Dental Assistant

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Jul 12, 2017
Jul 19, 2017
Full Time

The Defense Health Agency, National Capital Region Medical Directorate (NCR-MD) is the future of Military Medicine- a partnership in World Class Medical Healthcare. The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Dilorenzo Clinic and the Joint Pathology Center, provide world class medical services to the nation's service members and their families.

About the Position:
This position is locates at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Department of Dental Service, Hospital Dentistry. Contacts are with patients, family members and employees in the clinic, operating room and hospital (i.e., laboratory personnel, nurses, anesthetists, surgeons, etc.), as well as outside business contacts. Work is performed in an oral and maxillofacial surgery clinic and operating room. Exposure to infectious and contagious diseases is possible. Work involves regular and recurring exposure to radiation and anesthetic agents.

Who May Apply: US Citizens

  • Not Required

  • No


In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. 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; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. ;

Radiology Certification: Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75. Essentially, they must (1) 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 (2) be certified as radiographers in their field. The following meet these requirements:

(1) Persons employed by the Federal Government as radiologic personnel prior to the effective date of the regulation (January 13, 1986) who show evidence of current or fully satisfactory performance or certification of such from a licensed practitioner such as a doctor of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, podiatry, or chiropractic who prescribes radiologic procedures to others.

(2) Persons first employed by the Federal Government as radiologic personnel after the effective date of the regulation who (a) received training from institutions in a State or foreign jurisdiction that did not accredit training in that particular field at the time of graduation, or (b) practiced in a State or foreign jurisdiction that did not license that particular field or did not allow special eligibility to take a licensure examination for those who did not graduate from an accredited educational program, provided such persons show evidence of training, experience, and competence, as determined by OPM or the employing agency.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes: taking pre-operative radiographs and/or impressions; setting up instruments and equipment for surgical procedures; handing appropriate instruments to oral surgeon in the operating room; and sterilizing and decontaminating surgical instrumentation. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-05).

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

  • Equipment Preparation and Maintenance
  • Pre- and post-procedural Instruction
  • Procedural and Diagnostic Support

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - and

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please submit your foreign education evaluation with your application.

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Tier 3 (T3) security clearance.
  • This position requires the incumbent to have tuberculosis testing.
  • This position has mandatory seasonal influenza vaccination requirements and is subject to annual seasonal influenza vaccinations unless otherwise exempted for medical or religious reasons.
  • This position requires that you obtain and maintain a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.

Not Applicable


As a Dental Assistant you will, assist dentist in oral maxillofacial procedures performed in the hospital operating room and in the dental clinic. Receive and schedule patients for treatment in dental clinics and hospital operating rooms. Obtain and record information related to medical history of patient, routes patients for medical tests and services. Prepare dental clinic operating room for any of several different types of operations such as dental extractions, facial bone fracture reductions, incision and drainage of infections and biopsies, obtains necessary supplies and equipment and selects proper instruments for the specific surgery. Perform a variety of scrub duties in preparation for intra-oral and extra-oral procedures, i.e., laying out necessary instruments, materials and medications for use by the dentist, preparing patient for surgery, mixing materials for impressions. Provide oral hygiene instruction. Clean and sterilize materials, instruments and equipment. Maintain dental equipment in a clean and operative condition.

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