Dental Assistant

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Since 1897, the Ostrow School of Dentistry has shaped talented students into outstanding dentists and dental hygienists. Our challenging clinical education and our expert faculty members provide future oral health professionals with the skills they need in order to become the best.

Dentists and dental hygienists are consistently viewed as some of the most trusted and respected professionals who serve the public, and our graduates are part of the reason. Ostrow not only educates excellent clinicians but also produces professionals who earn their patients’ trust with unyielding commitment to exemplary ethical standards. Our graduates also earn the respect of their colleagues, taking active leadership roles in the organized dentistry community from local to international levels.

We, at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, are all committed to maintaining an environment of excellence and eminence, and this commitment shines through in all that we do.

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC is looking for a passionate and enthusiastic Dental Assistant to join its team! This person provides administrative and comprehensive chair-side assisting services for patients during dental treatment procedures for clinical faculty, doctoral dental students, and post-doctoral students in clinical unit(s) and/or affiliated practices.

Job Accountabilities:

  • Prepares treatment/clinical area for patient care. Organizes and prepares trays, sets up for dental procedures, and maintains adequate supply levels in each operatory. Preps patients and assists with dental procedures. Prepares and mixes materials. Obtains vital signs and monitors patients for complications. Cleans up following procedure, disposes of waste, disinfects area after each patient, and sets up for next patient in accordance with established procedures.
  • Maintains inventory of disposable materials, medications, dental instruments, equipment, and supplies in the dental operatory and those required for daily operation. Organizes supplies and equipment to minimize loss and maximize utilization. Performs regular audits to ensure the removal of expired materials. Maintains a clean and orderly clinic. Sterilizes and disinfects instruments and equipment in accordance with established procedures.
  • Assists with patient registration, appointment scheduling, billing, filing, scanning, and other administrative support duties. Obtains dental history and records from patients and ensures health history is recorded and current. Provides patient education and treatment planning information as directed by attending faculty providers, or by students.
  • Prepares materials for making impressions and restorations. Exposes and processes digital radiography and traditional x-rays. Practices radiation safety at all times when using dental radiographs generators.
  • Assesses and responds to emergency situations in accordance with emergency protocols. Maintains working knowledge of First Aid, CPR, and Automated External Defibrillator use. Observes students to ensure adherence to strict principles of the standard of care, cleanliness and infection control. Reports any areas of noncompliance to the supervisor and/or faculty. Promotes an environment that fosters inclusive relationships and creates unbiased opportunities for contributions through ideas, words, and actions that uphold principles of the USC Code of Ethics.

Preferred Education: Associate's degree
Preferred Experience: 1 year

USC provides benefits-eligible employees with a broad range of benefits and perks to help protect your (and your family’s) health, wealth, and future – including health insurance, a retirement account, life insurance, tuition benefits, university facility discounts, and more. To know more about the benefits and perks that USC offers, please visit:

Minimum Education: Must have graduated from an accredited Dental Assistant program. Minimum Experience: At least 6 monthsMinimum Field of Expertise: At least six months of chair-side experience in a dental environment or private practice in one or more recognized dental disciplines (general/prosthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, pedodontics, orthodontics, special patients). Working knowledge of HIPAA compliance, PPO, and dental terminology. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal patient service skills, and ability to multi-task. Working knowledge of proper sterilization and instrument management techniques. Demonstrated experience in a high volume, fast-pace environment. Demonstrated team-oriented and collaborative work style. Ability to travel to and from work at various local locations.

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