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Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA)

The Case School of Dental Medicine EFDA Program (Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary) is designed to train Certified Dental Assistants and Registered Dental Hygienists in the art of Restorative Dentistry. Upon successful completion of this accredited program, an auxiliary is eligible to sit for the state certifying examination provided by the Commission on Dental Testing in Ohio. The curriculum for this course has been approved by the Ohio Dental Association Council on Dental Education.

The EFDA Program is a rigorous and challenging course. Students are expected to attend ALL lecture, laboratory and clinical sessions. Students must be very familiar with restorative procedures, be able to use both direct vision and indirect mirror vision to complete and evaluate restorations, and will have to perfect fine motor skills to enable the accurate and safe application of dental handpieces and instruments.

EFDA Students attend class only one day per week from August through May, and are able to choose Wednesday or Friday as their class day. Class is in session from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Enrollment is limited to 40 students, with 20 students per class.

Learning takes place in our state-of-the-art training center. Each student has their own workstation, instruments, materials, textbooks, typodont, overhead lamp, and life-like simulator to learn the clinical skills necessary to restore teeth with amalgam and composite fillings and place sealants.

Eligibility

  • Employed auxiliaries will be given priority consideration.
  • Four-handed dentistry experience is expected.
  • At least 2 years chairside assisting experience in general dentistry is required (within the past 5 years).
  • Proof of current status as a Certified Dental Assistant from the DANB or State of Ohio Certification -OR- Proof of current status as a Registered Dental Hygienist (license) is required.

Program Performance Requirements

All students admitted to the Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary Program must be able to meet the following requirements:

  • Students must be familiar with restorative procedures
  • Students must be able to use both direct vision and indirect mirror vision to complete and evaluate restorations, and will have to perfect fine motor skills to enable the accurate and safe application of dental handpieces and instruments.
  • Students must be familiar with basic dental terms and nomenclature.
  • Students must be able to function effectively under the time constraints of the program and display flexibility in the event of changing lab and clinical situations.
  • Students must be able to apply didactic learning (theory) to clinical situations.
  • Students must be able to hear and communicate effectively, follow directions, and act professionally in class and when delivering patient care.
  • Students must be able to read the printed words in EFDA textbooks and supplemental information, observe various dental instrument angulations and apply the concepts appropriately.
  • Students' eyesight must be able to visualize fine detail (either naturally or corrected), have depth perception, and have the ability to visualize three-dimensional objects.
  • Students must be physically free of the use of non-prescription drugs, illegal drugs, and alcohol.
  • Students must show acceptable progress and pre-clinical competency in the program by a prescribed time before they are allowed to provide care to patients

Application Process

  • Completed Application
  • $40.00 application fee
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Official high school or college transcripts
  • Letter from employer verifying at least 2 years assisting experience in general dentistry within the past 5 years
  • Notarized copy of current CDA credential or RDH license
  • Proof of HepBVac immunization (or titer if more than 10 years ago)
  • Proof of current TB test results (current year)
  • Entrance Examination -- Basic dental assisting knowledge (instruments, nomenclature, burs, materials, classification of caries, etc.); Spatial relations; Perceptual ability

Once a complete application is received, the applicant is eligible to sit for the entrance examination and will immediately receive a letter of confirmation with instructions for the exam. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

Course Curriculum

The first semester consists of lecture and lab; the second semester is spent in the lab/clinic. An optional state board review course is offered at the end of the second semester, after completion of the EFDA Program in May, for an additional fee.

Students begin the program learning tooth anatomy, contour, and contact using wax. Then students gradually advance through one, two, three, and complex surface restorations of amalgam and composite on the typodont. Rubber dam placement and sealant placement are also learned.

Part of the responsibility for being in the program will be for the employer dentist to allow the EFDA trainee to perform intra-oral procedures (restorations) in the office once the student has successfully passed semester one amalgam, composite, and sealant competencies.

Clinical / patient experience occurs during the second semester at MetroHealth Hospital / clinics, Case School of Dental Medicine Clinic, Rainbow Hospital Tapper Pedodontic Clinic, St. Elizabeth Hospital Dental Clinic in Youngstown, Ohio and the office in which the student is employed.

Mock board exams are given the second semester, simulating the testing atmosphere of the actual state examination.

After successful completion of the course, the student will be eligible to sit for the state board examination administered by the Commission on Dental Testing in Ohio (614.219.1559). Examination candidates will be expected to bring their own instruments and materials (not school-owned) to the exam.

According to various sections of the Ohio Law and Regulations for Certification and Licensure Boards, persons convicted of any felony or misdemeanor may not be able to take the licensure or certification examinations; may be refused acceptance of placement by the clinical/practicum sites; or may have restrictions placed on their ability to practice. For more information, contact the Dean of Student Services and the applicable licensure/certification board.

Students enrolled in the EFDA Program are ineligible to enroll in any other programs in the university until completion of the EFDA Program.

Lectures and labs

  • Nomenclature
  • Caries classification
  • Cavity preparation
  • Oral anatomy
  • Dental morphology
  • Periodontium
  • Histology
  • Basics of occlusion
  • Ergonomics
  • Instrumentation
  • Pulp protection
  • Dental materials
  • Matrix and wedge techniques
  • Temporization
  • Amalgam placement and carving
  • Polishing amalgams
  • Composite placement
  • Composite finishing and polishing
  • Posterior composites
  • Pit and fissure sealant placement
  • Rubber dam placement

Faculty

  • Dr. Ronald Occhionero, DDS
  • Shelly H. Feiwell, CDA, EFDA
  • Karin Hein, CDA, EFDA
  • Susan Krebs, CDA, EFDA
  • Lisa Bradley, CDA, EFDA
  • EFDA Program: 216.368.3252

Tuition

2014/2015: $4,685.00

A $1000 non-refundable fee to reserve your seat in the class once accepted into the program is to be paid by June 30th, 2014 and will be applied towards the tuition. The remainder of the tuition will be billed to you by the university starting in August 2014. Tuition is billed by semester. Failure to pay the fall semester tuition will prevent you from being registered for the second semester. Please refer to the Bursar's Office for information on the "EZ Pay" option (cannot be used for tuition deposit), health fee and penalties. Please refer to the Controller’s Office for tuition due dates.

The University charges all enrolled students a Health Fee. If you can provide proof of coverage in your own health care plan, then you may waive the fee. All students, regardless of Health Fee Waiver, have access to the University Health Service while enrolled in the EFDA Program.

The School of Dental Medicine has the right to cancel or change classes without notice.

This is a dental continuing education course, and therefore does not qualify for federal financial aid, however, you may apply for private educational funding (eg: Sallie Mae).

This program is not approved by the Pennsylvania State Dental Board.

ODAF Scholarships

Students enrolled in the EFDA Program are ineligible to enroll in any other programs in the university until completion of the EFDA Program.

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