Job Overview


Chillicothe, Ohio is nestled in the beautiful hills of Ross County. Chillicothe is blessed with an abundance of historical and recreational opportunities. There are five state parks within a 30-minute drive. Strong schools and affordable housing make Chillicothe a great place to live and work. The small town charm of this city is perfectly complimented by easy access to Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati for those seeking city amenities.

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?

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 providemany other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to GS-6. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience 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.

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.

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


This Dental Assistant position is located in Dental Service at the VA Medical Center, Chillicothe, OH. This Dental Assistant position will be responsible for performing the duties in a hospital-based dental clinic. Assists in management of patient treatment. As directed by the dentist, the assistant will take digital radiographs and enter examination and treatment plan information into the dental record. He/she enters appropriate CPT and Diagnosis codes used in the progress note documentation. The dental assistant will triage patients to determine the urgency of appointments being scheduled. He/she assures proper disposition of patient is related to the clerk for appropriate scheduling. Assures that appropriate disposition is communicated to the patient. The major duties, but not limited to:

·         Employee may be required to pour stone models from and perform other minor types of dental laboratory procedures to assist the dentist prosthodontically.

·         Incumbent to enter data into excel spreadsheets or other Microsoft program.

·         Performs any other procedure in line with established dental assisting techniques, including acting as a receptionist when needed. Has knowledge of the computerized dental record and privacy requirements related to the maintenance and restriction of release of information from the patients record. Assists in data collection for the Homeless Dental Program. Participates in Homeless Standown.

·         Uses, maintains and stores dental equipment and materials in a clean and operative condition. Properly stores adequate levels of supplies in the treatment rooms. If, at any time, the incumbent notices any supplies running low in the supply room, he/she immediately notifies the responsible person so that supplies can be reordered. Properly lays out all instruments and materials needed for each treatment procedure and prepares the patient and operatory for said procedures, strictly adhering to all pertinent infection control policies and procedures.

·         Assists dentists, consultants, residents and students’ chair-side in all phases of general dentistry including specialized areas of prosthodontics (fixed and removable), endodontic, oral surgery, and implant procedures utilizing techniques of four handed dentistry where indicated and appropriate. Anticipates the operator’s need at each stage of the procedure, performs the following: passes instruments and materials to and retrieves them from the dentist; illuminates the operative field, retracts and stabilizes tissues, keeps operative field free of debris using irrigating solutions, suction tips and evacuator, applies force to chisel and cuts sutures. Takes alginate impressions, mixes various types of dental materials according to manufacturer’s instructions Helps apply rubber dam and place cotton rolls to isolate operative site during restorative treatment.

·         When surgical procedures are being performed, the incumbent assists the dentist, resident, student or consultant while the patient is under local anesthesia which include: simple and complex extractions including full and partial bony impactions; reductions of tori and tuberosities (pre-prosthetic surgeries); endosseous implant placement; apicoectomies; removal of stones in the salivary gland ducts; osseous and other periodontal surgeries including oral graft procedures and excisional biopsies. Assists in monitoring patients by noting vital signs. Adheres to necessary aseptic precautions and infection control procedures throughout treatment.

·         Following surgery, debrides the surgical site, prepares surgical dressings and removes contaminated instruments and materials. Assures that proper post-operative instructions are communicated to the patient prior to their departure. Packages tissue specimen and routes to pathology laboratory.

Tour of Duty: This position may require evenings and/or weekends.

Licensure/Certificate: Must possess an active Dental Radiographer's License. An active CPR certification preferred but not required.

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