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Dental Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary

Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary Certificate

This 18-credit part-time certificate program is designed to prepare certified Dental Assistants and licensed Dental Hygienists to become licensed in Washington State as an Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary (EFDA). Course content is designed to prepare students for the Washington Restorative Exam (WARE) and the restorative portion of the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB). The program combines didactic, laboratory, and clinical instruction to prepare EFDA's for such duties as placing and contouring restorations, final impressions, and performing certain dental assisting procedures under general supervision.

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89% BTC graduate placement rate

$34,965 starting annual wage

$41,038 average annual wage

$47,986 potential annual wage

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS18 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • EFDA 100DENTAL ANATOMY1 credits

    This course will provide students with terminology and features of the dentition and oral cavity. Emphasis will be on detailed study of each permanent and primary tooth in order to prepare students for restoring harmonious function and form.

    Prerequisite:
    Admission to EFDA program.
  • EFDA 101RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY I3 credits

    This course covers foundational knowledge in dental materials science. These principles will be specifically applied to amalgam and composite restorations. This course will be intense to allow us to begin placing restorations in the companion lab course EFDA 102 as soon as possible.

    Prerequisite:
    Admission to the EFDA program.
  • EFDA 102RESTORATIVE LAB I2 credits

    This course will introduce students to the manipulation and placement of restorative materials. Students will apply concepts from dental anatomy and materials science to restorative procedures.

    Prerequisite:
    Admission to the EFDA program.
  • Quarter 2
  • EFDA 110PRINCIPLES OF DENTAL ASSISTING2 credits

    This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to perform certain EFDA procedures under general supervision. Students will be familiar with legal and ethical aspects of dental practice and be versed in common medical conditions and pharmacology.

    Prerequisite:
    EFDA 100 with a C or higher.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online BEEBE COpenings: 13
  • EFDA 111RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY II2 credits

    This course is a continuation of EFDA 101. Materials and procedures associated with restorative dentistry including adhesion, liners and bases, and occlusion.

    Prerequisite:
    EFDA 101 with a C or higher.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online BEEBE COpenings: 13
  • EFDA 112RESTORATIVE LAB II2 credits

    This course is a continuation of EFDA 102. Student will continue to practice skills placing amalgam and composite restorations on typodonts. Students will also practice skills discussed in the concurrent lecture EFDA 110.

    Prerequisite:
    EFDA 102 with a C or higher.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26T 6:30p-9:30pBEEBE COpenings: 13
     T 6:30p-9:30pBROWN K
  • Quarter 3
  • EFDA 120FINAL IMPRESSIONS1 credits

    Theory and practice of preliminary and final impressions as well as bite registration. Computer assisted design will be included.

    Prerequisite:
    EFDA 110 with a C or higher.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/24ARRHYATT HOpenings: 13
  • EFDA 122RESTORATIVE LAB III2 credits

    This course will focus on preparing students for the Restorative WREB exam. Class II composites and amalgams will be emphasized. Students will participate in a mock exam. Students will also place final impressions on a typodont concurrent with EFDA 120.

    Prerequisite:
    EFDA 111 with a C or higher.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/24T 6:30p-9:30pBEEBE COpenings: 13
     T 6:30p-9:30pBROWN K
  • EFDA 123RESTORATIVE CLINICAL PRACTICE3 credits

    This clinical course provides practice in EFDA skills. Emphasis will be on the placement of amalgam and composite restorations on patients. Patient care will be provided in both on-campus clinics and off-campus extern sites.

    Prerequisite:
    EFDA 112 with a C or higher.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/24MF 7:30a-3:00pBEEBE COpenings: 13
     Sa 8:30a-2:30p
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS18 credits

Entry Information

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When Can I Start?


The program only starts in Fall Quarter and is a three-quarter program. This is a hybrid program and students will be required to attend on campus classes once per week in the evenings and some Saturdays as scheduled.

  • Completed BTC admissions application;
  • Evidence of high school graduation or equivalent; acceptable documents include a copy of your high school diploma, high school transcript, or GED certificate;
  • Evidence of completion of a Dental Assisting Education Program accredited by the ADA Council on Dental Accreditation (CODA) or…Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certified Dental Assistant OR Dental Hygienist with limited license;
  • Provide evidence that you have completed seven hours of HIV/AIDS training;
  • Possess and maintain a current CPR card. Minimum CPR required is HO 127-Healthcare Provider (6-hr);
  • Evidence of experience working as a Dental Assistant or Dental Hygienist within the last 5 years for at least 3500 hours. A letter on company letterhead, signed by a supervisor or HR staff verifying the above details including dates of employment is sufficient evidence;
  • Provide evidence that you have a Dentist willing to sponsor you as a mentor and provide clinical experience;

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


NOTE: Students will be charged a fee of approximately $119 for the background check, drug screen, and tracking of required health documents. Health documents will need to be completed and submitted to the appropriate department after students have registered for the first quarter classes and before the start of the program. You will be notified with instructions/information regarding these requirements by the department after registration.

