Registered Dental Assistant - Bilingual Highly Preferred

    • Job Tracking ID: 2019-609
    • Job Location: Petaluma, CA
      Rohnert Park, CA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: High School/GED
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: October 08, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

The Petaluma Health Center’s mission is to provide high quality health care, with access for all, in Southern Sonoma County. The Center accomplishes this mission through collaborative, innovative programs, services and referral resources that meet the economic needs of the entire community.

The Petaluma Health Center is an nine-time award winner in the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work for 2018,2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009 and we were named as one of '2015 Healthiest Companies in the North Bay' by the North Bay Business Journal.

We are a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides primary medical care and mental health services to residents of Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Penngrove and surrounding areas. We are organized as a private, non-profit corporation and governed by a consumer and community led Board of Directors.

For more information about us, please visit us at

Position Title: Registered Dental Assistant I

Summary: The RDA performs a variety of dental assisting duties while promoting a safe and clean environment for quality dental care. These duties include but are not limited to assisting the doctor, and teaching patients how to care for their teeth. Communicates effectively with the patient; maintains equipment and inventory, cleans, sterilizes and packages instruments and follows standard precautions, OSHA requirements and dental board auxiliaries’ regulations.

The RDA works on behalf of the patient and the dentist helping to assure a high level of professional excellence in oral health care delivery.

Areas of Responsibility:

Patient Care:

  • Exposes and processes dental radiographs (x-rays)
  • Assists the dentist during a variety of examinations and treatment procedures: instrument transfer, dental procedure isolation techniques and preparation of dental materials
  • Prepares treatment rooms, instruments and cassettes for procedures
  • Greets and prepares patients for treatment
  • Records medical and dental history and vital signs of patients
  • Records visit information in the electronic patient record (Dentrix)
  • Pours, trims and polishes study casts; fabricates custom impression trays from preliminary impressions; cleans and polishes removable appliances and fabricates temporary restorations
  • Serves as an infection control officer, follows infection control protocols and sterilizes and disinfects instruments and equipment
  • Helps patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment
  • Provides patients with instructions for oral care following surgery or other dental treatment procedures, such as the placement of a restoration (filling)
  • Teaches patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health; (e.g. tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling)
  • Uses Motivational interviewing and Caries risk assessment tools
  • Provides patient education, nutritional counseling and helps patient set oral health goals
  • Assists patients with referrals and follow up appointments
  • Presents treatment plans to patients
  • Takes impressions of patients’ teeth for study casts (models of teeth)
  • Communicates with patients and suppliers (e.g. scheduling appointments, answering the telephone, ordering supplies)
  • Helps provide direct patient care in all dental specialties, including orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, endodontics, periodontics and oral surgery
  • Prepares and maintains dental instruments, supplies and equipment
  • Coordinates lab cases with different labs; assures timely pickup and delivery of cases. Keeps the lab area clean and organized. Tracks cases and communicates scheduling needs to the Patient care coordinator
  • Involved with prevention and management of dental medical emergencies
  • Participates in the achievement of patient satisfaction and office production goals by working efficiently and providing a high level of patient service

Dental Systems:

  • Proficient with dental software programs including but not limited to Dentrix Enterprise, Guru, Dexis, and Iris Intraoral camera

Dental Office:

  • Performs office management tasks that require the use of a personal computer
  • Performs and keeps office records related to Equipment maintenance (daily, monthly, quarterly and yearly); Communicates and coordinates equipment repairs
  • Keeps Inventory control
  • Participates actively in staff meetings


  • Conducts work in compliance with office policies and procedures, safety, OSHA, MSDS guidelines and the Dental Board of CA and COMDA

Other Duties:

  • Assists with other duties as directed

Experience and Skills:

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 


  • High School diploma or equivalent required
  • Graduation from accredited Dental Assisting School preferred
  • Minimum two years of recent experience as a RDA preferred

Desired Skills:

  • Strong customer service ethic
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to perform detailed work according to established formats and protocols

Licenses and Certifications: 

  • Valid CA RDA license and RDA certification
  • X-ray license
  • CPR training current
  • CE courses current

Language Skills:  Bilingual in English and Spanish, both written and verbal preferred.

Mathematical Skills:  Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.

Reasoning Ability:  Ability to recognize problems, collect data and establish facts.

Computer Skills:  High level of computer literacy and proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook), Dental practice management software knowledge (Dentrix) preferredand use of a web browser. 

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Movement within health center complex environment repeatedly throughout the day
  • Ability to write by hand, use phone, use computer keyboard and mouse extensively to perform general office functions
  • Manual wrist and finger dexterity and wrist-finger speed sufficient to perform repetitive actions for extended periods of time
  • Repetitive motion with word processing and data entry
  • Ability to effectively communicate by hearing continuously and speech in a manner which can be understood by a diverse population
  • Ability to give and follow verbal and written instructions with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Must have visual acuity near and far (20 inches to 20 feet), depth perception, field of vision, ability to focus on an object, ability to identify and distinguish colors
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time (minimum periods of one (1) hour at a time)
  • Ability to frequently walk, bend, squat, stoop, kneel, twist, crouch, and climb with the use of a step stool
  • Ability to grasp, hold and pick up and reach with hands and arms
  • Ability to frequently lift and or move up to fifteen (15) pounds
  • Ability to occasionally lift and carry up to twenty-five (25) pounds (periodic lifting of supplies or equipment)
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to travel to and from other health center sites and community locations

Petaluma Health Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Please apply directly through our career page at