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Dental Hygienist (PHDHP)

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JOB ID: 24000045

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

Milton Hershey School (MHS) is one of the world’s best private schools, where pre-K through 12th grade students from disadvantaged backgrounds seeking greater opportunity can explore their individual interests to the fullest. Thanks to the generosity of Milton and Catherine Hershey, the school is fully endowed with the resources to ensure every child and staff member has what they need to succeed. The school has prepared almost 12,000 graduates to lead fulfilling and productive lives and is expanding to serve more students in the coming years. 

MHS renders dental care out of three school-based dental clinics to over 2,100 students from Pre-K through 12th grade. Each dental clinic typically operates with one dentist, 2 Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioners, and 1 dental assistant or an expanded-functions dental assistant. All clinics are equipped with state-of-the-art technology/equipment, including utilization of Dentrix Enterprise Dental Software, digital x-ray sensors, and intra-oral oral cameras, and specific clinics are equipped with lasers and nitrous oxide/oxygen. 

We are currently seeking a full-time, 10-Month* Registered Dental Hygienist/Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner (PHDHP) to provide preventive and interceptive emergency treatment for oral disease as allowed by the PA Dental Practice Laws. Some responsibilities include:

•    Provide comprehensive oral hygiene services to patients including caries risk assessments, dental/periodontal charting, radiographs, preventive procedures (oral prophylaxis, scaling and root planning, fluoride varnish application, dental sealant application, chemotherapeutics), and the provision of oral aids.•    Deliver individual chairside oral hygiene instruction and nutritional counseling.•    Cross-reference and update student roster to ensure all students receive preventive care. •    Plan/participate in oral health initiatives, and provide oral health education for students, parents/sponsors, and MHS community.•    Follow OSHA/CDC guidelines for sterilization, disinfection, and cleaning of instruments and operatories.•    Maintain dental equipment/supplies and perform instrument sharpening.•    Review clinic inventory and submit periodic supply orders.•    Other duties as assigned. 

Work Schedule:  Monday - Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. *A 10-month work schedule typically includes a summer break (early June to Aug 1).  We offer our full-time employees generous health and insurance benefits (medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement, etc.). Hourly pay rate: $27.00 - $35.00, pay is determined based on experience. 


  • Associates degree required (graduate of an ADA accredited school of dental hygiene).
  • Minimum of one year experience in general dental practice.
  • Pennsylvania State Registered Dental Hygienist license, Pennsylvania State Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner license.Current CPR/AED certification.
  • RDH - 20 hrs. of Continuing Education every 2 years; PHDHP – 5 hrs. of Continuing Education in public health related courses every 2 years; Annual OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens training; Act 31 Mandated Child Abuse Reporter Training – 2 hours from an approved provider; Radiology Refresher every 4 years.
  • Exceptional customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong ability to build rapport and work with pediatric population of all ages.
  • Computer skills and ability to learn new sy_26stems quickly. Familiarity with Dentrix/Dolphin a plus.
  • Candidate must demonstrate a high degree of integrity, as all MHS staff are role models for MHS students and HIPAA compliance/confidentiality is essential.
  • Candidates should be willing to actively engage with students beyond the scope of their job responsibilities. 

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