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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for admission into the EFDA program?
Any individual who holds current CDA certification or RDH licensure may apply for EFDA training.

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How long is the EFDA program at Stark State College?
Most students finish the program in as little as 2 semesters (certificate recipients).  Degree seeking individuals should expect to complete 5 semesters as a full time student to achieve an Associate of Technical Studies degree.

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Are there any pre-requisites prior to admission into the EFDA (certificate track) program?
Other than proper professional certification/licensure, the only other requirement (pertains to CDA candidates only) is that one must have practiced for one full year as a chair-side dental assistant immediately preceding application to the EFDA program.

Other requirements:

  • Request official high school/college transcripts
  • Complete the Compass placement test
  • BCI/FBI background check through SSC security office

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What is the cost of the program?
Cost will depend on level of education completed. Most students completing the certificate track do so while investing approximately $4000.

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Are there any specific technical standards associated with EFDA training at SSC?
Yes. 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. The use of feet is necessary to manipulate the rheostat for hand pieces, and other adjunct dental equipment. The body 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 (perceive sound through telephone, hear commands through operator’s face mask, discern blood pressure sounds); 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).

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How do I apply for the EFDA program?
Students must register to become a student of the college prior to applying to any program.  Steps include (but may not be limited to):

  • Complete college application
  • Complete compass placement exam
  • Have “official high school/college transcripts forwarded to SSC admissions.
  • Complete BCI/FBI background check at the security office
  • Complete program application

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How do I obtain additional information?
Contact the program coordinator to schedule an appointment:

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