- Associated Press - Sunday, December 20, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A new dental assistant program is starting next year at Concord’s Community College.

The Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary certificate program starts in May.

The New Hampshire Dental Society, the American Dental Association and Northeast Delta Dental are providing financial support to help make this program possible.

Dental assistants who have completed the program would be allowed to place restorations under the supervision of a licensed dentist. EFDAs currently work in more than two dozen states.

The curriculum includes 50 hours of classroom training and 100 hours of pre-clinical training. Once training is complete, the student can register with the Board of Examiners to begin working as an EFDA.

“Once they complete their training, EFDAs can perform a number of restorative and preventive procedures. Operating under the supervision of a dentist and as part of the dental team, EFDAs’ impact will be statewide”, said Peter Welnak, president of the dental society.

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