Dental Assisting Maryland General Expanded Functions, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate
A Maryland General Expanded Functions Assistant is a dental assistant who may perform selected intraoral functions. An EFDA is a dental assistant who performs expanded functions. Each state has different allowable duties, but some examples of expanded functions are applying sealants, taking impressions, performing coronal polishing, applying topical anesthetic or applying topical fluoride, to name a few. This course instructs the students in the theory and techniques used to perform general expanded functions approved by the State Board of Dental Examiners, and it prepares them to take the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners General Expanded Functions Examination. This program includes a clinical training component. Students will complete the theory portion of the class online, but they must be employed in a general dental practice where the supervising dentist agrees to verify their clinical skills practice.
Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:
- demonstrate clinical competencies of an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant,
- function safely and efficiently as a member of the dental team under the supervision of the dentist,
- communicate effectively with patients and dental team members, and
- exhibit legal and ethical behavior which adheres to professional conduct standards for dentistry.