Series established October 9, 2007
This specification describes two (2) levels of Dental Assistants in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Under the direction of a Dentist, Correctional Facility, incumbents assist in the dental and related work of a dental office; maintain order and supervise the conduct of inmates or youthful offenders; protect and maintain the safety of persons and property; and do other related work.
This is the entry and journey level classification. Under the supervision of the Supervising Dental Assistant, Correctional Facility, and the clinical direction of a Dentist, Correctional Facility, incumbents shall assist the Dentist in dental procedures and related dental office work; make appointments for patients; prepare and arrange dental instruments, equipment, and accessories; sterilize and care for dental instruments; keep a sufficient amount of dental supplies available; keep dental records of patients; assist dentist at the chair; keep the dental office and equipment neat, clean, and sanitary; take and develop dental x-rays; perform dental laboratory functions; instruct patients in proper practices of preventive dental care; maintain order and supervise the conduct of persons committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; prevent escapes and injury by these persons to themselves, others, or to property; maintain security of working areas and work materials; inspect premises and search inmates or youthful offenders for contraband, such as weapons or illegal drugs; and perform other related work.
This is a first line supervisory level class responsible for supervising the work of the Dental Assistant, Correctional Facility. Under the general direction of the Chief Dentist, Correctional Facility; the direct clinical supervision of the Supervising Dentist, Correctional Facility; and the clinical direction of the Dentist, Correctional Facility, the Supervising Dental Assistant, Correctional Facility, provides supervision, training, and leadership to the Dental Assistant, Correctional Facility. At an adult institution, incumbents are responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the overall duties of dental assistants at the institution; ensuring dental assistants comply with policies and procedures, program standards within the guidelines of the State of California Dental Practice Act of 2002, and State and Federal regulations. Incumbents direct and assign dental assistants according to the day-to-day staffing requirements and staffing levels; meet routinely with dental assistants to review and discuss treatment performance and issues pertaining to the delivery of dental care to inmates; and assist staff in the development and documentation of training programs, preparation of lesson plans, creation of training materials, and delivery of onsite and offsite training as needed. Incumbents also serve as the primary point of contact for dental assistant registries; and ensure completion of institutionally-mandated employee orientation and training for registry dental assistants.
One year of experience as a dental assistant. (Training in a school for dental assistants may be substituted for the required experience on the basis of three months of training being equal to six months of experience.)
Two years of experience as a dental assistant. (Training in a school for dental assistants may be substituted for the required experience on the basis of six months of training being equal to twelve months of experience.) and Possession of a current license as a Registered Dental Assistant in California. (Applicants who do not meet this requirement will be admitted to the examination, but must secure the required license before they will be considered eligible for appointment.)
Knowledge of: Principles and methods of sterilization; uses of the more common dental instruments, equipment, and materials; dental hygiene and prophylaxis; dental office procedure and principles of modern dental record keeping; techniques used in dental x-ray; and names of the teeth and various surfaces of the crown of the tooth.
Ability to: Communicate effectively at a level required for successful job performance; identify the more common dental instruments, equipment, and materials; mix dental material and prepare dental accessories; stand for long periods of time; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; follow directions; and maintain effective working relationships with health care professionals and others.
Knowledge of: In addition to the above, principles and practices of personnel management and effective supervision; a supervisor's responsibility for promoting equal opportunity in hiring and employee development and promotion, and for maintaining a work environment which is free of discrimination and harassment; and Inmate Appeals (CDC 602) Program.
Ability to: In addition to the above, handle dental instruments and materials with dexterity to prevent injuries to staff, inmates, and patients.
Empathetic understanding of patients of a State correctional facility; willingness to work in a State correctional facility; emotional stability; patience; alertness; keenness of observation; and tact.
Persons appointed to this position must be reasonably expected to have and maintain sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during stressful (physical, mental, and emotional) situations encountered on the job without compromising their health and well-being or that of their fellow employees or that of inmates or youthful offenders.
Assignments may include sole responsibility for the supervision of inmates or youthful offenders and/or the protection of personal and real property.
Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.