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JOB ID: 22000068

Hershey, PA
Job Category: Health Services (Medical, Dental and Psych Svcs)

Milton Hershey School (MHS) is currently seeking a full-time EFDA - Expanded Functions Dental Assistant for its Pre-K through 12th grade students from lower income campus.  The unique and child-centered structure of MHS’s Dental Services program enables professionals to focus where their heart is – on student care.  MHS Dental Assistants use their clinical expertise to provide comprehensive dental care, assisting the dentists with all procedures, maximizing the delivery of related dental services including, direct chair-side assistance during preventive, operative, emergency and limited orthodontic procedures.  Work Schedule: Monday - Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Some of the responsibilities are:

  • To increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality, comprehensive oral health care by providing direct, chair-side dental assistance with patient assessment, diagnostic, radiographic, preventive, operative and emergency procedures.
  • To document the dental electronic health record accurately.
  • To track, schedule, and reschedule daily student dental appointments in multiple computer software systems and transmit appropriate dental appointment communications.
  • To build rapport with students and ensure the delivery of safe, quality dental care.
  • To provide patient oral health education and proper oral care instruction in preparation of and following dental treatment procedures.
  • To provide administrative assistance with office management duties – answer telephones, retrieve voicemail, typing, filing, faxing and scanning.
  • To follow proper infection control and sterilization procedures during operatory turnover, instrument processing, and housekeeping procedures.
  • To transport students to off-campus specialty dental appointments


  • Vocational or other technical school, certification, training or apprenticeship beyond High School, required.
  • Minimum one-year experience in family, pediatric or orthodontic practice performing hands-on chair-side assistance.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Good manual dexterity and anticipatory dental assisting skills.
  • Proficiency in taking diagnostic x-rays.
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Word and Excel); Familiarity/experience with electronic dental computer software systems (Dentrix, Dolphin)
  • Pennsylvania X-ray certification with current DEP radiology continuing education requirements (2 contact hours or 4 hours of CE every four years).
  • Current certification in infant, child and adult Healthcare Provider CPR.
  • Annual OSHA training.
  • Mandated Child Abuse Reporting training.
  • Current /valid PA driver’s license in good standing.
  • Must demonstrate a high degree of integrity as all MHS staff are considered role models for MHS students.
  • Must be willing to actively engage with students beyond the scope of their job responsibilities.  

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