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 

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

The courses students need to take to complete a certificate or degree are listed in a plan of study. 

What type of financial assistance is available? 

The EFDA certificate is eligible for the 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 (does not include 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

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email

What are the requirements for admission to the EFDA certificate? 

Students must:

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

How do I get started at COTC?

Follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started. Contact the admissions office at 740.366.9222 or for assistance.