Dental Assistant II

The University of Iowa

Assist and work with dentists, dental students and dental hygienists.  Interacting with patients, assisting with the management of patients, training dental students in operation of the clinic, developing radiographs and chairside dental assisting.

  • Prepares dental operatory area for patient treatment, using prescribed infection control procedures.  Keeps patient delivery and waiting areas picked up and neat.  Cleans, disinfects and completes closing procedures for dental operatories at end of the clinic day.
  • Organizes patient delivery pre-set trays with appropriate instruments, sets out prescribed materials and armamentarium for scheduled procedures.  Manipulates dental materials following prescribed directions.
  • Sorts, prepares and disinfects instruments following the directives of the Faculty General Practice Clinic and the Patient Admissions Clinic.
  • Orders, organizes and stocks supplies in cabinets in designated areas according to criteria established for the Faculty General Practice Clinic and the Patient Admissions Clinic.
  • Greets, seats, places napkin and headrest, prepares patient for treatment; dismisses patient.  Updates pertinent patient information.  Takes and records blood pressure readings.  Records in the electronic patient record the examination findings verbalized by operator.
  • Exposes, processes and mounts radiographs of patients.
  • Loads cartridge and needle for practitioner's administration of local anesthetic.  Picks up, passes and receives appropriate instruments for procedure being done.  Correctly utilizes intra-oral suction and air/water.
  • Anticipates, recognizes and provides emotional support and reassurance to patients.  Communicates verbally and nonverbally with staff, faculty, students and patients in a positive and constructive way.
  • Exhibits an understanding of the philosophy of the program consistent with appropriate performance.
  • Takes alginate impressions, pours and trims study casts, fabricates custom impression and bleaching trays, makes temporary molds.
  • Assist in other areas utilizing a full range of dental assisting skills and lab duties.
  • Demonstrates professional behavior in interacting with others, recognizes and demonstrates appropriate ethical standards, maintains confidentiality; adheres to recommended standards of dress, personal appearance and hygiene.
  • Ability to interact with electronic patient management system (aXium).
  • Enters completed charges and appointment requests into the electronic patient health record (axiUm).
  • Cleans and organizes operatories for regional board exams.

100% Dental Assistant II - GC25  (Merit)

College of Dentistry - Clinic Administration  (Iowa City, IA)

Salary:  $35,464.32   (Pay Grade:  08)

An advanced starting salary may be possible based on exceptional qualifications.


Hours of Work:

  • Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • May require occasional overtime.


  1. Successful completion of an ADAA dental assistance program or two years of chairside assistant experience assisting in four-handed method of dentistry.
  2. Must have a current certificate of registration to practice as a dental assistant issued by the Iowa Board of Dental Examiners.
  3. Must possess current Iowa certificate of proficiency in dental radiography.

Applicants must have the following, by time of appointment:

  • Successful completion of ADAA-accredited dental assistant program or 24 full-time months chairside dental assisting experience in four-handed dental practice.
  • Iowa certificate of dental assistant registration, and
  • State of Iowa radiology certification.


  • Experience working with a general dentist;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others;
  • Experience working with electronic health records; and
  • Experience working with graduate students.


Job openings are posted for a minimum of 10 calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.  For questions or additional information, please contact


Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.


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The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload a resume (and mark as “Relevant File”) to their submission.

Job ID: 72119

Posted 11 days ago

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