Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
FORTIS Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Courses in PA
With the FORTIS Expanded Functions 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, Associate in Specialized Technology Degree [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 functions 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 Functions 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 Functions 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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Who is FORTIS?
FORTIS is a post-secondary network of colleges and institutes that engages students in a powerful learning and training experience for lifelong growth. With the addition of each new campus, Fortis now offers career-based certificate, diploma and degree-granting programs at more than 40 schools in 15 states.
FORTIS College and FORTIS Institute campuses prepare students for careers in healthcare, nursing, medical, dental, business, information technology, massage, cosmetology and the skilled trades such as welding and HVAC.FORTIS College Online also offers online learning platforms for a variety of associate degree programs for adults and members of the military community.
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To qualify for admissions, in most cases you must be a high school graduate or its equivalent. All applicants are required to complete a personal information sheet. During a personal interview with our admissions staff, we will review your career goals to help you find the right program to fit your needs.
Every individual will be given the opportunity to tour the facility, meet with Financial Aid, and enroll in the next available classes. Please contact your local campus Admission representative for more information on admission requirements.
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Does FORTIS help me find a job after graduation?
At FORTIS, our Career Services professionals are committed to successfully supporting our graduates to secure employment in entry-level positions. Through career development, including professionalism, motivation, resume development, dress for success, interview coaching and the maintenance of ethical standards, we empower our graduates with the skills necessary to approach a job interview ready for success.
FORTIS operates a Career Services Center at each campus to assist graduates with career placement. FORTIS provides career placement assistance to our graduates. As graduation approaches, students get the opportunity to meet with the Director of Career Services during their last semester to discuss career services available for their individual job search. As a graduate, you will want employment that reflects your skills, training, and allows for professional growth and development. Career Services is committed to helping you find the right fit for you.
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- Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Accrediting Commission of the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE)
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