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Expanded Function Dental Assisting

The University of Maine at Augusta Dental Health Programs offers an Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Program; this program includes two semester long courses taught by a local dentist with the assistance of an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. In the fall, the course includes an online lecture with on campus laboratory sessions scheduled for Friday afternoons (12:00 pm-5:00 pm). During this phase of the program, students complete a variety of expanded function skills on a typodont with direction from the course instructors as well as mentoring from a sponsoring dentist. Upon successful completion of the Fall semester coursework, students are authorized to perform EFDA skills on a patient under the direct supervision of a sponsoring dentist; students are required to attend on campus clinical sessions every-other Friday from 1:00 pm -5:00 pm during the spring semester.

CURRICULUM-The sponsoring dentist and student are required to participate in a calibration meeting which will be held early in the fall semester.  The sponsoring dentist will receive CEU credits.

  • DEH 380 Preclinical Expanded Functions (6 college credit hours)
    • Fall semester
  • DEH 381 Clinical Expanded Functions (2 college credit hours)
    • Spring Semester (begins January)
    • Bench Examination to be administered May (cost included in tuition)
  • Upon completion of each course, student will earn Maine Category 1 CEU’s and/or Clinical Category DANB CEU’s, and the respective college credits

*Please note the Preclinical Expanded Functions Dental Assisting course, DEH 380, can be used in lieu of the DEH 400 Practicum to fulfill a Bachelor degree in Hygiene.  Clinical Expanded Functions Dental Assisting course, DEH 381, is not required for the completion of a Bachelor in Dental Hygiene, however, the course is required if pursuing State of Maine EFDA Certification to practice EFDA skills.

Fall 2016 Spring 2017
In-state Tuition $1368
(6 credits @ $228)
(2 credits @ $228)
Unified Fees $174 $58
Student activity fee $14  $5
Program Fee (includes instruments, typodonts, etc. )* $3302  $750


Tuition, fees and other educational costs are approved annually for each of the seven campuses of the University of Maine System by the Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees may be amended between the time of registration and the beginning of classes pending annual Board review.

Application deadline April 15th; early application submission strongly encouraged.

Should a student withdraw from the program, University drop/add policies are applicable.

*Loupes will be required. Student discount pricing is available. Fitting will be in August preceding semester start.

Financial Aid may be available – it is highly recommended students fill out the FAFSA form found on and select University of Maine at Augusta, school code 006760, to have their Student Aid Report (SAR) forwarded.

Note: The Dental Health Programs reserve the right to change the dates, times, or related program costs.  The Dental Health Programs also reserve the right to cancel courses due to instructor availability or low student enrollment.

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)
  • Expanded Function Dental Assisting Application

Please note applications will be reviewed after the April 15th application deadline.  Late applications will be considered based on space availability.

Program Acceptance:

Applicants will be notified of acceptance within 30 days of the April 15th application deadline.

The following required information will be due within 30 days of acceptance:

  • Proof of Healthcare CPR certification (valid throughout the courses)
  • Proof of Hepatitis B immunity, Varicella Vaccine, Tetanus, Influenza Vaccine, Tuberculin Skin Test & health insurance coverage
  • Standard UMA Application for Admission, or Re-admission Application if a UMA graduate
  • EFDA Program Status Form
  • DEH 381 Externship Contract Form
  • $350 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit (applied towards student tuition and fees)
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