Dental Assisting  Certificate

Why You Should Choose Manor

Manor College has been the leader in educating and training Dental Assistants since 1976. At its inception, Manor’s Expanded Functions Dental Assisting program was the first in the state of Pennsylvania.

In that same tradition, Manor initiated and worked to bring about Legislative laws governing and recognizing Expanded Functions Dental Assistants as dental para-professionals through required education and testing in order to become certified by the Pennsylvania Board of Dentistry. Manor’s program was utilized as a model for educational requirements pertaining to the education of EFDAs.

As always, Manor remains in the forefront in providing training for dental auxiliaries. Manor’s experienced dental faculty has designed a course which will enable Certified Dental Assistants and Registered Dental Hygienists to complete EFDA training in the evenings. Upon completion of Manor’s 200-hour evening Expanded Functions Course, dental auxiliaries will be prepared to take the EFDA Pennsylvania State Board Certification Examination. EFDAs who wish to practice in Pennsylvania are required to pass the state board exam. The EFDA Certification Program will be offered in two modules, providing comprehensive training that combines both theory and practice. This program also offers the student the opportunity to participate in direct patient care at our own Dental Health Center, which adds to the quality of training offered by Manor’s program.

Manor College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation

The Dental Health Center, a state of the art, newly renovated, facility, serves 2,000 patients from the community. Students work under the direct supervision of licensed dentists who serve as clinical instructors.

The facility features five operatories, a sterilization room and a laboratory classroom. The college has also expanded the Dental Health Center to include a Hygiene clinic along with another laboratory classroom.

For more information on Manor’s degree programs or continuing education courses for dental professionals, call (215) 884-2218

Certification Requirements:

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

*Certified Dental Assistant or Registered Hygienist

Pennsylvania X-ray Certification

Current CPR Certification (Health Care Provider)

*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.

Career Opportunities

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

For more information on these prerequisites, call the 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, Jaime Simpson at

For more information about the admissions process for the Evening EFDA Certificate Program, call admissions at 215-884-2216

Click here to see the curriculum sheet.

Click here to read Academic Program Learning Outcomes.