Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Dental Assistant in Muskogee, Oklahoma

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Muskogee, OK
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (10 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1823047

Please Include Vacancy Identification Number On All Documents 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?

VA Professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

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

At Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System, we have the right people, in the right jobs, with the right skills and abilities. We all have a true sense of personal value, and a commitment to providing high quality service to our nation's you have what it takes to be a part of this team? If so, we want you to apply for this position!

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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.


This position is located in the Dental Service at the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System in Muskogee, OK. The Dental Assistants support the dentists in all aspects of direct patient care and performs other clinical and clerical functions independet of direct supervision. Forty (40%) of the duties involve providing more complex/speciality level procedures such as operating room surgery, implants, prosthodontics, laser and geriatric dentistry. S(H)e will set up operatory and/or surgery suite for planned dental procedures and cleans the dental unit for timely turnover. The Dental Assistant practices four handed dentistry and passess instruments safely, accurately and efficiently. S(H)e keeps the operative field clear of debris and retracts oral tissues effectively and comfortably. The Dental Assistant prepares dental medicaments and impression materials per manufacturers instructions.

  1. Practices four handed dentistry and passes instruments safely, accurately and efficiently.

  2. Assists in routine general dental procedures.

  3. Shows courtesy, respect, and a positive attitude for patients and their family, co-workers and the public.

  4. Assists in implant placement and restoration.

  5. Ability to take digital panograph and tomography images for implant placement.

  6. Demonstrates proper infection control procedures in setting up and cleaning operatories.

  7. Maintain a clean environment in then dental lab.

  8. Follows all HIPAA regulations in patient confidentiality

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • 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.


  • English Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.

  • Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Non citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part)

  • Experience: At least one (1) year of experience at the next lower grade level or equivalent that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level.

* OR*

  • Education: Successful completion of a 1-year dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). * OR*
  • Experience/Education Combination: Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying.

  • Certification:

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

OR,[ ]

[(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).]

Preferred Experience:

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Certified
  • Licensed in Coronal Polishing and Topical Fluoride

NOTE: Copies of certificates of successful completion, plus transcripts or course descriptions of the required subjects must be submitted with application packet.

GRADE DETERMINATION:Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.

  • Minimum Qualifications: Experience: For the GS-6 grade applicant must have at least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core ccompetencies described at that level.

Experience may include:

Ability to indentify normal anatomy

Ability to monitor and perform basic intepretation of vital signs.

Ability to enter and retrieve data utilizing electronic dental records.

Ability to perform dental assistant-appropriate laboratory procedures.

National Service (i.e., volunteer experience)

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; religious; 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.

REFERENCE: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G36, DENTAL ASSISTANT QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 19, 2011, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at ( or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Heavy lifting (45 lbs. or over), Moderate lifting (15- 44 lbs.), Light lifting (15 lbs. and under), Light carrying (15 lbs. and under), Pushing (1 hour), Reaching above shoulder, Use of fingertips, Both hands required, Walking (up to 4 hours), Standing (up to 8 hours), Kneeling (up to 2 hours), Repeated bending (up to 6 hours), Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Near vision correctable at 13" to 16", Hearing (aid permitted).

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.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:**

Receiving Service Credit for 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 employees 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.

Other Information

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

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

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

Recruitment and/or Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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.

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: 453293200

Job Announcement Number: FM-17-007-GW-1823047-BU