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2021-22 BTC Catalog 
2021-22 BTC Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental: Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary Certificate

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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.

Program Outcomes

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.

Placement Requirements

  • Apply to BTC 
  • ACCUPLACER NextGen placement test scores (or other equivalent assessment) demonstrating placement into ENGL&101, OR submit official transcripts verifying completion of Applied English (AENGL 100) or English Composition I (ENGL& 101). Transcripts must be sent to the BTC Admissions office. 
  • Submit completed application form and documentation.

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

  • The EFDA Certificate Program has a separate admission process from admission to BTC. Students must be admitted into a cohort before beginning coursework. See the EFDA Certificate Program website for more information about the current admission requirements and process.
  • Evidence of completion of a Dental Assisting Education Program accredited by the ADA Council on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and completed Verification of Work Experience Form or Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certified Dental Assistant.
  • Secure a sponsoring dentist and have the sponsoring dentist complete the Dental Sponsor Agreement Form.

Additional Requirements

  • Possess and maintain a current CPR card. Minimum CPR required is AHA 201 Healthcare Provider CPR (6-hr);
  • Completion of clinical placement requirements process.
  • 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.




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