Chairside Orthodontic Assistant


Position Title

Chairside Assistant


School of Orthodontics, Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences


Full Time/Non-Exempt

Position Summary

The position is responsible for preparing exam rooms, performing chair-side assistance to orthodontic service providers, and sterilizing and maintaining instruments, on a rotating basis.

Essential Job Duties

  • Prepares patient for treatment, sets up instrument trays, prepares materials and assists service provider in performing orthodontic procedures.
  • Takes diagnostic x-rays.
  • Makes preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts; pours, pulls casts, and returns to resident.
  • Sterilizes and disinfects instruments.
  • Maintains supply and material inventories; reporting the need to order replacements to the appropriate personnel as needed.
  • Maintains OSHA requirements and standards.
  • Maintains confidentiality; protects the security of dental records and adheres to all HIPAA guidelines/regulations.
  • Operates standard office equipment and uses required software applications following applicable state laws.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Special Skills

  • Dental terminology.
  • Orthodontic dentistry chair-side assistance processes and procedures.
  • Sterilization and disinfecting techniques and procedures.
  • OSHA standards and requirements.
  • Operating and maintaining a wide variety of dental equipment.
  • Operating standard office equipment and using required software applications.
  • Read, understand, and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Organize and prioritize multiple detailed tasks within tight timeframes.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Work collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Handle stressful situations and provide a high level of customer service in a calm and professional manner, including calming fearful patients.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, service providers, faculty, and other staff.

Work Conditions

  • Normal business hours. Some additional hours may be required.
  • Climate controlled office environment during normal business hours.

Physical Requirements

  • Sitting—up to 8 hours per day
  • Walking—up to 2 hours per day
  • Standing—up to 6 hours per day
  • Computer keyboard—up to 6 hours per day
  • Lifting—up to a maximum of 30 pounds, but will generally not apply
  • Pushing—up to a maximum of 30 pounds, but will generally not apply
  • Pulling—up to a maximum of 30 pounds, but will generally not apply
  • The following requirements will generally not apply:
    • Bending
    • Squatting
    • Stooping
    • Reaching
    • Balancing
    • Twisting
    • Crawling
    • Kneeling
    • Climbing stairs or a ladder
    • Outdoors

Employees should not attempt to lift, pull, or push a load in excess of 30 pounds without assistance. Care should always be taken when lifting, pushing, or pulling in an awkward position.

Prerequisites Required for Position

Minimum Education Requirement

  • High school diploma and some college or technical training in a related discipline and two (2) years’ experience in sterilization and/or chair-side dental assistance or an equivalent combination of education, training, or experience.


  • Certified Orthodontic Dental Assistant and/or Certified X-Ray Technician designation is preferred.
  • A valid driver’s license is required prior to employment and must be maintained during employment.

Important Note

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required for this position. The University reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs.

To Apply

Send completed Jacksonville University Application for employment and resume to