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Medical University of South Carolina UNIV - Dental Assistant IV - College of Dental Medicine: Ryan White Clinic (Special Hire Rate) in Charleston, South Carolina

FLSA: Hourly

Job Summary: The James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina is seeking applications for a full-time Dental Assistant whose primary role is to support the delivery of oral health services in a Ryan White Dental Program. The position is administratively located in the Department of Stomatology, Division of Oral Medicine, Oral Radiology, and Emergency Services and will be physically located in a Ryan White Clinic in West Ashley. Additional duties will be performed in the College of Dental Medicine Dental Faculty Practice. The position will report directly to the College of Dental Medicine’s Ryan White Dental Program Director and the Director of the Dental Faculty Practice.

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. Assists in the coordination and implementation of dental student activities while at the Ryan White clinic facility. This position will be working three days per week at the Ryan White facility and two days per week in DFP. Documents and maintains all patient care activities in applicable electronic health record according to guidelines set forth by the CDM, lead assistant and Dental Faculty Practice Director. Maintains patient’s confidence and privacy by keeping information confidential. - (Essential)

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

  • 15% - 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 available in the Ryan White Facility. When working in DFP also ensures that that operatories are well maintained and stocked. - (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. These duties only apply while working in DFP - (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 Director of Dental Faculty Practice. - (Essential)

Preferred Experience & Additional Skills: Qualified applicants are required to have a high school diploma, one year of formal training in an American Dental Association accredited dental assisting course, and two years of dental assisting experience OR a high school diploma and three years of dental assisting experience. Certification in Radiation Safety required. Applicants who have worked in safety net settings such as community health centers, public health clinics, free clinics, and/or hospital-based clinics, are preferred.

Minimum Experience and Training Requirements: A high school diploma, one year of formal training in an ADA accredited dental assisting course and two years 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.