Q. What is an EFDA (Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary?
A. Recently, New Hampshire passed legislation and regulations to establish a new dental workforce provider: Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA). According to the NH Board of Dental Examiners (NHBODE), once an eligible EFDA candidate successfully completes an approved EFDA program, and registers with the NHBODE they will be qualified to place, contour and adjust direct restorative materials within the oral cavity under the direct supervision of a NH-licensed dentist.
Q. What does it take to be an eligible candidate?
A. An eligible candidate must:
- Be a RDH, CDA or graduate of a CODA-accredited school of dental assisting
- Have at least 4,500 hours of prior clinical dental experience
- Be recommended, and sponsored, by a dentist with an active NH License in good standing
- Provide proof of BLS-HCP CPR Certification & Liability Insurance
- Have successfully completed Preliminary Oral Inspection for the Dental Assistant (POI)*, Infection Control Practice in the Dental Office (ICP)* & Tooth Morphology courses
*These courses are not required for graduates of a CODA accredited school of dental assisting.
Q. How do I apply?
A. Download and complete the Application Packet from the website and include required documentation with an acceptable form of payment. Payment address is on the EFDA webpage.
Q. How are candidates accepted into the program?
A. The EFDA Program Coordinator will review complete application packets in the order in which they are received. Qualified EFDA candidates will be notified once they have been accepted.
Q. Is there a waiting list to get into the program?
A. There are 10 available spaces in the Pilot EFDA program. Once we have filled the class we will stop accepting applications. Should an opening become available after that date, we would contact the last eligible candidate after the cutoff date.
Q. What are the application deadlines?
A. Complete applications will be accepted through March 13, 2016. The program will begin in May and end December 31, 2016.
Q. What can I expect once I am accepted?
A. Once the program has been filled, you will receive an email notifying you of your acceptance. You will be expected to respond quickly to confirm your seat. The EFDA Program Coordinator will contact you regarding the schedule and program requirements.
Q. What is included in my tuition?
A. Required textbook and typodont
Q. How do I know if becoming an EFDA is right for me?
A. Any career decision is a personal one, but having a strong desire to do more with your dental expertise, being able to provide more hands-on care to your patients, and your employer having confidence in your abilities to contribute more to the team, are some of the reasons you might choose to become an EFDA.
Q. Where can I find information about the NH EFDA Legislation?
A. The Rules can be found on the Board of Dental Examiners website: www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rules/state_agencies/den100-500.html. Scroll down to Section 302.05 section Y and Z.
Q. What will the clinical / patient experience be like while I’m in the program?
A. An important part of the program will be for your sponsoring dentist to allow the EFDA trainee to perform intra-oral procedures (restorations) in the office once the trainee has successfully passed the class-room based and pre-clinical components of the program.