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Ohio State University Dental Assistant in Columbus, Ohio

Department: General Practice Residency

Summary of Duties:

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry seeks a Dental Assistant (DA) to join its General Practice Residency (GPR) unit in the General Practice and Material Sciences Division. The GPR provides excellent, comprehensive treatment offers general dentistry at the postdoctoral level including hospital -based dentistry, as well as treatment of medically compromised and special needs patients. The GPR faculty members are leaders in their profession, and you will work with respected clinicians and educators as well as our GPR residents to provide the best care to our patients

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry is the fourth largest public dental school in the United States and it is the only public dental school in Ohio. The college is divided into ten divisions with all major ADA-recognized dental specialties represented. The College has approximately 600 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Ohio State University is proud to be a premier employer that provides an exceptional total rewards package including medical, dental, vision and many other ‘hidden’ benefits. Our competitive benefits package is offered to all eligible faculty and staff in order to attract, develop and retain top performers eager to share their talent, time and success. Our benefits support your health and financial goals and include not only health insurance, but also generous state retirement, tuition assistance for our employees and their dependents, wellness initiatives, and much more. Please visit for detailed information. Be your best at The Ohio State University!

The successful candidate will be responsible for direct chair-side dental assisting for all residents and faculty in the GPR clinic in the College of Dentistry, including assisting with special needs patients, and patients seen under general anesthesia and moderate sedation; dispenses, receives, processes and purchases instruments, equipment and supplies used in the delivery of treatment; provides oral hygiene instructions, ensures efficient operation during faculty and/or clinical sessions; organizes records system; and exposes and develops radiographs.

Work Schedule: M-F, 7:30am – 4:30pm

This position requires successful completion of a criminal background check and drug and alcohol.

A dental assistant needs to have use of both hands, as well as dexterity in the fingers and the ability to manipulate instruments, materials, dental hand pieces, and operate dental equipment. The use of feet is necessary to manipulate the rheostat for hand pieces or other dental equipment. The body must be able to work from a dental stool in order to perform most dental procedures. The ability to sit and stand for a duration of time is also necessary. Other specific requirements include color spectrum differentiation; manual dexterity/motor coordination, hand-eye coordination, physical communications; visual acuity and communication/language development. Individuals in this position may be exposed to the

Required Qualifications:

Three months of experience (three courses) in dental office practices and procedures; three months of experience (three courses) in dental operatory practices and procedures; three months of experience (three courses) in four-handed assisting techniques; three months of experience (three courses) in inventory record-keeping; three months of experience (300 hours of training) in care of dental equipment; one month of experience (100 hours of training) in using a computer.

Desired Qualifications:

Experience and knowledge of a wide variety of dental instruments and procedures, especially those involving oral surgical procedures; experience in an educational and/or hospital setting, experience with electronic health record, computer literacy including Microsoft Office and internet/email is desired.

Target Salary: $15.00 - $17.00 Hourly

Job Category: Civil Service

Job Appointment (FTE%):


The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, and protected veteran status.