Job Information

University of Utah PS Dental Assistant- Faculty Practice in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 07/01/2022

Requisition Number PRN31265B

Job Title PS Dental Assistant

Working Title PS Dental Assistant- Faculty Practice

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 – Friday 8am to 5pm. Hours may vary occasionally.

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 $16.50 - $22.00

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

This position will be located in the Faculty Practice at the Wakara Way Clinic, University of Utah School of Dentistry. This position assists attending dentists, some dental students, and with routine as well as restorative and surgical procedures. The incumbent maintains and operates equipment and instruments under the direction of the department. This position may be required to access and administer medications within their scope of practice and according to State Law. Care is appropriate to the population served.

As a member of the School of Dentistry team you are expected to form positive and productive relationships with peers, students and leadership to support the mission, vision, values, and PROMISE standards of the organization. You are expected to encourage and foster a supportive, anti-racist, equitable, and inclusive environment for our patients, students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve.



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. Employees may be required to assist in other areas of the clinic as needed.

Essential Functions

1. Assisting attending dentists with procedures by preparing, identifying, and/or providing appropriate instruments.

2. Ordering, organizing, and restocking supplies.

3. Performing routine cleaning, stocking, and equipment maintenance including but not limited to changing traps, maintaining water unit levels, cleaning chair bases, stocking supplies, and printing and stocking clinic forms.

4. Assisting faculty dental providers with the preparation of procedures, chairside assisting, and radiology positioning and technique.

5. Disinfecting, lubricating, washing, wrapping, and sterilizing instruments, cassettes, and equipment for clinic use.

6. Adhering to manufacturer and CDC guidelines for reprocessing instruments and equipment.

7. Maintaining sterilization records and inventory reports.

8. Providing technical support to faculty providers.

9. Acting to ensure proper infection control, clinic policies, and processes are followed.

10. Assisting in the tracking of clinic procedures through maintaining and/or entering data.

11. Adhering to standards set by OSHA , HIPAA , FERPA , CODA and other standards set by the department.

12. Participating and contributing in committees and discussions regarding clinic operations, materials, protocols, and/or quality assurance.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:

Demonstrated potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.

Ability to maintain a professional demeanor in stressful or difficult situations.

Ability to provide care appropriate to the patient demographic served.

Ability to display active listening and verbalize empathy while developing relationships with patients, guests and coworkers.

Ability to provide care as detailed in the department’s policies and procedures manual.

Demonstrated excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and follow-through skills.

Ability to be highly motivated and pay attention to detail with a passion to provide excellent patient care in a fast paced and evolving environment.

Ability to work efficiently and independently.

Demonstrated computer skills and an ability and willingness to learn new applications and software, procedures and processes.

Demonstrated knowledge of HIPAA regulations to ensure that patient information is guarded and respected.

Ability to navigate a facility with multiple providers and services.

Problem Solving

This position requires daily problem solving skills and multi-tasking. Must be able to maintain professional demeanor in stressful or difficult situations.

Minimum Qualifications

Completion of Dental Assistant Course and one year chair-side experience or equivalency. Successful completion of Radiology Safety and Health exam or complete within six months of hire. Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card or obtained within one month of hire. Excellent human relations and effective communication skills also required.

* 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.


Applicable dental assistance experience preferred.

Epic experience preferred.

Bilingual in Spanish preferred.

Type Benefited Staff

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, email: ( 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.