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Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) Certificate


New program starts in autumn semester 2022

This certificate program trains certified dental assistants in the art of restorative dentistry. Graduates are eligible to sit for the EFDA exam through the Commission on Dental Testing. EFDAs perform advanced remediable intra-oral dental procedures (sealants and fillings) under the supervision of a licensed dentist.


ctec logoThe EFDA certificate is offered through a partnership with Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County (CTEC). Students enroll at COTC and take classes at CTEC’s campus:

150 Price Road
Newark, Ohio 43055

Enrollment Requirements

To enroll in this certificate program, you must:

  • Be a certified dental assistant (CDA)
  • Have at least two years of chairside experience in a dental office
  • Complete EMS-100 or have the American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers including Adults, Children and Infants certification

Tuition Assistance

The EFDA certificate is eligible for a short-term certificate grant available to students with demonstrated financial need as well as students who are currently in or exiting foster care. Each student may receive a one-time grant of up to $2,000 to assist with tuition and fees (the grant does not include or cover the cost of books and supplies).

To be considered, students must submit and satisfy the requirements on the Short-term Certificate Grant Application or the Short-term Certificate Foster Youth Grant Application.


Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I complete the EFDA certificate?

The EFDA certificate is two semesters long. Students take one course in autumn semester and one course in spring semester to complete the certificate.

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

Students are required to take classes in person. All classes are located at CTEC:

150 Price Road
Newark OH 43055