Dental Health Workshops

 Please note: All participants will be assigned an @manor.edu email address for access to the materials and our LMS, so students must have some form of digital learning device (laptop or tablet) to access materials.

Students are expected to follow all of Manor College Covid protocols. For more information, click: https://manor.edu/about/covid/

All Students will be contacted within 24 hours of the start of the first class with directions and room number. 


Direct Composites and EFDAs: Sharing our Solutions and Struggles – 3 CEUS

Direct composite restorations are among the most frequently performed restorative procedures, yet clinicians often struggle with isolation, placement techniques, generating ideal proximal contacts, and preventing post-operative sensitivity. Success depends on knowledge of materials and how/when to use them, especially in challenging situations. This interactive program will invite EFDAs to share their best practice tips on components of a successful direct restoration from proper isolation techniques to polishing methods, as well as how they manage the compromised cases. 

Novice as well as seasoned EFDAs will benefit from review and/or learning something new regarding basic adhesion, when and where to use “total-etch”, “selective-etch” and “self-etch” adhesives, various matrix systems, steps of composite placement, contouring, finishing, and polishing. 

Date: Friday, October 21, 2022 
Times: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (8:30 – breakfast and registration)
Cost: $65
Presenter: Theresa Groody, DHSc, EFDA, CDA (and Manor alum)
To register: Click here

Theresa Groody shofu logoTheresa Groody, DHSc, EFDA, CDA, has worked in clinical and academic dentistry for four decades, teaching Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Lecture and Laboratory courses at Harcum College, in the Philadelphia area, where employed as the Director of Professional Studies. 

In 2018, Dr. Groody was reappointed for a second term serving in the newly created EFDA position on the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry. As an appointed curriculum consultant for the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), Dr. Groody conducted site visits evaluating assisting programs across the country and completed her doctoral dissertation in 2021, focused on excellence in educating assistants and EFDAs. Theresa presented at DS World 2018 and especially enjoys taking Assistants and EFDAs around the country to their next level in her speaking presentations, and is excited to return to DS World 2022!


Review for PA X-Ray Certification – 12 CEUs

Prepare for the DANB RHS examination. Topics include: radiation propagation, safety, biology, and quality control. Radiographic film and processing, intraoral and extraoral radiographic techniques, and digital and cone beam principles will be discussed. Landmarks, mounting, interpretation and evaluation of radiographs will also be covered. Prerequisite: Must have at least 6 month to a year dental experience. 

Dates: Thursdays January 26, 2023 to February 16, 2023
Cost: $250
Instructor: Kathy Malone, RDH, EFDA


Survey of Dental Anatomy – 33 CEUs

For the practicing dental assistant to further his/her career into Expanded Functions. Emphasis is placed on terminology, nomenclature, and form and function of the mouth in general, as well as the study of each individual tooth. 

Dates: Mondays September 19 to December 12, 2022 (off Nov. 28th)
Times: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $375
Textbook: Anatomy of Orofacial Structures, Brand & Isselhard, enhanced 7th ed. ISBN: 9780323480239 (Not included)
Instructor: Joanne Villante, CDA, EFDA
To register: Click here


Certification Review Course for Dental Assistants – 32 CEUs

Gain greater earning potential as a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). Prepare for the Dental Assisting National Board Exam. Topics include: infection control, chairside procedures and dental materials. Eligibility Requirements: Two years full-time experience and current Healthcare Provider CPR. 

Dates: Wednesdays September 21 to December 14, 2022 (off Nov. 23th)
Times: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $375
Textbook: The Essentials of Dental Assisting 6th ed. ISBN: 9780323400640 (Not included)
Instructor: Joanne Villante, CDA, EFDA
To register: Click here


EFDAs are part of a team of dental professionals who are certified and licensed to perform reversible restorative dental procedures as set by the guidelines of the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry, under the direct supervision of a dentist. 

Manor College offers an Accelerated Part-Time Evening EFDA Certification Program for dental assistants and hygienists who are currently working in the field of dentistry. To prepare for this program, please carefully review the prerequisite requirements and courses offered by our Continuing Education Department. 


Dental Workshop Exemption Test

Please note – these exams are in person on campus so please consult Manor’s Covid-19 policy found at (https://manor.edu/coronavirusinformation/)

All Students will be contacted within 24 hours of the start of the exam with directions and room number.

Survey of Dental Anatomy Exemption Exam

Offered for those who feel they already have a good grasp of the Dental Anatomy and do not need the course, this exam will test participants on terminology, nomenclature, and form and function of the mouth in general, as well as knowledge of each individual tooth. 

Information being examined is taken from the course lectures as well as the textbook Anatomy of Orofacial Structures, Brand & Isselhard, enhanced 7th ed. Successful passing of this test will satisfy Dental Anatomy requirement for EFDA Certificate Program at Manor College. 

Exemption Test Date: Monday September 12, 2022
Exam Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Cost: $100
To register: Click here


Challenge Exam for the Certification Review Course for Dental Assistants

Take the Manor College equivalency exam for the DANB CDA Prep class. Topics include: infection control, chairside procedures and dental materials. Successful passing of this test will satisfy CDA requirement for the EFDA Certificate Program at Manor College.

Questions on the exam include information found in The Essentials of Dental Assisting 6th ed.

Exemption Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Times: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Cost: $100
To register: Click here


Coronal Polishing and Fluoride Applications 

Kathy Malone, RDH, EFDA, Instructor
For more information, call (215) 884-2218.
This course is designed to provide Expanded Function Dental Assistants (EFDAs) the basic knowledge and skills to successfully and safely perform coronal polishing and fluoride applications.  Topics pertaining to coronal polishing include types of deposits, types of abrasives, techniques, indications for treatment and contraindications of treatment.  Topics pertaining to fluoride application include types of fluoride, application techniques, indications, postoperative instructions and safety concerns.  The course is presented in both lecture and hands-on participation formats.


The following must be submitted before the start of class:
1) Current EFDA License (copy);  2) CPR Card (copy);  3) Health History;   4)Health Clearance (if Applicable)   5) General Consent Form;   6) Consent for Photos (optional)
Please download the forms here.

When complete, mail forms to:
Manor College
Continuing Education
700 Fox Chase Road
Jenkintown, PA 19046


Prior to enrolling for the EFDA Certification Program, candidates must satisfy the following prerequisites through the Adult & Continuing Education Department:

Current CPR Certification (Health Care Provider)
*Be a Certified Dental Assistant or Registered Hygienist
**Pennsylvania X-ray Certification
***Dental Anatomy from an ADA approved School

*If you are not a Certified Dental Assistant, you can take the Certification Review Course for Dental Assistants (CDA Review) through the Continuing Education Department at Manor College. This will prepare you for the Dental Assisting National Board Exam. Although, successful passing of the practice/challenge test at the end of this course will satisfy the CDA requirement for the evening EFDA Certificate Program at Manor College!

**Dental Assistants who are not X-ray Certified, must also take the Review for PA X-ray Certification.

****It is mandatory that Dental Hygienists, Certified Dental Assistants (and those who have completed Manor’s CDA course and successfully passed the practice/challenge test) successfully complete the Survey of Dental Anatomy at Manor College.

  • For more information on these prerequisites, call the Adult & Continuing Education Department at Manor College at 215-884-2218
  • For more information and course descriptions for the Evening EFDA Certification Program, contact the Director of the EFDA program.
  • For more information about the admissions process for the Evening EFDA Certificate Program, call admissions at 215-884-2216, ext. 231