Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Certificate

Available at select times at the Fort Collins and Longmont campuses


Advance Your Dental Career with an Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Certificate

Become an invaluable member of your dental team and increase your career potential by earning the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting (EDDA) certificate. Our 40-hour certificate program in Fort Collins and Longmont not only qualifies you to to perform advanced tasks like expanded restorative work under the supervision of a dentist, but it also counts toward your dental assistant continuing education credit.

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Grow your career with an Expanded Duty Dental Assisting (EDDA) certificate program at IBMC College.

  • Take on more responsibility at work.
  • Greater earning potential.
  • Learn advanced dental techniques.
  • Advance your career by learning dental practice laws of Colorado, basic dental principles and terminology.

IBMC is dedicated to your success. We designed this program to accommodate working dental assistants. Our accelerated program meets five times over a three-week period on Fridays and Saturdays. This hands-on learning experience uses state-of-the-art equipment to ensure you master the coursework. Small class sizes, capped at 6 students per session, allow you ample one-on-one training with the instructor so you will graduate confident and prepared for real-world success!

“All the students I have worked with are held to a high standard. Everyone comes in educated.”Raechel Albrecht, South Pointe Clinic, Lafayette, CO

As an Expanded Duty Dental Assistant (sometimes also referred to as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant), you can work in a variety of settings including a dental practice, public health care facility, specialty practice, or oral care office. With dental assistant jobs expected to grow 18% over the next decade, your dental career possibilities are abundant with the EDDA certificate.

Not sure if the EDDA certificate program is the right fit for you? Take our 2-minute quiz to find out now. If you are ready to enroll, contact our admissions team to get started.

What to Expect as an Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Certificate Student

As an EDDA certificate student at IBMC College in Colorado, you will receive expert instruction from industry-experienced faculty. Our mission at IBMC College is to provide you with the practical knowledge and career training you need to excel in your field. The EDDA certificate program is offered at our Fort Collins and Longmont campuses in Colorado.

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We know you have a busy schedule, with work, family, and life. This program is designed for working dental assistants so you can expand your job functions in your current position. The accelerated five day program allows you the flexibility to be present at your job during the week and train on the weekends. You can earn your certificate in just three weekends!

The Expanded Duty Dental Assistant course (DA240) required to achieve this certificate covers 40 hours of coursework including labs. During labs, you will expand your skillset and acquire proficiencies in the placement of bases and liners, etching, bonding, composite resin, amalgam utilizing two and four handed dentistry, and carving and/or finishing of restorations. At the end of the course, you will demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained in a comprehensive written and practical competency evaluation.

Details About Program

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What is the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting (EDDA) Certificate?

The EDDA program is a 40-hour certificate program designed for dental assistants who want to grow their careers as dental assistants. A dental assistant with expanded functions can take on more job responsibilities, increase their earning potential, and receive credit toward their dental assistant continuing education.

Your expanded duties as a dental assistant may include:

  • Caries and cavity classifications
  • Tooth morphology
  • Cavity preparations
  • Properties of amalgam
  • Esthetic restorative materials and procedures
  • Placement of bases and liners
  • Etching
  • Bonding
  • Composite resin
  • Amalgam utilizing two-handed and four-handed dentistry

Learn more about the program objectives here.

How Does the EDDA Certificate Differ from Other Dental Degrees?

The EDDA certificate program provides advanced training allowing dental students to build upon their existing skills and take on more responsibilities in dental offices. While our degree programs prepare you for entry-level duties in dental assisting and dental administration, the Expanded Duty certificate trains you to take on more job responsibilities and advance your career.

Another key difference between our dental assisting programs and the EDDA certificate is that it is a non-degree program. At the end of this 40-hour course, you will earn a certificate qualifying you to be an expanded functions dental assistant. Although this is a non-degree program, it does count as CE credits for dental assistants.

How much does the EDDA Certificate program cost?

The EDDA certificate program costs $1,500 total. This fee includes final exam, books, and materials for the course. Although there is no federal funding available for this course, a payment plan is available should you need it.

Payment Plan:

Payment 1: $500 due at time of enrollment
Payment 2: $500 due when the first class begins
Payment 3: $500 due at the end of the program

Some dental offices are willing to fund the certificate if they are requesting a dental assistant have the certification. Check with your employer if you think this is an option for you.

Students may use their GI Bill to pay for the EDDA certificate program. IBMC College is proud to have been named as a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, Inc. for our scholarships for veterans and their families.

How long does the EDDA Certificate take to complete?

