To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/25/2020. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Language. Dental assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English. (1) Six months experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work, or provides familiarity with the work;OR (2) Successful completion of a 1-year dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA);OR (3) Equivalent combinations of experience and education to meet the total requirement. CERTIFICATION OF RADIOLOGIC COMPETENCE- Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75. Essentially, you must have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and be certified as radiographers in your field. NOTE: Copy of documentation/certification showing that you meet the radiologic competence is required to qualify. Provisions for Certification of Radiologic Competence. (1) Successful completion of the Dental Radiation Health and Safety Examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.OR(2) Successful completion of a radiation health and safety program or examination approved by a state board of dentistry or the Department of Defense (DoD). Preferred Experience: Certified Dental Assistant and/or Registered Dental Assistant. Prefer at least 5 years of Dental Assistant experience. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. The following questions pertain to each grade level. GS-3. Experience or Education. None beyond the basic requirements. GS-4. Experience or Education. In addition to the basic requirements, 1 year of experience at the next lower level,OR 2 years of education above high school that included completion of a dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Basic knowledge of infection control and safe instrument handling. Basic knowledge of dental procedures and medical emergencies. Ability to perform basic radiographic image capture and processing/retrieval. Basic knowledge of maintenance, care and storage of dental equipment. Basic knowledge of patient privacy requirements. GS-5. Experience or Education.In addition to the requirements listed at the GS-4 above, applicants must demonstrate at least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-4) that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level.OR Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study that included or was supplemented by completion of a dental assistant program by CODA.In addition to meeting on of the above requirements, the applicant must demonstrate the following KSAs: Basic communication skills to provide patient instructions according to established protocol. Ability to learn and utilize software programs used with VHA. Basic knowledge of instruments, materials and standardized dental procedures. Broad knowledge of common medical emergencies and vital signs measurement. Knowledge of anatomy and ability to evaluate diagnostic quality. GS-6. Experience. At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-5), that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs: Ability to perform dental assistant-appropriate laboratory procedures. Ability to enter and retrieve data utilizing electronic dental records. Ability to perform maintenance on dental equipment used for routine and specialty dentistry. Ability to capture standard and special dental images of good diagnostic quality in traditional or digital formats. Ability to independently provide procedure-specific patient education and appropriate referral of patient concerns to treating dentist. Ability to monitor and perform basic interpretation of vital signs. Advanced knowledge of instruments, materials, and standardized dental procedures used in all phases of restorative, surgical, endodontic and periodontal care and procedures. Ability to identify normal oral anatomy. References: VA Handbook 5005/46, Part II, Appendix G36 Physical Requirements: Work involves danger of exposure to radiation and communicable diseases. Assistant uses lead shields to protect against radiation and wear face masks, gloves, gown and eye protection during treatment procedures. Long periods of standing, walking and bending are required.