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NHTI Launches Dental Certification Program
Published Monday, March 6, 2017

An EFDA student practices on her typodont with Lynnea Adams, EFDA program coordinator. Photo: NHTI

NHTI and the NH Dental Society (NHDS), both in Concord, partnered to launch the Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) program, which offers dental assistant and dental hygienist education and training. The first class in the EFDA program contains 10 students, who are completing their clinical training.

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 NH Board of Dental Examiners. NHTI’s program is a ADA-CODA accredited dental assisting programs developed with collaboration and funding from Northeast Delta Dental, NHDS and the NH Dental Society Foundation. Graduates are receive a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) designation.

While there are several different dental care certifications, 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. 

“The need for people trained in dentistry is on the rise,” says Lynnea Adams, EFDA program coordinator. “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.”

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 NH dentist, and complete the required annual continuing education coursework.

The 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. 

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