Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship:Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. 7403(f). Experience and Education: (1) Experience.Six months experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work, or provides familiarity with the work. OR, (2) Education. Successful completion of a 1-year dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). OR (3) Experience/Education Combination.Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. Certification. Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75. Essentially, they must 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 be certified as radiographers in their field.Successful completion of the Dental Radiation Health and Safety Examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.; OR Successful completion of the Principles and Practice of Dental Radiology and Radiographic Safety courses and examinations developed by the Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Dentistry; OR Successful completion of a radiation health and safety program or examination approved by a state board of dentistry or the Department of Defense (DoD). Exception: Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for certification of radiologic competence may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate dental assistant under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain certification during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This will result in removal from the GS-681 series and may result in termination of employment.Note: If certified, a copy of your certification should be provided at time of application. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: GS-06 (Full Performance Level): Experience.At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
1.Ability to identify normal oral anatomy.
2.Advanced knowledge of instruments, materials, and standardized dental procedures used in all phases of restorative, surgical, endodontic and periodontal care and procedures.
3.Ability to monitor and perform basic interpretation of vital signs.
4.Ability to independently provide procedure-specific patient education and appropriate referral of patient concerns to treating dentist.
5.Ability to capture standard and special dental images of good diagnostic quality in traditional or digital formats.
6.Ability to perform maintenance on dental equipment used for routine and specialty dentistry.
7.Ability to enter and retrieve data utilizing electronic dental records.
8.Ability to perform dental assistant-appropriate laboratory procedures (KSAs must be clearly reflected in resume under description of duties in order to be found qualified for this position/grade level, please be specific in describing duties performed which demonstrate that you possess the KSAs required for this position/grade level, we may not make assumptions regarding your experience). References:VA Handbook 5005/46, Part II, Appendix G36. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-6.Physical Requirements: Moderate Lifting (up to 44 Lbs.); Moderate Carrying (up to 44 lbs.); Use of fingers; Both hands required; Standing for up to 3 hours; Climbing step stool - occasional; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Good Distant Vision in one eye and the ability to read, without strain, printed material the size of typewritten characters (Glasses permitted); Both eyes required (vision in one eye); Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Ability to Hear conversational voice (Hearing Aid permitted); Mental and Emotional stability required.
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