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Job Title:Dental Assistant

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-438-13-KCB-916869

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

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$24,933.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year


Friday, July 05, 2013 to Friday, August 09, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Sioux Falls, SD United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 916869


Our mission: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.


How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

At the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS), we strive to hire only the best! Working with and for America's Veterans is a privilege and we pride ourselves on the quality of care we provide. In return for your commitment to quality health care for our nation's Veterans, the VA offers an incomparable benefits package.  Located in southeast South Dakota, Sioux Falls is a progressive family-oriented community, with an extremely low crime rate.  Four seasons with abundant recreation activities.  No state income tax.  The SFVAHCS is a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care service, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Care is provided to eligible veterans in eastern South Dakota, Northwestern Iowa, and Southwestern Minnesota. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and transitional care. The SFVAHCS is part of VA Midwest Healthcare System (VISN 23), which includes facilities in Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.
Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

The procedures outlined in AFGE Master Agreement, Article 23, Section 8 will be followed.  First consideration will be given to current Sioux Falls VAHCS employees.


  • U. S. Citizenship


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The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for a Full-time, Permanent, Dental Assistant. This position will be located in the Dental Service. The Dental Assistant assists the dentist in many aspects of direct patient care and performs other clinical and clerical functions independently of direct supervision. As a Dental Assistant, you are responsible for the following duties to include, but not limited to:

Chairside Assisting:

  • Sets up operatory and/or surgery suite for planned dental procedure and cleans dental unit for timely turnover
  • Passes instruments safely, accurately, and efficiently
  • Keeps operative field clear of debris and retracts oral tissues effectively and comfortably
  • Prepares dental medicaments and impression materials per manufacturer’s instructions
  • Accomplishes all intra-operative procedures within standard infection control protocols
  • Assists in routine general dental procedures
  • Assists in specialized dental procedures, such as oral maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, and surgical periodontics

Clerical Functions:

  • Assists patients in scheduling appointments
  • Assists in filling gaps in the doctor’s schedule due to late cancellations and failed appointments
  • Assists dentist in charting findings and treatment plans in patient records

Dental Laboratory Functions:

  • Pours impressions and prepares study models
  • Makes final denture impression trays and prepares bite rims
  • Performs other dental laboratory functions as time and skill levels allow

Direct Patient Care:

  • Remove sutures and removal of periodontal surgical dressing
  • Impressions for diagnostic casts and preliminary impressions for prosthetic fabrication
  • Remove temporary crown/bridge and clean tooth preparation of debris
  • Re-cement and fabricate temporary crowns
  • Coronal polishing of teeth
  • Place rubber dams and matrix bands
  • Provides post-operative and other appropriate patient education

Work Schedule: The tour of duty for this position is Monday - Friday, Days, Evenings, Weekends and Holidays may be required.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

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-03 up to GS-06. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's qualifications and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


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  • Citizen of the United States.
  • Experience and Education

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 Dental Accreditation (CODA).


Experience/Education Combination: Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying.


  • 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.

1. 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 Principles and Practice of Dental Radiology and Radiographic Safety courses and examinations developed by the Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Dentistry.


(c) Successful completion of a radiation health and safety program or examination approved by a state board of dentistry or the Department of Defense (DoD).

2. 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.

3. Certification in basic life support methods is highly desirable.

4. Certification by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes DANB as the national certification for Dental Assistants.  DANB certification is not required, but highly desirable for the appointment of Dental Assistants up to and including the full performance level, and is required for all positions above the full performance level.

English Language Proficiency: Dental assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, of VA Handbook 5005.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

GS-3: Experience or Education.  None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-4: Experience or Education.  In addition to the basic requirements, 1 year of experience at the next lower level, OR 2 years of education above high school that included completion of a dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

  1. Basic knowledge of infection control and safe instrument handling.
  2. Basic knowledge of dental procedures and medical emergencies.
  3. Ability to perform basic radiographic image capture and processing/retrieval.
  4. Basic knowledge of maintenance, care and storage of dental equipment.
  5. Basic knowledge of patient privacy requirements.

