Dental Assistant, Twin Cities, Minnesota

Created 11/25/2020
Reference 11383344
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Minnesota
City Twin Cities
Zip 55401
Salary Competitive
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Dental Assistants in the School of Dentistry provide chair side assistance to undergraduate students, residents, dental therapy and dental hygiene students and faculty as directed.
-Prepare and maintain instruments for assigned operatories.
-Direct students in the process of Dental Assisting utilization.
-Assist students with set up and take down.
-Responsible for daily, weekly, monthly maintenance of cubicles and radiographic areas as assigned.
-Stocking and maintaining supplies.
-Expose digital radiographs.
-Assist in a variety of clinic areas as assigned.
-Demonstrates knowledge of emergency procedures and equipment.
-Mentors Dental Assisting externs in clinic areas.
- Other duties as assigned

Hours of work may vary each day or week depending on location of work for that time. A normal day in most clinics would be working 7:45-4:30, but shifts may require an earlier or later start or end of a shift as directed by the supervisor.

**This position will assist in a variety of clinic areas within the School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota (General Dentistry, to include: Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Radiology, Urgent Care, Pediatrics, Endodontics, Oral Surgery, and Implant Dentistry)**

The Univeristy of Minnesota provides excellent benefits to Full Time Employees:
  • Health Insurance
  • Pharmacy Benefits
  • Dental Insurance
  • Wellness Program
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Plans
  • Academic Disability Program
  • Health Care and Dependent Daycare FSA
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability

Hourly Salary Range: $22.56 to $28.22 USD/hour


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: (must be documented on application materials)
  • Graduation from an accredited dental assisting course
  • Certified as a dental assistant (DANB). *Trainee option below
  • Current State of Minnesota Dental Assistant License. *New Graduate/Trainee option below
  • Current CPR Certification.
  • Chairside experience in General Dentistry and knowledge of dental procedures.
  • Must be able to multi task and adapt to changing work environment and work responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated/documented knowledge of digital radiography and its use.
  • Successful experience providing dental care to a diverse patient base.

* New Graduate/Trainee option:

New graduates who are offered a Dental Assistant position at the School of Dentistry are hired with the expectation of State of Minnesota Licensure** is obtained within 4 months of hire.

** State of Minnesota Licensure requires Minnesota Jurisprudence Exam, Dental Assistant Licensure Exam and Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Exam to apply for licensure.

Licensed Dental Assistants without DANB certification are encouraged to apply with expectation that DANB certification is obtained within 3 months of hire.

Please note that knowledge or experience in General Dentistry and of knowledge of some dental procedures is required. A possible phone/in person interview may be required to determine if an applicant has obtained the qualifications for the role.

  • At least one year experience as a Dental Assistant working in a dental office or clinic.
  • Experience in an academic institution or in training or teaching others such as Dental Assistant externs/interns, DDS, DH and DT students.
  • Experience in a busy Dental Clinic or practice atmosphere with multiple providers.
  • Ability to work with a variety of faculty, staff, residents and students and promote a respectful work place.
  • Experience demonstrating rubber dam/placement, assist in fabrication of impressions, and proper usage of dental cements/materials.
  • Experience in all areas of General Dentistry, to include: Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Radiology, Urgent Care, Pediatrics, Endodontics, Oral Surgery, and Implant Dentistry.
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of current dental procedures and materials
  • Broad experience with knowledge of procedures and in all areas of Dentistry.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, ability to work well in a team setting

About the Department

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry is the state's only dental school and the only dental school in the northern tier of states between Wisconsin and the Pacific Northwest. We are a regional resource to five states for dental education, consulting services, patient treatment, and ongoing continuing dental education.

The School of Dentistry educates general dentists, dental specialists, dental therapists, dental hygienists, dental educators and research-scientists. For more than two decades, we've offered specialty training in six ADA-recognized specialties: Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.

We also offer an advanced education program in TMD and orofacial pain, oral biology, dental hygiene, and oral health for older adults.

Dentists who are graduates of dental schools outside of the United States and Canada wishing to practice in the United States train here, as well. A novel, interdisciplinary Dentist-Scientist Training Program rounds out our educational offerings.

Our work affects nearly every person in Minnesota. We educate 73% of the state's practicing dentists, 68% of Minnesota's licensed dental therapists, and 49% of its dental hygiene educators. Our researchers develop and test dental materials used by every dentist in the state and around the world.

Our students and faculty treat patients: 105,260 patient-visits each year in our Twin Cities' campus clinics and 48,700 in outreach sites located in underserved communities throughout the state. We provide continuing dental education for 7,100 practicing dental professionals each year.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.
Employer University of Minnesota

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