Dental Assistant 1 or 2 Dental Assistant 1 or 2

State of Louisiana

Supplemental Information

LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry is seeking motivated applicants for the position of Dental Assistant 1 or 2.

There is a Special Entrance Rate (SER) of $14.06 per hour for Dental Assistant 1 and $15.05 per hour for the Dental Assistant 2 title.

As part of a Career Progression Group, vacancies may be filled from this recruitment as a (Dental Assistant 1 or 2) depending on the level of experience of the selected applicant(s). Please refer to the ‘Job Specifications’ tab located at the top of the LA Careers ‘Current Job Opportunities’ page of the Civil Service website for specific information on salary ranges, minimum qualifications and job concepts for each level.

Pre-employment Drug testing and Criminal Background check are required.

This position will require selected applicant to be in a probationary status for at least 6 months. 

To apply to this vacancy, please use the following link:

LSU Health New Orleans is committed to leveraging diversity as an educational resource and an institutional core value. We seek candidates who will contribute to a climate where students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds have equitable access and success opportunities. As an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, we welcome all to apply without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

For further information about this vacancy contact:

Tannia Jacob

LSU Health Sciences Center

HR Management Department

[email protected] 



One year of experience or training as a dental assistant or dental hygienist.

Job Concepts

Function of Work:

To provide chair side assistance to a licensed dentist and to instruct and assist dental students in four-handed dentistry.

Level of Work:


Supervision Received:

General from a licensed dentist, registered nurse, or other dental personnel of a higher level.

Supervision Exercised:

Functional over Dental Assistants of a lower level or dental students.

Location of Work:


Job Distinctions:

Differs from Dental Assistant 1 by responsibility for performing journeyman level duties such as assisting in oral surgery and instructing dental students in four-handed dentistry.

Differs from Dental Assistant-Supervisor by absence of supervisory responsibility.

Examples of Work

Performs all the duties of a Dental Assistant 1 and, in addition, performs the following specialized duties:

Serves as assistant to a dentist or oral surgeon during surgical procedures while patients are under local or general anesthetic.

Assists in the supervision and training of dental students and dental assistants.

Cleans and sterilizes instruments in clinics; monitors sterilizers to verify that they are working properly; sets up instrument trays for surgery.

Labels radiographs and maintains a filing system.

Observes patients in the recovery area after surgery.

Maintains supply levels in operating rooms, recovery rooms and dental laboratories.

Louisiana State Government represents a wide variety of career options and offers an outstanding opportunity to make a difference through public service. With an array of career opportunities in every major metropolitan center and in many rural areas, state employment provides an outstanding option to begin or continue your career. 

As a state employee, you will earn competitive pay, choose from a variety of benefits, and have access to a great professional development program:

Insurance Coverage More information can be found at

Parental Leave – Up to six weeks paid parental leave

More information can be found at

Holidays and Leave – State employees receive the following paid holidays each year:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,
  • Mardi Gras,
  • Good Friday,
  • Memorial Day,
  • Independence Day,
  • Labor Day,
  • Veteran’s Day,
  • Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • Additional holidays may be proclaimed by the Governor

State employees earn sick and annual leave which can be accumulated and saved for future use. Your accrual rate increases as your years of service increase.

Retirement – State of Louisiana employees are eligible to participate in various retirement systems (based on the type of appointment and agency for which an employee works). These retirement systems provide retirement allowances and other benefits for state officers and employees and their beneficiaries. State retirement systems may include (but are not limited to):

  • Louisiana State Employees Retirement System ( LASERS has provided this video to give you more detailed information about their system
  • Teacher’s Retirement System of Louisiana (,
  • Louisiana School Employees Retirement System (, among others

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