Dental Assistant
Job Type

General Summary:   

The Unlicensed Dental Assistant is under the supervision of a licensed dentists and is responsible 

for a wide range of task. The Unlicensed Dental Assistant will prepare patients for treatment or checkups. Perform 

basic supportive dental procedures and set up instruments and equipment needed for procedures and keep 


 Summary of Essential Duties: (*Essential Functions)

  • Prepares patient, sterilize or disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials, or assist dentist during dental procedures 
  • Prepares patient for dental treatment by welcoming, comforting seating, and draping patient 
  • Educates patients by giving oral hygiene, plaque control, and postoperative instructions.  
  • Ensures operation of dental equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirement; call for repairs, when necessary  
  • Records treatment information in patient records 
  • Takes and records medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients 
  • Assists dentist in management of medical or dental emergencies  
  • Provides postoperative instructions prescribed by dentist 
  • Instructs patients in oral hygiene and plaque control programs 
  • Orders and monitors dental supplies and equipment inventory 

Job Specifications: (Knowledge, skills, abilities and experience normally required for competent performance)

Education and Knowledge 

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required 
  • Completion of a CODA-accredited dental assisting programs in the United States required 
  • Require knowledge of dental/office equipment, and dental/medical terminology 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety, infection control & emergency policies and procedures 
  • Proof of completing all of the following:  
  • A California Board-approved course in the California Dental Practice Act, AND 
  • A California Board-approved course in infection control, AND  
  • An AHA or ARC-approved course in BLS which includes hands-on simulated clinical scenarios 


  • Must have minimum of three year experience as Unlicensed Dental Assistant 
  • Must be able to work independently within scope of assigned task with minimum supervision 

Skills and Abilities 

· Effectively, in English, both verbally and written. 

· Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and project management skills 

· Bilingual and Bi-literate English/Spanish preferred 

Licensure and Certifications 

  • CPR/BLS Certification 
  • Dental Assistant Certificate