Dental Assistant

Indiana University
October 9, 2019
Indianapolis, IN
Job Type




Department Information

The Indiana University School of Dentistry has been advancing oral health in the state and beyond since 1879, when it was founded as the Indiana Dental College. Over the past 140 years, we’ve become a national leader in preparing oral health professionals, conducting innovative research that has an impact on patients and the profession, and providing patient-centered care.

Job Summary

Provide chair side and removed assistance to dental students, faculty, residents and/or licensed dental staff. This includes assisting with chair side, laboratory and x-ray procedures. Instructs dental students and other dental assistants on various dental assisting tasks.

  • Assist with patient care to include setting up instruments, supplies and materials for necessary procedures. Provide chair side assistance by passing instruments and supporting direct patient care as indicated by procedure.
  • Provides demonstration and instruction to dental students and other dental assistants on various dental assisting tasks including chair side assisting and four-handed dentistry.
  • Comply with and instruct students and other dental assistants on infection control procedures including stripping, disinfecting and bagging unit after patient care provided.
  • Enter findings and procedure information in patient chart as directed by faculty and students. Review chart entries to ensure proper information entered.
  • Apply appropriate behavioral management techniques according to patient population including but not limited to children and special needs patients.
  • Request instruments and supplies from other departments. Mix materials for use by faculty and students. Instruct other dental assistants on mixing materials. Inventory and restock supplies (all) and instruments. Other duties associated with clinic operations.

Required Qualifications

High school diploma or GED and completion of accredited dental assisting program; OR Two years of dental assisting experience.

Possess a radiology license.

Able to communicate effectively with patients, students, faculty, staff, patients and doctors in a busy clinical enviornment. Understanding of customer service and ability to follow service standards. Full range of dental assisting skills, including knowledge of dental and medical terms. Ability to translate knowledge and instruct others in dental assisting techniques. Attention to detail to properly set-up all necessary instruments, materials and supplies for procedure. Work in a busy clinic with many interruptions. Knowledge of dentistry. Computer ability for electronic records.

Preferred Qualifications

Certified Dental Assistant.

Working Conditions / Demands

Able to handle dental instruments and operate dental equipment. Must be able to navigate between multiple chairs in the clinic. Able to remain in a stationary position if chairside assistance.   

Work Location

Indianapolis, Indiana

Job Classification

Salary Plan: TE

Salary Grade: 05

FLSA: Nonexempt

Posting Disclaimer

This posting is scheduled to close at 12:01am EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but it will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

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