Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) Continuing Education Program

Registration for the EFDA Program is closed.  

Event Title: Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary  (EFDA) Continuing Education Program
Event Dates: January 27, February 3, 10, 17, and 24, March 10 and 24, April 7, 21 and 28, May 5, 2018
Event Time: Eleven (11) Saturdays: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Total CE Hours: 114
Course Fee:

Monthly Payment Options Available ( Call 623-572-3870)

$4,460 if full payment received by November 17, 2017

$4,695 ($1,000 Deposit, full payment due Friday, January 5, 2018)

$3,950 (Group Pricing: Five (5) or more office participants

Audience: Dental Assistants, Registered Dental Hygienists, Foreign Trained Dentists

Tatiyana Trowbridge, D.D.S. (Course Coordinator) Assistant Professor of Dentistry
Aseel Murad, D.M.D., B.D.S., Associate Professor of Dentistry
Bilal Shafi, D.D.S., Assistant Professor of Dentistry
Cara Copeland, D.M.D., Assistant Professor of Dentistry
Behram Darvishar, D.M.D., Adjunct Pre-Clinical Instructor
Chau Pham, D.M.D., Adjunct Pre-Clinical Instructor


Glendale Hall and Simulation Clinic, Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ

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Course Description:

The College of Dental Medicine's EFDA CE program is designed for Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, and foreign trained dentists who would like to expand their role in patient care under the supervision of Arizona licensed dentists. This extensive program is modular in design with a total of 114 hours of online, in-person and hands-on instruction that prepare all participants for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) examination required to obtain the Arizona State Board EFDA certification.

Educational Expectations:

The EFDA Program is a very rigorous and challenging course. Participants are expected to attend ALL lecture, laboratory and clinical sessions. 

Participants 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 use of dental hand pieces and instruments.   The EFDA Program utilizes the University's online learning management system (Canvas) to supplement in-class learning. Therefore, participants must have access to a computer with an active email address to complete weekly assignments outside of class hours.

EFDA Participants attend class on January 27, February 3, 10, 17, and 24, March 10 and 24, April 7, 21 and 28, and May 5, 2018. Class is in session from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants.

All equipment and supplies are included in the Course Fee and the participant to faculty ratio will be 5:1; emphasizing individual attention and success.

Learning takes place at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine's state-of-the-art participant Simulation Clinic. Each participant will have their own workstation, instruments, materials, typodont, overhead lamp, and life-like simulator to learn skills necessary in the restoration of teeth as described within this document.   It is the responsibility of the employer-dentist to allow the EFDA trainee to perform intra-oral procedures (restorations) in the office once the participant has successfully passed the amalgam, composite, and sealant competencies.


Applicant must provide all necessary documentation by December 14, 2017

Dental Assistants

Dental Hygienists:

Foreign Trained Dentists:

Employed auxiliaries will be given priority consideration
Four-handed general dentistry experience is expected.

Program Performance Requirements:

All participants admitted to the Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary Continuing Education Program must be able to meet all of the following requirements:

An EFDA must have use of both hands, dexterity in the fingers, and tactile sensitivity to manipulate dental instruments, materials, dental hand pieces, and operate dental equipment as well as the ability to manipulate the floor rheostat for hand piece operation, and other adjunct dental equipment. The participant must be able to work from a dental operator stool in order to perform dental procedures. The ability to sit and stand for a duration of time is also necessary.  Other specific requirements include color discrimination (differentiation of various shades of color and gradations from black to white); manual dexterity/motor coordination (discern changes in surface textures by manipulating dental instruments, control exertion of hand/finger pressure); hand-eye coordination (transfer of visual input into motor output); physical communications (hear commands through operator's face mask) ; visual acuity (identify the working ends of various dental instruments and implements at a two foot distance); form/spatial ability (view in three-dimensional relationships, distinguish subtle changes from one form or shape to another, discriminate intricate measurements); and language development (speak clearly so that patient can understand his/her dental condition).

Application Process:

Course Schedule:   Typical Saturday Schedule

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Course Instruction Begins
10:00am Break
10:15 am Instruction
12:00 pm Lunch
12:45 pm Instruction
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Instruction
4:30 pm End of Instruction: Questions and answers

Course Content:

Lectures and laboratory skills will cover the following topics divided into four (4) modules:

The four (4) modules will include:

Module Descriptions:

Module 1:  Dates: January 27, 2018

Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology
Preliminary dental charting
Infection control/OSHA
Alginate & Study Casts/Capital Form
Coronal Polish-Stain removal
Topical fluoride/Varnish**
Placing and removing periodontal dressing
Suture removal
Application of pit and fissure sealants*

Module 2:  Dates: February 3, 2018

Interim therapeutic restorations*

Temporaries/Provisional Restorations*
Fabricating multiple-unit provisional bridges
Temporary removable prosthesis
Packing and removal of retraction cord

