Dental Hygienist

Department Of Veterans Affairs Muskogee , OK 74403

Posted 2 months ago



This Job Opportunity Announcement will be used to fill Dental Hygienist, GS-0682-5/6/7/8/9 position in Dental Service with Eastern Oklahoma VA Healthcare System, Muskogee, OK.

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  • Accepting applications

  • Open & closing dates

12/14/2021 to 09/30/2022

  • Salary

$44,404 - $87,464 per year

  • Pay scale & grade

GS 00 - 9

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  • Muskogee, OK Many vacancies

  • Telework eligible


  • Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • You may be expected to travel for this position.
  • Relocation expenses reimbursed


  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule


  • Service


  • Promotion potential


  • Job family (Series)

0682 Dental Hygiene

  • Supervisory status


  • Security clearance


  • Drug test


  • Position sensitivity and risk

Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

  • Trust determination process



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This job is open to

  • Internal to an agency

Current federal employees of this agency.

Clarification from the agency

This Job Opportunity Announcement is open to current, permanent employees of VA Eastern Oklahoma HCS ONLY.




This is an Open & Continuous announcement that will remain open until filled. The first review of applicants will be 12/21/21 and bi-weekly thereafter.

Employees at this level serve as staff dental hygienists at the full performance level, receiving little to no guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex patient issues. Employees plan, coordinate, and conduct preventive oral health programs for various patient groups; develop and modify instructional methods; and develop methods for evaluating the effectiveness of the preventive dentistry program. Employees work closely with, and under the general direction of a dentist or dental specialist. The Dental Hygienist provides direct patient care under the general supervision of the dentist and performs other clinical and clerical functions independently of direct supervision. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Shows courtesy, respect, and a positive attitude for patients, co-workers and the public

  • Provides assistance to customers with questions or concerns, provides service recovery.

  • Ability to answer patient and family questions about dental eligibility

  • Reviews medical/dental history and consults medical/dental providers as necessary

  • Sets up operatory for planned dental procedure and cleans dental unit for timely turnover and

  • always adheres to universal precautions.

  • Handles instruments safely, accurately, and efficiently.

  • Provides routine oral prophylactic care to include application of fluoride solutions and resins.

  • Provides gross debridement, scaling and root planning procedures, mechanical and laser curettage

  • procedures as indicated and with equipment availability.

  • Cleans dental prostheses; fixed and removable.

  • Manages dental recall system as directed by management.

  • Applies desensitizing and sealant materials, and sulcular antibiotics and antimicrobials per

  • direction of dentist.

  • Makes impressions for fluoride carrier trays, study models and night guards.

  • Administers topical and local anesthetic agents, monitors dental assistant polishing as necessary, accomplishes periodontal probing as necessary, accomplishes all procedures within standard infection control protocols, dental assisting duties as necessary, provides local anesthesia as necessary.

  • Provides patient education appropriate to the Veteran's needs and oral conditions.

  • Images are characterized by diagnostic quality, accurately oriented and exposed using digital intra-oral radiography, panoramic image, and working knowledge of the digital systems Planmeca, Midmark, and MIPACS Software.

  • Instruments are prepared in a manner that does not delay clinical care and demonstrates proper infection control procedures in exposing images.

  • Clerical duties as needed.

Work Schedule: Monday

  • Friday, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm (4-day work week)


Telework: Not Available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Title/Functional Statement #:Dental Hygienist/PD000000

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)

  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Personnel


NOTE: Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS. To qualify for appointment as a dental hygienist, all applicants must possess the following:

  • Citizenship. Be a Citizen of the United States. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with [38 U.S.C 7407(a), Administrative Provisions for Section 7405 and 7406 Appointments.]

  • Education. Applicants must possess an Associate degree or higher from an accredited dental hygiene program. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved programs are:

  • Dental hygiene programs accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

  • Education completed outside of the United States must be considered at least equivalent to that gained in CODA accredited United States programs and would enable the candidate to sit for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination, which is administered by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations.]

