Oregon Health & Science University

Dental Assistant

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
School of Dentistry, Hospital Dental Services
Salary Range
$24.28 - $27.92 Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Monday - Friday
6:30am - 5:00pm, Schedule varies for clinic/OR days. (8 hour shifts, rotating through all services GPR, OMS, PEDs, and Operating Rooms in DCH, SOR, and CHH).
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The School of Dentistry shares the mission of the Oregon Health & Science University to provide educational programs, basic and clinical research, and high quality care and community programs. We strive to foster an environment of mutual respect where the free exchange of ideas can flourish. The dental school prepares graduates in general dentistry and the dental specialties to deliver compassionate and ethical oro-facial health care.

Read more about the School of Dentistry: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/schools/school-of-dentistry

Function/Duties of Position

The Hospital Dental Services (HDS) dental assistant functions under the direct supervision of the faculty provider, providing assistance for the faculty provider, dental students, and residents in all areas of the hospital dental department.  Hospital Dental Services has three defined programs, pediatrics, adult dentistry, and oral surgery.  Hospital Dental Services (HDS) provides care for medically fragile and special needs patients.  Dental Assistants in the department assist in both the clinic and the operating room.

Schedule varies for clinic/OR days.  Employee works a 40 hour work week, Monday through Friday, 6:30 AM-5:00 PM (8 hour shifts, rotating through all services GPR, OMS, PEDs, and Operating Rooms in DCH, SOR, and CHH). 


**NOW OFFERING A SIGNING BONUS OF UP TO $1,000.00** restrictions apply

Required Qualifications

  • Completion of an approved Dental Assistant training program OR
  • One year of experience as a chair side Dental Assistant
  • Certification by the Oregon State Board of Dentistry for Radiological Proficiency required for all positions  Please upload with online application
  • Current valid Basic Life Support (BLS) card required (issued by the American Heart Association) required for all positions. Please upload with online application
  • Must have worked as a dental assistant within the last 5 years
  • Detailed knowledge and skills in assisting with surgical procedures, armentarium & equipment
  • Skilled at exposing radiographs
  • Experience in sterilization of instruments
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate of accredited dental assisting program
  • CDA
  • EFDA

Additional Details

Please note: Effective Oct. 18, 2021, all OHSU employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have an approved medical or religious exception. If you are hired by OHSU after Oct. 18, you will need to be fully vaccinated (or obtain an approved exception) prior to starting work, and need to provide proof of vaccination (or approved exception) within 10 days of starting work.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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