Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) (Certificate of Achievement)

(20 credits)

Program Description

Dental assistants play a key role in the dentist’s office, serving as a friendly face dedicated to making a patient feel comfortable, welcome, and safe. As a dental assistant, you’ll work with a variety of people and provide important preventative health care services. You’ll enjoy a flexible part-time or full-time schedule in an in-demand industry that can set the tone for a patient’s future approach to their health.

This program provides instruction to dental assistants as preparation for licensure as an Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) in the state of Washington. The curriculum is approved by the Dental Quality Assurance Commission.

Career Opportunities

Graduates who have been awarded licensure by the Washington State Department of Health may be hired as an Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary. This licensure extends the scope of practice of traditional dental assisting to include placing and carving direct restorations, taking final impressions, and the ability to perform various supportive services with less supervision. Expanded Function Dental Auxiliaries also deliver limited services to the community in settings such as schools and community organizations.

  • Dental Assistant

Program Costs

Dollar values are approximate and subject to change 

  • Loupe Style Magnification glasses  prices vary less than $100 - $1500+ (best new)
  • Any style of white lab coat- cost will depend on brand you choose
  • 2 Textbooks  (can be a new, used, or digital copy)  $250
  • Carry Case for teeth and supplies - you can use something you might already have  up to $100
  • Any brand condensable (A3.5) and flowable (A.1) Composite   - cost depends on brand used in office
  • Amalgam*- cost depends on brand 
  • Instruments & burs* - depends on what is used in the office. 
  • Soap* $10.00
  • Special carving wax*  $30
  • Lab fees - $1000 - to include - restorative board typodont and teeth

*specifics lists or brand recommendations, and wax ordering will be given to you once you have accepted your spot in the class. 

The following are estimated costs.  Please contact each directly for the exact amounts:

  • EFDA State Licensure fee is $175 
  • Washington State Restorative Exam (WARE) is $350
  • CDCA/Western Regional Examining Board (WREB)/CITA Dental Hygiene Restorative Exam is $545

EFDA Graduation Process

Your Certificate of Achievement will be posted on your transcript after you've completing the program and have submitted the graduation application.

You can apply to graduate and submit application on the graduation webpage when you have completed and officially passed your first quarter. This is the only way to get your certificate posted on your transcript.

You will also need to print and keep this additional EFDA Certificate information with your Diploma. It outlines the classes you have taken to earn your Certificate.