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Dental Assistant

Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 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.

Dentists and dental hygienists are consistently viewed as some of the most trusted and respected professionals that serve the public, and our graduates are part of the reason. The Ostrow School of Dentistry not only educates excellent clinicians but also produces professionals who earn their patients’ trust with unyielding commitment to exemplary ethical standards. Our graduates also earn the respect of their colleagues, taking active leadership roles in the organized dentistry community from local to international levels.

USC's Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry is seeking a Dental Assistant to join the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery team. This Dental Assistant must be able to provide excellent patient care and is able to work in a fast paced environment. A bilingual English and Spanish speaker is preferred.

This will be a 6 month Fixed-Term assignment.

Please attach Dental Assisting License and CPR Certificate in attachments.

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.

Preferred Qualifications:


Associate's Degree


6-12 months

Filed of Expertise:

Working knowledge of dental management systems, preferably axiUm. Bilingual skills in (Spanish and English) verbal and written communications skills. Demonstrated experience and skills in a variety of dental disciplines.

Skills: Administrative:

Answer telephones

Clinical documentation

Communicate with others to gather information

Coordinate work of others

Customer Service              

Gather data

Input data

Interpersonal Skills

Maintain filing systems

Maintain logs

Schedule appointments

Understand and apply policies and procedures

Use database and/or word processing software

*Ability to work scheduled evening and weekend shifts. Ability to work overtime, sometimes on short-notice.

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.

REQ20053103 Posted Date: 12/06/2017

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