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East Tennessee State University

Title Code: 5075 

Occ. Group: 111.003 

Dental Clinic Assistant

Expectations for All Employees

East Tennessee State University pursues its mission based upon core values. An employee's job performance must support and exhibit the university's core values:

PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential;
RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity and trust;
of people and thought is respected;
is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic;
is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.


Employees in this class are under general supervision. Work performed in managing the operation of the dental clinic used in training dental hygienist and performing related work as required. 

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Prepares dental clinic for daily operation.

Prepares records for new patients and maintains records for existing patients.

Establishes and follows a regular schedule of routine maintenance for dental equipment.

Calls dental equipment repair service when major repairs on dental equipment are necessary.

Conducts dental clinic orientation sessions for new students entering the dental hygienist program.

Receives money from patients paying their fees, records receipt of this money, and turns the money into the cashier's office.

Greets patients, answers telephone, schedules appointments for patients, maintains record of appointments, and answers general questions about the clinic for patients.

Performs other work as assigned. 

Required Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of modern dental office practices, procedures, and equipment.

Knowledge of business English and arithmetic.

Ability to keep records and make reports.

Ability to evaluate situations and make decisions.

Ability to establish and follow a routine maintenance schedule of dental equipment.

Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with the public and other employees. 

Recommended Qualifications

Applicants possessing these qualifications have a good probability for success in this class. However, applicants not possessing these qualifications should apply if they believe their training and experience will enable them to perform the work successfully. Graduation from a standard high school. Completion of courses involving dental assisting and equipment maintenance. Experience in related work. 

  Date     Skill         Eval             
6/1/83        4      422022132

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position.

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