Locations vary; 3 weeks per month are in local communities. 1 week per month is extended travel (within the State of MN) with overnight stays required.
The Mobile Dental Clinic (MDC) is part of the Outreach program at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry (SoD). The MDC is staffed by licensed dentists and student dental providers from the SoD. Each week the MDC travels around the Twin Cities area to provide dental care for UCare members. The MDC also travels to a greater MN location for one week out of each month. Hotel arrangements and food costs incurred will be covered by the School of Dentistry during these trips. The Dental Assistant on the Mobile Dental Clinic is a critical member of this care team. The MDC travels into the community to serve a population that is underserved due to multiple access issues, providing preventive and primary dental care services to pediatric and adult populations.
Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
Provide chairside assisting clinical services to Mobile Dental Clinic/Ucare patients under the care of faculty dentists and undergraduate students
Daily preparation and maintenance of the operatories on the Mobile Dental Clinic. Maintain equipment on board and follow infection control protocols of the School of Dentistry
Working knowledge of dental procedures and materials
Take digital radiographs as directed
Cleaning, maintenance and sterilization of instruments
Dental Assistants may be required to drive the clinical transportation vehicle (a separate vehicle than the actual mobile clinic) to and from the clinic sites
Organization, ordering, transporting, and stocking of supplies
Conduct orientation with students on procedures/protocol on the Mobile Dental Clinic
If the Mobile Dental Clinic is not in use, the Dental Assistant will be reassigned to on-campus School of Dentistry Clinics at supervisor discretion
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Competitive wages, and paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave
Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
Excellent retirement plans with employer match
Disability and employer paid life insurance
Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
The hourly pay rate for this position ranges from $22.56 - $28.22/hour.
Requirements (All required qualifications must be documented on 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
Must be able to multi task and adapt to changing work environment and work responsibilities
Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations
MN Driver’s License
Availability to travel to metro and outstate locations
At least one year of chairside experience in General Dentistry working in a dental office or clinic preferably with multiple providers
Proficient in managing electronic patient records
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, ability to work well in a team setting and with learner providers
Successful experience providing dental care to a diverse patient base
Familiarity with computers, computer software, and willingness to work with University IT on computer and connectivity related issues
* 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.
Internal Number: 339414
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