CONCORD — NHTI, Concord's Community College and the New Hampshire Dental Society have announced that the college is accepting students into the Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary certificate program. The program begins in May 2016.
The New Hampshire Dental Society, the American Dental Association and Northeast Delta Dental provide financial support to help make this program possible. NHTI has developed the curriculum and completed the faculty and staff training required to begin offering the courses in May.
"This program provides an opportunity for NHTI and the dental community to provide greater access to dental care by New Hampshire citizens," said NHTI President Susan Dunton.
"The EFDA certificate program is in harmony with Northeast Delta Dental's mission to improve the access to, and the quality of, oral healthcare and education in the communities we serve. This program will allow New Hampshire's oral health professionals to expand their skill set and we are proud to partner with the NH Dental Society, NH Dental Society Foundation, and NHTI to bring this important program to life," said president and CEO of Northeast Delta Dental, Tom Raffio.
Dental assistants who have completed this program are referred to as "EFDAs," which designates that they have completed additional training and certifications, allowing them to place restorations under the supervision of a licensed dentist. Their additional training enhances the dental team, improving patient flow and office efficiency at dental offices throughout the state. EFDAs are currently working successfully in more than two dozen states.
"Once they complete their training, EFDAs can perform a number of restorative and preventive procedures. Operating under the supervision of a dentist and as part of the dental team, EFDAs' impact will be statewide," said NHDS President Peter Welnak, DDS.
NHTI plans to launch the certificate program in May, with applications being accepted immediately. The curriculum includes 50 hours of classroom training and 100 hours of pre-clinical training. Once training is complete, the student can register with the Board of Examiners to begin working as an EFDA.
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