University of Utah Dental Hygienist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 04/30/2018

Requisition Number PRN17067B

Job Title Dental Hygienist

Working Title Dental Hygienist

Job Grade UGR

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday thru Friday 8am to 5pm

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 01478 - SOD - EDUCATION

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 28.31-35.00

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

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, Dental Clinic 7, 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.

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

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

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

We protect our patients, coworkers, and community by requiring all patient care employees to be immunized according to CDC standards. All patient care employees must receive the following vaccinations:




•2-step TB

•Annual Influenza

•Hepatitis B for some jobs

Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical contraindications or religious beliefs that object to vaccinations.