This is a Direct Hire Authority (DHA) solicitation utilizing the
DHA for Certain Personnel of the DoD Workforce to recruit and
appoint qualified candidates to positions in the competitive
About the Position: This position is located at Fort Benning,
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- Perform inter-oral procedures such as take preliminary
impressions for study models, remove sutures, and place and remove
rubber dams, perio-packs and matrix bands and wedges.
- Instruct patient in proper dental techniques, care of
appliances, and causes of dental decay.
- Operate dental X-ray equipment to take intra and extra-oral
- Obtain and record related medical history of patient and route
patient for medical tests and services.
- Maintain dental equipment in a clean and operative condition as
well as store and maintain adequate levels of supplies.
0681 Dental Assistant
- Assistants, Dental
Conditions of Employment
- You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
- Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a
Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service
- Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
- Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness
determination, as determined by a completed background
- A Personnel Security Investigation is required.
- This position is subject to annual seasonal influenza
vaccinations. Applicants tentatively selected for this position
will be required to sign a statement consenting to seasonal
influenza vaccinations or must provide a recognized exemption.
- Immunization screening is required. Hepatitis B immunization is
required for all positions with direct patient contact. Applicants
may be required to show proof of other immunizations depending on
the type of position.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain current Basic Life Support
(BLS) Training and certification sponsored or endorsed by the
American Heart Association (AHA). Advanced certification (e.g.,
Advanced Life Support) does not supersede BLS completion.
- A pre-placement medical examination is required.
- This position is a Testing Designated Position subject to
applicant testing and random drug testing. Selectees will be
required to sign DA Form 5019 requiring participation in random
drug urinalysis testing.
Who May Apply: US Citizens
In order to qualify, you must meet the education/experience
requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid
experience, including volunteer work done through National Service
programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations
(e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual;
community; student; social). You will receive credit for all
qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume
must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based
on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your
application. Additional information about transcripts is in this
Basic Requirement for GS-04 Dental Assistant:
Radiology Certification: Public Law 97-35 requires that persons
who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing
standards in 42 CFR Part 75. The following meet these
(1) Persons who meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part
75. Successful completion of 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 are certified as a radiographer in their field.
(2) Persons employed by the Federal Government as radiologic
personnel prior to the effective date of the regulation (January
13, 1986) who show evidence of current or fully satisfactory
performance or certification of such from a licensed practitioner
such as a doctor of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, podiatry, or
chiropractic who prescribes radiologic procedures to others.
(3) Persons first employed by the Federal Government as
radiologic personnel after the effective date of the regulation who
(a) received training from institutions in a State or foreign
jurisdiction that did not accredit training in that particular
field at the time of graduation, or (b) practiced in a State or
foreign jurisdiction that did not license that particular field or
did not allow special eligibility to take a licensure examination
for those who did not graduate from an accredited educational
program, provided such persons show evidence of training,
experience, and competence, as determined by OPM or the employing
(4) Persons that have successfully completed an educational
program that included curriculum in dental radiography, but the
program does not meet OR persons are unsure if it meets the
credentialing standards of 42 CFR Part 75.
NOTE: To meet this requirement, you will be asked to complete
the alternate radiology certification form. If it is determined
that your educational program does not meet the credentialing
standards in 42 CFR Part 75, you will be required to complete an
alternative certification program, such as the Radiation Health and
Safety (RHS) examination administered by the Dental Assisting
National Board (DANB) or Introduction to Basic Concepts in Dental
Radiology administered by the American Dental Assistant
Any fee for the alternative certification program will be the
financial responsibility of the applicant and must be completed
within two weeks of receipt of a tentative job offer.
In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify
for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements
General and/or Specialized Experience: Six months of general
experience (1) in any type of work that demonstrates the
applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2)
experience that provided a familiarity with the work required as a
Dental Assistant AND six months of specialized experience which
includes performing chair side assistance supporting a Dentist;
performing intra-oral procedures; taking preliminary impressions;
operating dental x-ray equipment; or preparing surgical trays. This
definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed
at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service
Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the
required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you may
qualify if your education meets the definitions below:
Education Substitution: Successful completion of a two-year
dental assistant program or completion of a two-year dental hygiene
program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission
on Accreditation that included at least 12 semester hours of
courses in radiation physics; radiation biology; radiation health,
safety, and protection; X-ray films and radiographic film quality,
radiographic techniques; darkroom and processing techniques; and
Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of
education and experience may be used to qualify for this position
as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least
100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your
total months of experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours
of education by 60. Add the two percentages.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in
foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification
requirements, you must show the education credentials have been
evaluated by a private organization that specializes in
interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has
been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S.
education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at
a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information,