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Dental Assistant 1

Idaho State University

Open for Recruitment: December 4, 2017 - December 11, 2017
Announcement # 07338020383
Salary Range: $11.22 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Pocatello

The Department of Dental Sciences has an opening for a Dental Assistant 1; this position is 30 hours a week 12 months.

Primary Purpose:

To perform fundamental duties assisting a licensed dentist; perform clerical functions of a dental office; perform related work.  This is the first in a series of three dental assistant classifications.


1. Dental procedures. Typical fundamental duties: under supervision of a licensed dentist – retracts patient’s cheek, tongue, and other tissue; removes water syringes; takes, exposes, and develops x-rays of the mouth, gums, jaws, and/or teeth; applies topical medications; places rubber dams in patient’s mouth; removes excess cement from and adjacent to crowns, bridges, and orthodontic bands; places matrix bands; performs dietary and salivary analysis; demonstrates oral care procedures and techniques; removes and replaces ligature wires; removes sutures; charts patient’s mouth; performs infection control procedures flushes evacuation system with chemical cleansers.

2. Office procedures. Typical duties: completes reports on patient treatment, x-rays, keeps records of services rendered; keeps dental records current with medical history.

Minimum Qualifications:

Experience: performing fundamental duties of a dental assistant as outlined above; completing dental charting and notations; performing clerical duties associated with a dental office; OR completion of a Dental Assistant Fundamentals course.


Rating of education and experience. You will receive a score based on your answers to the questions on the exam. You must receive a minimum rating of (60) to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online once the exam has been reviewed and a rating assigned. If you applied with a paper copy you will receive written notification of your results once the exam has been reviewed and a rating assigned.

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Click on the Apply Online button to the left and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Information and Exam for this position. If you are unable to use the Apply Online process, you must responf to the exam questions on this announcement and complete a State of Idaho Application. To obtain a paper application, click on "Forms" at the left side of the screen.

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At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.