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Admission Requirements

  • 1 Year full-time clinical experience
  • Hold current RDH or CDA (or obtain CDA by February 1st of program enrollment year)
  • Completed application submission by February 1st (to be reviewed in a competitive review process)
  • Dentist(s) sponsoring for EFDA student, who is to attend calibration session and to be responsible for the clinical training after classroom training is complete
  • Non-refundable deposit submission by March 1st

Contact Torrie Tardiff at 207-262-7870 or torrie.tardiff@maine.edu to request an EFDA Application


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 that the Preclinical Expanded Function Dental Assisting Course, DEH 380, can be used in lieu of the DEH 400 Practicum to fulfill a Bachelor degree in Hygiene. Clinical Expanded Function 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.

Tuition & Fees

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.

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

*Loupes will be required. Student discount pricing is available.

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.

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.