NHTI Concord's Community College Partners with Industry Leaders to offer Expanded Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) Program

NHTI Concord's Community College Partners with Industry Leaders to offer Expanded Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) Program

Sent to media February 20, 2017

NHTI Concord's Community College Partners with Industry Leaders to offer Expanded Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) Program

NHTI-Concord's Community College, NH Dental Society, and Northeast Delta Dental work together to launch new program that will connect more patients to dental care

Concord, New Hampshire - With the help of NHTI – Concord’s Community College, and in partnership with the New Hampshire Dental Society, NH has implemented an Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary Program (EFDA) to expand the credentials and skills of dental assistants and dental hygienists in order to elevate their role in caring for dental patients. The first class of 10 students in NHTI’s Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) Program are completing their clinical training, bringing them closer to a key role within dental practices allowing practices to run more efficiently while helping to treat more patients.

“The need for people trained in dentistry is on the rise,” said NHTI’s Lynnea Adams CDA, BA, who is the EFDA program coordinator at the college. “Having this program up and running is an important development for nonprofits and private practices because it trains dental assistants and dental hygienists to administer advanced care, while allowing teams to help more patients each day.”

Highly-trained dental assistants and hygienists increase skills, while responding to the community need

While there are several different certifications for professionals who assist with dental care, dental assistants and dental hygienists with an EFDA certification are qualified to place, contour and adjust the materials used in restorative procedures, following the removal of decay by the dentist. NHTI’s program, which was developed with funding from Northeast Delta Dental, New Hampshire Dental Society and the NH Dental Society Foundation, prepares Certified Dental Assistants (CDA), graduates of ADA-CODA accredited dental assisting programs and registered dental hygienists to become integral in the hands on placement of restorative materials.

In 2013, the NH State Legislature passed legislation that detailed the process for the development of an EFDA Program, and its graduates must comply with the rules set in place by the New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners.  With the growing need for dental services throughout New Hampshire, NHTI was approached by the NH Dental Society to initiate the EFDA Program.

“My role as an EFDA has been amazing. I’ve always had a passion for dentistry and really wanted to make a difference in the industry and this program truly allowed me to raise the bar of excellence as a Dental Assistant,” said Misty Griffin, CDA, EFDA who recently completed the program at NHTI.

After completing NHTI’s 270-hour training program, which includes 120 hours of clinical training with a sponsoring dentist, EFDA candidates must register with the NH Board of Dental Examiners. An “EFDA” must work under the direct supervision of a licensed New Hampshire dentist, and complete the required annual continuing education coursework.

The rigorous eight-week program takes place from June to December and is offered through NHTI's Business Training Center. Tuition for the program is currently $6,500.

To learn more about NHTI’s EFDA program and its admission requirements, contact Lynnea Adams at ladams@ccsnh.edu or (603) 271-6484 x4217.  

About NHTI

NHTI - Concord’s Community College, is a fully accredited, public community college serving students, businesses and the community by providing excellent academic, technical and professional education. NHTI offers over 80 academic programs to more than 5,000 students.  NHTI is a member of the Community College System of New Hampshire. The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the "65 by 25 Initiative," which calls for 65% of NH citizens to have some form of postsecondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.