  • Licensure. Applicants must be currently licensed to practice as a dental hygienist with a full, current and unrestricted license in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

  • Certification. P.L. 97-35, Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act Of 1981, requires persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 C.F.R. Part 75, Standards for the Accreditation of Educational Programs for and the Credentialing of Radiologic Personnel. To meet this requirement, 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. Accredited dental hygiene programs contain curriculum addressing radiologic procedures meets the requirement for certification as dental radiographers.

  • English Language Proficiency. Dental hygienist candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7403(f).

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:

Dental Hygienist, GS-05

Experience. None, beyond the basic requirements.

Dental Hygienist, GS-06

Experience. At least one year of experience at the next lower grade level.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Knowledge of oral prophylactic, therapeutic, and preventive procedures for periodontal diseases, or inflammation, or on patients with other medical and/or dental problems.

Knowledge of dental methods and techniques used in performing intra and extra oral procedures.

Ability to use communication techniques to encourage and inform individuals and groups

Dental Hygienist, GS-07

Experience. At least one year of experience at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Knowledge of oral pathology to include disease of the hard and soft tissues, disorders of tooth structure, developmental and congenital anomalies, salivary gland disorders, symptoms of infectious disorders, and appropriate protocols.

Practical knowledge of medical diseases, conditions, and chronic degenerative diseases as they relate to dental health and treatment.

Knowledge of radiographic exposure techniques to produce radiographs of high diagnostic quality.

Dental Hygienist, GS-08

Experience. At least one year of experience at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. In addition to meeting the KSAs for the GS-07 level, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Knowledge of state-of-the-art preventive dentistry measures for patient instruction and training. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology in order to interpret the examination request accurately; to understand the functioning and interrelationship of the various anatomical structures appearing on the radiographic image and the various stages of the examination to judge the acceptability of the radiograph for diagnostic use; and to present for viewing.

Knowledge of The Joint Commission (TJC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and related regulations and guidelines pertaining to dental matters.

Skill in providing individual and group oral health care instructions to inpatients, outpatients, Nursing Home Care Unit patients, etc

Dental Hygienist, GS-09

Experience. At least one year of experience at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. In addition to meeting the KSAs for the GS-8 level, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  • Knowledge of hygiene procedures to explain the process and indication, complications and expected treatment outcomes for each.

  • Knowledge of proper usage of dental radiography equipment, radiation safety, assessment of proper image capture and interpretation of films.

  • Knowledge to select appropriate available fluoride products and indications/limitations for safe and proper application.

  • Skill in detecting plaque and calculus, dental abnormalities/pathologies, assessing inflammation and providing safe instrumentation for each procedure.

  • Skill in educating patients and caregivers on periodontal disease, wellness, health maintenance, oral hygiene practices, parafunctional habits, and effects of illness, addictions, medications and tobacco on the oral cavity.

  • Ability to assess the patient's medical, dental, anxiety/phobias, medications and comorbidities to administer safe patient care.

  • Ability to assess the impact of patient's medical and dental condition on maintaining oral health, recognize age-related changes in individual patients, adapt patient environment, and maximize patient's physical comfort.

References: VA Handbook 5005/146, Part II, Appendix G37

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09. The grade at which you can be appointed is GS-05 to GS-09

Physical Requirements:Work is generally sedentary. Flexibility is required to accommodate events and activities occurring in other than normal duty hours. Mobility is required in terms of staging and assisting staff with equipment and other required materials.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Covid: As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law[ by November 22, 2021]. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination [before your start date.] by November 22, 2021. Or. Per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, 2 weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or that has been listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization. For Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or AstraZeneca/Oxford, full vaccination is 2 weeks after receiving the second dose in a 2-dose series. For Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen, full vaccination is 2 weeks after an employee has received a single dose.HR Office staff must verify your vaccination status prior to issuing a final offer of employment and before you report for New Employee Orientation. [In addition, new hires must show vaccination documentation and submit their completed VA FORM 10230, COVID-19 Vaccination Form, to VA HR staff when reporting for New Employee Orientation. HR staff will upload vaccination information in the VA

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, rsum, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

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; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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Dental Hygienist

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