Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Dental Assistant in Butler, Pennsylvania

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The Butler VA Healthcare System Dental Clinic is currently recruiting a Dental Assistant. The Dental Assistant assists the dentist in many aspects of direct patient care and performs other clinical and clerical functions independently of direct supervision. If selected at the career developmental level, it is expected they receive guidance from more experienced staff members for complex patient issues and would require daily and direct close supervision.

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The incumbent serves as a Dental Assistant in the Dental Section, Chief of Staff Program, in the Butler VA Medical Center.

The incumbent works closely with the dentist in the provision of care to veterans and will perform the following clinical duties: Performs chair-side assistance duties in all phases of prosthodontic, surgical, endodontics, and periodontal treatment with special emphasis in clinical four-handed sit-down dentistry techniques; Operates digital dental x-ray equipment to take intra and extra oral radiographs; Relays dentist's instructions to the patient for post treatment care, instructs patient in brushing and flossing techniques, care of prosthodontic appliances and common causes of oral disease; Pours and trims models from impressions, constructs custom impression trays, base plates and bite rims; And knowledge of instruments, materials, and standardized dental procedures used in all phases of restorative, prosthodontic, oral surgical, endodontic, and periodontal treatment provided in general dentistry to make preparations and provide chair-side assistance .

The incumbent will also perform the following non-clinical duties: Documentation of treatment modalities and diagnostic procedures utilizing a computerized patient record system and hand-written formats/patient records; Faxes and copies reports forms; Schedule appointments for patients by notifying them and facilitating appointments so that the patient can obtain the benefit of timely clinical response with Dental and/or other clinics; process consultations and charts for patients that transfer to another VA Medical Center or Community Agency; And handle incoming calls directing the patient to the proper person. Screens calls for emergency dental needs.

Duties and Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:

  • Performs chair-side assistance duties in all phases of prosthodontic, surgical, endodontics, and periodontal treatment with special emphasis in clinical four-handed sit-down dentistry techniques.
  • Operates digital dental x-ray equipment to take intra and extra oral radiographs. Skill in operating and adjusting digital dental x-ray equipment. Knowledge of dental anatomy and body structure of face to take diagnostic dental radiographs.
  • Relays dentist's instructions to the patient for post treatment care, instructs patient in brushing and flossing techniques, care of prosthodontic appliances and common causes of oral disease. Knowledge of preventive dentistry measures to instruct patients in the common causes of decay and in oral hygiene practices; e.g., brushing and flossing.
  • Knowledge of and skill in detecting signs of syncope, shock or other reactions to dental treatment. Observes patient for adverse reactions to treatment.
  • Maintains an aseptic operatory environment and provides sterilized instruments and equipment.
  • Prepares and sends instruments and equipment for cleaning and sterilization.
  • Receives sterilized supplies and surgical packs of instruments and maintains their integrity until use.
  • Properly stores and maintains adequate levels of supplies. Work Schedule: Fulltime. Normal working hours are M-F, 7:30am-4:00pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Virtual: No Telework: No Relocation/Recruitment Incentive: No
Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0681 Dental Assistant

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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

**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

Experience and Education: 1. Experience. Six months experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work, or provides familiarity with the work. OR, 2. Education. Successful completion of a 1-year dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation. OR, 3. Experience/Education Combination. 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.(1) Provisions for Certification of Radiologic Competence: 1. Successful completion of the Dental Radiation Health and Safety Examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.; OR, 2. 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. OR, 3. Successful completion of a radiation health and safety program or examination approved by a state board of dentistry or the Department of Defense (DoD). **Preferred Experience:

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.

**Grade Determinations:

GS-3: Experience and Education: None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-4: Experience or Education: In addition to the basic requirements, 1 year of experience at the next lower level, OR 2 years of education above high school that included completion of a dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): * Basic knowledge of infection control and safe instrument handling. * Basic knowledge of dental procedures and medical emergencies. * Ability to perform basic radiographic image capture and processing/retrieval. * Basic knowledge of maintenance, care and storage of dental equipment. * Basic knowledge of patient privacy requirements. GS-5:Experience or Education: In addition to the requirements listed at GS-4 above, applicants must demonstrate at least 1 year of experience equivalent to at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level or successful completion of a full 4-year course of study that included or was supplemented by completion of a dental assistant program by CODA.

In addition to meeting paragraph (1) or (2) above, the applicant must demonstrate the following KSA's: * Knowledge of anatomy and ability to evaluate diagnostic quality. * Broad knowledge of common medical emergencies and vital signs measurement. * Basic knowledge of instruments, materials and standardized dental procedures. * Ability to learn and utilize software programs used within VHA. * Basic communication skills to provide patient instructions according to established protocol. GS-6: 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: * Ability to identify normal oral anatomy. * Advanced knowledge of instruments, materials, and standardized dental procedures used in all phases of restorative, surgical, endodontic and periodontal care and procedures. * Ability to monitor and perform basic interpretation of vital signs. * Ability to independently provide procedure-specific patient education and appropriate referral of patient concerns to treating dentist. * Ability to capture standard and special dental images of good diagnostic quality in traditional or digital formats. * Ability to perform maintenance on dental equipment used for routine and specialty dentistry. * Ability to enter and retrieve data utilizing electronic dental records. * Ability to perform dental assistant-appropriate laboratory procedures **References: VA Handbook 5005/46, Part II, Appendix G36, Dental Assistant Qualification Standard, dated April 19, 2011.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to GS-6.

**Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary but involves fine motor movements when assisting. Typically, the employee sits at a desk or table or on adjustable stool in the treatment room with some walking and standing as patients are seated or clean and dirty dental instruments area. Items carried are typically light objects and lifting of moderately heavy objects is not normally required.

Compliance with infection control standards is mandatory and involves use of disinfectant solutions and wipes containing disinfectants with appropriate protective attire. Surgical scrub suits are used daily with impermeable gowns required when aerosols are present. The environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, and dental treatment rooms with sharp instruments, disinfectant chemicals, Bunsen burners.


IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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Additional information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • OF-306
  • VA Form 10-2850
  • Resume

All current and prior federal employees (to include current facility employees) must submit their most recent SF-50 clearly displaying the Job Series, Grade and Step.

Failure to submit this document will constitute the application being categorized as incomplete and therefore ineligible for referral

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The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
  • OF-306
  • VA Form 10-2850
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 10/26/2018 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

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Chrystina Rutter




VA Butler Healthcare 353 North Duffy Road Butler, PA 16001 US

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/11/2018 to 10/26/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 3 - 6

Salary: $27,274 to $49,635 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time