Dental Assistant 1

Updated: 12 days ago
Location: Campus, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


Working under general supervision, the Dental Assistant 1 will support the residents and faculty in the Periodontal Department in the School of Dental Medicine. Primary duties will include surgical assistance and management of supplies and equipment.



1.  Provide properly sterilized instruments and equipment for residents. (25%)

2.  Provide chair-side assistance for the faculty, residents and hygienist (only when residents are in class). (15%)

3.  Dispense supplies, instruments and equipment to residents for efficient and timely patient treatment. (15%)

4.  Monitor usage of dental and office supplies. Prepare pre-requisitions to reorder materials and supplies. Obtain proper authorization. (6%)

5.  Prepare the clinic for the day's schedule. Assist with cleaning cubicles. Stock supplies in clinic/cubicles. Refresh sterile water daily to each cubicle unit. (10%)



1.  Verify proof of patient payment for all procedures and specialty items such as implants, bone grafts, etc. (5%)

2.  Track and follow up on insurance pretreatment estimates. (5%)

3.  Check equipment to ensure that it is in good working order. Contact appropriate service vendors or dental school staff for repairs. (5%)

4.  Check completion of all forms after entries and report deficiencies to attending faculty and residents. (5%)

5.  Help manage the daily clinic schedule to maintain timely and efficient patient flow. (2%)

6.  Take dental radiographs. (2%)

7.  Track and record all medical, laboratory and pathology reports and relevant forms in the patient record. (2%)

8.  Maintain MSDS sheets for department material. (1%)

9.  Maintain emergency equipment and assist with resuscitation procedures. (1%)

10. Inform residents during orientation session on clinic procedures, including maintenance of sterility. (1%) 

11. Perform other duties as assigned. (<1%)



Department: Continuous contact with cashiers, dispensary staff, receptionists, insurance personnel, all graduate department specialty clinics and clinical instructors on a daily basis to obtain and provide information and resolve problems. Contact with the department chair and clinic director on a daily basis to obtain and provide information and resolve problems.

University: Infrequent to no contacts.

External: Continuous contact with patients to assist and advise.

Students: Continuous contact with graduate and post graduate residents to assist and advise.



No staff supervisory responsibility.



Experience: 3 or more months of dental assisting experience is required.

Education/Licensing: High school education required. Certified Dental Assistant. Current State of Ohio radiology certification. Annual CPR certification.



Basic knowledge of computer software.

Basic knowledge of insurance codes and forms.

Must be familiar with Microsoft Office Word and Excel.

Technical knowledge of dental assisting and sterilization.

Ability to meet consistent attendance.

Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face.



Work is performed in a clinical setting and requires general knowledge of chemicals, blood borne pathogens and lab safety. Daily exposure to biohazards and sharps is expected. May be required to use personal protective equipment, including standard lab coat, gloves and safety glasses when appropriate. Safety hazards potentially exist if explosive agents are used or where oxygen is used under unsafe conditions. Although modern equipment, physical construction design and full compliance with all safety requirements will exist, explosion is always a remote potential where oxygen and explosive anesthetics are used. Unusual stress may exist when sedation is administered or when emergency situations arise with patients.

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation.  Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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