Why study Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary?

The Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) Certificate Program is made up of online, face-to-face instruction and didactic pre-clinical laboratory sessions. Students will use typodonts/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 EFDA, 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.

Admission Requirements

Due to high demand, program difficulty and other specialized needs, the EFDA program uses a selective program admission process.  Applicants need to apply to the University of Cincinnait as a Pre-Health Professions student prior to starting the Selective Admissions application.  The Selective Admissions application for this program will open the first business day in March and close the last business day in April.  Please note: all application requirements must be uploaded by this date in order to be considered for the program, no exceptions.  

EFDA Selective Admissions Minimum Criteria:

  • Must be a University of Cincinnati student
  • Eligible candidate as defined below
  • Completed Tooth Morphology for the EFDA course (EFDA 1010) with a grade of C or better.
  • Sponsor (Dentist) commitment that includes a agreement 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 - 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.  

Important Admissions Information:

  • First apply and confirm as a Pre-Health Professions student to the University of Cincinnati in order to be considered for the EFDA Selective Admission Process.
  • In order to be accepted for the Summer term, make sure that all of the application requirements (including transcripts) are submitted prior to the enrollement deadline.  The enrollment deadlines can be found on the UCBA Admissions Dates and Deadlines page.
  • If you have no college credits with either a high school GPA below a 2.2, or a GED you must contact the EFDA Program prior to applying to the University of Cincinnati so that we can assist with the application process.

Eligible Candidates:

  • Advanced qualified 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.

 

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).

This program is designed for dental professionals that have experience in dentistry. Students will be successful in this program when they are self-driven, take the initiative to seek out help when needed, communicate effectively, openly accept constructive feedback, apply critical thinking, problem solving skills and demonstrate a desire to learn.

In Ohio, an EFDA is a dental auxiliary who is allowed by the Ohio State Dental Board to preform advanced remediable intro-oral and extra-oral tasks and/or procedures involved in the art or placement of preventative or restorative materials limited to the following: application of pit and fissure sealants; amalgam restorative materials: and non-metallic restorative materials, including direct-bonded restorative materials under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist. This program will provide quality hands-on and didactic instruction in restorative dentistry as it pertains to EFDAs in Ohio, and will prepare graduates for the state certification examination.

For academic advising, contact the EFDA Program Director, Heather Ferris, at ferrishr@ucmail.uc.edu

The Community Dental Day is a special one-day event that occurs annually with free exams and dental services. The goal of this event is to provide one free dental care service for adults who do not have access, or cannot afford dental care. Students in this program will have the opportunity to participate in Community Dental Day. 

In order to graduate students must complete all program courses with a final grade of C or above.  Graduation does not guarantee registration as an EFDA with the Ohio State Dental Board.

It is highly recommended that international students contact the UC International Office prior to applying for this program.  

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Heather Ferris
9555 Plainfield Rd
Blue Ash, OH 45236
(513) 792-8628
ferrishr@ucmail.uc.edu

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Program Code: 28CRT-EFDA-C1