Dental Assistant Job in Leeds, Massachusetts – Department of Veterans Affairs



The United States government is a massive employer, and is always looking for qualified candidates to fill a wide variety of open employment positions in locations across the country. Below you’ll find a Qualification Summary for an active, open job listing from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The opening is for a Dental Assistant in Leeds, Massachusetts Feel free to browse this and any other job listings and reach out to us with any questions!

Dental Assistant – Leeds, Massachusetts
Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Job ID: 587023
Start Date: 04/18/2022
End Date: 05/11/2022

Qualification Summary
Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Six months experience that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work, or provides familiarity with the work . OR, Successful completion of a 1-year dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. Certification. Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the
credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75. Essentially, they must have successfully completed an
educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and be certified as radiographers in their field. Provisions for Certification of Radiologic Competence
Successful completion of the Dental Radiation Health and Safety Examination administered by the
Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.;
Successful completion of the Principles and Practice of Dental Radiology and Radiographic Safety
courses and examinations developed by the Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Dentistry.
Successful completion of a radiation health and safety program or examination approved by a state
board of dentistry or the Department of Defense (DoD). Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for certification of
radiologic competence may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate dental assistant under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain certification during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This will result in removal from the GS-681 series and may result in termination of employment. Certification in basic life support methods is highly desirable. Certification by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). The American Dental
Association (ADA) recognizes DANB as the national certification for Dental Assistants. DANB certification is not required, but highly desirable for the appointment of Dental Assistants up to and including the full performance level, and is required for all positions above the full performance level. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: GS-6
Staff Dental Assistant (Full Performance Level)
Experience. At least 1 year of experience [equivalent to] the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs:
a. Ability to identify normal oral anatomy.
b. Advanced knowledge of instruments, materials, and standardized dental procedures used in all phases of restorative, surgical, endodontic and periodontal care and procedures.
c. Ability to monitor and perform basic interpretation of vital signs.
d. Ability to independently provide procedure-specific patient education and appropriate referral of patient concerns to treating dentist.
e. Ability to capture standard and special dental images of good diagnostic quality in traditional or digital formats.
f. Ability to perform maintenance on dental equipment used for routine and specialty dentistry.
g. Ability to enter and retrieve data utilizing electronic dental records.
h. Ability to perform dental assistant-appropriate laboratory procedures. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/46 PART II APPENDIX G36 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs.). Moderate Carrying (15-44lbs) . Pushing (4 hour). Reaching above shoulder. Use of fingers. Both hands required. Walking (up to 4 hours). Standing (up to 4 hours). Repeated bending (up to 4 hour). Depth perception, and the ability to distinguish basic colors required. Near vision correctable at 13″ to 16″. Hearing (aid permitted).

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