UC Blue Ash College

Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) Certificate Program

The UC Blue Ash College Allied Health Department is excited to announce that we will be offering our inaugural Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) Certificate Program class starting the Summer of 2019. The program is made up of online, face-to-face instruction and didactic pre-clinical laboratory sessions. Students will use typodont/patient simulation for learning instrumentation and materials used to restore tooth preparations of all classifications of restorations. Students will also receive real world, hands-on experience through off-site practicums.

Students will 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 ethics in dentistry. At the completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the written and didactic EFDA board examination to become a fully registered EFDA.

One-Year Certificate

Our one-year certificates are designed for students who might be interested in eventually pursuing an associate degree, but want to earn the education and credential that allows them to begin a professional career after one year. Learn about one-year certificates.

Program Outcomes

  • Determine and perform the appropriate steps for placing amalgam and composite restorations of all classifications, as well as finish and polish 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.

Information Session:

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

Each session takes place in Muntz Auditorium, Room 119.  The sessions usually last one hour, with a tour of the clinic at the end.  Register for your session by following the link associated with your date of choice.


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 person)
  • 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 didactic experience)


Qualified candidates for the EFDA program include:

  • Advanced qualifies personnel (AQP)
  • Unlicensed dentists
  • Dental students
  • Unaccredited foreign dental college graduates (restriction apply please see note below*)
  • RDHs
  • Unlicensed dental hygienists
  • CDAs
    • CDAs must also have two years of full-time experience in chairside dentistry within the past five years
    • Note to Dental Assistants: your two years of experience doesn’t have to be as a CDA, but you must have your CDA when you submit your application.

*Please note: For international student requirements, contact the Enrollment Services Office at 513-745-5700.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the program is limited and competitive due to high demand, program difficulty, and other specialized needs. There is no limit to amount of times applicants may apply. Application for this program is currently closed; keep an eye out for updated admission information and process for the 2020 summer semesterPlease note: all application requirements must be uploaded by this date in order to be considered for the program, no exceptions.  

  • Eligible candidate as defined above
  • Completed Tooth Morphology for the EFDA course
  • Sponsor (Dentist) commitment that includes a commitment to provide 80 hours of direct supervision on patients within his or her practice.
  • Essay - consists of 200 words or less describing what characteristics you possess that will help you to become a successful EFDA.  
  • Resume including years of dental experience, any dental certifications, as well as any additional experiences that would make you a successful EFDA.  

Other specific applicant requirements include:

  • Color discrimination (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 2 foot distance);
  • Form/spatial ability (view in 3 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 attend a Mandatory Orientation prior to classes starting, as well as 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
Email: efda@ucblueash.edu
Phone: 513-745-5635