The EDDA certificate program requires 40 hours of class time. The course is held on five days over a three week period. The class meets on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm with a one hour lunch break. To find out when the next courses are offered and to check availability, contact our admissions team.

What are the steps to earning the EDDA Certificate?

Step 1: Previous Dental Experience
Expanded duties build on your current skills and experience. Dental assistants with more than two years chair side experience do not need a dental assisting certificate to enroll. Potential students with between 12 and 24 months of chair side experience must be dental assisting certified. Students with fewer than 12 months experience are eligible if they have been actively working for at least six months, and must be working at the time of class.

Step 2: Enroll in the EDDA Certificate Program
Select the course at the time and location that works best for you. The EDDA certificate program is offered in Longmont and Fort Collins. Classes are offered from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays over a 3-week period.

Step 3: Attend the EDDA Certificate Class
Participate in the EDDA certificate class that meets five times over a three week period. In this class, you will learn additional policies, procedures and skills necessary to enhance your value as a member of a dental team. Throughout this course, you will watch, demonstrate, and eventually teach the new skills acquired as supervised by the dentist.

Step 4: Pass the Comprehensive Written and Practical Exams
At the end of the course, you will be required to take a practical exam and a written exam to demonstrate the knowledge you gained. Each exam is worth 25% of your final grade. The remaining 50% of your grade is based on participation and professional growth.

Is the EDDA Certificate program accredited?

Yes, the EDDA certificate program is accredited by the Colorado State Division of Private Occupational Schools (DPOS).

What are the prerequisites to get into the EDDA Certificate program?

There are no prerequisites for dental assistants with two or more years of chair side experience in the field. Dental assistants with less than 24 months of chair side work experience in the field need a dental assisting certification to do this program. The minimum is six months actively working as a chair side certified dental assistant, and must be working at the time of class.

Is IBMC the right school for me?

IBMC College has been specializing in providing career training to individuals to help them excel in their respective industries for over 28 years. The hands-on training in modern labs and real-world experience offered by IBMC College allows students to successfully advance their careers. If you are looking for a school that will give you skills training to do your job more effectively, IBMC College is the right place for you.

You are always an individual, not a number at IBMC College. Our small class sizes of six in the EDDA program allow you to get to know your instructors and classmates. Our experienced instructors bring a wealth of industry knowledge to the classroom and make courses relatable and enjoyable. Should life circumstances come up during your course, our instructors will work with you to ensure you stay on-track and complete the program.

The EDDA certificate program is designed for working professionals. Our flexible course offerings in Fort Collins and Longmont make it easy for dental assistants to balance their work and school lives.

IBMC College is proud to have been named as a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, Inc. for our scholarships for veterans and their families. Students may use their GI Bill to pay for the EDDA certificate program.

What Can I do with an EDDA Certificate?

Expanded duty dental assistants can work in a variety of dental settings.The majority of our EDDA certificate program graduates work in the following dental environments:

  • Dental practice
  • Group practice
  • Public healthcare facility
  • Oral care office, school, or hospital
  • Specialty practices, such as oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, dentofacial orthopedics, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and pediatric dentistry.

How Much Do Dental Assistants Make?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2016 median pay for a dental assistant was $36,940 per year ($17.76 per hour). Demand for dental assistants is expected to grow 18% from 2014-2024, which is significantly faster than average.

The EDDA certificate program helps dental assistants advance their careers and add value to their dental teams. This will help them increase their earning potential and create a competitive advantage in this growing field.

What Skills Do I Need to Be a Successful Expanded Functions Dental Assistant?

Dexterity: Since dental assistants work on teeth and gums using small tools and instruments, it is imperative they are good with their hands.

Interpersonal Communication: Sometimes patients are in pain or under some distress when they come to a dental office. Interpersonal communication skills will help patients feel at ease and comfortable with the work being done in their mouths.

Detail Oriented: Being a successful dental assistant requires precision and attention to detail. There are specific procedures and protocols that must be followed.

Organizational Skills/Office Management: Dental assistants need to have their instruments and equipment organized to ensure patient safety, infection control, and comply with health and safety regulations. Patient information also needs to be well organized and in some cases, dental assistants are responsible for insurance and billing as well.

Teamwork: Dental assistants must work well with others as they are assisting dentists and/or healthcare specialists. It is important that dental assistants be comfortable communicating patient updates for record keeping and helping out when a team member needs assistance.

Envision Your Future

Advance your dental assisting career now with the EDDA certificate program in Fort Collins and Longmont. Get started by filling out this form to contact the admissions team.

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