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Title Bilingual RDA Externship
Location Dallas and surrounding communities


Jefferson Dental Clinics encourages students who are currently enrolled in a RDA program and are seeking hands-on experience in a clinic environment to contact us regarding our externship program. Our RDA externship program offers intense training with highly experienced dental professionals in a structured and nurturing environment. We provide multiple opportunities to help launch your career as a Dental Assistant. 

Core Responsibilities

  • Instruments: Sterilize dental instruments and equipment for each patient; Organize and lay out instruments for use; Hand instruments and other materials to dentist during procedures
  • Patients/Interpersonal: Question patients about their medical history and record the information for dentist's reference; Advise patients on effective dental care; Manage patients - help patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment
  • Patients/Clinical: Take x-rays of patients' teeth; Take impressions of patients' teeth for casts to fabricate study models or to fabricate a temporary; Make temporary crowns
  • Assisting Dentist/Preparation: Prepare cements, composite, impression materials etc.
  • Assisting Dentist/Patient Care: Use suction and swabs to keep patients' mouths clear and dry during procedures; Apply topical anesthetic to patients' mouths; Place and remove rubber dams, matrices and wedges; Apply cavity lines and bases
  • Administration: Obtaining patients' dental records; Complete Dental Charting
  • Infection Control: Perform dental infection control plan management to conform to CDC, OSHA and ADA standards. Follow clinical guidelines for sterilization, disinfection, instrument cleaning and dental treatment room disinfection
  • Team Support: provide assistance in others areas of the clinic, as requested
  • Community Outreach: As requested, promote JDC by attending neighborhood events or visiting local businesses and distributing flyers and marketing materials to the public

Advanced Responsibilities

  • Organize and lay out instruments for specialized procedures
  • Prepare cements, amalgam, composite, impression materials etc.
  • Inventory control and management
  • Make temporary crown
  • Apply sealants after completion of certification
  • Monitor nitrous patients after completion of certification

Competencies for Excellence

  • Concern for Order and Quality: Keeps records, checks quality of work and documentation
  • Teamwork: Work to develop friendly and supporting atmosphere; Pitch in and help others
  • Self Management: Exhibit self-confidence when interfacing with the patient; Function effectively under pressure; Manage own behavior to prevent or reduce feelings of stress
  • Integrity & Credibility: Able to gain the trust and respect of patients, co-workers and managers; Exhibit professional demeanor
  • Customer Service: Adhere to proper clinical practices; Become a trusted advisor to the patient
  • Adaptability: Adapts to change in direction in order to support changing priorities
  • Diversity: Bilingual language skills; Adapts and integrates into diverse work group and patient population

Job Requirements

  • Must be bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Minimum age of 18 with High School Diploma or equivalent
  • RDA certification required
  • A minimum of 1 year experience in a professional dental clinic preferred
  • Intermediate to advanced computer use and data entry skills
  • Reliable transportation; Ability to work clinic hours: Mon & Fri – 8:50-5:30, Tues & Thurs – 9:50 to 7:00, Wed- 11:50 to 7:00 and Saturday 8:50 to 4:00
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