Job Information

University of Utah Dental Assistant Dixie Dental Clinic in St. George, Utah

Open Date 05/17/2021

Requisition Number PRN26151B

Job Title PS Dental Assistant

Working Title Dental Assistant Dixie Dental Clinic

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 – 5pm

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 01478 - SOD - EDUCATION

Location Campus

City St. George, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 15.00 to 20.00

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

This position assists students and attending dentists with routine as well as restorative and surgical dental procedures at the Dixie Dental Clinic located in St. George, UT. The incumbent maintains and operates dental equipment and instruments under the direction of the department and assists in the clinic orientation for dental students on rotation. This position may be required to access and administer medications within their scope of practice and according to State Law.

This position is Category I: Mandatory Required on Campus or at Health Care Facilities as long as you are healthy and without Covid-19 symptoms.


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

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 student dentists 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 students and faculty.

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. Assisting in the orientation, education, and training of dental students on clinic procedures and protocols.

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

13. 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.


This position is a full-time position. This position will be stationed at the Dixie State University Dental Hygiene School in St. George, Utah.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency that may be required:

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Seldom: Vibration (Exposure to oscillating movements of extremities or whole body), infectious disease, oils (there is air or skin exposure to oils or other cutting fluids).

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking, standing, sitting.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

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.


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”). 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.