Welcome to the only EFDA Program designed specifically for Pre-Dental Students
The Pre-Dental EFDA Pathway is our breakthrough program created specifically with the pre-dental student in mind. It’s an accelerated 10 week program designed to give you a front row seat to your future in Dentistry with an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA) and Intraoral Radiography Certifications. As an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant you’ll become a key member of any dental team. Our Pre-Dental EFDA Program allows you to gain “wet glove” experience within our dental practice and receive “Pro-Tips” special sessions to give you a leg up in your application process and beyond. Now, you can truly be hands-on in the dental office and be an integral part of the patient care team, doing real world dentistry.
Key Features of our Pre-Dental EFDA Program
KNOWLEDGE AND HANDS-ON TRAINING
Didactic and hands-on clinical sessions where you will gain the knowledge and training to gain your EFDA Certification
DENTAL RADIOLOGY CERTIFICATION
Sessions focused on radiology theory, safety and taking dental radiographical records to earn your Dental Radiology Certification
CHAIR-SIDE CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
40 hours of chair-side, “wet glove” clinical experience with Dr. Semidey in his full-service dental practice
DENTAL “PRO-TIPS” SPECIAL SESSIONS
Hands-on and small group sessions covering topics from ‘How to Give Injections’ to ‘How to Ace Your Interviews’
THE AIDA EDGE
YOUR FRONT ROW SEAT
After completing the AIDA Pre-Dental Pathway Program, you will be working side by side with a Dentist as an EFDA. It is during this time, working together as a team, that you will build meaningful bonds with the Dentist. This will open the door to earn valuable mentorship and personal, meaningful letters of recommendation.
As an EFDA within the office, you will have the ability to grow true relationships with patients. Providing rewarding experiences that you will draw from in your application process, from writing your personal statement to your admission interviews.
The program also provides you with 40 hours of chair side clinical experience working side by side your classroom instructors on real life patients. To allow you to put into practice what you learned and let you be a part of a working dental team in a real world setting.
Get out of the shadows &
Be Front and Center!
With your EFDA Certification
Click on the tabs to see a full breakdown of each weeks classes.
- Orientation and fundamentals of the operatory
- Intro to Oral Anatomy
- Learn to Screen for Oral Cancer
- Instruments & Handpieces
- Infection Prevention & Disease Transmission
- Sterilization Techniques and Instrument Processing
- The New Patient Experience
- Decay Progression
- Periodontal Disease
- Retraction Cord Placement
- Direct v Indirect Restorative Dentistry
- Impression Setup and Materials
- Communicating with Dental Labs
- Taking Impressions
- Digital Radiology
- Intraoral Photography
- Esthetic Dentistry and Smile Design
- TMJ and Occlusion
- Temporary Fabrication and Placement
- Isolation for Restorative
- Crown Polishing
- Sealant Placement
- Oral Surgery
- Suture Setup, Placement and Removal
- Implants and Socket Preservation
- Whitening Protocol
- Custom Tray Fabrication
- Periodontal Management and Gingival Health
- Diode Laser
- 3D Scanning
- Competencies and Fine Tuning of Hand Skills
- Cumulative Final
- Q&A Session
October 5 – December 14
January 11 – March 14
The AIDA Pre-Dental Pathway is an accelerated course designed to maximize clinical hands-on time. Because of the unique abilities of Pre-Dental students to process vast amounts of information, the curriculum is built on high expectations for self directed didactic learning. Students are responsible for reading required chapters before that weeks class, to be ready for participation in the clinical skills development.
The curriculum covers not just the fundamentals of Dental Assisting, like making impressions, chair-side assisting, and taking digital X-ray’s, but also Intraoral photography, creating beautiful temporary restorations and 3D scanning. These skills won’t only make you a stand out Dental Assistant, but will give you a leg up over your classmates in Dental School!
Our program is unique in its focus on additional course sessions tailored to students preparing to apply to Dental School. ‘Pro tip’ sessions will teach you how to be an asset in the dental office, how to interview well and how to write great personal statements. Plus, with Dr. Semidey you will learn how to give a great injection, how to use the diode laser, how to conduct a great new patient exam and much, much more.
Some of our highlight classes:
We’re so focused on giving you a leg up that we have a special hands on lab on day 1 where you get to practice what it’s like to give a dental injection. Learn tips and tricks to one of the most important aspects of being a great dentist.
At AIDA you will also practice dental lab hands on skills by making yourself a set of custom whitening trays that you’ll get to take home. The fabrication process will teach you how to make a dental impression and model, along with using several key elements in the dental lab.
Hand’s-on Diode Laser
Every year lasers become more common in the dental setting. It’s a very versatile tool that has multiple uses. At AIDA you’ll learn how lasers are used in the dental setting, and you’ll even get hands-on experience with one – the same way dentists demo the equipment at conventions.
Dentistry has gone digital, and although making a great impression is still a key part of every dental practice, scanners are quickly gaining share. Learn about them and see how they work in our Pre-Dental Pathway.
Meet the Faculty
CLASSROOM TEACHER-STUDENT RATIO
HANDS-ON CLINICAL WORKSHOPS RATIO
HANDS-ON TO DIDACTIC LEARNING
AIDA classes and hands on sessions are conducted in real working operatories, that means you’ll train in fully equipped ops with dental delivery units and televisions or monitors to facilitate education and technique review.
Dental Laboratory is where you will learn to pour and trim dental models and fabricate custom dental appliances.
Classrooms are equipped with a large televisions for didactic presentations along with dry erase boards and ample workspace for students to take notes during lectures.