Dental Professionals

EFDA Program

Our EFDA Continuing Education program begins in January.  Read the information below regarding course details and the application process.

The EFDA CE program is designed to prepare qualified candidates* to apply for the Expanded Functions for the Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) board examination administered by the Commission on Dental Testing in Ohio (CODT) or the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA), and to provide experiences for quality, knowledgeable patient care as an entry level EFDA. This course includes over 200 hours of instruction, progressing from pre-clinical laboratory activities to faculty-supervised clinical experience in The College of Dentistry at The Ohio State University.

*Qualified candidates for EFDA course application include:

  • Licensed Dental Hygienists
  • ​Certified Dental Assistants (CODA or DANB)
  • Unlicensed Dentists (with proof of graduation from an accredited dental school)
  • Dental students enrolled at an accredited dental college (restrictions apply)
  • Graduates of an unaccredited dental college located outside the U.S. (with translated certificate and transcripts)

All applicants must have a minimum of two years chair side experience when your application is submitted.

(Note to Dental Assistants - Your two years of experience doesn't have to be as a CDA, but you must have your CDA when you submit your application.)  


2020 EFDA Continuing Education Course Information Packet - Revised 5/31/19 (includes answers to Frequently Asked Questions)

2020 EFDA CE Application



Class size is limited and admission is competitive. Acceptance into the course is based on the quality of application along with scores from the prerequisite Tooth Anatomy course.


  1. Qualified candidate as defined above
  2. Minimum two years chair-side patient treatment experience
  3. Successful completion of Ohio State CE course "Tooth Anatomy for the Dental Auxiliary"
  4. Application – includes personal statement and employer recommendation 




Complete the Tooth Anatomy prerequisite course on June 15 or July 13, 2019 (visit to view course details and register online)

The Tooth Anatomy course is a 4 hour CE course. Your scores from this course will become part of your application. 


Complete and Submit Application (deadline is August 7, 2019)


In early-mid September applicants will be notified of acceptance into the 2020 EFDA Program


2020 EFDA Program Begins

Curriculum Overview

Preclinical (January – April)

  • Friday's (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • The preclinical laboratory time will primarily be spent reviewing and applying dental anatomy concepts, restorative terminology, and dental materials principles to the restoration of typodont teeth with amalgam, composite and glass ionomer restorative materials.
  • Placement of bases and liners, placement of rubber dam, and the finishing and polishing of each type of direct restorations.
  • Each student will complete approximately 100 restorations in typodont teeth during the pre-clinical session of the course.

Clinical (May – July)

  • One day per week (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.).  Assignments for the clinical sessions will be made in January to allow appropriate notice for students to arrange work schedules around their assigned clinic day.
  • Clinical training takes place in the College of Dentistry Comprehensive Care Pre-Doctoral Clinics.
  • EFDA students complete restorative procedures which have been treatment-planned and prepared by pre-doctoral students.
  • All procedures are supervised and evaluated by College of Dentistry faculty.

EFDA Board Review (early August)

  • This 2-day session is a required component of the OSU EFDA program. Written and typodont-based mock board examinations will be included to prepare students for the Ohio EFDA Board examination.

ADA-CREP Continuing Education Recognition Program