Dental Assistant
Community Health Association of Spokane
 Deer Park, WA

Purpose of Job:

Improve the overall health of the communities we serve by assisting providers in providing dental care to patients as follows:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Greets and escorts patient to assigned dental chair.
  • Reviews and updates patient charts.
  • Assists dental provider with required procedures, exams, and patient education per scope of practice according to Washington State Department of Health.
  • Takes x-rays, as needed.
  • Ensures dental exam areas are clean, stocked, and ready for patients.
  • Cleans, prepares, and sterilizes instruments.
  • Answers phones and schedules patients, as needed.
  • Observes and follows required safety protocols, including handling and disposal of sharps, use of personal protective equipment, exposure to blood borne pathogens, and general safety of employees and patients.
  • Obtains vitals including blood pressure and blood glucose measurements on indicated patients per CHAS Health protocol.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Education/Experience: Completion of accredited dental assisting program or CHAS dental assistant training program required. Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certification preferred. Valid driver's license and insurance required.

Washington clinics: Valid Dental Assistant Registration licensure in state of Washington required at time of hire.

Idaho clinics: Valid Dental Assistant Registration licensure in state of Washington required within 120 days of hire. Certificate of registration from Idaho Board of Dentistry required at time of hire.

Skills: Excellent customer service, oral and written communications skills required. Compassion for patients required. Must be able to work well in team environment. Ability to multi-task in fast-paced work environment, with ability to anticipate future needs. Computer skills required. Knowledge in surgical and restorative dental assisting required. CPR/AED certification for a

Health Care Provider required.

Physical Demands:

Dental Assistants are required to stand one-third to two-thirds of the day. Sitting and being mobile are required one-third to two-thirds of the time. They are required to use hands to finger, handle or feel over two-thirds of the time, as well as reach with hands and arms. Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling or crouching occurs less than one-third of the time. Communicating by talking / hearing occurs over two-thirds of the day. Smelling occurs between one-third and two-thirds of the day. Amount of time spent lifting or exerting force is about 50% for up to 10 pounds and less than one-third of the time up to 25 pounds. Rarely is there a need to lift more than 26 pounds.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.