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Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Training Course

The Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA) course is designed to prepare students to meet the Arizona State Board of Dentistry’s requirements to apply for the Arizona Expanded Functions – Restorative Certificate. The course is a blend of academic and clinical laboratory competency with an emphasis on anatomy, restorative and temporization procedures. This course prepares students to take the DANB® examinations and to work in conjunction with a supervising dentist to complete clinical competencies for certification.

This non-credit course is open to dental assistants and licensed dental hygienists in Arizona.

The 10-week course consists of self-paced online lessons and three in-person lab sessions on three consecutive Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at:

  • Rio Salado Dental Clinic
    2250 W. 14th St.
    Tempe, AZ 85281

Students will perform expanded function restorative procedures including amalgam, composites, indirect temporary restoration, stainless steel crown, occlusion considerations, infection control and caries prevention in a clinical lab environment.

Download the EFDA Application Checklist to ensure that you have the necessary documentation ready to upload in the application. Apply for the EFDA course below.

EFDA Application Checklist

EFDA Application

Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Training Course

After completing the course, the student will work with their supervising dentist to complete the Licensed Dentist Endorsement (LDE) form for certification as defined by ARS 32-1291.01 (https://dentalboard.az.gov/applications-forms/other-applications)