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Salina Area Technical College offers an extensive list of continuing education programs for persons interested in evening, short-term, or specialized classes.  Courses will be listed on the online application for admission as they are scheduled.  

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 Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA):

Salina Area Technical College’s Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) is designed to provide continuing education for non-certified Dental Assistants, with a minimum of 2 years of on-the-job experience.  Upon successful completion of the courses, the dental assistant will receive an EFDA Certificate of Completion and is eligible to sit for the Dental Assistant National Board (DANB) exam to become a Certified Restorative Functions Dental Assistant (CRFDA).  Those who are currently certified as a CDA through DANB or have completed a CODA accredited dental assisting program have the opportunity to also sit for the Certified Preventative Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA).  The cost of the DANB examination is not included in your course fees.  

The course is designed to provide education and clinical experience for each section of the DANB exams over a 12-week period. The 12 weeks are split into 3 sections.  The first two sections will be fully online, whereas the final section will be hands-on clinical experience at the Salina Tech campus as listed:


Class Name


Credit hours



Preventative Functions


May 17th – June 8th


Restorative Functions


June 14th – July 6th 


Clinical Lab


July 12th – August 3rd 

Class will meet on Fridays and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


EFDA Fees:

Tuition – 12 credit hours @ 185 per credit hour


Supplies fee


Institution Fees – 12 credit hours


Typodont – This will be yours to keep. 


TOTAL TUITION per student



 Required Books: 

Bird/Robinson, Modern Dental Assisting, 12th edition, Elsevier; St. Louis, Missouri. ISBN: 9780323430302

Eakle/Hatrick, Dental Materials, 3rd Edition, Elsevier; St. Louis, Missouri. ISBN: 9781455773855

 You can purchase/rent books on your own or you can purchase through the school for $210.95.

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Supraginival Scaling:

This is a course approved by the Kansas Dental Board, designed for experienced dental assistants to expand their skills in preventive dentistry with didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction in supragingival scaling and polishing. Includes review of dental anatomy and terminology, radiography and infection control, as well as didactic instruction in nutrition, periodontal disease, dental caries, oral hygiene instruction, topical fluoride, principles of instrumentation communication skills and risk management.  

Students must be a graduate of a dental assistant program and a CDA (Certified Dental Assistant) or have three years of verifiable employment as a dental assistant within the last three years or departmental consent.  


Class Name

Credit hours


Days and Time

Supragingival Scaling


May 17th – July 6th 

Friday and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 


Supragingival scaling Fees

Tuition – 6 credit hours @ 185 per credit hour


Supplies Fee


Institutional Fees – 6 credit hours


TOTAL TUTITION per student


 Required Instruments:  There will be a list of required instruments and equipment for this class.  You can either purchase them on your own or through the school.  However, all scalers must be NEW, as used scalers can either be dull or have been sharpened incorrectly which will change the adaption of the blade.  Any instruments that are not scalers can be previously used.  Please follow this link and complete the list of all of the instruments/equipment that you would like the school to purchase for you.  This will give you a total expense for the class as well.  Once you have completed the form it will automatically upload to the registrar. 

Required  Books: 

Clinical Practice of Dental Hygiene 12th ed., Wilkins, Esther M. ISBN:  978-1-4511-9311-4

Fundamentals of Periodontal Instrumentation 8th ed., Jill S. Nield-Gehrig. ISBN:  978-1-975117-50-4

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Salina Area Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, military service, or any other non-merit based factor in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, ADA, Title IX, Section 504, Title II, GINA, is directed to contact the Human Resources Specialist, 2562 Centennial Rd, Salina, KS 67401, 785-309-3100.


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