Must have passed previous quarter DENT 200.

3rd Quarter Spring

DENT 202 Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary III 4 Credits Search Schedule
This is a combination of lecture, lab and clinical application. It includes: mock WREB practice and final exam; preparation for mock WREB mid-term and final exam; lab review and continued practice with restorations; clinical application and evaluation of amalgam and composite restorations by the sponsoring dentist. Prerequisite: Successful completion of DENT 201 with a "B" or better.

Effective Catalog Year 2017-2018, Revised February 28, 2017