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Dental Assistant - Prosthodontics Graduate Clinic

University of Minnesota
life insurance, paid holidays
United States, Saint Paul
Jul 08, 2024
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Twin Cities
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LR-Health Care NonProfessional
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AFSCME Unit 4 - Health Care
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About the Job

7:45 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday

Position Description:
Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Provide chairside assistance to the Graduate Prosthodontic faculty, residents and undergraduate students as directed, providing clinical services to School of Dentistry patients.
  • Provide chairside assistance with implant surgeries including maintenance of surgical instruments and kits.
  • Assist with patient consultation appointments. Setup, cleanup including digital radiography.
  • Assist undergraduate students in clinic areas as directed.
  • Prepare and maintain operatories and instrument set ups for assigned residents each clinic session. Maintain clinical x-ray area.
  • Daily, weekly, monthly cleaning and maintenance of the Graduate Prosthodontic Clinic area and surgical suite.
  • Order and maintain adequate stock of dental supplies needed in the clinical and lab areas.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of Emergency procedures and protocols including use of Emergency equipment.

The hourly pay rate for this position ranges from $25.98-32.49/hour.

Required Qualifications (please detail all the required qualifications on your application materials):

  • Graduation from an accredited dental assisting program
  • Current State of Minnesota Dental Assistant License *New Graduate/Trainee option below
  • Certified as a Dental Assistant (DANB) *Trainee option below
  • Current CPR Certification
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations

Desired qualifications:

  • Chairside and/or surgical experience in Prosthodontics with emphasis in Implants, Fixed and Removable Prosthodontic procedures or experience in Periodontics, Oral Radiology, or Oral Surgery
  • Broad experience with knowledge of procedures and dental materials in all areas of Dentistry
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, ability to work well in a team setting and with learner providers
  • Must be able to multi task and adapt to changing work environment and work responsibilities
  • Successful experience providing dental care to a diverse patient base
  • Familiarity with computers, computer software, and electronic patient records

* New Graduate/Trainee option:

New graduates who are offered a Dental Assistant position at the School of Dentistry are hired with the expectation of State of Minnesota Licensure** is obtained within 4 months of hire.

** State of Minnesota Licensure requires Minnesota Jurisprudence Exam, Dental Assistant Licensure Exam and Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Exam to apply for licensure.

Licensed Dental Assistants without DANB certification are encouraged to apply with expectation that DANB certification is obtained within 3 months of hire.

About the Department

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry is the state's only dental school and the only dental school in the northern tier of states between Wisconsin and the Pacific Northwest. We are a regional resource to five states for dental education, consulting services, patient treatment, and ongoing continuing dental education.

The School of Dentistry educates general dentists, dental specialists, dental therapists, dental hygienists, dental educators and research-scientists. For more than two decades, we've offered specialty training in six ADA-recognized specialties: Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.

We also offer an advanced education program in TMD and orofacial pain, oral biology, dental hygiene, and oral health for older adults.

Dentists who are graduates of dental schools outside of the United States and Canada wishing to practice in the United States train here, as well. A novel, interdisciplinary Dentist-Scientist Training Program rounds out our educational offerings.

Our work affects nearly every person in Minnesota. We educate 73% of the state's practicing dentists, 68% of Minnesota's licensed dental therapists, and 49% of its dental hygiene educators. Our researchers develop and test dental materials used by every dentist in the state and around the world.

Our students and faculty treat patients: 105,260 patient-visits each year in our Twin Cities' campus clinics and 48,700 in outreach sites located in underserved communities throughout the state. We provide continuing dental education for 7,100 practicing dental professionals each year.


Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Tuition Benefit Program
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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