Expanded Duty Dental Assisting (EDDA)

As an expanded-duty dental assisting student, you'll develop skills to receive and prepare a patient for treatment, prepare dental instrument setups, and assist a licensed dentist in treating patients. As an office manager, the dental assistant is a liaison between the dentist and patients. Students work in a simulated dental office on campus in the first and second semesters to gain clinical skills. Clinical experience is gained in the third semester by rotations in local dental offices.

Professional opportunities include chairside dental assistant, receptionist, oral surgery assistant, orthodontic assistant, pediatric dental assistant, endodontist assistant, periodontist assistant, and office manager.


How do I complete this program?

EDDA Application Process and FAQ


Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Information Sessions (optional, you only need to attend one)

Tuesday, September 10, 2024 @ 10am at SCC's Spartanburg (Giles) Campus, Health Science Building, Room 129

Tuesday, January 14, 2025 @ 10am at SCC's Spartanburg (Giles) Campus, Health Science Building, Room 129

Students must have a 2.5 GPA or greater on college courses or at least a 250 Accuplacer score on all sections and submit an EDDA application.


Application Due Dates: May 9, 2025 for Fall 2025 Start | November 29, 2024 for Spring 2025 Start

Certification and accreditation 

Graduates are required to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination (DANB), a national certification exam to become certified dental assistants. The Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Program is accredited without reporting by:
American Dental Association
Commission on Dental Accreditation
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