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Job Title:  Dental Assistant
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  DQ-13-OE-832517

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$38,160.00 to $49,606.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 01, 2013 to Thursday, February 14, 2013
Part Time 64 hours - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Providence, RI United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional care that improves their health and well-being.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 832517 (Please include on all documents)

Be a member of our team providing compassionate health care to Veterans.  We are an employer of choice and a center of excellence in patient care, education, and research.We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. Go to for more information.

Our Medical Center is located in Providence, RI with outpatient clinics located in Middletown, RI, Hyannis and New Bedford, MA.  We provide high quality comprehensive outpatient and inpatient care to Veterans residing in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.  Rhode Island, also known as the Ocean State, offers a range of lifestyles to those seeking the advantages of an exciting city or a relaxing country setting.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.    

This Dental Assistant position is located in Dental Service and is a bargaining unit position.

**Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB).  The PSB is a peer review process.  The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual  accomplishments.** 

This is a part-time position.   The work schedule is Tuesday - Friday from 8:00am - 4:30pm.


  • You must be a US Citizen
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical examination
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English


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  • Records treatment and examination information in electronic patient records.
  • Prepares IMED consent in the electronic form for surgery.
  • Assists the dentist in many aspects of direct patient care and perform many other clinical and clerical functions. 
  • Receives and prepares patients for dental treatment and assists at the dentist chair side or in the operating room. 
  • Performs complex work in assigned specialties with the specialist in areas such as endodontics, oral surgery, prosthodontics and perditions. 
  • Prepares the operatory for patient treatment including the preparation of necessary and appropriate instruments, and medications.  Seats and drapes patients. 
  • Ensures patient verification, schedules and routes patients for services as required. 
  • Records information on prescriptions, looks up lab results for decisions regarding treatment options.
  • Prepares sterilized surgical, endodontic, prosthodontics and periodontal trays and packs instrument cassettes. 
  • Records information related to medical history and dental procedures and findings in computer programs.
  • Maintains patient confidentiality per HIPAA with written and verbal information.
  • Follows computer security regulations.  


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(From VHA Qualification Standards)

Basic Requirements

  • Citizenship.  Applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Experience. Six months experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work, or provides familiarity with the work.


  • Education  Successful completion of a 1 year dental assistant program  accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission  on Accreditation that included a coarse in radiation physics, radiation biology, radiation health, safety, and protection; X-ray films and radiographic film quality; radiographic techniques; dark room and processing techniques; and film mounting/ or practical nurse training approved by the appropriate State, territory, or District of Columbia accrediting body.


  • 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.

Alternative Provisions for Certification of Radiologic Competence:

      (a)  Successful completion of the Dental Radiation Health and Safety Examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.


      (b)  Successful completion of the education and training, including course work in radiation health and safety, described by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as fully qualifying for any grad level (copies of certificates of successful completion, plus transcripts or course descriptions of the required subjects must be filed in the employee's official personnel folder);                         


      (c)  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.  The Chief, Dental Service, will certify competency based on documentation of successful completion of this training, a copy of which will be filed in the personnel folder. 

IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, GS-6 REQUIRES:  One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in Federal Service that demonstrates the core competencies which includes:  knowledge of anatomy and radiological techniques; skills in operating dental radiographic machinery; knowledge of instruments, materials and standardized dental procedures used in all phases of restorative, surgical, endodontics, and periodontic care; knowledge of preventive dentistry measures to instruct patients in proper oral hygiene techniques; knowledge of dental laboratory procedures to begin the laboratory phase; basic knowledge of the computerized dental record and privacy requirements and knowledge of Occupational Safety & Health administration (OSHA) standards for clinical and laboratory operations.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSA's:       

  1. Knowledge of instruments, materials, and standardized dental procedures used in the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
  2. Knowledge of anatomy of the oral structures and an understanding of the surgical procedures performed.
  3. Advanced knowledge of Occupational, Safety & Health (OSHA) standards for clinical and laboratory operations.

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific.  We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.

Reference:  VA Qualification Standards (Handbook 5005) is available in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements.  Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without harm to themselves or others. Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.

Applicants Please Note:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be  credited toward qualifications.  Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S, Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:  http;//www/ed/gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

***If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send in a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcripts in order to receive credit for that education.***

Reference:  VA Qualifications Standards (Handbook 5005) is available in the local Human Resources  Office.


  • Subject to satisfactory completion of our credentialing process.
  • Selectee will be presented to a peer review board to determine final grade and salary.
  • Subject to a one year probationary period.
  • Position does not confer competitive status.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


When applying for Federal jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.) Additionally, Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow, widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application material.


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the responses you provide during a structured interview.  In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.
An incomplete application will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms).  Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.  We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software or fax transmissions.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at


Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  For additional information see VA Guide to Applying for VA Vacancies at   

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS. Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, February 14, 2013.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire  
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following 832517.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV), Resume or application.
  2. Online Questionnaire.
  3. If current or former Federal employee, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required)
  4. Proof of meeting educational requirement (unofficial transcript is acceptable for initial application. If selected you will be required to furnish an official transcript).
  5. Copy of licensure/certification if applicable.

Applicants claiming veteran's preference must submit the following:

  1. DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
  2. SF-15, Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference (if applicable).
  3. VA letter of service-connected disability rating (if applicable) dated 1991 or later.


Bruce Coski
Phone: (401)273-7100x4736
Agency Information:
VHA Providence VAMC
830 Chalkstone Ave
Providence, RI


After we receive your complete package (including all required documents) and if found qualified, you will be referred to the Selecting Official for consideration for an interview.   You may or may not be interviewed.
An electronic notification letter or e-mail will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address; otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.
Applicants who have never worked for the Federal Government will receive a tentative job offer. Applicants must complete an OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, prior to receiving a firm offer. This form is available at

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