Expanded Function Dental Auxillary

The Santa Fe EFDA Program (Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary) is designed to train Certified Dental Assistants and Registered Dental Hygienists in the art of Restorative Dentistry. Upon successful completion of this program, an auxiliary is eligible to sit for the state certifying examination provided by the Western Regional Dental Board (WREB). The curriculum for this course has been approved by the NM Board of Dental Health care.

The EFDA Program is a rigorous and challenging course. Students are expected to attend all lecture, laboratory and clinical sessions. Students must be very familiar with restorative procedures, be able to use both direct vision and indirect mirror vision to complete and evaluate restorations, and will have to perfect fine motor skills to enable the accurate and safe application of dental handpieces and instruments.

Also, SFCC’s EFDA program webpage includes a link to the Acadental website. Please be advised that the typodont to be used for the 2016 WREB Restorative Clinical Exam is the Acadental ModuPRO model MP_R320®. As of this communiqué, Acadental has not yet updated its website to reflect the appropriate hygiene information. Please contact Acadental Representative, Jeff Scott, directly at 913-599-3192 regarding typodont and prep availability and purchasing information.

EFDA Students will attend didactic courses online, and are able to choose on-site labs on the weekends. Clinics will be scheduled at affiliated dental sites and/or sponsor dentist’s office. Hands-on learning takes place in our state-of-the-art onsite training dental lab. Each student has their own workstation, materials, study material, overhead lamp, and life-like simulator/ mounts to learn the clinical skills necessary to restore teeth with amalgam and composite fillings and perform NM State approved EFDA functions. Students will purchase their own typodonts. To purchase typodonts: visit Columbia Dentoform or Kilgore and restorative instruments. After January 2016, WREB will be using Acadental ModuPro Restorative Models.


Employed auxiliaries will be given priority consideration. At least 2 years chair-side four-handed dentistry experience in general dentistry is required (within the past 5 years). Proof of current status as a Certified Dental Assistant from the DANB or State of NM license -OR- Proof of current status as a Registered Dental Hygienist (license) is required- OR- a dentist license.


  • For Fall: April 15 (or until class is full)
  • For Spring & Summer: November 15 (or until class is full)


  • Online Lecture: 12 students
  • Weekends Lab: 6 students
  • Clinics: 6 students


  1. If you have never been an SFCC student, then register for FREE with SFCC (Select “Course Credit” as student type.)
  2. Complete the attached EFDA application with SFCC student ID number and submit to the dental program director by email at aamna.nayyar@sfcc.edu or by fax at 505-428-1327, attention: Aamna.
  3. Upon successful completion of the online lecture course you will receive a Certificate of Completion with appropriate CE units.
  4. Upon satisfactory completion all 3 courses a student will receive SFCC Certificate of Completion in Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary.


View current tuition rates.

For NM Dental Board regulations on EFDA, please visit their website. For information on Western Regional Examination Board Restorative Functions (WREB) exam, please visit the website.


EFDA 250 Online lecture course 2 college credit (2 credit course fee + $50 online fee) This is a required course to be eligible to take WREB State board exam for restorative functions
EFDA 250L weekend lab course 1 college credit (1 credit course fee + $200 Lab fee) This course will help you prepare for the WREB State board exam
EFDA 293 Clinical course 4 college credit (4 college credit fee + $85 fee for clinical monitoring program) This course is after passing the WREB exam and working toward 180 required clinical hours under direct supervision of a dentist.