Dental Assistant
Family Dental Care - Ellensburg, WA

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The person in this position assists the dental provider at chair side. In addition to this, the Dental Assistant is responsible for monitoring the dental department to ensure that it is stocked, clean, and that the equipment is properly sterilized and is in good working order. Greets patients and prepare for treatment. Provides back-up support at dental office to greet and register patients, answer phones, and filing on occasion.


Education: High School Diploma or GED.

Experience: Experience as a dental assistant preferred.

Licenses/Certificates/Registration: Registration as a Dental Assistant (WA only-see note below). All employees, CPR certification within 3 months of employment and AIDS education within 90 days of hire. Registration as a Surgical Technologist if assisting a dentist in the operating room (Yakima area clinics).

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities Required: Bilingual English/Spanish (except Spokane, “float” Ellensburg & some Walla Walla positions) Demonstrating ability to communicate at level 10 on the ALTA language proficiency scale; personable likes to work with people including children; preferred: good manual dexterity and coordination, , read and write dental and some medical terminology, knowledgeable in dental anatomy, accurately record dental charting, accurately measure and record vital signs, knowledgeable in dental materials and instruments, perform BLS and be able to call emergency personnel, knowledgeable with regards to infection control techniques, able to accurately expose radiographs and mount them at a diagnostically acceptable level (with a minimum of retakes), knowledgeable in oral health care instruction, and able to perform four-handed dental assisting: instrument transfer, oral evacuation, cement mixing, and spatulation. Basic computer skill and knowledge required. For assistants at Children’s Village, successfully completes DECODE training within 90 days of hire.

About Us

The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC) is the largest community health center in the Pacific Northwest. We are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality care and offering them affordable health care options. YVFWC provides comprehensive medical, dental and social services in 15 Pacific Northwest communities. Our medical and dental services are complemented by behavioral health services, nutrition services, drug and alcohol treatment, an HIV/AIDS clinic, community health services, the Northwest Community Action Center (which provides employment, training, mentoring and other case management and referral services), and a mobile medical and dental unit.