UC Blue Ash College

Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) Certificate Program

The UC Blue Ash EFDA Program is incredibly proud of our graduates and look forward to more amazing years to come. The program is made up of online and face-to-face instruction with hands on pre-clinical laboratory sessions as well as off-site practicum experiences. Students will use typodonts (patient simulation) for learning instrumentation and proper manipulation of dental materials.  The prerequisite course in only offered Summer semester.

Students will also develop self-evaluation skills, an understanding of the Ohio State Dental Board Rules and Laws as they pertain to EFDAs, as well as professionalism and critical thinking in dentistry. At the completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the EFDA board examination to become a registered EFDA in the state of Ohio.

See below for eligibility changes and admission requirements.

Helpful tip: If you are a dental assistant who has not taken the CODA or DANB exam yet to become a certified dental assistant, register to do that NOW! Exams are only offered at specific times during the year, don’t let that prevent you from starting the EFDA Program. 

Information Session:

Don't miss our upcoming information session to learn more about the EFDA Program at UC Blue Ash College.

Register for your session by following the link associated with your date of choice.  We are hoping to offer in person information sessions again starting this Fall, but that will not be determined until a later date.  Please check back for any updates.

Program Outcomes

  • Determine and perform the appropriate steps for placing amalgam and composite restorations of all classifications, as well as finishing and polishing restorations.
  • Determine and perform the appropriate steps for placing bases, liners and other pulp protective materials under restorations.
  • Identify and utilize appropriate methods of isolation in the placement of amalgam and composite restorations.
  • Apply ethical standards expected of a dental health professional in the delivery of restorative dentistry.
  • Identify the rules and laws in accordance with the Ohio State Dental Board practice act pertaining to permissible tasks legally delegated to EFDAs in the delivery of restorative dental care.


The classes will meet either online or once weekly on Fridays during each semester. There is potential that classes may alternatively need to be held on Thursday evenings due to limited space on campus. Any need for a Thursday evening course will be communicated with the students well in advance.

  • 1st Summer Semester: Tooth Morphology for the EFDA (Hybrid - online and in face to face)
  • Fall Semester: Restorative Dentistry for EFDA 1 (lecture and lab held on Fridays)
  • Spring Semester: Restorative Dentistry for EFDA 2 (lecture and lab held on Fridays)
  • 2nd Summer Semester: Clinical Practicum (off site patient care experience)



Due to COVID-19 testing site closures and limited opportunity to take the CODA or DANB certified dental assistant exams, it will NOT be a prerequisite for the EFDA Program this year. Students must still become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) in order to sit for the EFDA board exam.

Qualified candidates for the EFDA program include:

  • Advanced qualified personnel (AQP)
  • Unlicensed dentists
  • Dental students
  • Unaccredited foreign dental college graduates (restriction apply please see note below*)
  • RDHs
  • Unlicensed dental hygienists
  • Certified Dental Assistants (CODA or DANB)
    • CDAs must also have two years of full-time chairside dentistry experience within the past five years
    • Note to Dental Assistants: your two years of experience don’t have to be as a CDA, but you must have your CDA to sit for the EFDA board exam.

*Please note: For international student requirements, contact the Enrollment Services Office at 513-558-9998.

Tuition Information

Tuition for this program is due each semester based on the credit hours of the course. The courses required for this program are not available for tuition guarantee or loans. To determine the cost of the program refer to our Tuition and Fees under the Health-Related Programs Tuition and Fees Breakdown.  

Admission Requirements

Due to limited capacity and our desire for the highest quality graduates, the EFDA program uses a selective program admission process. 

Steps for getting into the EFDA Program:

  1. Must complete your application to UC Blue Ash as a Pre-Health Professions - interest in EFDA major no later than March 1st.  This includes receiving outside transcripts, which typically takes a minimum of 2 weeks to process. (Don't wait until the last minute!)  
  2. Enroll in Tooth Morphology (EFDA 1010) for the upcoming SUMMER semester.
    1. This is a required prerequisite course that is available on a first come, first serve basis for the up to 30 eligible students.  Instructor approval is required to ensure you are an eligible candidate.
    2. Please email documentation proof of your eligibiltiy (as described above) to heather.ferris@uc.edu, you will then receive instructions on how to enroll.
      1. Examples of proof may include dental assisting school diploma, certifications, licenses, etc.
      2. Please use your UC email address for this an all future communications.
    3. Enrollment in this course DOES NOT mean you have been accepted into the EFDA Selective Admissions Program.
  3. Apply to the EFDA program.  Submit all necessary paperwork requested in teh application no later than the last business day in April. 
    1. Application requirements are below.
    2. Link to application is available at the bottom of this page (Note: It will only be open from the first business day in March until the last business day in April each year). 

Applicants must take and pass the above mentioned prerequisite course with a C or better to be considered for the EFDA Program. 

EFDA Selective Admissions minimum criteria:

  • Must be a University of Cincinnati Blue Ash student
  • Eligible candidate as defined above
  • Complete Tooth Morphology (EFDA 1010) Summer course, with a grade of C or better.
  • Sponsor (Dentist) commitment that includes an agreement to provide 80 hours of direct supervision on patients within his or her practice.
  • Essay - consists of 200 words or less: "Describe what characteristics you possess that will help you to become a successful EFDA."  
  • Resume - should include any relevant certifications and years of dental experience. Please note that dental assistants should show a minimum of two years of full-time experience in chair side dentistry within the past five years.  

Other specific applicant requirements include:

  • Color distinction (differentiation of various shades of color and gradations from black to white);
  • Manual dexterity/motor coordination (discern changes in surface textures by manipulating dental instruments, control exertion of hand/finger pressure);
  • Eye-hand coordination (transfer of visual input into motor output);
  • Physical communications (perceive sound through telephone, hear commands through operator’s face mask, hear oral communication from patients);
  • Visual acuity (identify the working ends of various dental instruments and implements at a two-foot distance);
  • Form/spatial ability (view in three-dimensional relationships, distinguish subtle changes from one form or shape to another, discriminate intricate measurements);
  • Language development (communicate clearly so that patient understands his/her dental/oral condition).

Additional Expenses

Student will also be required to purchase additional items for the program, which include the following:

  • Lab fee for Fall and Spring semesters: $360
  • Magnification loupes (one time purchase)
  • Uniform lab coat
  • Board Exam Fee

The costs for these items will be given to the students upon admissions into the program and students must be financially ready to purchase them prior to starting classes.

Program Requirements

Upon acceptance into the program, students will also be required to show proof of:

  • Hepatitis B vaccination and titer, 
  • vision examination, and 
  • current health care provider CPR certification. 

Special thank you to the ADEAGies Foundation for their financial support, which has allowed us to fund much of the startup costs for this Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary Program.

Continuing Education Courses

The Dental Hygiene Technology and EFDA programs periodically offer continuing education courses to further the education and qualifications of existing Dental Hygienists and EFDAs. Check out the details on our current CE courses.

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Contact Information

EFDA Program Contact
Email: efda@ucblueash.edu
Phone: 513-558-9478