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Date: Apr 6, 2021

Location: OCALA, FL, US, 34471

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Requisition No: 307462 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: DENTAL ASSISTANT - 64063892

Position Number: 64063892 

Salary:  $21,532.94 - $26,500.00 

Posting Closing Date: 04/29/2021 



This position requires that you have, or will you have within 2 months, your Florida dental radiology certificate.


Preference will be given to individuals who have, or will you have within 2 months, your Florida expanded duty certificate and graduated from an accredited dental assisting school.



Duties and Responsibilities:



  • Expanded duties as licensed by the board of Professional Regulations for Certified Dental Assistant.
  • Will polish clinical crowns of teeth.
  • Will apply topical fluoride gels and varnish.
  • Will place temporary restorations.
  • Will place sealants.
  • Will remove sutures.
  • Will fabricate temporary crowns, pack cord and cement temporary crowns.



  • Will review medical history with the patient/guardian and take blood pressure as indicated by clinic policy.
  • Will complete the signs and symptoms (S) and objective data (O) of the SOAP notes and write up in computer notes
  • Will utilize proper barrier techniques as per OSHA guidelines. 
  • Will utilize proper barrier techniques including chin length face shield.
  • Will pass instruments while correctly retracting tongue and/or cheek; and while suctioning.
  • Will coordinate assisting methods, activities and actions with actions of the dentist.
  • Will adjust equipment and light source as needed by the dentist.
  • Will mix restorative materials and cements.
  • Will perform other duties as required by the dentist or clinic supervisor.
  • Will be prepared for a medical emergency in the dental clinic, alert the dentist in the clinic, call 911, alert the dental clinic supervisor and complete necessary paperwork.
  • Will obtain the necessary emergency equipment and supplies as directed by the dentist and provide the assistance necessary in an emergency and in the emergency drills. Perform CPR if necessary.



  • Instruments and equipment out and in place ready before the patient arrives.
  • Will maintain adequate inventory of supplies and equipment.
  • Will generate supplies and equipment requests as needed
  • Must be able to lift at least 10 pounds.



  • Will maintain Radiographic Certification as licensed by the Board of Professional Regulations.
  • Will properly utilize ScanX phosphoretic plates and the Eaglesoft software.



  • Will understand and follow CDC protocol contained in the Infection Control Manual.
  • Will properly clean and sterilize instruments following dental clinic procedures.
  • Will utilize proper barrier techniques during cleaning and sterilizing.
  • Will clean and disinfect counters and environmental surfaces following dental clinic procedures.
  • Will test autoclave with biological indicators and keep a log of results.
  • Will clean autoclave as assigned
  • Will remove trash and replace liners in cans as necessary.
  • Will clean chair suction traps and suction tubing, and central trap as directed.
  • Will dispose of biomedical waste in red bags and sharps as per FL DOH and CDC guidelines.



  • Will understand materials and use dental materials per FL DOH and manufacturer guidelines.
  • Will maintain an organized well-maintained storage area both for bulk storage and in the individual carts/rooms, with the lot number.
  • Will maintain an inventory so that the proper amount of supplies are ordered to maximize the effective date and ordered at the proper Threshold so that items do not run out.
  • Will properly handle and dispose of all dental materials including sharps.
  • Will check the eye wash stations once per month and maintain a log with results.
  • Will properly maintain emergency kit/equipment and keep a log with results.
  • Will keep lab area clean and organized.
  • Will pour models, polish acrylic lab work under the direct supervision of the dentist.
  • Will observe proper infection control procedures in the lab and sterilization areas.
  • Will complete lab prescriptions and alert the front desk staff of a pending lab case.



  • At the discretion of the dental supervisor and under their supervision, demonstrate the use of dental materials
  • and/or techniques to dental assisting students
  • May need to give health fairs or school presentations as directed.
  • May need to perform expanded duty functions and assist with head start school-based program and assist with the school based program in local schools.



  • Answer phone, route calls, gives information, make/change appointments
  • Confirm appointments.
  • Greet clients, determine eligibility, process needed papers and documents.
  • Provide appointment reminders, school excuses/work excuses.
  • Complete dental encounter forms and help with tallying them for processing end of day report and for fiscal.
  • Will complete lab prescriptions and alert the front desk staff of a pending lab case.
  • Will complete referrals and medical consults, and alert the front desk staff to finish the referral, add to the referral log and follow up on them as needed.
  • Complete assigned computer tasks
  • Complete training as directed
  • Complete EARS Forms and time entries.
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the dental clinic supervisor.


Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

  • Must have a Florida Radiology certificate and Expanded duty certificate.
  • Must maintain an active CPR card.
  • Must have a working knowledge of standard dental procedures, techniques and material used in the dental clinic.
  • Must have a working knowledge of OSHA standards, dental infection control and hazardous dental materials.
  • Must have a positive, helpful attitude toward dental director, dentist, students, other staff, patients and their families.
  • Must be able to work in a neat and organized manner.
  • Must be able to follow directions given by dental supervisors.
  • Must be able to prioritize and organize job duties.
  • Must be able to work well with others, including completing necessary work.
  • Must be able to work in a busy clinic.
  • Must be able to work independently and interdependently.
  • Must be able to work with, including teaching and demonstrating, students as directed by the dentist.
  • Must be able to explain directions and answer appropriate questions clearly and concisely.
  • Must be able to greet patients, process paperwork, and enter information into the Eaglesoft electronic oral health record.
  • Must be able to complete a Word document and an Excel spreadsheet with a given set of information.
  • Must be alert to the activities of the clinic and patient care.



**NOTE:  Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process. **


This position requires a security background check and participation in direct deposit.


Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.


Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website:


If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.


The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility. 



Department of Health Career Service employees enjoy the following benefits:

•        State of Florida Retirement package - 3% employee contribution required

•        9 Annual paid holidays

•        Ability to earn 104 hours of paid Annual Leave (annually)

•        Ability to earn 104 Hours of paid Sick Leave (annually)

•        Health insurance for individual or family coverage

•        Life insurance

•        Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, disability, etc.

•        Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available

•        Tuition waiver available


Your take home pay can be significantly influenced by your insurance premiums.  Compare your current premium with the State of Florida employee premiums!


Monthly employee premium for the standard PPO/HMO:

Single coverage is $50

Family coverage is $180


Monthly employee premium for the High Deductible Health Plan PPO/HMO:

Single coverage is $15

Family coverage is $64.30

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Ocala