Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA)

Demand for paraprofessionals in dentistry has grown tremendously in recent years. As part of the dental team, EFDAs work directly with dentists in restorative dental procedures, providing both timely and exacting care to patients.

EFDAs perform reversible dental procedures as set by guidelines of the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry, under the direct supervision of a dentist. EFDA duties include:

  • Direct patient care
  • Taking radiographs (X-rays)
  • Performing laboratory procedures
  • Fabricating temporary crowns and bridges
  • Placing, carving, and finishing amalgam (silver) and composite (bonding) restorations (fillings)
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Orthodontic procedures
  • Other functions considered to be primary patient care

In this program, you will work under the direct supervision of licensed dentists and EFDAs who serve as clinical instructors in the Dental Health Center. This newly renovated facility is equipped with the latest technologies and serves more than 2,000 patients from the community. The clinical facility has five dental operatories, a sterilization area, and Hygiene Clinic. The educational facility has both a classroom and state of the art dental lab.

All students are required to obtain CPR and X-ray certification before their second year.

The Manor College EFDA program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Course Sequence for EDFA

Program Goals for Expanded Functions Dental Assisting