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Recruitment #19-004229-0002




MDH/Harford County Health Department, Dental Program Division, Edgewood, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

Under direct supervision of the Director of Administration, this position will be responsible for providing dental assistance and sterilization procedures, according to guidelines provided by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). This position will also perform some front desk duties.

This position will be conducted at a full performance level. This position will assist dentists in the dental care of clients in community health programs, as well as in inpatient or residential facilities.

Finally, this position will set-up operatory areas and perform chairside assistance practices and techniques for the treatment of dental patients. Such practices and techniques include the rinsing and aspirating of the oral cavity; placing and removing materials for isolation of the teeth; retracting the lips, cheek, tongue, and flaps; taking oral photographs and X-rays; sterilizing instruments; oiling and cleaning dental equipment and areas, and observing infection control procedures.

This position will respond to emergency situations and perform other required duties.


Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Two years of experience assisting a Dentist in the performance of dental care.


1. Applicants may substitute additional experience as a Dental Assistant, on a year-for-year basis, for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute listing as a Dental Assistant qualified in general duties on the roster of the Maryland Board of Dental Examiners, for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute successful completion of a Dental Assistant training program for the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a Non-Commissioned Officer in Dental assistant classifications or Dental Assistant, or Specialist specialty codes in the dental field of work, on a year-for-year basis, for the required experience.  


1. Candidates for positions in this classification must be listed as a Dental Assistant qualified to place and expose x-rays or radiographs on the roster of the Maryland Board of Dental Examiners, and be able to provide a copy of a registration card upon application.

2. Employees in this classification may be required to successfully complete training in, and maintain, a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification.


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application, based on your education, training and experience, as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. 

Please report all related education, experience, dates, and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this, or other, State agencies.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload. If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to, 410-333-5689. Only additional materials which are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division, at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service, at 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.