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 (white) restorations (fillings)
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Orthodontic procedures
  • Other functions considered to be primary patient care


Why You Should Choose ManorExpanded Function Dental Assistant program at Manor College

We offer direct patient care experience right on campus; this is unique compared to any other EFDA program. 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 staff hygienist. The educational facility has both a classroom and state of the art dental lab. The Manor College EFDA program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Note about Program Policies:

Each applicant may view the EFDA Program Policies on Blood Borne and Infectious Diseases upon request. These policies are available in the EFDA Educational Coordinators Office and in the Program Clinic Manual. The EFDA faculty will be available to discuss or answer any questions an applicant may have concerning these policies.

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

Career Opportunities

  • Private Practice
  • Clinical Settings
  • Educational Settings
  • Military Settings
  • Office management
  • Insurance Companies
  • Government Health Facilities
  • Dental and Pharmaceutical sales

The program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”]. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.  The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.  The Commissions web address is

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