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Dental Assistant

Pediatric Dentistry Los Angeles, California

Since 1897, the Ostrow School of Dentistry has shaped talented students into outstanding dentists and dental hygienists. Our challenging clinical education and our expert faculty members provide future oral health professionals with the skills they need in order to become the best.

USC's Ostrow School of Dentistry is seeking a part time Dental Assistant to join the Pediatric Team.

Job Summary:

Provides both administrative and comprehensive skilled chair-side assisting services for patients during dental treatment procedures for clinical faculty, doctoral dental students, and post-doctoral students in clinical unit(s) and/or affiliated practices. Works independently with moderate technical guidance.

Job Accountabilities:

  •  Provides both administrative and comprehensive chair-side assisting services in a wide variety of dental general and specialty areas for patients during treatment procedures for attending dentist, doctoral dental students, and post-doctoral students in the clinical unit(s) and/or affiliated practices.

  • Sets up the treatment/clinical area for patients. Organizes and prepares trays, sets up for dental procedures and maintains adequate supply levels in each operatory. Preps patient and assists with dental procedures. Prepares and mixes materials. Obtains vital signs and monitors patients for complications. Cleans up following procedure, disposes of all waste in an appropriate fashion, disinfects area after each patient and sets up for next patient in accordance with established procedures.

  • Obtains dental history and records from patient and ensures health history is updated and scanned in electronic health record system or recorded in paper chart.

  • Sets up clinical area and keeps disposable materials and medications in adequate supply for daily operations. Performs regular audits to ensure that no expired materials exist in the patient care areas. Maintains a clean and orderly clinic at all times. Sterilizes and disinfects instruments and equipment in accordance with established procedures.

  • Prepares materials for making impressions and restorations. Exposes and processes digital radiography or traditional x-rays. Practices radiation safety at all times when using dental radiographs operators.

  • Maintains an inventory of dental instruments, equipment, and supplies in the dental operatory. Organizes supplies and equipment to minimize loss and maximize utilization. Reports equipment malfunctions to direct supervisor and follows up with repair technicians as needed.

  • Assists with patient registration, appointment scheduling, billing, filing, scanning, and other related administrative support duties as required.

  • Provides patient education and treatment planning information as directed by attending faculty providers, or by students.

  • Assesses emergency situations and provides necessary and proper response when appropriate in accordance with emergency protocols. Maintains working knowledge of First Aid and CPR (including Automated External Defibrillator use).

  • Observes students to ensure they are adhering to strict principles of the standard of care, cleanliness and infection control. Reports any areas of non-compliance to the supervisor and/or faculty.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Three years chairside experience in a dental environment in one of the following dental disciplines (general/prosthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, special patients). A knowledge of HIPAA compliance, dental insurance, and dental terminology is required.  The candidate must demonstrate excellent interpersonal patient communication skills, and the ability to multi-task. Candidate must have a knowledge of proper instrument sterilization techniques and can handle a high volume, fast-paced, team-oriented and collaborative work environment. A Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) License in California is preferred.  A California X-Ray Certificate and Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Certification are mandatory.  Candidate must be bilingual in English and Spanish.


Minimum Education: Specialized/technical training

Minimum Experience: 6 - 12 months

Minimum Field of Expertise: Six to twelve months of chair-side experience in a dental environment or private practice in one or more recognized dental disciplines (general/prosthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, pedodontics, orthodontics, special patients). Working knowledge of HIPAA compliance, PPO, and dental terminology. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal patient service skills, and ability to multi-task. Working knowledge of proper sterilization and instrucment management techniques. Demonstrated experience in a high volume, fast-pace environment. Demonstrated team-oriented and collaborative work style. Ability to travel to and from work at various local locations.


REQ20043981 Posted Date: 07/11/2017

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