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, Clinic Services
Salary Range
$24.28 - $29.87 Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Monday - Friday
Within the hours of 7:00am - 5:00pm (8-hour Shift)
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

OHSU’s focus on healing, teaching, and discovery combined with our deep history in Oregon is unique. We are the state’s only academic health center and one of the only universities in the U.S. devoted exclusively to educating doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and public health professionals. At OHSU’s School of Dentistry, we strive to make an impact in our community by delivering excellence in our dental care facilities, utilizing cutting-edge technologies while enhancing the knowledge of our inclusive dental professionals and leaders. We value each and every one of our professionals by providing a welcoming work environment and industry leading benefits.



  • Comprehensive medical, dental & vision care plans. Covered 100% for full-time employees and 88% for dependents
  • $25K of term life insurance provided at no cost to the employee
  • Retirement: Choose between pension plan or employee matching voluntary savings plan
  • Vacation - Up to 200 hours per year depending on length of service
  • Sick Leave - Up to 96 hours per year
  • 8 paid holidays per year
  • Substantial Tri-met and C-Tran discounts
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Innovative Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Cutting edge Wellness Platform
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Discounts

Our department’s working locations are nestled in Portland's beautiful South Waterfront making it a convenient location to commute to. Our Skourtes Tower facility in the Robertson Life Sciences Building houses both our School of Dentistry and our patient clinics, providing sweeping views of the city and an unmatched setting for educationresearch, and exemplary oral health care.


To learn more about the School of Dentistry click on the link below:


Function/Duties of Position

The Dental Assistant, under the supervision of a licensed dentist, provides chair side assistance to dentists, dental or graduate students, interns, and residents, dental hygienists, or dental technicians. Some employees in this class perform clinical support duties such as patient appointment status updates and maintaining patient records.


  • Dental Assisting. Under the supervision of a dentist, provides chair side dental support to dentists, dental students, or dental hygienists. Prepares work station, instruments, and materials, and escorts patient to the work station. Provides 4 and 6-handed dental assistance support for OHSU dental practices. Retracts a patient's cheek, tongue, or other parts of tissues during a dental operation. Assists with the placement or removal of a rubber dam and accessories used for its placement and retention as directed by the dentist. Uses vacuum devices, compressed air, mouthwashes, and water to remove debris accumulated during operative processes. Prepares amalgams and adhesives. Reviews pre and post-operative instructions with patients. Sterilizes and wraps instruments and cleans work station between patients. Maintains operatory equipment. Exposes radiographs for dental diagnostic purposes. Instructs individuals in oral hygiene techniques and preventative procedures, which may include desensitizing agents. Ensures work areas are stocked and ready for patient care.
  • Educational Support. Provides support to dental students in techniques of four handed dentistry and use of chair side dental assistant. Reinforces aseptic techniques, posture, chair positions, instrument exchange, use of dental materials and efficient operatory set up. Explains and demonstrate equipment care. Evaluates dental students for infection control compliance. Match students with clinic partners which might include patient assignments.
  • Clinical Support and Administrative Functions. Clerical duties needed to ensure clinic function. Limited EHR entries. Patient appointment status updates. Supply order coordination.

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
  • Current valid Basic Life Support (BLS) card required issued by the American Heart Association required for all positions
  • Must have worked as a dental assistant within the last 5 years

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expereince at exposing radiographs.
  • Experience in sterilization of instruments.
  • Flexible to work at two locations (RLSB and RSC on a rotation base).
  • Tolerate exposure to noise with exposure to human tissue/fluids.
  • Expereinced/knowledagble MSDS infection control guideleines to safetly handle the use of chemicals, cleaning supplies, or compounds for donning & doffing personal protective equipment.
  • Travel: Continuing education may require attendance at workshops or seminars.
  • Ability to take the tram between RLSB and Marquam Hill campus required.
  • Environmental exposures: Blood, bodily fluids, needle sticks, nitrous oxide, scalpel cuts and minimum radiation.
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation.
  • Advanced specialty dental assisting may require EFDA, EFODA, DAANC, dental anesthesia certification or other sedation/surgical advanced certifications, skills

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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