UC Blue Ash College

Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary

Undergraduate Certificate

Why study Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary?

The Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (FDA) Certificate Program is made up of online, face-to-face instruction and didactic pre-clinical laboratory sessions. Students will use typhoon/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 as they pertain to FDA, 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 FDA board examination to become a fully registered FDA.

Admission Requirements

This is a selective admissions program. This means that although you apply, you may not be accepted into the EFDA program.

Selective Admissions Criteria:

  • Must be an eligible candidate. *see requirements for eligible candidates below.
  • Completed Tooth Morphology for the EFDA - grade in course will be assessed by the admissions committee within the application rubric. 
  • Essay - Must be submitted along with the electronic EFDA application and must be no more than 200 words.
  • Resume - Must be submitted with the electronic EFDA application
    • Rubric points are given for the following:
      • number of years of dental experience
      • number of certifications with documented proof (ex: coronal polishing, dental assistant radiographer, cert. for sealant placement, nitrous oxide monitoring, local anesthetic placement, RDH, EFDA/EDDA from another state, foreign dental degree) 
      • military experience 
  • Must have a commitment agreement form completed by a Sponsor (Dentist) that includes an agreement to provide 80 hours of direct supervision of restorative patient care within his or her practice.

Eligible candidates must be one of the following:

  • Unlicensed dentist
  • Dental student
  • Unaccredited foreign dental college graduates (must take TOEFL exam)
  • RDH (registered dental hygienist)
  • Unlicensed dental hygienist
  • CDA (certified dental assistant)
    • CDAs must also have two years of full-time experience in chair side 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.

Admission to the College

Students may enroll in UC Blue Ash College if they graduated from an accredited high school or preparatory school, or have a GED certificate (minimum composite score of 45). Students entering as first time freshmen must attend a new student orientation where they will also receive academic advising. 

New applicants can apply to the college and be admitted to the Pre-Health Professions (PHLP), non-degree program. New applicants may take the prerequisite course (Tooth Morphology for the EFDA) in preparation for the selective admission process.

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 critical feedback, apply critical thinking and problem solving skills and demonstrate a want 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 held annually. The goal of this event is to provide access to free dental care for adults who do not have dental insurance or who have never been to a dentist. Students in this program will have the opportunity to participate in Community Dental Day. 

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.

Application Deadlines

See the EFDA Program Selective Admissions website for application deadlines.
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

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Program Code: 28CRT-EFDA-C1