Indian Health Service

Dental Assistant

Location
Multiple Locations
Salary
SALARY RANGE: $25,479 to $40,569 per year
Posted
Feb 06, 2020
Closes
Sep 30, 2020
Ref
IHS-20-OK-10714677-DE
Position
Dental Assistant
Contract Type
Permanent
Job Type
Full Time, Part Time

JOB TITLE: Dental Assistant

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: IHS-20-OK-10701215-ESEP/MP

OPEN PERIOD: January 31, 2020 through September 30, 2020

SERIES & GRADE: GS 2 - 4

WHO MAY APPLY:  All U.S. Citizens 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Receive and prepare patients for dental treatments.
  • Prepare materials and equipment for use by the Dentist.
  • Maintain records related to appointments, examinations, treatment, and supplies.
  • Perform chairside assistance and placement of sealants and varnish.
  • Perform radiological procedures (GS-3 and above).

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period
  • ESEP appointees typically serve a two year trial period
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

 

BASIC REQUIREMENT(S):

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • For GS-02: Your resume must demonstrate at least 3 months of general experience that shows your ability to perform the work of the position, or a familiarity with customer service, record-keeping, and clinic maintenance duties. OR high school graduate or equivalent.
  • For GS-03: Your resume must demonstrate at least 6 months of general experience that shows your ability to perform the work of the position, or a familiarity with customer service, record-keeping, and clinic maintenance duties. OR Successfully completed (a) a 1-year dental assistant program, or completed 1 year of a dental hygiene program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Accreditation that included a course in radiation physics; radiation biology; radiation health, safety and protection; x-ray films and radiographic film quality, radiographic techniques; darkroom and processing techniques; and film mounting; or (b) practical nurse training approved by the appropriate State or District of Columbia accrediting body. OR A combination of experience and education.
  • For GS-04: Your resume must demonstrate 6 months of general experience (described above) AND at least 6 months of specialized experience. Qualifying specialized experience is work providing dental assistance to general or specialized dentistry, dental assistant (expanded function) work, or any combination of these appropriate to the position(s) being filled. Specialized experience at this level includes: providing chairside assistance, setting up proper instruments for dental procedures, recording treatments rendered, providing receptionist services, and exposing and processing digital oral x-rays. OR Successfully completed a 2-year dental assistant program, or completion of a 2-year dental hygiene program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Accreditation that included at least 12 semester hours of courses such as radiation physics; radiation biology; radiation health, safety and protection; x-ray films and radiographic film quality, radiographic techniques; darkroom and processing techniques; and film mounting. OR A combination of experience and education. If education is used to meet specialized experience requirements, then such education must include courses directly related to the work of the position.

 

RADIOLOGICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75. Essentially, they must (l) have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and (2) be certified as radiographers in their field.

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