Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary Program
Below is the application process and information on the Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary (EDFA) program.
What is the goal of the program?
The EFDA program:
- Meets the requirements established by the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry.
- Prepares you to take the written EFDA Examination. The State Board of Dentistry approves the EFDA Examination.
- Prepares you to achieve basic competence for placing and finishing amalgam and composite resin restorations on patients.
Do I qualify for the program?
To qualify for the program, you must be a high school graduate (or have a GED) AND have one of the following:
- Current DANB certification as a dental assistant.
- Current Pennsylvania licensure as a dental hygienist
- Two years of clinical experience
How do I enroll?
Enrollment is limited to 15 students for the complete program. You must:
- Submit your application to HACC if you have not previously applied to the college. List your major as Pre Dental Assisting - 320P.
- Submit your high school transcripts (or GED) to the admissions office.
- Submit the online application for the EFDA program (SurveyMonkey) - check back. Contact Dawn Clifford or Tiffany Kessler if you have any questions.
What does the program consist of?
The program consists of two courses. Here is an overview of the courses:
- DA 252:
- Begins Fall semester.
- Is a four-credit course.
- Meets for 14 weeks, Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 pm. OR Saturdays, 9:00-noon and 1:00-4:00 p.m.
- Is offered at the Harrisburg campus. HACC only offers the course during the fall semester.
- Is a lecture and lab session.
- DA 253:
- Begins Spring semester.
- Is a two-credit course
- Requires clinical hours in the EFDA clinics. It also requires clinical hours in your dental practice.
- Requires 14 weeks of approximately eight hours of clinical externship per week.
- Requires EFDA clinics Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. OR Saturdays, 9:00-noon and 1:00-4:00 p.m.
- Concludes when you complete the documented hours. This can take longer than one semester.
- Requires you to complete a portfolio including photos of your work.
How much does the program cost?
Download the Current Estimated Expenses (pdf). This includes program cost, tuition and course fees for DA 252 and DA 253.
Will I be eligible for credentials?
You will be eligible for the EFDA examination after completing the program. You may apply to the State Board of Dentistry for certification.
Who can I contact for more information?