NHTI’s Dental Continuing Education Program Connects More Patients to Dental Care
CONCORD–NHTI – Concord’s Community College is proud to announce the 2022 cohort of the N.H. Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) program, a unique training that results in expanded access to affordable health care. NHTI’s rigorous 8-week EFDA program is offered through the college’s Business Training Center. Tuition for the program is $7,500, and training will take place starting July 17-Oct. 2, 2022. Registrations are now being accepted.
Founded in 2016 with substantial support from the New Hampshire Dental Society and Northeast Delta Dental, the NHTI EFDA program expands the credentials and skills of dental assistants and hygienists.
“The need for people trained in dentistry continues to rise,” said NHTI’s Lynnea Adams CDA, BA, former coordinator and chief EFDA consultant for the college. “Having this program is an important development for nonprofits and private practices because it trains dental assistants and dental hygienists to administer advanced care, while allowing teams to help more patients each day.”
Dental assistants and hygienists with EFDA certification are qualified to place, contour, and adjust the materials used in restorative procedures. In 2013, the N.H. State Legislature passed legislation that detailed the process for the development of an EFDA program, and its graduates must comply with the rules set in place by the N.H. Board of Dental Examiners. With the growing need for dental services in the state, NHTI was approached by the N.H. Dental Society to initiate the EFDA program.
“My role as an EFDA has been amazing,” said Misty Griffin, CDA, EFDA, who completed the NHTI program in 2017 and is now the lead clinical instructor for the 2022 cohort. “I’ve always had a passion for dentistry and really wanted to make a difference in the industry. This program truly allowed me to raise the bar of excellence as a dental assistant.”
After completing NHTI’s 270-hour training program, which includes 120 hours of clinical training with a sponsoring dentist, EFDA candidates must register with the N.H. Board of Dental Examiners, work under the direct supervision of a licensed N.H. dentist, and complete the required annual continuing education coursework.
To learn more about NHTI’s EFDA program and its admission requirements, contact the NHTI Business Training Center NHTIbtc@ccsnh.edu.
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