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Degree Offered: B.A.
Offered on the Augusta and Bangor campuses

Students in the Dental Assisting Program have the potential to be exposed to infectious diseases in their pre-clinical and clinical courses. The Programs teach and utilize the Center for Disease Control Infection Control Guidelines. All students accepted into the Dental Health Programs, including the dental assisting program, are required to provide the Dental Health Programs with documentation of specific immunizations and titres above and beyond what the University requires.  These titers and immunizations include: Hepatitis B (vaccine series and titer), Tetanus (immunization within last 10 years), Tuberculin Skin Test (completed annually), Influenza Vaccine (completed annually) and Varicella (documentation of the disease, of the vaccine series, or a titer showing immunity are acceptable). 

Additionally, students must hold current certification of a healthcare provider level CPR granted by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.  Failure to comply with any of the above will exclude the student from participating in preclinical and clinical courses.



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

  • DEH 380 Preclinical Expanded Functions (6 college credit hours)
    • Fall semester: September 2nd – December 20th, 2014
    • Lecture will be available online & lab will be every Friday from 12pm-5pm
  • DEH 381 Clinical Expanded Functions (2 college credit hours)
    • Spring Semester begins January 2015
    • Minimum of 120 clinical hours must be completed in-office with a minimum of 28 hours completed at the on-campus clinic
    • Bench Examination to be administered May 2015
  • 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
  • You will be registered by your advisor



Fall, 2014

Spring 2015

In-State Tuition  

(6 credits@ $217)    * $1,302

(2 credits @ $217)         ** $434

Unified Fees                         



Student Activity Fee                   



Program Fee                  

(includes textbooks, typodont & supplies. Loupes not included)

3, 250




  $4, 740


Out-of-State Tuition :  *$3,150;    ** $1,050  (Tuition fees are subject to change for Fall, 2013)

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.

  • A $500 non-refundable deposit is due July 1st, 2014.
  • 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, 2014.
  • Financial Aid may be available – it is highly recommended students fill out the FAFSA form found on www.fafsa.ed.gov and select University of Maine at Augusta, school code 006760, to have their Student Aid Report (SAR) forwarded to.


Note: The Dental Health Programs reserve the right to change the dates, times or cost of courses due to instructor availability and to cancel courses if the minimum number of students is not obtained.

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 selective immunizations, titres & health insurance
  • Standard UMA Application for Admission, or Re-admission if the student graduated from UMA Bangor (forms appended)

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

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.

Early application is encouraged. Deadline for fall 2014 is May 2, 2014. Applications after this date will be considered on a space available basis. Classes are offered online, with lab being held on Fridays from 12pm-5pm during fall semester and every other Friday from 1pm-5pm during spring semester, 2014.