Program Scope & Sequence

FIRST QUARTER COURSES                                                                       CREDITS

EFDA 100  Procedures I                                                                              1

Reviews the various duties and skills within a dental assistant's scope of practice such as oral hygiene instructions, taking of radiographs, coronal polishing, administration of fluoride, etc.  , It will reinforce any previously acquired understanding as well as introduce new ideas related to these skills and duties so that the student will have a solid base of education upon which to build practical competence.  Information related to final impressions will also be presented.  Closely connected with a corresponding lab component, it  authorizes the EFDA to perform many of these procedures under "general" rather than "close" supervision of a dentist.

EFDA 101  Restorative Lab I (6 hrs lab)                                      3

This pre-clinical lab course allows the student to practice skills and techniques considered weekly in the didactic portion of the program.  Skills involve dental assisting pre-requisite knowledge on typodonts and classmates, taking of final impressions on typodonts, use of dental materials and the actual placement of amalgam and composite restorations on prepared typodont teeth in clinical simulation.

EFDA 110  Dental Anatomy (Online)                                            2

Didactic course encompassing dental anatomy as it relates to the EFDA's scope of restorative practice.  Emphasis is placed on coronal anatomy, occlusion, Black's classification of cavity preparation and basics of primary and permanent dentition.  An EFDA must have a solid understanding of tooth morphology, anatomical features and function in order to properly replicate such during restorative procedures.

EFDA 111  Dental Materials & Technique                                   2

This course is the study of the chemical, physical and mechanical properties of dental materials which will be commonly used by the EFDA.  Besides materials science, selection of the appropriate material for different preventive and restorative procedures will be dealt with as well as safety measures and proper handling protocol.  Basic techniques for the utilization of these materials will be introduced.  This course will be followed by a corresponding lab course to allow practical application for competency.

Qtr 1=Total 8 Credits


EFDA 200  Procedures II                                                            1

This course requires the student to utilize and build on knowledge and skills acquired from all previous clinically and didactically related expanded functions dental auxiliary courses, especially oral anatomy, dental anatomy and morphology, radiology, pharmacology, dental materials, patient case management and restorative dentistry procedures, in order to gain proficiency in performing restorative procedures on typodonts and on patients.

EFDA 201  Restorative Clinic II (8 hrs clinic)                             4

This clinical course allows the student to apply skills and techniques which they have gained competence using mannequins during the previous lab component to actual patients.  The focus of course is "clinical competence" in the full range of restorative procedures, from patient management to technical skills of operating field isolation and restoration placement and finishing.

EFDA 202  WREB Preparation (2 hrs lab)                                   1         

This course prepares students to sit for the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB) restorative examination for licensure.  The WREB requires the placement, carving and finishing of one amalgam and one composite posterior class II restoration within a specific time frame at a minimum passing level.  This course will furnish time and supervision with simulation testing for students to build on skills gained in the preceding quarter to develop sufficient proficiency in order to pass the examination.  Skills are directly transferable to clinical settings.

EFDA 212  Ethics & Jurisprudence (Online)                                1

This course is the study of the ethical, legal and regulatory issues which will face an EFDA in private dental offices and community settings.  Students will consider professional traits of an EFDA, theories of moral development, ethical dilemmas, ethical principles, the state dental practice act, the EFDA-patient relationship and risk management in the dental practice through simulation cases and discussion.

                                                                              Qtr 2=Total 7 Credits
                                                                     Total Program = 15 Credits