Expanded Duties

Assisting 101 School of Dental Assisting offers an Expanded Duties Dental Assistant course that was approved by the Georgia Board of Dentistry.

Dental Assistant career growth opportunity

Are you ready for an excellent career move? By becoming an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA), you will be able to perform expanded functions. With these new responsibilities, you will be able to have a higher salary and greater job variety.  

Dental Practice benefits

EFDAs benefit Dentists and Dental Practices. The EFDAs will be able to perform certain dental services that help the dental office run more efficiently. The 2018 ADA survey found that dentists with EFDAs were able to utilize their time and skills more effectively. The dentists will be able to spend more time to see patients, allowing practices to fit in more patients per day and, increase their bottom line and patient satisfaction.

One way to get the benefits of an EFDA without changing office dynamics is to encourage your current dental assistants to take this course to become an EFDA. These kinds of growth opportunities are great for your staff and can boost the morale and operations.


how does it work?

We offer the Expanded Duties course throughout the year.  There are two parts to the course: online learning and in-person training. The classroom learning for each session is available on our online platform. After viewing the webinars, there will be an exam for each section. You will have to pass all the exams and complete all the webinars prior to the first day of training in-person. 

If you are an individual interested in getting your EFDA certification, you have to follow the steps below. You can find the class schedule in the tuition section.

  1. Fill out the Enrollment Form 
  2. Email your Affidavit that needs to be signed by your current employer and Dental Assistant Certification.*
  3. Start and complete your online learning.
  4. Come in for in person training 

*To be eligible to attend the program, dental assistants must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Possess current certification that the candidate is a Certified Dental Assistant.
  2. Be a graduate of a one (1) year accredited dental assisting program or a dental assisting program approved by the Board. 
  3. Have been employed as a chair side assistant by a licensed dentist for a continuous six (6) month period within the previous three (3) years.  
  4. In addition, the candidate must have a high school diploma, or the equivalent thereof and proof of current CPR certification.
Questions? Email [email protected] to set up a phone call with our Director. 

What do i get after graduation?

Only dental assistants that have passed each step will be eligible for a certificate for expanded duties. Each certificate will allow a dental assistant to perform the duties listed below:

  • Apply desensitizing agents to root surfaces of teeth and prepared dentinal surfaces of teeth prior to cementation of temporary restorations and crowns, bridges, or inlays.
  • Place cavity liner, base or varnish over unexposed pulp.
  • Intraoral fabrication of temporary crowns and bridges. All such adjustments must be performed extra orally.
  • Perform face bow transfer.
  • Make impressions to be used to repair a damaged prosthesis.
  • Place periodontal dressing.
  • Redressing (not initial placement of dressing) and removing dressing from alveolar sockets in post-operative osteitis when the patient is uncomfortable due to the loss of dressing from the alveolar socket in a diagnosed case of post-operative osteitis.
  • Make impressions to be used to fabricate a night guard (bruxism or muscle relaxation appliance). All adjustments must be performed extra orally. The final adjustment must be made by the dentist.
  • Monitor the administration of nitrous oxide/oxygen; turn off nitrous oxide/oxygen at the completion of the dental procedure and make adjustments to the level of nitrous oxide/oxygen, but only following the specific instructions of the dentist.
  • Apply topical anti-cariogenic agents.
  • Apply pit and fissure sealants, and primer and bonding agents to etched enamel or dentin; and light-cure with a fiber-optic light source (not to include the use of a laser device).
  • Packing and removing retraction cord, as prescribed by the dentist, so long as said cord is used solely for restorative dental procedures.
  • Changing of bleaching agent, following initial applications by the dentist, during the bleaching process of vital and non-vital teeth after the placement of a rubber dam; and applying the fiber-optic light source of a curing light for activation of the bleach (not to include the use of a laser device).
  • Rebond brackets after a licensed dentist have examined the affected tooth and surrounding gingiva and found no evidence of pathology.
  • Remove bonded brackets with hand instruments only.
  • Make impressions for passive orthodontic appliances.
  • Apply primer and bonding agents to etched enamel or dentin; and light cure with a fiber-optic light source (not to include use of a laser device)
  • Digital scans for fabrication orthodontic appliances and model


$ 3550 One Time
  • $3550 is paid prior to the beginning of the first class.

payment plan 1

$ 197 Weekly
  • $ 500 Deposit
  • 18 consecutive weekly payments (auto-drafted)
  • Includes a $500 Payment plan fee
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payment plan 2

$ 335 Weekly
  • $500 Deposit
  • 10 consecutive weekly payments (auto-drafted)
  • Includes a $300 Payment plan fee
None of those options work for you? That’s okay. Contact us to inquire about a customized payment plan.

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