Expanded Function 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

 

EFDA Certificate Program

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

Survey of Dental Anatomy

  • Applicant must receive a passing graduate of 80% or better on final exam
  • Exemptions to course:
  • Graduate of Accredited Dental Hygiene Program within the past 2 years (If more than 2 years, applicant must take and pass challenge exam to be exempt)
  • Successfully passing the challenge exam with 80% or better. Fee for Challenge Exam is $100.00 paid to Continuing Ed Dept.

CDA Review Course

  • Applicant must receive a passing graduate of 75% or better on final exam or pass DANB CDA exam
  • Exemptions to course:
  • Current CDA or RDH
  • Successfully passing the challenge exam with 75% or better. Fee for Challenge Exam is $100.00 paid to Continuing Ed Dept.

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

EFDA Certificate

Admission Requirements

A.Dental Assistants

  1.      High school graduate, GED, or post graduate education. Must send in transcript.
  2.      Two years of full time work experience as a dental assistant and CURRENT   EMPLOYEMENT in the field of general dentistry.
  3.      Letter of recommendation from employing dentist specifically citing:
    -years of experience
    -ability to take a clinically acceptable full mouth series
    -good command of four-handed dentistry.

    4. Current CPR “health care provider” Certification (must have copy for proof)
    5. Current x-ray certification or DANB RHS pass results (must have copy for proof)

B.Dental Hygienists

  1.      1. Current hygiene license (RDH)
  2.      Graduate of an accredited dental hygiene program.
  3.      Letter of recommendation from employing dentist specifically citing:
    – years of experienc
    – ability to take a clinically acceptable full mouth serie
    – good command of four-handed dentistry.

4. Current CPR “health care provider” Certification (must have copy for proof)

C. Graduates of Foreign Dental Programs

  1.      Proof of graduation from Foreign Dental College/University. Must send in transcript.
  2.      Two years of full time work experience as a dental assistant and CURRENT EMPLOYEMENT in the field of general dentistry.
  3.      Letter of recommendation from employing dentist specifically citing:
    – years of experience
    -ability to take a clinically acceptable full mouth series
    -good command of four-handed dentistry.

       4. Current CPR “health care provider” Certification (must have copy for proof)

       5.  Current x-ray certification or DANB RHS pass results (must have copy for proof)

DA250 Expanded Functions of Dental Assisting I: 5 Credits

This module provides classroom and laboratory instruction for advanced operative procedures, including amalgam, composite, and temporary procedures. Fabrication of temporary crowns, placement of matrices, wedges, and rubber dams will also be covered.  

Prerequisite: Must be in EFDA Certificate program

DA265 Expanded Functions of Dental Assisting II: 1 Credit

This course follows the completion of DA250 EFDAI.  Students are required to complete a total of 90 hours performing expanded duties.  The required hours will be spent at Manor’s Dental Health Center under the direct supervision of faculty dentists and clinical instructors.  The purpose of this experience is to strengthen and perfect EFDA skills that were taught in DA250 and allow the student to apply their skills to direct patient care. The student will be responsible for two clinical rotations (6 hours per week) and laboratory hours to complete requirements.   Additional fees: Material and prep fees

Prerequisite:  Complete and pass DA250 EFDA I with an overall grade of 80% or better (including 80% or better for both didactic and skill competency portions).

DA270 Expanded Function Internship: 1 Credit

This course follows the completion of DA265 EFDA II.  The student will then be required to complete 20 hours of expanded duties in a private dental office under the direct supervision of a sponsoring dentist.  Time doing the required restorative procedures will be the time counted toward the 20 hours. All requirements and a total of 20 hours (doing restorative procedures) must be met.  This part of the internship usually takes about two months to complete. The internship must be completed by the end of the fall semester to pass the course.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of DA265 EFDA II with an 85% or better.

Career Opportunities

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

For more information and course descriptions for the Evening EFDA Certification Program, contact the Director of the EFDA program, Jaime Simpson at jsimpson@manor.edu

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

DA Certificate Program

Admissions Requirements

  • 2 yrs. H.S. Math
  • 1 yr. H. S. Biology
  • 1 yr. H. S. Chemistry/Lab Minimum
  • H.S. GPA 2.3
  • SAT: minimum 650 ( V+M or CR+M) If applicable
  • previous college GPA 2.3
  • Personal interview with EFDA Program Director

Specific Program Requirements Following Matriculation:

  • Student must show proof of required childhood vaccinations.
  • Student must show proof of current tetanus inoculation.
  • Students must show proof of having a TB test (prior to matriculation).
  • Student must show proof of having received, or that they are beginning, required Hepatitis B Vaccine Series, which must be completed by January before entering the clinical setting.
  • Students show proof of medical insurance coverage (this must be maintained throughout the entire program, demonstrating proof of, at the beginning of each semester).
  • Students must show proof of being CPR (Healthcare Provider) certified within first semester and maintain certification throughout program.

Courses:

First Semester

DA 101: Chairside Procedures – 4 credits
DA 101L: Chairside Lab – 0 credits
DA103 Principles of Radiology –  2 credits
DA115 Practice Management – 1 credit
DA111 Infection Prevention and Control in Dentistry – 1 credit
DA107 Dental Materials 3 credits
DA107L Dental Materials Lab 0 credit
DA109 Medical Management of the Dental Patient 1 credit
BI106 Science of Nutrition 3 credit

Second Semester

DA112 Clinical Experience I 3 credits
DA104 Radiographic Techniques 1 credit
DA106 Dental Anatomy 4 credits
DA106L Dental Anatomy Lab 0 credit
DA118 Dental Specialties 1 credit
DA120 Oral Health Issues 2 credits
BI105 Survey of Anatomy & Physiology 3 credits

Summer II

DA205 Dental Science 3 credits

Summer III

DA212 Clinical Experience II – 3 credits
DA112 DA Internship – 1 credit

Total: 36 credits

If maintain 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA by end of Spring Semester, student can be accepted and complete a change of curriculum into EFDA A.S. degree program and continue in SUIII with DA212, DA201, and DA202

Click here to see the curriculum sheet.

Click here to read Academic Program Learning Outcomes.