• Dental Assisting

    Students choosing this program will be dually enrolled through Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) and can earn both high school and college credit for the course. Students will need to meet the college's entrance expectations, as well as having their schedule open to extended class times and the college's calendar. Enrollment in the EFE Dental Assisting program begins a preferred relationship with the KVCC Dental Hygiene program that could later impact a student's acceptance into the KVCC program. The course prepares students to become dental assistants. Students will learn the fundamental knowledge and skills of dental anatomy, physiology, terminology, dental materials, chairside assisting, sterilization, radiology, laboratory and clinical procedures. Second semester incorporates an internship held in KVCC's Dental clinic and local dental offices.

    Credits & Certifications

    • 2nd World Language Credit
    • 3rd Science Credit
    • Dual Enrollment: Kalamazoo Valley Community College for 10 credits
    • Certifications: American Heart Safety & First Aid and CPR

    Eligibility & Prerequisites

    • This course is available to dual enrolled 12th grade students.
    • Proof of immunizations
    • Drug test and background check
    • Professional health attire expected
    • Extended hours for internship, including loss of spring vacation
    • Students provide own transportation
    • Students must meet academic and attendance requirements for internship
    • Students must follow dual enrollment policies and expectations at Kalamazoo Valley Community College

    Career Opportunities

    • Dental Assistant
    • Dental Hygienist
    • Dentist
    • Orthodontist


    "If anyone has any interest in dentistry, then this is definitely the best way to figure out if this is something they want to do." — Brad Phares, Portage Central High School