2023 Catalog: Assistant Courses
DA0002: Periodontal Expanded Functions - CERTIFICATION
Following completion of the IHS Periodontal Expanded Function Course, dental assistants have ONE YEAR to complete the post-course requirements of completing 20 dental cleanings which are checked and scored by the hygienist/dentist at their home clinic using the evaluation form that was given out after the EFDA Course.
Once this requirement is met, the DENTAL DIRECTOR/CHIEF [the dentist whose license the EFDA will work under] must send the following message to IHSCDECoordinator@ihs.gov:
_______________________ [name of EFDA] has satisfactorily completed the post-course requirements as a [periodontal, basic restorative, advanced restorative, composite-only restorative – choose one] EFDA. He/she [choose one] took course ____ [course number] on ______ [date] at ______________ [location]. A copy of his/her [choose one] evaluation form is being maintained in this office. Please issue instructions for certification.”
The IHS CDE Coordinator will then provide a completion code to this course to the EFDA for certification. The dental assistant will then log into this course, enter the completion code, and print his/her Periodontal Expanded Function Dental Assistant Certificate, proudly hanging it in the dental clinic so patients can be assured of the high quality care that is being provided.
ANNUAL COMPETENCY: The Dental Director/Dental Chief is encouraged to complete an annual competency evaluation on the periodontal EFDA to ensure high quality care is being delivered. The annual competency evaluation can be found on the IHS Dental Portal under the Clinic Tab - Competencies.
None - this is a certificate as a result of post-course work
It is the policy of the Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, that faculty/planners disclose any financial or other relationships with commercial companies whose products may be discussed in the educational activity. The Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, also requires that faculty disclose any unlabeled or investigative use of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. Images that have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes are prohibited.
None of the faculty/planners for this activity has a conflict of interest, and there is no use of unlabeled or investigative pharmaceutical products or medical devices. No images have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes.The educational objectives, content, and selection of educational methods and instructors are conducted independent of any commercial entity.
The Indian Health Service Division of Oral Health (IHS DOH) is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. IHS DOH designates this activity for 0.00 continuing education credits.
To obtain certification, the dental assistant must:
1. Complete pre-requisite courses prior to attending the periodontal EFDA course - for this course, the DA must have completed DA0001, the Basic Periodontal Prerequisites;
2. Complete the in-person periodontal EFDA course;
3. BE MARKED AS "COMPLETE" for the periodontal EFDA course [enter the completion code given by the instructor at the end of the course and complete the short post-course survey]. An EFDA may not be certified if there is not evidence of COMPLETING an EFDA course within the past year.
4. Have his/her Dental Director/Dental Chief notify the IHS CDE Coordinator of completion of post-course requirements using the specific language above.
Tuition must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the start date of any course. Request for refunds must be received in writing at least two weeks before the course begins. For each refund request, there will be an administrative charge of $100. No refunds will be made to registrants who fail to attend a course. If IHS CDE program cancels a course, then 100% of the tuition will be refunded.