University of Utah Health Dental Assistant in Midvale, Utah


As a patient-focused organization, the University of Utah Health Care exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health Care seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

This position assists dentists with routine as well as restorative and surgical procedures. The incumbent maintains and operates equipment and instruments under the direction of the dentist, and provides initial orientation for dental residents.

This position may be required to access and administer medications within their scope of practice and according to State Law.


  • Prepares patients and treatment rooms for procedures.

  • Cleans, sterilizes, and maintains instruments.

  • Obtains, develops, mounts, and files x-rays.

  • Assists dentist with procedures by preparing, identifying and providing appropriate instruments.

  • Provides suctioning, sponging and retracting procedures.

  • Assists the dentist with preparation and administration of sedation anesthesia.

  • Instructs patients on appropriate dental hygiene practices.

  • Orders, stocks, and maintains equipment and supplies.

  • Schedules patient appointments.

  • Performs laboratory procedures by pouring, trimming, and mounting models and making custom trays.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.

  • Care is appropriate to the population served.

  • Excellent human relations and effective communication skills.

  • This position performs duties as outlined by the State of Utah Dental Practice Act. The incumbent must keep current and initiate implementation of infection control protocol that prevents cross contamination and protects staff. The incumbent is encouraged to participate in training and education as new advances in dentistry arise.

  • The staff member must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit. The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient's status and provide care as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.




  • Completion of Dental Assistant Course.

  • Successful completion of Radiology Safety and Health exam.

Licenses Required

  • Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card through American Heart Association or obtain within one month of hire.

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Qualifications (Preferred):

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intermediate working conditions in a healthcare setting that may exert up to 50 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving patients or objects, such as medical equipment, while providing patient care.

Physical Requirements:

Carrying, Climbing, Color Determination, Far Vision, Lifting, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Stooping and Crouching, Walking

Requisition Number 26269

Reg/Temp Regular

Employment Type Full-Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule 8-5pm

Location Name Greenwood Health Center

Patient Care? Yes

City Midvale

State UT


Category Patient Care Support / Technicians

The University of Utah Health Care is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah Health Care is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.