Expanded Functions Dental Assisting

Expanded Functions Dental Assisting

Get Your Certificate Without Ever Leaving Your Dental Office

The Kirkwood Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Course is offered through Continuing Education and is designed so you can obtain your EFDA certificate without leaving your dental office. Coursework is performed through directed text readings along with evaluation measures and completion of clinical skills within your office. You will be assigned an instructor who will oversee your progress within the course.

We are currently reworking our curriculum for 2025 to revamp the EFDA Bridge Course with new skills, as well as creating a new EFDA Orthodontia track. Click the button below to view our full list of dental classes and check back for updates.


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Related Information

EFDA Courses include:

  • EFDA Bridge Course
  • Expanded Dental Functions - Graduate
  • Expanded Dental Functions - Non-Graduate
  • EFDA: Monitoring of Nitrous Oxide Inhalation Analgesia with a Dental Patient
  • EFDA: Orthodontia


Students enrolled in the course are given six months to complete the readings, evaluation measures, and clinical skills. Online quizzes assist students to obtain information needed to pass the required post-assessment.

You will be required to attend an orientation session at Kirkwood's main campus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Alternative orientation options may be considered for those who are a great distance from this site.

If you have any specific enrollment questions, contact us at healthoccupations@kirkwood.edu

Click the following links to learn more about the program and department: 

Department of Health Occupations