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Expanded Function Dental Assisting


Competencies/ Outcomes:

Upon satisfactory completion of DEH 380 Preclinical Expanded Functions and DEH381 Clinical Expanded Functions, the student will be able to demonstrate competence in the following areas:


The student will be able to:

  1. Provide ethical, legal, compassionate care without discrimination and with respect for confidentiality of patient information
  2. Communicate effectively; provide explanations of procedures and respond to patients’ questions & concerns; interact professionally with colleagues

Patient care

The student will be able to:

  1. Ensure the health & safety of the patient during the delivery of Expanded Function Dental Assisting services
  2. Perform competently all of the following expanded functions permitted by the Board of dental examiners:
  3. Place & remove rubber dam
  4. Place & contour amalgam, composite & other restorative materials prior to final setting and/or curing
  5. Supragingival polishing
  6. Cement provisional/temporary crowns & bridges and remove excess cement
  7. Perform pulp vitality tests
  8. Place & remove retraction cord
  9. Place & remove periodontal dressing
  10. Size, place & cement/bond orthodontic bands & brackets
  11. Apply topical fluoride, desensitizing agents and pit & fissure sealants
  12. Use slow speed instrumentation for removing composite material when Debonding orthodontic brackets
  13. Take impressions for study casts, bleaching trays, sports guards and provisional/temporary crown and bridges
  14. Maintain accurate and thorough treatment records

Admission Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Current CDA or RDH with active license in good standing with the Maine Board of Dental Examiners
  • At least 1 calendar year full time or 2 years part time employment in clinical practice (within the past 5 years)
  • Certified in Healthcare CPR throughout the courses
  • Letter of recommendation from dental employer
  • Proof of Hepatitis B immunity, Varicella Vaccine, Tetanus, Influenza Vaccine, Tuberculin Skin Test & health insurance coverage
  • Standard UMA Application for Admission, or Re-admission if the student graduated from UMA Bangor
  • Expanded Function Dental Assisting Application
  • Applications will be reviewed beginning in February and remain open until the class is fully enrolled

Expanded Function Dental Assisting Application Form (Fillable PDF)

Enrollment is limited to 12 students per year

*Please note that the Expanded Function Dental Assisting Program can be used in lieu of the DEH400 Practicum to fulfill a Bachelor degree in Hygiene.