Nationwide Children's Hospital

Dental Assistant (certified) - School Based Health

Posted Date 2 weeks ago(5/3/2021 10:44 AM)
Requisition ID
Allied Health


Certified Dental Assistant - School Based Health ** Must be Certified as a Dental Assistant in the State of Ohio** no exceptions


Provides efficient assistance for the dentist and/or dental hygienist and individualized instruction and guidance to all Dental Clinic patients, i.e. infants, children, adolescents and selected adults. Demonstrates competence defined (*) in Dental Assistant responsibilities in providing age-appropriate care and service to patients from the age of birth to 21 years, and selected adults.


Schedule: (Full-time, Benefits Eligible)  



Livingston Ambulatory Center

380 Butterfly Gardens Drive,

Columbus, OH 43205


Why Nationwide Children's Hospital?

The moment you walk through our doors, you can feel it. When you meet one of our patient families, you believe it. And when you talk with anyone who works here, you want to be part of it, too. Welcome to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where Passion Meets Purpose.

Here, Everyone Matters. We’re 13,000 strong. And it takes every single one of us to improve the lives of the kids we care for, and the kids from around the world we’ll never even meet. Kids who are living healthier, fuller lives because of the knowledge we share. We know it takes a Collaborative Culture to deliver on our promise to provide the very best, innovative care and to foster new discoveries, made possible by the most groundbreaking research. Anywhere.

Ask anyone with a Nationwide Children’s badge what they do for a living. They’ll tell you it’s More Than a Job. It’s a calling. It’s a chance to use and grow your talent to make an impact that truly matters. Because here, we exist simply to help children everywhere.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital. A Place to Be Proud


  • Assesses and reviews patient's dental charts prior to clinic to attune to the history and anticipated needs of the scheduled patient.
  • Assists in the physical preparation of patient, providing maximum comfort. Assists in explanation of routines and procedures to decrease or allay the patient's apprehensions.
  • Assists dentist and/or dental hygienist with proper instruments and materials needed in providing care and treatment to patients.
  • Takes, processes and mounts dental radiographs.
  • Maintains maximum aseptic techniques throughout each dental procedure according to Hospital and OSHA standards.
  • Assists dentists in the Operating Room and demonstrates knowledge of Operating Room procedures and techniques.
  • Assists dentists in the clinic with dental surgery performed under analgesia.
  • Assists dentists and/or orthodontist with instruments and appropriate materials needed for orthodontic procedures, and obtaining orthodontic diagnostic records.
  • Greets and escorts patients to the appropriate operative area, and assists in behavior management with patients.
  • Maintains neat and clean working area and restocks dental supplies.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of how to prepare for sterilization of all dental instruments and materials, according to established standards and procedures.
  • Anticipates possible emergency or crisis situations, directs and performs efficiently using sound judgment.
  • Participates in teaching, evaluating, and orienting dentists, dental residents, dental students, dental hygiene students, and new employees as prescribed by dental faculty and teaching program.
  • Maintains care of professional equipment and general supplies, reporting shortages to the Dental Clinic Supervisor.
  • Communicates with the Dental Supervisor and/or Director concerning activities of the clinic and patient care information.
  • Supports the Philosophy and Objectives, Policies and Procedures of Nationwide Children?s Hospital, and assists in interpreting these to patients, parents, visitors and the community.
  • Participates in research activities as directed, and incorporates recommendations from research into patient care activities.
  • Provides patients with post-operative care instructions.
  • Takes dental impressions when needed.
  • Shares in improvement in quality of patient care through participation in team conferences, keeps abreast of new equipment, procedures and current trends in dental assisting by attending demonstrations, in-service programs and workshops.
    • Attends all mandatory in services by hospital, ambulatory and dental clinic.
    • Completes mandatory Learning Center in-service when due.
    • Serves on hospital, ambulatory, dental clinic and/or clinic task forces.
    • Completes CPR in-service if required.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.




  • High school graduate.
  • Current certification as Dental Assistant.
  • Current license to practice dental radiography in State of Ohio.
  • Minimum of two year's experience as a chairside assistant.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Demonstrates ability to treat and teach healthy and medically compromised patients.
  • Possesses good manual dexterity.
  • Able to monitor nitrous oxide and patient after analgesia is administered.

Minimum Physical Requirements

  • Sitting Constantly (67-100%)
  • Talking on phone/in person Constantly (67-100%)
  • Typing on keyboard Occasionally (0-33%)
  • Standing/walking Frequently (34-66%)
  • Lifting up to 25 lbs. Occasionally (0-33%) 


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