Module 3: Dates: February 10, 17, 24, March 10, 24, and April 7, 2018

Rubber Dam

Restorative Functions*
Cavity liners/bases (purpose, materials, application), cavity classification, amalgam placement (contour, finish, materials-Hg), amalgam polishing tip selection and use, composite, glass ionomer and compomer (etch/bond, place & contour, cure, finish, adjust and polish, materials, physical properties, composition, shade selection. SS crowns (size, place, fit in primary and permanent dentition), Procedural considerations (moisture, indications/contraindications, home care/pt. education)

Module 4:  Dates: April 21, 2018

Introduction to CAD/CAM Technology
CAD/CAM scanning and design-single unit
Trouble-shooting/ staining

* DANB requirement
** DANB requirement

Additional Resources

Dental Assisting National Board

DANB Blue print links (study guides)

Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners (information on the revised statutes and information regarding testing, certification, and Arizona Dental Board requirements)


Instructors Biography: (in alpha order)

Cara Copeland, D.M.D. - MWU CDMA Assistant Professor
Dr. Copeland received her D.M.D. from Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine - Arizona in 2015.  In 2011, she completed her undergraduate and Master's degree from The Ohio State University.  Dr. Copeland enjoys staying active and spending time with her husband and son.   Dr. Copeland is currently a full time faculty member at MWU CDMA teaching in the pre-clinical Simulation Laboratory.

Behnam Darvishan, D.M.D. - MWU CDMA Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Darvishan graduated from Midwestern University in 2015 and has been practicing in Surprise and Glendale, Arizona for the past few years. Dr. Darvishan is a part-time adjunct faculty member at Midwestern University, College of Dental Medicine. He enjoys teaching and finds it very gratifying. In his spare time, he likes to go hiking in Sedona, golfing, and playing basketball. He is a foodie so you can always find him in the "hole in the wall" establishments in Phoenix.

Aseel Murad, B.D.S., D.M.D. - MWU CDMA Associate Professor

Dr. Aseel Murad received her D.M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine.Currently she is an associate professor at Midwestern University, College of Dental Medicine Arizona. Dr. Murad practiced dentistry in the Phoenix area from 2003 to 2010 before joining Midwestern University as full time faculty. She is a current member of OSAP- Organization for Safety & Asepsis Procedures.

Bilal Shafi, DDS - MWU CDMA Assistant Professor

Dr. Shafi attended Loyola Marymount University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. After earning his dental degree from the Creighton University School of Dentistry, he moved back to his hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition to working as a general dentist, Dr. Shafi has served as a consultant for a number of healthcare technology companies.  Dr. Shafi joined Midwestern University, College of Dental Medicine Arizona in 2013 as an adjunct pre-clinical instructor and then transitioned into a full time position in the summer of 2015. Dr. Shafi enjoys traveling and photography.

Tatiyana Trowbridge, D.D.S. - MWU CDMA Assistant Professor

Dr. Tatiyana Trowbridge is an Assistant Professor at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona (MWU CDMA).  She graduated from University of Washington School of Dentistry in 2001 and prior to joining the MWU CDMA faculty she owned and operated her private family dental practice in North Scottsdale.  Dr. Trowbridge also served as an adjunct faculty at Phoenix College Dental Hygiene and Dental assisting programs where she helped train future RDH's and DA's.  Dr. Trowbridge believes that an expanded duty assistant is essential for a successful dental practice.

Contact Person:

Martha C. Clements, M. Ed., Continuing Education Specialist
Email: mcleme@midwestern.edu
Office Phone: 623-572-3870

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:   Registration for the EFDA Program is closed. 

COURSE FEE  $4,695



There are three ways to register for our continuing education programs:

  1. Online click here:
  1. By mail:   if you want to pay by check, make it out to Midwestern University, fill out the online form, print it out and send it along with your payment to:
    Dr. James Pashayan , College of Dental Medicine-AZ Midwestern University,  Office of Continuing Dental Education,  19555 N 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85308
  2. By email:  scan completed registration form and email to azdentalce@midwestern.edu, providing payment information. Please call 623-572-3870 if you have any questions about course content, directions, registration, etc.  (click to download registration form)

    Payment Methods: We accept checks, American Express, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard and Visa. All checks should be made payable to:  Midwestern University.

Cancellations and Refunds: The Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona Continuing Dental Education (MWU CDMA CDE) office reserves the right to end registration when the enrollment limit is reached and to cancel, modify or alter content, faculty or location for any course if circumstances indicate such a change is advisable. If the MWU CDMA CDE finds it necessary to cancel a course, a full refund will be issued. No travel expenses will be refunded to the registrant in the event of course cancellation or cancellation of any registration. Full tuition refunds are issued if the participant cancels in writing two weeks prior to a course. Cancellations processed during the two weeks prior to course date will be refunded tuition minus a late cancellation fee of $75. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received three days prior to the day of the course or in the event of a no-show. Select courses may have individually specific cancellation fees and polices. A $50 fee will be assessed for all returned payments. Returned payments include returned checks and dishonored credit or debit card payments.


ADA Cerp

Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine Arizona is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine Arizona designates this activity for 114 continuing education credits.

Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider, Dr. James Pashayan (jpasha@midwestern.edu) or to ADA CERP at  www.ada.org/cerp


Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry.

The formal continuing dental education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit.

Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2019. Provider ID Number 342319