Owens Community College is offering an Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary certificate within the School of Health Sciences.
Owens is currently the only academic institution in Northwest Ohio to offer the new certificate program. “The demand for dental professionals with Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary certification is greater than ever before as there is currently a shortage of dentists,” said Beth Tronolone, Owens chair of Dental Hygiene. “Hiring dental assistants or hygienists with this certification allows dentists to maximize their workload.”
The new Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary certification allows the dental professional to work under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist in Ohio, which enables them to place fillings and sealants after a dentist prepares the tooth.
The certificate program requires 14 credit hours of coursework, which includes language of medicine and dental anatomy for certified dental assistants, as well as several expanded functions dental auxiliary levels of academic curriculum. Additionally, students will learn and practice restorative skills in the College’s Dental Hygiene laboratory at Owens as well as at the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio, which is an offsite clinical facility under the direct supervision of licensed dentists.
Graduates of the program will be able to work in various health care settings such as private practice dental offices, dental clinics, correctional institutions and federal, state and municipal health departments. In order to be eligible for the three-semester certificate program, prospective students must be state certified as a dental assistant, hold a current national certified dental assistant credential or be a licensed registered dental hygienist.
Upon program completion, students will have the opportunity to sit for the Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary examination administered by the Ohio Commission on Dental Testing and apply to the Ohio State Dental Board for registration as an Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary professional.
For additional information, call 567-661-7374 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext 7374.