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Dental Assistant Specialist

University of Minnesota
life insurance, paid holidays
United States, Minnesota, Saint Paul
May 20, 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

Direct Patient Care

  • Deliver direct patient care as expected by the Oral and Maxillofacial Division
  • Provide dental related information to potential or current patients
  • Provide chairside assistance to dental students, residents, and faculty. This includes consults, post-operative appointments, exposing dental radiographs, removal of sutures and dressings, assistance with various surgical procedures involving local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and general anesthesia (with proper certification)
  • Monitor patients recovering from IV sedation and general anesthesia

Other duties as assigned

  • Set up and take down operatories before and after procedures, prepare and sterilize instruments
  • Assume responsibilities of understanding emergency procedures and operation of emergency equipment
  • Stock supplies in operatories or other areas as needed
  • Possess strong working knowledge of medications used in the clinic and assist or be present in the acknowledgment of counting of materials, sedation products, or other items as directed
  • Perform daily, weekly, and quarterly preventative maintenance on instruments, equipment, and handpieces
  • Other essential duties as assigned

Hourly Range $26.45-$33.01

Hours of work are Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4:30pm.


All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.


  • Graduate of an accredited Dental Assisting program
  • Current DANB certification **
  • Current Minnesota Dental Assistant license **
  • DAANCE Certification **
  • Allied Sedation Certification **

**New graduate/Trainee option:
New graduates who are offered a Dental Assistant Specialist position at the School of Dentistry are hired with the expectation that State of Minnesota Licensure and DANB certification is obtained within 4 months of hire. Licensed dental assistants hired without an allied sedation certification or DAANCE certification will be acquired within one year of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1+ years of experience in an Oral Surgery Dental Clinic or general clinic that conducts some oral surgery techniques/practices.
  • Experience working with Dentists in training or in an educational environment
  • Knowledge of (may include an externship in) Oral Surgery general practices.
  • Able to work well independently and in a team setting during difficult and stressful situations in a fast-paced environment
  • Comfortable responding to medical emergencies and able to follow proper protocols
  • Team player that is willing and wanting to learn from the OMS team on how to assist in this area.


  • Must have good visual acuity and hand-eye coordination.
  • Ability to perform repetitive motions with hands and arms.
  • Must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time (60 minutes or longer)
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 disciplines: 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.

The School of Dentistry is dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Diverse teams, perspectives, and backgrounds create a strong and creative team that best serves the University's many communities, on campus and beyond. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+, women, veterans, and members of historically underrepresented communities are highly encouraged to apply.

The School of Dentistry is dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Diverse teams, perspectives, and backgrounds are necessary to create a strong and creative team that communicates effectively to the University's many communities, on campus and beyond. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+, women, veterans, and members of historically underrepresented communities are highly encouraged to apply.

For more information, please visit our website, https://dentistry.umn.edu.


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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