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Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary Program

Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary Program

Below is the application process and information on the Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary (EDFA) program offered in two options - Monday and Wednesday evenings or Saturdays.

The application for the Fall 2021/Spring 2022 class using SurveyMonkey will be here January 1. Please complete your application to the college prior to applying for the EFDA class.  If you have any questions contact Rebecca Small -  Application deadline is May 1. Students will be selected based on first come, first served (date of application) after credentials have been verified.

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 in general dentistry (Verification of Clinical Dental Assisting Form (pdf) must be completed)

How do I enroll?

Enrollment is limited to 12 students in each option (Mon/Wed eves can take 12; Saturdays can take 12) for the complete program. You must:

  1. Submit your application to HACC if you have not previously applied to the college.  List your major as  Health Science - EFDA Option  - 3656.
  2. Submit your high school transcripts (or GED) to the admissions office.
    1. Submit the online application for the EFDA program (SurveyMonkey) - Use this link  -   Contact Rebecca Small - - if you have any questions.
  3. Download EFDA Verification of Clinical Dental Assisting Hours Form (pdf)

What does the program consist of?

The program consists of two courses. Here is an overview of the courses:

  1. DA 252:
    • Begins Fall semester.
    • Is a four-credit course offered in blended format
    • Meets for 14 weeks, Wednesday evenings, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 pm. OR Saturdays, 9:00-noon
    • Lecture portion is onlline format (not face to face)
    • Is offered at the Harrisburg campus. HACC only offers the course during the fall semester.
    • Is an online lecture and classroom clinic/lab session.  
  2. 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? 

Rebecca Small