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Medical University of South Carolina UNIV - Dental Assistant IV - CDM: Dental Faculty Practice in Charleston, South Carolina

FLSA: Hourly

Job Summary: The College of Dental Medicine is recruiting for a Dental Assistant IV who serves as the chairside assistant for dentists in Dental Faculty Practice using fourhanded dentistry techniques in all specialty areas of dentistry including general dentistry.

Payscale Salary Range: UNIV-Band 4: $27,527.00 - $39,228.00 - $50,930.00 (min - mid - max)

Job Duties:

  • 35% - Responsible for chairside assisting for general and specialty dentists using four handed dentistry as well as assisting with other areas of patient care by following prescribed procedures and protocols. Document and maintain all patient care activities in axiUm according to guidelines set forth by the CDM, lead assistant and Dental Faculty Practice manager. Maintains patients confidence and privacy by keeping information confidential. - (Essential)

  • 20% - Captures radiographic images such as panorex, bitewings, PA's or intra-oral camera per dentist's request. Properly places images in MiPac's. Educate patients regarding the diagnostic necessity of radiographic images. - (Essential)

  • 10% - Maintains infection control of dental operatory as well as other areas of the dental office to provide a safe and clean working environment in compliance with OSHA as well as MUSC's policies and procedures. - (Essential)

  • 10% - Maintains and sterilizes all dental instruments and equipment. Ensure instruments and supplies are maintained and stocked in dental operatory as well as other areas of DFP. - (Essential)

  • 10% - Responsible for following through with patient's lab cases from sending to receiving. Contacts lab with inquiries when needed. Pours and trims study casts; checks on status of implant parts ordered and delivered; Maintains order and cleanliness of dental lab. - (Essential)

  • 5% - Maintains dental supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies and verifying receipt of supplies. - (Essential)

  • 5% - Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related duties as needed as well as any other duties directed by the lead assistant or the manager of Dental Faculty Practice. - (Essential)

Preferred Experience & Additional Skills: A high school diploma and one year experience and additional training and certification within the specific work area. Some positions require licensure by the South Carolina Board of Dentistry. Some positions require certification in BCLS, ACLS and BTLS.

Minimum Experience and Training Requirements: A high school diploma, two years of formal training in an ADA accredited dental assisting course and one year of dental assisting experience OR a high school diploma and three years of dental assisting experience. Certification in Radiation Safety required for positions responsible for dental x-rays.

Physical Requirements: Ability to perform job functions while standing. (Continuous) Ability to perform job functions while sitting. (Infrequent) Ability to perform job functions while walking. (Frequent) Ability to climb stairs. (Infrequent) Ability to work indoors. (Continuous) Ability to work from elevated areas. (Infrequent) Ability to work in confined/cramped spaces. (Frequent) Ability to perform job functions from kneeling positions. (Infrequent) Ability to bend at the waist. (Frequent) Ability to twist at the waist. (Frequent) Ability to squat and perform job functions. (Infrequent) Ability to perform 'pinching' operations. (Infrequent) Ability to fully use both hands/arms. (Continuous) Ability to perform repetitive motions with hands/wrists/elbows and shoulders. Ability to fully use both legs. (Continuous) Ability to reach in all directions. (Continuous) Possess good finger dexterity. (Continuous) Ability to maintain tactile sensory functions. (Continuous) Ability to maintain good olfactory sensory function. (Continuous) Ability to lift and carry 50# , unassisted. Ability to lift/carry patients to 350# (+/-), assisted. Ability to lift objects from floor level to height of 36 inches, to 50#, unassisted. Ability to lower objects, to 50#, from height of 36 inches, unassisted. Ability to push/pull objects to 350#(+/-), unassisted. Ability to maintain 20/40 vision, corrected. (Continuous) Ability to see and recognize objects close at hand. (Continuous) Ability to see and recognize objects at a distance. (Continuous) Ability to match or discriminate between colors. (Continuous) Ability to determine distance/relationship between objects; depth perception. (Continuous) Good peripheral vision capabilities. (Continuous) Ability to maintain hearing acuity, with correction. (Continuous) Ability to hear and understand whispered conversations at a distance of 3 feet. Must be ambidextrous. Ability to perform gross motor functions with frequent fine motor movements. (Continuous) Ability to be qualified physically (by medical personnel) for respirator use, initially and annually.