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.  

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 a recognized certification exam, register to do that NOW!

Information Sessions

Learn more about the EFDA program and ask the Program Director questions. Available in a hybrid format (virtual OR face-to-face). Register below for details.

  • Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 6:30 pm



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*)
  • Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
  • Unlicensed dental hygienists
  • Certified or Registered Dental Assistants 
    • Recognized Dental Assistant Exams/Certifications:
      • Commission on Ohio Dental Assistant Certification (CODA)
      • Dental Assisting National Board, Certified Dental Assistant (DANB CDA)
      • American Medical Technologists, Registered Dental Assistant (AMT RDA)
    • Dental Assistants 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 do not have to be as a certified or registered assistant, but you must be certified or registered to take the EFDA board exam.

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

Admission Requirements

Due to limited capacity and our desire for the highest quality graduates, the EFDA Program uses a selective 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. Apply to the EFDA program. Submit all necessary paperwork requested in the 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: Applications 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
  • 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).


Fall Semester:

  • Restorative Dentistry for EFDA 1 (lecture and lab, held face to face on Fridays)
  • Tooth Morphology for the EFDA (online)

Spring Semester:

  • Restorative Dentistry for EFDA 2 (lecture and lab, held face to face on Fridays)
  • Clinical Practicum (off site patient care experience)

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

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.  

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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A 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.


Contact Information

EFDA Program Contact
Email: ucbaefda@uc.edu
Phone: 513-558-9412