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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 EFDA 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
  • EFDA Application
  • Applications will be reviewed beginning in February and remain open until the class is fully enrolled

EFDA Application Form (Fillable PDF)

Enrollment is limited to 12 students per year

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