GS-5: Experience or Education In addition to the requirements listed at GS-4 above

Applicants must demonstrate at least 1 year of experience equivalent to at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level.


  1. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study that included or was supplemented by completion of a dental assistant program by CODA.
  2. In addition to meeting paragraph (1) or (2) above, the applicant must demonstrate the following KSA’s:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Knowledge of anatomy and [ability to evaluate diagnostic quality.
  2. Broad knowledge of common medical emergencies and vital signs measurement.
  3. Basic knowledge of instruments, materials and standardized dental procedures.
  4. Ability to learn and utilize software programs used within VHA.
  5. Basic communication skills to provide patient instructions according to established protocol.

GS-6:Experience: At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  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

Applicant's education, experience, and license/certification will be considered by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.


Reference: VA Handbook 5005/46, Part II, Appendix G36 Occupation Qualification Standard for Dental Assistant., VA QUALIFICATION STANDARD dated April 19, 2011.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Duties regularly require providing manual assistance in lifting and positioning patients. There are extensive periods of regular and recurring standing, walking, bending, lifting, pushing, reaching, and prolonged stretching to provide easy accessibility of instruments and supplies for the Dentist. Incumbent must be dexterous in passing instruments to Dentist without compromising principles of aseptic technique and in a manner requiring little or no effort from the Dentist.

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 towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only 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: 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 a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


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 question 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.
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.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions errors, or any other delays. You will not be contacted for missing, incomplete or clarification of information relating to your application materials.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

  • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
  • Applicant is subject to a pre-employment physical examination.
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
  • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year probationary period.


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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 .


VET PRO CREDENTIALING: Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. The candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use VetPro.

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

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


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Friday, August 09, 2013

To begin the process, click the "Apply Online" button on 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.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. 

Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, provides less room for error and more information as applications are processed. Mailed, emailed, or hand delivered applications will not be accepted.

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.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Please review the "Required Documents" area to ensure that all the required documents are faxed together with your application package.
  3. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: .
  4. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  5. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 916869.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, illegible, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing, incomplete, or illegible Social Security Number or name

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, August 09, 2013.


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

  1. Complete and current professional resume or CV. REQUIRED
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Obtain VA Form 10-2850c here) (THIS FORM NEEDS YOUR SIGNATURE, if you do not submit the required signed form, you will not be considered for this position.) REQUIRED
  3. OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment. You must complete this form to determine your suitability for Federal employment. (Obtain OF-306 here) REQUIRED
  4. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (Listed within the Application Manager program when you click on the "Apply Online" button) REQUIRED
  5. Copy of latest performance evaluation - All current and previous Federal Employees must provide their last or most recent performance evaluation with their application package. (If applicable)
  6. SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" - Attention all previous and current Federal Employees, you must provide your last or most recent SF-50, 'Notification of Personnel Action'. (If applicable)
  7. If prior military, you must submit a legible copy of ALL MEMBER 4, DD-214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.  Note: More than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service. Veteran preference will only be given when proper documentation is submitted. (If applicable)
  8. Disabled Veterans and other Veterans eligible for 10-point preference must also submit an SF-15 with current proof of a service-connected disability. 10-point preference will only be given when proper documentation is submitted. (Obtain SF-15 here) (If applicable)
  9. VA Civil Service Preference Letter - If applying for 10-point Veterans preference using an SF-15 you must also include a copy of your VA Civil Service Preference Letter. A VA Civil Service Preference Letter can be obtained from the nearest VBA Regional Office. (If applicable)

Notice to all applicants: Failure to provide all required documents may result in loss of consideration for this vacancy. If a determination is made that your application package is incomplete, you may receive no further consideration for this job announcement. You must provide the information listed above if it applies. Credit will not be given if proofs of qualifications are not received. Requests for reconsideration of ratings may not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. You will not be contacted to provide missing information or to clarify conflicting information. 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Friday, August 09, 2013.


Kristl Bryant
Phone: (605)336-3230x6852
Agency Information:
VHA Sioux Falls HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
2501 West 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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