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FORTIS Expanded Function Dental Assistant Courses in PA

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With the FORTIS Expanded Function Dental Assistant courses in PA, you can earn the skills and knowledge to help assist the dentist chairside. Work in the operating room or treatment room while the dentist is performing patient procedures. Learn how to prepare dental impressions and restorative materials, evacuate debris from oral cavities, and prepare the instrument tray and anesthesia setups.

The Expanded Functions Dental Assistant [EFDA] program is designed to prepare students for entry-level careers. These include placing dental restorations under the direct supervision of a dentist, as well as additional duties described by the PA State Dental Practice Act. The expanded function dental assistant program also prepares students to assist the dentist chairside. The program prepares students to work in the operatory or treatment room with the dentist. The chairside dental assistant mixes and prepares dental impression and restorative materials, evacuates debris and extraneous materials from the oral cavity, and prepares the operatory for procedures including instrument tray and anesthesia set-ups as required by the dentist. You can learn all of these skills and more with the FORTIS Expanded Function Dental Assistant courses in PA!

The chairside assistant exposes, processes and mounts dental radiographs (x-rays). The chairside assistant may also perform dental instrument sterilization duties and prepare cases to be sent to an outside laboratory. The expanded function dental assistant may perform some dental laboratory procedures within the office and is often the person responsible for infection control and sterilization requirements as set forth in government regulations and guidelines. The program also prepares students in the various administrative and clerical procedures required including word processing, managing files and records, scheduling appointments, and handling other front office duties.

Get Your Associate in Specialized Technology Degree in Expanded Function Dental Assisting at FORTIS in Scranton, PA


This is a hybrid program, which means that the majority of the program is taken at the campus and several courses within the program (less than 50% of the program) are taken online. The program’s blend of on campus and online courses allows students to experience all the support and services our school has to offer as well the flexibility and convenience of online classes.*

At FORTIS Institute in Scranton, PA, our expanded functions dental assistant program includes classroom theory, practical experience and field experience, followed by one module of a ten-week externship in a health care facility. Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be prepared to seek Expanded Functions Dental Assistant certification. Request more information to find out how to get started taking the expanded functions dental assistant courses in PA! 

*The number of classes taken online varies each term, and some terms in the program may be taught entirely on campus. Speak to one of our admissions representatives for more information.

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