Expanded Duties

Like many dentists, you may be looking for ways to increase your practice’s efficiency, production and revenue. Achieving those goals may be within reach when you enroll your assistants in the GDA Expanded Duties courses.
According to an ADA survey, dentists who employ assistants with ​Expanded ​Duties in their practices report being able to use their time more efficiently and see more patients per day. A dental assistant can perform a variety of routine duties in the dental office ​and the Expanded Duties program is designed to ensure dental assistants abide by the requirements set by the Georgia Board of Dentistry.

To be eligible to attend the GDA Expanded Duties Program the dental assistant must meet one of the following criteria:

1)    Possess current certification that the candidate is a Certified Dental Assistant.
2)    Be a graduate of a one (1) year accredited dental assisting program or a dental assisting program approved by the Board.
3)    Have been employed as a chair side assistant by a licensed dentist for a continuous six (6) month period within the previous three (3) years.  

In Addition, the candidate must have a high school diploma, or the equivalent thereof and proof of current CPR certification. Courses are offered on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis. Registration closes when a course reaches capacity OR one month (30 days prior) to course date – whichever comes first. (This is to allow the assistant to become familiar with the course study guides and gather all required clinical materials.)

If you have questions regarding expanded duties, please contact Scott Piper 404-636-7553 or scottp@gadental.org. 
Classroom Learning via Webinar
The classroom learning for each session is now be available online via recorded webinar. After viewing the webinars we will send you a link to the exam for each course completed. After passing the exam for each course, the registrant will then be eligible to register for an appointment to meet with an instructor to take the clinical applications for each course.

Clinical Applications
All registrants must meet with a GDA-approved clinical instructor in-person (not available virtually) and pass the clinical applications in order to receive a certificate of completion. Clinical courses will be available by appointment only so that we may maintain social distancing throughout the appointment. After passing the classroom learning each registrant will be given the name and phone number of the person scheduling clinical application appointments. As in the past, we will hold courses in Columbus and Athens, but most clinical courses will be held in the Atlanta area, and some travel may be required for course completion. Should we have enough registrants from a specific practice or area we may be able to schedule a course at your location. Please contact Scott Piper at 404-636-7553 for more information.

Steps to Earning Expanded Duties Certification
1. Register online for Expanded Duties virtual learning webinar. Once you have registered you will receive an email with links to the webinars purchased.
2. View webinar (only registrants that have completed each webinar in its entirety will be eligible to take the exam)
3. Quiz - After completing the webinar, contact Sheila Watson at 404-636-7553 x131 or sheila@gadental.org for the quiz for each section.
4. Schedule an appointment to meet in-person with a GDA-approved Expanded Duties instructor. 

Only dental assistants that have passed each step will be eligible for a certificate for expanded duties. Each certificate will allow a dental assistant to perform only those duties listed on each certificate.

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Course 5

Course 6

  • Expanded Duties - Course 4
  • Expanded Duties - Course 5
  • Expanded Duties - Course 6
Assistants may begin the process of enrolling in Expanded Duties training by printing the registration packet. Note: You cannot download any study guides or related course information ​until you register for courses.
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  • Expanded Duties Cancellation Policy






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2023 GDA Expanded Duties and Coronal Polishing Skills Assessment Calendar

February 18 - Atlanta
April 15 - Columbus
June 3 - Athens
August 19 - Fayetteville
September 23 - Atlanta 
November 4 - Atlanta
December 2 - Columbus
For more information on Expanded Duties classes, contact us.