  • Clinical Placement Requirement Info Sheet
  • Accuplacer sentence skills of 86 and reading comprehension score of 85 or completion of AENGL 100 Applied English or ENGL& 101 English Composition I with a "C" or higher.

Program Application/Forms


What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

  • Recognize the role and laws of the EFDA in expanding access to care;
  • Take final impressions on a typodont;
  • Recall procedures for coronal polish, radiographs, fluoride treatment, sealants, oral hygiene instruction, and infection control;
  • Place amalgam restorations on a typodont and on a patient, restoring function and anatomy to harmonious form;
  • Place composite restorations on a typodont and on a patient, restoring function and anatomy to harmonious form.
  • Identify the laws as they pertain to dentistry in general and EFDA's in particular.
  • Apply ethical behaviorin all professional interactions.
  • Identify means of locating reliable information for professional growth and answering clinical queries.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to sort through information.
  • Utilize evidence based decision making to solve clinical queries.
  • Value the need to respect cultural diversity in all interactions.
  • Identify several common pharmacologic agents encountered in dentistry, their uses, contraindictations and complications.
  • List factors to consider when taking an impression including patient and tissue management.
  • Describe factors to consider when placing amalgams including material properties, mercury safety, patient and operating field management.
  • Describe factors to consider when placing composites including material properties, bonding, patient and operating field management.

Mark O

Mark O'Connor

Area of Instruction


Entry & Advising

Contact Info


360 752-8459
moconnor@btc.edu
College Services (CS) - Room 135


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Alisa Wollens

Area of Instruction


Dental Hygiene

Degrees and Certifications


MBA, Healthcare Management, Western Governors Univeristy

BS, Dental Hygiene, Loma Linda University

Certified Dental Assistant, Dental Assisting National Board

Registered Dental Assistant, States of Washington and California

Registered Dental Hygienist, States of Washington and California

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


360 752-8570
AWollens@btc.edu
B Building (B) - Room B8-B


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Catherine Beebe

Area of Instruction


Dental Hygiene

Degrees and Certifications


MS, Health Science, Idaho State University

BA, Interdisciplinary Concentration, Western Washington University

AAS, Dental Hygiene, Lake Washington Technical College

Certificate, Dental Assisting, Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute

Certificate, Dental Reception, Vancouver Community College, BC

Contact Info


360-752-8746
CBeebe@btc.edu
- Room B7-A

 

Background


Profile
Catherine Beebe has been an instructor with the Dental Hygiene department since 2009. She has 28 years of experience in the dental field as a Ce...

    • Catherine Beebe has been an instructor with the Dental Hygiene department since 2009. She has 28 years of experience in the dental field as a Certified Dental Assistant, Dental Receptionist and a Dental Hygienist. She spent 12 years as an Expanded Functions Dental Hygienist before coming to BTC full time. Catherine is a graduate of Bellingham Technical College’s Dental Assisting program and obtained her AAS in Dental Hygiene at Lake Washington Technical College. She holds a liberal arts degree from Western Washington University with a concentration in Audio Recording, and a Masters in Dental Hygiene with an emphasis in education from Idaho State University. Catherine has a special interest in using educational technology to create new and engaging methods of course delivery for her students. Her thesis research “Educational Technology for Millennial Dental Hygiene Students: A Survey of U.S. Dental Hygiene Programs” was published in the June 2014 issue of the Journal of Dental Education.

Specialties
Restorative hygiene, radiology, and local anesthesia Awards: ADHA Dr. Harold Hillebrand Scholarship Kirkland Rotary Club Scholarship Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award ADEA/Crest Oral-B Scholarship for Dental Hygiene Students Pursuing Academic Careers PSE Part Time Faculty Excellence Award, Bellingham Technical College

    • Restorative hygiene, radiology, and local anesthesia Awards: ADHA Dr. Harold Hillebrand Scholarship Kirkland Rotary Club Scholarship Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award ADEA/Crest Oral-B Scholarship for Dental Hygiene Students Pursuing Academic Careers PSE Part Time Faculty Excellence Award, Bellingham Technical College