Dental Assistant - College of Dental Medicine

  • Kansas City University
  • Joplin, MO, USA
  • Jan 29, 2024
Full time Health & Medical Services

Job Description


Dental Assistant - College of Dental Medicine

Joplin Campus

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Job Description:

Hiring Dental Assistants to start July 2024!

Reporting to the Director of Clinical Operations, the qualified Dental Assistant will be responsible for chairside dental assisting, dispensing, sterilization, radiography, and/or quality assurance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Facilitates the delivery of clinical care within the group practice, providing clinical dental assisting duties for faculty and/ or students
  • Performs chairside dental assisting duties to include operatory set-up and breakdown using proper infection
  • control protocols; is comfortable and competent using electronic technology in collecting and recording patient

    health histories and dental charting; appropriate patient communication and management
  • Works with appropriate individuals to implement and maintain the OHC's infection control policies and procedures. Serves as role model and mentor for students for infection control policies and procedures
  • Dispenses and maintains dental instruments, supplies and equipment in the OHC Dispensary and/or Simulation Clinic using scanning and computer technology
  • Prepares, sterilizes and properly maintains dental instruments/supplies/equipment according to manufacturer's instructions in the OHC Central Sterilization area and Simulation Clinic Dispensary
  • Organizes, stores and tracks electronic inventory of dental instruments/supplies/equipment in the OHC Central Sterilization, Dispensary and/or Simulation Clinic
  • Supports student clinicians and contributes to an efficient productive clinic operation and positive patient experiences
  • Is competent in instrument transfer, field isolation, dental material handling for all general and specialty dental procedures performed by a general dentist; performs all procedures as allowed under the Missouri Division of Professional Registration, Missouri State Dental Board, Rules Relating to Dental Assistants
  • Provides support during medical emergencies
  • Provides patient care support by exposing digital diagnostic images and organizing and storing those images
  • Performs digital scanning and laboratory procedures under the direction of the dentist; captures digital intraoral and extra oral images
  • Supports clinic operations, including monitoring and cleaning/disinfecting clinic operatories and support spaces;
  • Reports equipment failures; maintaining/recording logs related to instrument/material/equipment dispensing
  • Exhibits a professional appearance and demeanor and supports the educational mission of the clinical faculty, including role modeling and the teaching of students on how to function as a dental assistant on the dental team, both in four-handed chairside activities and in clinical operational support


  • Certificate of completion from an accredited Dental Assisting Program or at least three years of direct experience
  • Expanded duty functions preferred

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KCU is committed to promoting an equal employment opportunity workplace. Equal opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information (GINA), physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, ancestry, military and/or veteran status, and/or any other status protected by applicable Federal, state or local law.

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Who is KCU?
Kansas City University (KCU), founded in 1916, is a fully accredited, private not-for-profit health sciences university with Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Biosciences and a developing College of Dental Medicine. The College of Osteopathic Medicine is the sixth largest medical school in the nation, the ninth most impactful medical school in primary care for the nation, the tenth most affordable of private medical colleges, and the leading producer of physicians for the State of Missouri. The College of Osteopathic Medicine has two sites strategically located on the University’s campuses in Kansas City and Joplin, Missouri, to address the growing needs of both urban and rural populations. The University offers multiple graduate degrees: a doctor of osteopathic medicine; a doctor of psychology in clinical psychology; a master of arts in bioethics; a master of science in the biomedical sciences; a master of business administration in partnership with Rockhurst University; a new master of public health in partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center; and plans to seat the first doctor of dental medicine students in 2023.

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