Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA)

Are you a Dental Assistant, looking to enhance your knowledge and skills as a dental professional?

Harcum College provides opportunities for greater earning potential and job satisfaction through our Continuing Studies Expanded Functions Dental Assisting program. An Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA) is responsible for all of the tasks of a Dental Assistant, as well as placing and carving amalgam and composite restorations, placing sealants, coronal polishing and application of fluoride. The EFDA may also place bases and liners as well as place and remove matrix bands, wedges and rubber dams.

EFDA I   (Lecture/Lab) Saturdays              

5/13/17 - 8/19/17   8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Academic Center, Room B-11

EFDA II (Clinical)- Registration for this required clinical component follows successful completion of EFDA I lecture and lab and must be taken in subsequent semester.
Location: Completed in Office

About the Program

The Continuing Studies EFDA program consists of the two EFDA courses described below. During the program, students also learn the dental law and the rules and regulations of the State Board of Dentistry. Upon successful completion of both courses, participants will be eligible to apply for EFDA Certification from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Once approved by the Board, the student can register to take the Pennsylvania EFDA Certification Examination.

The Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry requires each applicant for licensure or certification to have a criminal background check completed within 90 days of submission to the Board. A criminal history may prevent EFDA certification. Please contact the SBOD for further information.

EFDA I & EFDA I Lab- DA 260                                                                  $3,625

This is a 15 week course which is designed as an intensive introduction to the basics of restorative dentistry for the Dental Auxiliary, including rubber dam applications; placing, carving, and finishing amalgam restorations; light cured composite restorations, placement of sealants, coronal polishing and application of fluoride, and crown and bridge temporary restorations. Skills are attained through both lecture and hands-on technical laboratory sessions.

Prerequistes: Current CPR certification, PA radiology certification, successful completion of assessment test (Download the assessment test Study Guide), current employment in restorative dental practice


EFDA II- DA 261                                                                                        $1,450

After successful completion of EFDA I & EFDA I Lab, the student will gain clinical experience performing expanded functions in their current practice for 15 weeks.  The student must have the support of the supervising dentist and complete certain procedures while in the practice. In addition, there will be several on campus meetings, one including the dentist.

Prerequistes: DA 260,  Current CPR certification


Prerequisites for Admission

  • PA X-Ray certification
  • CPR current certification
  • CDA or successful completion of assessment exam or a Registered Dental Hygienist
  • Successful completion of Dental Anatomy entrance exam
  • Documentation of at least One (1) year FT clinical assisting experience
  • Currently employed in a dental facility that will participate in EFDA II clinical experience

Topics covered include:
  • Dental Anatomy Review/Occlusion
  • Body Positioning/Instrumentation
  • Cavity Design
  • Bases/Liners
  • Amalgam, Composite, Acrylic and Temporary Restorations
  • Coronal polishing
  • Application of fluoride
  • Sealants
  • Rubber Dam
  • Dental Law

Instructors: Theresa Groody, EFDA, CDA, M.Ed.; Joanne Villante, EFDA, CDA, AS

Course Fees, Application, Payment and Cancellation Policy

The EFDA program tuition is approximately $5,400.00, depending on the supplies a student requires. The cost is calculated by the per-credit hour tuition price set at Harcum each year and is subject to change. Applicants to the EFDA program are not eligible for government based financial aid such as Pell Grants and Stafford Loans.

Applicants can make private arrangements for funding or apply to www.salliemae.com

The fees, subject to change, are as follows:

  • EFDA program tuition total                                                $5,075
     ($3,625 due first semester, $1,450 due second semester)
  • Typodont, including extra teeth                                         $185
  • Textbook                                                                                $59
  • Modality Manual                                                                   $66
  • Set of Prepped Teeth                                                          $82

There is a $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration to secure a spot in the class.

Application must be completed, all requirements must be met and tuition must be paid at least two weeks prior to start date of class. Students may register after all documentation has been submitted and they are cleared for registration. Registration form must be completed and returned along with payment. Remember, registration is not considered complete until the full payment has been made. Completed registration secures students spot in the class.

Applications can be submitted online, mailed, or faxed.

Apply online!

Harcum College
Joanne Villante
Coordinator of EFDA Continuing Education
750 Montgomery Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-3476

Fax: 610-526-6182

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations must be in writing and received before the first class. No refunds are granted once the class begins.

To ensure maximum results for each student, class size is limited. For further information contact:

Joanne Villante
Coordinator of EFDA Continuing Education
Phone: 610-526-6146