Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Dental Assistant in Louisville, Kentucky

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Louisville, KY
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (7 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN)1825158

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.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With openings in multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is the VA 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. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

The Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) improves the health of our veterans by providing a continuum of care through an integrated health care delivery system. We are a tertiary care facility classified as a level 1c facility affiliated with the University of Louisville, as such integrates teaching, research, and advanced patient care, making it an attractive academic medical center. The facility offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services, using state-of-the-art technology and innovative programs, as well as education and research benefits to Veterans residing in 40 counties in central and western Kentucky and in southern Indiana.

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

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to


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.

Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is 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.


You will serve as a Staff Dental Assistant (DA) within the Dental Service of the Robley Rex VA Medical Center (VAMC). The DA will provide routine patient care and a full range of duties with indirect supervision from the dental supervisor or the treating dentist. Below is a sample breakdown of duties:

Digital Radiology

Utilization of digital radiology equipment to produce diagnostic dental radiographs with adherence to safety and infection control protocols.

Chair side Assisting

Sets up operatory and/or surgery suite for planned dental procedures and cleans dental unit in accordance with infection control policies for timely turn over. Passes instruments safely, accurately and efficiently. Keeps operative field clear of debris and retracts oral tissues effectively and comfortably. Working knowledge of dental materials and prepares dental medicaments and impression materials per manufacturer's instructions. Assists in routine and specialized dental procedures using four-handed dentistry concepts. Assists in specialized dental procedures, such as oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, implant placement and advanced restorative procedures. Maintains both routine and specialty dental equipment per manufacturer instructions and dental service standards.

Direct Patient Care

Applies topical anesthetic at injection site, dispenses fluoride rinse per provider instructions, makes impressions for diagnostic cast and custom prosthetic trays. Provides patient preventative education, oral hygiene instructions, and provides post-operative instructions.

Clerical Functions

Assists dentist in charting findings and treatment plans in electronic patient records, assist in scheduling patients and ensures prosthesis are completed prior to patient's scheduled appointment. Maintains patient confidentiality with written and verbal information per HIPAA protocol. Schedules patient appointments and prepares daily schedules using computerized systems.

Physical Requirements:

The Dental Assistant position requires long periods of standing, walking, sitting and bending are required. Some light lifting is also required.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

Basic Requirements:

-Citizenship.Citizen of the United States.

-Experience and Education

(1) Experience.Six months experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work, or provides familiarity with the work. To be creditable experience must have required the use of core competencies associated with current professional dental assisting practice. Evidence of such experience includes graduation from a certified dental assisting training program, experience in private practice, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Defense, or other federal, state, community or charitable health care agency


(2) 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. Have less than one year experience but have a combination of education and specialized experience described above.

-English Language Proficiency.Dental assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English.

  • Radiographer Certification

Have successfully completed the Dental Radiation Health and Safety Examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.


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


Have successfully completed the radiation health and safety program or examination approved by a state board of dentistry or Department of Defense. (Copies of certificates of successful completion, plus transcripts or course descriptions of the required subjects MUST be submitted with application packet).



Preferred Experience:

  • Certified in Basic Life support

  • Certification by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS- 5 GRADE level:

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


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 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 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 enter and retrieve data utilizing electronic dental records.

  7. Ability to perform dental assistant-appropriate laboratory procedures.

  8. Ability to perform maintenance on dental equipment used for routine and specialty dentistry.

Assignment: Employees serves at the full performance level with the ability to perform full range of duties with some independence in assigned specialties, with indirect supervision form the lead dental assistant, dental assistant supervisor or treating dentist. Assignments at this level include, but are not limited to: using the concepts of four-handed dentistry; assists with specialty procedures including oral surgery, periodontal therapy, endodontic, prosthodontic and implant placement and restoration; anticipates surgeons/specialists needs at each stage of treatment; takes preliminary impressions; selects and manipulates a variety of gypsum and waxes; pours, trims and evaluated the quality of diagnostic casts; fabricates custom trays.

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.


References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G36. Dental Assistant Qualification Standard.

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.

Unofficial transcripts are required whenever qualifying based on education. Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Applications submitted without this information may not be considered.

Original transcripts will not be returned.

* You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States at the time of application. If 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 the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD-214 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.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service.

Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information."


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

Other Information

This job opportunity may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. Vet-Pro (VA electronic credentialing system): Upon selection, you will be provided with information on how to use Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro was implemented on July 1, 2005. As part of the VA's pre-appointment process, it is necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure, certificate, or registration using Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro credentialing must be successfully completed prior to entering on duty.

Salary Range: $36,025.00 to $46,831.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0681-06/06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453393300

Job Announcement Number: VHA-603-17-RY1825158-L-BU