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Registered Dental Assistant

Faculty Practice 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 full time Registered Dental Assistant to join it the Ostrow Faculty Practice team! Please attach Dental Assisting License and CPR Certificate in attachments.

Job Summary:

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.

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.
  • Exposes and processes digital radiography or traditional x-rays. Practices radiation safety at all times when using the dental radiographs operators.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Maintains impressions, study models, and various other dental appliances.
  • 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.
  • Leads other dental assistants in the absence of the supervisor as needed. Schedules and oversees work. Assists with clinical problem resolution as needed. Maintains attendance records and other related administrative documentation, as necessary.

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 Qualification:

Education: Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree

Preferred Field of Expertise: Working knowledge of dental management systems, preferably axiUm. Bilingual skills in (Spanish/English) verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrated experience and skills in a variety of dental disciplines. Possesses a current California Orthodontic Assistant Permit, current Registered Dental Assistant with Extended Functions Permit (RDAEF), current California Dental Sedation Assistant Permit and current California Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Assistant Certification.

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 system
Maintain Logs
Schedule appointments
Understand and apply policies and procedures
Use database and/or word processing software.

Skills (Machine/Equipment)
Computer Networking (department or school)
Computer Networking (university)
Computer peripheral equipment
Personal computer

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

Minimum Education: Specialized/technical training

Minimum Experience: 3 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Three years chairside experience directly 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 instrument management techniques. Demonstrated experience in a high volume, fast paced environment. Demonstrated team-oriented and collaborative work style. Ability to travel to and from various local locations. Possesses a current California Registered Dental Assistant License, current California X-Ray Certificate, current CPR Certification, and current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Certification.

REQ20050696 Posted Date: 03/21/2018

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