Expanded Functions for Dental Auxiliaries EFDA.S.STC

Short-term Technical Certificate - 13 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Dental Health Sciences
Effective as of Fall 2012

Sinclair Community College’s Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) Program is designed to train Certified Dental Assistants and Registered Dental Hygienists in the art of Restorative Dentistry. Upon successful completion of this program, an auxiliary is eligible to sit for the state certifying examination.

What is the program about?

The Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) Certificate is designed to prepare graduates for positions in private practice dental offices, dental clinics, federal, state and municipal health facilities. The Ohio State Dental Board allows Certified Dental Assistants and Registered Dental Hygienists to enroll in this training. Emphasis is placed on sealants, amalgam restorations, composite restorations and temporary restorations. Students will receive instruction and hands-on experience in restorative dentistry as it relates to expanded functions in Ohio. Once the training is complete, the student must take a state written and practical exam to demonstrate proficiency in placement of dental restorations.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrates the ability to work with a culturally diverse population.
  • Demonstrates the gold standard of care in restorative dentistry, including the application of OSHA and HIPAA regulations in providing patient care.
  • Demonstrates ethical conduct in restorative care and the decision making process.
  • Demonstrates social responsibility by displaying a professional commitment to continuing education and life-long learning.
  • Displays effective written and oral communication with other health care providers and the public regarding the significance of restorative dentistry.

Career Opportunities

The Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary Profession offers opportunities with excellent income and flexible scheduling. While most EFDAs work in general and specialty dental offices, alternative career opportunities are available. These include public health departments, community programs and clinics, teaching institutions, consumer advocate and consulting.


  • Approval of Department


The student must take a state written and practical exam to demonstrate proficiency in placement of dental restorations. After successful completion of the exam, the student must register with the Ohio State Dental Board as a Certified Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary. This is currently a certification with biennial registration.

Additional Information

To be accepted for this program you must provide proof of the following:

  1. Two years of full time chair-side dental assisting within the last five years; letter stating same.
  2. Current employment in a dental office; letter stating same.
  3. CDA Certificate. The certification must be for the current year and show a date of expiration.
  4. Copy of current CPR.
  5. Copy of Hepatitis immunity or vaccination.

If you are looking for information, go to Dental Health Sciences and mid way down the page there is a link for the EFDA Information Packet. which you can download. If you are interested in the program, please email stephany.elworth@sinclair.edu after the first of September to provide your name and email address to be added to the list of students who will be emailed out an application February 28, 2018 for completion and return for the 2018 program. Our 2017 program is currently full. Thank you.


Course Title Credits
EFD 1102 Dental Anatomy for Dental Auxiliaries 1
EFD 1202 Expanded Functions for Dental Auxiliaries I 6
EFD 1302 Expanded Functions for Dental Auxiliaries II 6
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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances. View current catalog.