Dental Dispensary Assistant

niversity of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus 

Department: School of Dental Medicine 

Job Title: Dental Dispensary Assistant 

Position # 00679543– Requisition #25945 



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The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion thereof by 9/1/21 or upon start date.  Information regarding this requirement, and exemptions can be found at: 

Exemptions vary by campus location/department.  

Campus/Unit-Specific Exemptions:  

Anschutz Campus – Accommodations may be granted for medical or religious reasons. 

Denver Campus - Exemptions are allowed for medical, religious, or personal reasons. 

Consolidated/Central Services Administration – Accommodations may be granted for medical or religious reasons. 

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds. 

About the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus 

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative science, medicine, education and patient care. The campus encompasses the University of Colorado health professional schools, more than 60 centers and institutes, and two nationally ranked independent hospitals - UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado - that treat more than two million adult and pediatric patients each year. Innovative, interconnected and highly collaborative, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus delivers life-changing treatments, patient care and professional training and conducts world-renowned research fueled by over $650 million in research grants. For more information, visit

The School of Dental Medicine has an opening for a full-time Dental Dispensary Assistant, State Classified position. 

Job Summary

Cleans, decontaminates and provides maintenance of instruments and equipment according to established procedures and techniques; ensures proper functioning of equipment; cleans sanitizing machines and equipment.  Issues sterile reusable instruments to operatories and clinical units, makes sure the room is turned over and ready to use for the next patient; collects and resterilizes used instruments maintains a level of sterilized instruments for distribution. This position will move between dispensaries to provide assistance when a co-worker is out. 


Examples of Work Performed: 

Clinical Support (50%) 

Cleans and decontaminates and provides maintenance of instruments and equipment according to established procedures and techniques 

Ensures proper functioning of equipment 

Cleans sanitizing machines and equipment.   

Maintains a level of sterilized instruments for distribution. 

Decision Making 

Regular on-going decision making would be meeting the demands of the Specialty Clinics in the school. Having sterilized instruments available for a quick turnaround time frame  

Provide quality assurance by checking that all clinical protocol procedures were being followed during exposure. Assists residents and faculty in patient treatment by abiding by and following appropriate clinic guidelines, OSHA and infection control policies, procedures and regulations. Must follow HIPAA guidelines for confidentiality. 


Working with a diverse faculty, changes in schedules, and emergency appointments.  Adheres strictly to HIPAA regulations and guidelines. 

  Complexity relates to the day-to-day four handed dentistry, usage of appropriate tools and equipment for providing treatment to patients.  Guidance regarding what procedures will be done and what instruments/materials the faculty member will be using differ based on each dental patient’s varying needs.  This position must take a practical course of action when applying dental standard care, alternatives and technical practices using technical knowledge and experience. 


Duty: Instrument Preparation ( 35%)  

Issues sterile reusable instruments to operatories and clinical units 

Collects used instruments and moves them for sterilization  

Prepares specialized instruments set-ups for residents, faculty and undergraduate students to be used during dental patient treatment. 

Decision making: 

Making sure instruments are ready for use and determining what will be needed in the clinics.  Letting supervisors know when instruments are worn or damaged.  Must be able to tell when instruments are worn or broken.


faculty and staff from each department. 

A typical challenge would be to determine how to carry out and complete the process of patient treatment (i.e. decides whether radiographs will need to be taken).  

Other challenges are when there is a change to patient treatment after instruments have been set up at the chairside, or when supplies have not been received. This position would work with the sterilization department to make sure instruments are received back in a timely fashion and communicate with doctors/residents when patient treatment is changed so that the correct instruments are available. 


Duty: Chairside Assistance (10%) 

in specialized areas of four-handed dentistry.  Duties may include: 

Patient preparation and positioning,  

Clinical area preparation for the treatment of patients. 

Decision making 

Judgment is used by studying the patient information to identify what means of dental assistance the resident/faculty member will need when providing the patient treatment.  Identifying this level of need serves as guidance for determining what the specialized instruments setups will be. 


Challenges are met with communicating between faculty and students, and how to best interact and provide clear direction.  Understanding that each patient is different and how that will affect the experience. 


Duty: Monitoring Supplies and Materials (5%) 

Maintains an adequate inventory of supplies, equipment and materials for the clinical area of responsibility.   

Maintains a comprehensive knowledge of dental materials, their use, maintenance and storage. 

Decision making 

Deciding which type of materials to use for impressions, fillings and other dental procedures.  Must stay up to date on any new materials or instruments available and/or new requests or needs of the faculty. 

  Decides when to contact supervisor if materials need to be ordered. 


Not having the materials needed to treat the patient and determining if something else would suffice until new materials can be supplied. Would notify the supervisor or Director of the program. 

Duty: Other Duties. 

On occasion, this position may be assigned other duties needed to help drive to the vision, fulfill the mission, and uphold the organizational values of CU Denver/Anschutz and the SDM. 


Minimum Qualifications: 

Two years of dental assisting experience 

Successful completion of an accredited dental assisting program may substitute for one year of experience.  NOTE: If exercising the education substitution, applicants MUST attach a copy of their dental assisting certificate to their application materials no later than the closing date listed in the announcement. 

Must possess current valid CPR and/or BLS certification 

Preferred Qualifications: 

Experience working in a fast-paced dental environment   

Experience with clinical area preparation in a dental clinic and/or office.   

Experience working with students and faculty in a higher education and/or academic medical environment. 

Competencies / Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to establish rapport with a wide variety of individuals  

Ability to prioritize and multi-task  

Excellent time management skills  

Ability to work independently and exercise judgment in decision making   

Excellent customer service skills  

Strong oral communication skills  

Knowledge of dental terminology and instrumentation   

Knowledge of current dental materials, tools and instruments, and proper use and technique   

Ability to demonstrate a high level, knowledge, and proficiency in all phases of dental assisting  

Familiarity with OSHA and HIPAA guidelines 

Do you think this position requires a special qualification that differs from the established minimum qualifications for other positions in the class?   

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Salary & Benefits: 

Hiring Salary Range: $37,087 - $40,906.08 Annually. 

The salary offered is usually the minimum listed, however, a salary above the minimum may be offered for some hard to fill positions and/or in recognition of prior and applicable skills, experience, certifications, etc... 

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line. 


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Additional Information: 

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Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process.  You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview.  We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references. 

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. 

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment. 


Please make sure to include the following in your resume: job title, duties, months and years employed, and average hours per week worked as minimum experience is calculated on a 40 hour/week basis.  

Conditions of Employment: 

The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion thereof by 9/1/21 or upon start date.  Information regarding this requirement, and exemptions can be found at: 

This position is is not eligible for overtime compensation 


Additional Requirements


Pre-placement Physical - Describe any special physical requirements

 Drivers License

 Will be required to drive a University vehicle (Colorado driver’s license

 Will be required to transport other people utilizing a University vehicle (CDL endorsement)

 Will be required to drive, but will operate personal vehicle (valid driver’s license, any state)

 Shift Work Explain

•           Position may be assigned weekend and/or evening shifts

•           Position may be assigned a 4/10 work week schedule

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)


XXTreatment, payment, or health care operations

 Both research and treatment, payment or health care operations

 Duties other than research, treatment, payment or health care operations

 Work duties DO NOT require access to protected health information


Health and Safety Training


This assignment requires the use or handling of or exposure to (check all that apply):


Hazardous chemicals

Radioactive materials or ionizing radiation.

 XX infectious materials, recombinant DNA, or human blood or bodily materials. 

Job Category: Health Care
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: May 11, 2022
Unposting Date: Ongoing

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