Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary Certificate

The EFDA CE program is designed for the part-time student. This program consists of two semesters and one summer session. In the spring semester, the student will be required to complete additional time on campus in the college's dental clinic. The time in the college's dental clinic and in the student’s satellite office will fulfill the student's clinical requirements. Only eligible candidates can enroll in EFDA courses at Eastern Gateway Community College: the EFDA program is designed to prepare Certified Dental Assistants and Licensed Dental Hygienists to apply for the Expanded Functions for the Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) board examination administered by the Commission on Dental Testing in Ohio. EGCC’s EFDA Program provides experiences for quality, knowledgeable patient care as an entry level EFDA. This CE course includes 200 hours of instruction, progressing from pre-clinical laboratory activities to faculty supervised clinical experiences.

Requirements for EFDA Program acceptance include the following criteria:

  • Completed EFDA application.
  • Notarized copy of an applicant’s current Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) or Certified Ohio Dental Assistant (CODA).
  • Verification of two years of professional work experience.
  • Verification of current CPR certification.
  • Proof of hepatitis vaccination.
  • Proof of the TB 2-Step Mantoux.
  • BCI/FBI background check.


Students must pass courses in the required sequence in order to progress to the next course. These applicants will be granted re-admission only once back into the college's EFDA Program.

According to the Commission on Dental Testing, any student who fails the EFDA State Board examination three times is required to take a take a remediation course.

In to comply with Commission on Dental Testing regulations, all testing re-examinations must occur within a two year period after completing an approved course.

To apply to the EFDA program, check here .

Students enrolled in this CE are not eligible to receive federal financial aid (Pell, FSEOG). This program is also ineligible for VA funding. 

This information is presented as a general program overview. Students are advised to follow the more detailed college catalog for program requirements.


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