Extra Help - Dental Assistant I - Dental Clinics

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS

Extra Help - Dental Assistant I - Dental Clinics

This Position is temporary, non-benefits eligible, and is limited to 900 hours.

Hiring Department: Dental Clinics

Location:  Chicago, IL USA

Requisition ID: 1023596

Posting Close Date: 4/30/2024

About the University of Illinois Chicago

UIC is among the nation’s preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago. UIC serves over 34,000 students, comprising one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Through its 16 colleges, UIC produces nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate and community partners worldwide, including a full complement of health sciences colleges. By emphasizing cutting-edge and transformational research along with a commitment to the success of all students, UIC embodies the dynamic, vibrant and engaged urban university. Recent “Best Colleges” rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, found UIC climbed up in its rankings among top public schools in the nation and among all national universities. UIC has nearly 260,000 alumni, and is one of the largest employers in the city of Chicago.

About the College of Dentistry
The University of Illinois Chicago - College of Dentistry (UIC COD) is the largest oral health college in the State of Illinois, provides care for 35,000 patients a year, and has over 500 students seeking dental degrees including DMD, PhD and Master’s programs.  It a worldwide leader in oral health education, clinical care and research that is patient –centered and evidence-based and employs 650 faculty and staff.

About the Program and Position:
The UIC COD is seeking reliable, enthusiastic, self-starting individuals who are looking to enter the field of oral health as an Extra Help Dental Assistant I and participate in the Fall Cohort of our Dental Assistant Pathway Program.  The Fall Cohort will begin in September 2024. 

The College of Dentistry was awarded a 3-year grant from the Otho S. A. Sprague Memorial Institute to support the launch of a Dental Assistant Pathway Program (DAPP), an employee training program that provides young adults, community members, and other individuals interested in the oral health field with a pathway to advance their career as a dental assistant. Through a combination of asynchronous online instruction, in-person classroom lectures, and clinical rotations, participants will receive 15 weeks of foundational training that will prepare them for the Dental Assisting National Board Examination while employed at the College of Dentistry as an Extra Help Dental Assistant I - DAPP.  

Confidential review of materials and screening of candidates will continue until all 12 program slots are filled. 

Review of applications will occur in May 2024.  Interviews will occur in May & June 2024 the Program is anticipated to begin in September 2024 


  • Participate in the 15 week Dental Assistant Pathway Program.
  • Provides chair-side and other assistance to dental students in performing routine and surgical procedures including preparing equipment and areas for dental procedures.
  • Help/assist patients receiving treatment in the clinic in a polite and professional manner which includes assisting them with instructions and screening appointments.
  • Arranges equipment, pre-tray setups, dental materials and supplies, and patient records. Assists supervisor in the ordering, stocking, inventory and distribution of supplies; ensures supplies and equipment are clean and put away after use. Keep a running inventory of supplies and materials and order as necessary to ensure the areas are always equipped.
  • Make certain that all units/stations are prepared for patient treatment meeting OSHA requirements. Notifying supervisors of any malfunctioning equipment in need of repairs. Reports on malfunctioning operatory or x-ray equipment to appropriate personnel; helps identify and report general maintenance problems in the clinic.
  • Responsible for a high level of asepsis in the clinic.
  • Obtains digital x-rays, processes and mounts dental radiographs as requested.
  • Communicates directly with patients as guided by the student or instructors/faculty; communicates in an appropriate and positive manner to guide and reassure patients, as well as support the patient care mission of the institution.
  • Prepares, organizes and packs instruments for sterilization.
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school graduate or equivalent.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2024

Candidate Interviews: May/June 2024

Notification of Intent to Hire/Intent to Admit to Program: July 2024

Employment Clearances: July 2024 – August 2024

Program Start Date: September 2024

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

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