Restorative Expanded Functions: An 80-hour Training Program - September-November 2025

Bring a new dimension and greater clinical responsibility to your career with this practical, three-phase training and credentialing program. The Minnesota Dental Practice Act and other states' recently-passed statutes allow licensed dental assistants and hygienists to perform specific restorative procedures with personal supervision. You will benefit from one-on-one interaction with experienced instructors who will share a myriad of clinical tips based on years of practice and teaching experience. After completing our Minnesota board-approved course and receiving your Restorative Functions (RF) credential, your daily work opportunities will expand dramatically.

Register for Upcoming Sessions

September 10, 2025 6:30 pm - November 9, 2025 5:00 pm

All times for all events are in local Central Time.

Session Location: 
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and Zoom Webinars

Course Number: CF4647

Enrollment is limited to 39



With this three-phase program and the issuance of your RF credential, you will have the ability to:

  1. Place, contour, and adjust amalgam restorations
  2. Place, contour, and adjust glass ionomer restorations
  3. Adapt and cement stainless steel crowns 
  4. Place, contour, and adjust composite restorations where the margins are entirely within the enamel

Phase One: 80-hour Didactic and Pre-clinical Training 

You will complete Phase One via Zoom webinars and through on-site clinical experiences held on the University of Minnesota campus.

Learn How To
  • recognize properties and indications for the use of different dental materials
  • recognize and duplicate ideal dental anatomy in the pediatric and adult dentition
  • place, condense and contour amalgam restorations (Class I, II and V)
  • place, contour, and polish glass ionomer restorations (Class I, II, and V)
  • place, contour, and polish composite restorations (Class I, II, and V)
  • adapt, cement, and remove excess cement from stainless steel crowns
  • practice innovative isolation techniques
  • evaluate and adjust the occlusion for amalgam, glass ionomer, and composite on newly placed restorations
  • evaluate restorations for adequate margins and correctly address for quality restorations
  • utilize a restorative expanded function professional in practice 

Phase Two: Patient Care Under Personal Supervision of a Dentist

After completing the 80-hour Zoom-webinars and pre-clinical, on-campus portion of the program, you will utilize at least two of the following materials under the personal supervision of a dentist:

  1. Amalgam
  2. Glass ionomer
  3. Stainless steel crowns
  4. Composite 
Minimum Requirements

You must

  • provide care to 20 different patients
  • exhibit proficiency in both the primary and permanent dentition
  • complete your patient experiences at a dental practice 

Phase Three: Records Review and Instructor Observation

After successful completion of Phases One and Two, you will:

  • provide the University of Minnesota examiner with previously completed patient records for 20 restorative procedures.
    Records must contain appropriate documentation and progress notes, including tooth number, surfaces, materials used, occlusal adjustments, and signed by the participants with initials in RF training.
  • perform two of the four restorative procedures while the credentialing instructor observes and verifies clinically-satisfactory performance.
    One of these restorations must be a Class II and achieve satisfactory interproximal contact.

Important Notes

  • You must complete the entire 80-hour training program within one year.
  • You must complete the clinical credentialing examination within one year of finishing your training program.

Training Methods 

Illustrated lectures, discussion, demonstrations, laboratory exercises, patient simulation on manikins, supervised patient treatment, and clinical competency assessment.