Dental Assistant

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: Columbus, OHIO
Job Type: FullTime

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Top Message Both current Ohio State employees and the general public may apply for this classified civil service position.
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Number of Positions Available 1
University Title Dental Assistant
Working Title Dispensing Assistant
Department Dent Sterilization
Department Location Columbus
Requisition Number 444178
Summary of Duties

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry seeks a Dispensing Assistant to join the patient care team in Clinic Administration to support the Dental Clinics. The College’s Dispensing Unit in Clinic Administration is an important function in the health care delivery system, providing a high level of customer service focusing on safe, effective and efficient dispensing/sterilization services to the college clinics.

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry is the fourth largest public dental school in the United States and it is the only public dental school in Ohio. The college is divided into ten divisions with all major ADA-recognized dental specialties represented. The College has approximately 600 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Ohio State University is proud to be a premier employer that provides an exceptional total rewards package including medical, dental, vision and many other ‘hidden’ benefits. Our competitive benefits package is offered to all eligible faculty and staff in order to attract, develop and retain top performers eager to share their talent, time and success. Our benefits support your health and financial goals and include not only health insurance, but also generous state retirement, tuition assistance for our employees and their dependents, wellness initiatives, and much more. Please visit for detailed information. Be your best at The Ohio State University!

The Dispensing Assistant assists students and faculty in the provision of patient care activities and/or simulation activities by dispensing a high volume of supplies and equipment in a fast paced clinical environment; dispenses instruments/equipment/materials to dental and dental hygiene students in eight predoctoral clinics according to departmental standards; stocks/orders supplies for dispensary areas and clinical cabinets, accurately scans out/in equipment and instrument cassettes dispensed utilizing the college tracking system or if necessary by established manual process; transports instruments/equipment/materials to/from dispensaries and examines returned equipment, instrument cassettes, bur blocks and other items returned for wear, damage or missing elements. Receives a high volume of contaminated instruments/equipment throughout the work day, inspects to ensure integrity/transports to Central Sterilization; takes quarterly inventory; cleans student back labs daily; heat seals dispensary supplies; follows OSHA, HIPAA, and college safety and infection control procedures.

This position may include some weekends and evening work; hours will vary depending on the needs of the dispensing areas; requires successful completion of background check(s) and drug and alcohol screenings.

Candidate must be able to: work nights and/or weekends as needed for college events; frequent lifting/pulling/pushing up to 50lbs; frequent bending/twisting/turning/reaching below knees and above shoulders; and involves frequent standing/walking; needs to have full use of both hands, as well as significant dexterity in the fingers and the ability to manipulate instruments, equipment and materials. Other specific requirements include color spectrum differentiation; significant manual dexterity/motor coordination, hand-eye coordination, physical communications; visual acuity and communication/language development. Individuals in this position may be exposed to the following: blood borne pathogens; chemical hazards (skin irritants); vibrating equipment; use of sharp instruments; and latex.

Additional Information for Applicants:
Pre Employment Screening Requires the successful completion of a background check.
Required Qualifications

Three months of experience (three courses) in dental office practices and procedures; three months of experience (three courses) in dental operatory practices and procedures; three months of experience (three courses) in four-handed assisting techniques; three months of experience (three courses) in inventory record-keeping; three months of experience (300 hours of training) in care of dental equipment; one month of experience (100 hours of training) in using a computer; current CPR/BLS certification and radiographer license required at all times throughout employment. MUST PASS HEALTH STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS PRESCRIBED BY LAW PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT (e.g., hepatitis, vaccination series, and TB test).

Desired Qualifications

Chair side dental assistant experience; three or more years of full time chair side experience or six years or more of part-time chair side experience; current CPR license; current radiology license; high school diploma or equivalent; and completion of an accredited dental assistant training program; knowledge of dental technology, terminology, office practices and procedures, inventory recordkeeping procedures, infection control procedures, sterilization procedures, OSHA and HIPAA, dental nomenclature, products and instruments; experience using a personal computer and Microsoft Office to generate a variety of materials ranging from basic to complex; experience in customer service setting; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to consistently contribute to and work within a fast-paced team environment.

Target Salary $13.50 - $17.00 Hourly
Job Category Civil Service
Job Appointment (FTE%)


Full/Part Time Full-time
Temporary or Regular Regular
Posting Start Date 11/10/2018
Posting End Date 11/18/2018
Dept Contact Name Brown,Candace C
Dept Contact Phone 614/292-9877
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