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
Salary Range
$24.28 - $31.37 per hour
Monday - Friday

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.


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: OHSU School of Dentistry


We are currently recruiting for the following open positions:

  • Russell St. Clinic
  • Hospital Dental Services 

Function/Duties of Position

As a Dental Assistant, under the supervision of a licensed dentist, you will provide chair side assistance to dentists, dental or graduate students, interns, and residents, dental hygienists, or dental technicians. You may also perform clinical support duties such as patient appointment status updates and maintaining patient records.


Job duties will include a variety of functions including:


  • Chair side dental support for dentists, dental students, or dental hygienists. 
  • Educational support for dental students in techniques of four handed dentistry and use of chair side dental assistant. 
  • Some clinical support and administrative functions including EHR entries, patient appointment duties, and 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 American Heart Associaiton issued Basic Life Support (BLS) card required  for all positions.
  • Must have worked as a dental assistant within the last 5 years (If qualifying with experience) 
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced specialty dental assisting may require EFDA, EFODA, DAANC, dental anesthesia certification or other sedation/surgical advanced certifications, skills

Additional Details


  • 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

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.


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