Air Education and Training Command DENTAL ASSISTANT in Sheppard AFB, Texas
Summary Click on "Learn more about this agency" button below to view Eligibilities being considered and other IMPORTANT information. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a dental assistant performing a chairside assistance in the delivery of dental treatment to authorized beneficiaries. This includes assisting in general dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, prosthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, orthodontics, and pediatric dentistry. Responsibilities Performs chairside dental assistant duties. Exposes intra-oral and extra-oral digital dental radiographs in accordance with accepted radiation safety standards. Assists dentist in providing patient treatment. Assists with general dentistry and specialty related dental procedures. Performs a variety of administrative duties related to dental activities. Assembles, retrieves, maintains, and reviews dental health records in accordance with Air Force Instructions/guidelines. Performs general dental infection control and safety procedures. Complies with Center for Disease Control, American Dental Association, agency, and local infection control procedures/guidelines. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications In order to qualify, you must meet the general experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Technical and Medical Support Positions, and IOR for the GS-0681, Dental Assistant Series. BASIC REQUIREMENTS NOTE: Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75. Essentially, they must (1) have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and (2) be certified as radiographers in their field. The following meet these requirements: (A) Persons employed by the Federal Government as radiologic personnel prior to the effective date of the regulation (January 13, 1986) who show evidence of current or fully satisfactory performance or certification of such from a licensed practitioner such as a doctor of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, podiatry, or chiropractic who prescribes radiologic procedures to others. (B) Persons first employed by the Federal Government as radiologic personnel after the effective date of the regulation who (a) received training from institutions in a State or foreign jurisdiction that did not accredit training in that particular field at the time of graduation, or (b) practiced in a State or foreign jurisdiction that did not license that particular field or did not allow special eligibility to take a licensure examination for those who did not graduate from an accredited educational program, provided such persons show evidence of training, experience, and competence, as determined by OPM or the employing agency. In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below: AND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-04) or equivalent. Specialized experience includes knowledge of the instruments, materials, and standardized dental procedures used in the full variety of treatments provided in general and specialty dental practices; Basic knowledge of dental science such as oral anatomy, oral physiology and histology, the principles and techniques of dental assisting, and dental instruments and materials; Knowledge of surgical procedures for maintaining aseptic conditions; retracting tissue, tongue, and cheek; stabilizing tissue for the dentist; and cutting sutures; Knowledge of preventive dentistry measures to instruct patients in the common causes of decay and in oral hygiene practices, e.g., brushing and flossing; Knowledge of infection control procedures and Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) guidelines in order to set up the dental treatment room and to sterilize and maintain dental instruments and equipment; Knowledge of dental terminology and record keeping procedures to maintain records related to patients, supplies and recurring dental activities; Skill in operating and adjusting dental x-ray equipment in order to position the patient and the film; and maintain, clean, and perform minor adjustments on radiographic equipment. OR EDUCATION: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree in a dental assistant or dental hygiene program that included at least 24 semester hours in the following courses: radiation physics; radiation biology; radiation health, safety, and protection; X-ray films and radiographic film quality, radiographic techniques; darkroom and processing techniques; and film mounting OR practical nurse training approved by the appropriate State, territory, or District of Columbia accrediting body. This education must have been obtained in an accredited business, technical school, junior college, college or university. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts. OR COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. Such education must include courses directly related to the work of the position and must have been obtained in an accredited business, technical school, junior college, college or university. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas: 1. Knowledge of dental science such as oral anatomy, oral physiology and histology, the principles and techniques of dental assisting, and dental instruments and materials. 2. Knowledge of sterilization techniques sufficient to sterilize dental instruments and equipment. 3. Knowledge of dental terminology and administrative requirements for proper record keeping procedures to maintain patient dental health records, and patient scheduling. 4. Skill and dexterity in manipulating a variety of instruments and equipment while performing dental assisting procedures. 5. Skill in operating and adjusting dental radiographic equipment IAW accepted radiation safety standards and processing dental radiographs. PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Education IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: If position has a positive degree requirement or education forms the basis for qualifications, you MUST submit transcripts with the application. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if position has a positive degree requirement, qualifying based on education alone or in combination with experience, transcripts must be verified prior to appointment. An accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must accredit education. Click here to check accreditation. FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Additional Information Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information. 120-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 120-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 120 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur. Military Spouse Preference (MSP) Eligible: MSP applicants, if determined best qualified, must be selected at the full performance level and placed at the full performance level. You must include a completed copy of the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist dated within 30 days along with the documents identified on the checklist to verify your eligibility for MSP. Click here to obtain a copy of the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist. Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit. If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application. The Vacancy ID is 11136342. 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