Job Information

University of Utah Dental Hygienist in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 05/28/2021

Requisition Number PRN11227N

Job Title PS Dental Hygienist

Working Title Dental Hygienist

Job Grade UGR

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? Yes

Type Non Benefited Staff / Student

Temporary? No

Standard Hours per Week 24

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday thru Friday 8am to 5pm/Occasional evenings

Is this a work study job? No

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 01702 - SOD - FACULTY PRACTICE

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 32.00 to 36.00

Close Date

Job Summary

The incumbent participates in the preventative dental care of patients by performing oral health assessments and charting, completing dental prophylaxis, providing oral cancer screening, applying topical fluorides, examining teeth, instructing patients on proper dental care, and performing procedures in compliance with the Utah Dental Practice Act.

This position will share time between Oral Health Dental Clinics, including the School of Dentistry Faculty Practice Clinic, UH Dental Clinic/E11, and Greenwood Dental Clinic. This position will support hygiene services for School of Dentistry Residents and Faculty members.



This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Essential Functions:

1.Sets up instruments and other equipment.

2.Assess the oral health of patients and report findings to dentists

3.Educate patients on proper dental hygiene care and nutrition.

4.Remove calculus deposits, stains, and biofilm from teeth.

5.Apply sealants and fluoride treatments.

6.Perform necessary treatments and procedures within their scope to improve the periodontal health of patients.

7.Assist in Panoramic and digital radiography and 3D imaging techniques.

8.Document patient care and treatment plans.

9.Clean and sterilize instruments and equipment.

10.Participate in staff and assigned committee meetings.

Problem Solving:

Demonstrated leadership, human relations, and effective communication skills. Ability to function during regularly scheduled shifts. Ability to display mental and emotional stamina in situations dealing with multiple patients, family members, etc. Demonstrated ability to function calmly and competently in high stress situations. Ability to deal with the hazards involved in assessing and providing care to patients.


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.

The staff member must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served in his or her assigned department. 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.

The staff member must be willing to learn practice management systems, particularly Dentrix, Epic, and Wisdom.

Minimum Qualifications

Completion of an approved dental hygiene program. Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card through American Heart Association or obtain within one month of hire.

Current license to practice as a Dental Hygienist in the State of Utah.

Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

This position is patient-sensitive and must fulfill all associated requirements. We protect our patients, coworkers and community by requiring all patient-sensitive employees to be immunized according to CDC standards and hospital policy. Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical contraindications or religious beliefs that object to vaccinations.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Bachelor’s degree preferred

Anesthesia license preferred

Practice Management software experience

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.