This 18-credit certificate program is designed to prepare certified Dental Assistants and licensed Dental Hygienists to become licensed in Washington State as an Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary (EFDA). Course content is designed to prepare students for the Washington Restorative Exam (WARE) and the restorative portion of the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB). The program combines didactic, laboratory, and clinical instruction to prepare EFDA’s for such duties as placing and contouring restorations, final impressions, and performing certain dental assisting procedures under general supervision.
- Recognize the role and laws of the EFDA in expanding access to care.
- Take final impressions on a typodont.
- Recall procedures for coronal polish, radiographs, fluoride treatment, sealants, oral hygiene instruction, and infection control.
- Place amalgam restorations on a typodont and on a patient, restoring function and anatomy to harmonious form.
- Place composite restorations on a typodont and on a patient, restoring function and anatomy to harmonious form.
- Identify the laws as they pertain to dentistry in general and EFDA’s in particular.
- Apply ethical behavior in all professional interactions.
- Identify means of locating reliable information for professional growth and answering clinical queries.
- Apply critical thinking skills to sort through information.
- Utilize evidence-based decision-making to solve clinical queries.
- Value the need to respect cultural diversity in all interactions.
- Identify several common pharmacologic agents encountered in dentistry, their uses, contraindications and complications.
- List factors to consider when taking an impression including patient and tissue management.
- Describe factors to consider when placing amalgams including material properties, mercury safety, patient and operating field management.
- Describe factors to consider when placing composites including material properties, bonding, patient and operating field management.
ACCUPLACER sentence skills of 86 and reading comprehension score of 85 or completion of AENGL 100 Applied English or ENGL& 101 English Composition I with a C or higher.
Degree and Certificate Requirements
Dental: Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary Certificate completion requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and minimum grade of C/2.0 for required courses.
Program Application Requirements
- Evidence of high school graduation or equivalent; acceptable documents include a copy of your high school diploma, high school transcript, or GED certificate;
- Evidence of completion of a Dental Assisting Education Program accredited by the ADA Council on Dental Accreditation (CODA) or Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certified Dental Assistant or Dental Hygienist with limited license;
- Provide evidence that you have completed seven hours of HIV/AIDS training;
- Possess and maintain a current CPR card. Minimum CPR required is HO 127 Healthcare Provider CPR (6-hr);
- Evidence of experience working as a Dental Assistant or Dental Hygienist within the last 5 years for at least 3500 hours. A letter on company letterhead, signed by a supervisor or HR staff verifying the above details including dates of employment is sufficient evidence;
- Provide evidence that you have a Dentist willing to sponsor you as a mentor and provide clinical experience.
- This is a hybrid program and students will be required to attend on campus classes once per week in the evenings and some Saturdays as scheduled.
NOTE: Students will be charged a fee of approximately $119.00 for the background check, drug screen, and tracking of required health documents.