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Advanced Technical Certificate

Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary

Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary Overview

In the field of dental assisting, the demand for skilled professionals is ever-growing. With the Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary certification, you'll unlock career opportunities, higher earning potential, and expanded responsibilities within a dental office setting.

This advanced technical certificate is a short-term program designed specifically for working dental professionals, offering courses that fit into your work schedule. If you're looking to elevate your dental career, this program is tailor-made for you.

At CVTC, we prioritize hands-on learning and practical skill development. Our experienced faculty will guide you through comprehensive training, preparing you to excel as a skilled multitasker capable of handling diverse responsibilities with confidence.

As an expanded functional dental assistant, you'll be empowered to perform a wide array of advanced functions under the direct supervision of a dentist.

In this program, you'll learn to successfully:

  • Place and finish restoration material after the dentist prepares a tooth
  • Apply sealants
  • Perform coronal polishing
  • Take impressions
  • Carry out temporizations
  • Pack cord
  • Remove cement from crowns
  • Adjust dentures and other removable oral appliances
  • Remove sutures and dressings

Elevate your career and expand your skill set.

NOTE: Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to be affiliated with a dental practice, as clinical activities will take place within your current professional setting.

What is an advanced technical certificate?

A new offering to CVTC, an advanced technical certificate, or ATC, is an extension or continuation of an associate or higher degree program. Students who have already completed an applicable degree and/or working experience in a designated industry and are looking for additional specialized education to support their career goals can apply to an ATC program. Courses in these certificates are designed to build upon the previous educational and work experience of students to advance them to the next level in their industry.

Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning.

Just the Facts

Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary
11 Credit Advanced Technical Certificate

Program Length
Less Than One Semester

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Months
August, October, January, March, June

Next Start Date
May 31, 2024


Non-Traditional Occupation

Bloodborne Pathogens

Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.

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Bloodborne Pathogens

Students entering health programs at CVTC should understand the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDs, through saliva and blood with direct patient care as part of their education.

This exposure can be minimized or eliminated using a combination of engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, training, medical surveillance, Hepatitis B vaccination, signs and labels, and other provisions.

All programs at CVTC comply with local, state, and federal infection control policies, including the use of standard precautions as stipulated by current CDC guidelines. Written policies and instructions on infection control protocol to minimize the risk of disease transmission is provided throughout the courses in the curriculum. Compliance of safety practices is evaluated throughout the students' clinical experiences to ensure a safe educational environment.

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Estimated Program Cost 

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 What are estimated program costs? Estimated Total: $2,912

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Career Opportunities

Dental Assistant

Oral Surgery Assistant

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Deadline to Apply
May 24, 2024

Program Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.


Yearly Salary

Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary professionals make an average starting salary of $37,497.


Regional Jobs

There are 71 job openings in the CVTC district for the Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary industry.

* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from Lightcast which is an economic modeling software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.


Credits to Other Institutions

Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.

You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.

Here are a few of the courses you can take in the Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary program.

Sample Courses

Dental Health Safety
Prepares dental auxiliary students to respond proactively to dental emergencies, control infection, prevent disease, adhere to OSHA Standards, and safely manage hazardous materials. Students also take patient vital signs and collect patient medical/dental histories. CPR certification is a prerequisite; students will be required to show proof of certification before beginning the course. This course is a WTCS aligned course required in both the Dental Hygienist and Dental Assisting programs.

Preventative Procedures
Examine the role of the Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary in WI. Learn how to provide preventative procedures performed by the EFDA including coronal polishing and application of topical fluoride, fluoride varnish, or similar dental topical agents.

Prosthodontic Procedure
Learn how to perform dental prosthodontic procedures including adjustment of dentures and other removable oral appliances, impressions, packing cord, and removal of sutures and dressings.

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Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Dental Assistant, Technical Diploma

Dental Hygienist, Associate Degree

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Admission Requirements

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