UC Blue Ash College

Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) Certificate Program

The UC Blue Ash EFDA Program has achieved a 100% pass rate on the Commission for Dental Testing in Ohio EFDA Board Exam. We are 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 for 2021 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 513-745-5700.

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 high demand, program difficulty and other specialized needs, the EFDA program uses a selective program admission process. 

  1. Applicants need to apply to the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College as a Pre-Health Professions major. The application (including receiving transcripts) must be complete no later than March 1, 2021.  
  2. Enroll in the prerequisite course, Tooth Morphology (EFDA1010) for summer semester 2021. This course is available on a first come, first serve basis. Entry into this course DOES NOT mean you have been accepted into the EFDA selective admissions program.
  3. The Selective Admissions application deadline for the EFDA certificate program will close the last business day of April. Please note: all application requirements must be uploaded by this date in order to be considered for the program, no exceptions.
    1. If you have either a high school GPA below a 2.2 or a GED, and do not have any post high school education transcripts (i.e., a dental assisting program) you must contact the EFDA Program Director at heather.ferris@uc.edu prior to applying to the University of Cincinnati so that we can assist with the application process. Failure to contact the EFDA Program Director will prohibit you from being able to enroll in EFDA 1010 - Tooth Morphology for the summer semester.

EFDA Selective Admissions minimum criteria:

  • Must be a University of Cincinnati Blue Ash student
  • Eligible candidate as defined above
  • Completed Tooth Morphology for the EFDA course (EFDA 1010) 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).

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. 

Students will also be required to purchase additional items for the program (which can include; loupes, uniform, typodont, etc.). 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.

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.

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Contact Information

EFDA Program Contact
Email: efda@ucblueash.edu
Phone: 513-745-5635