Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant

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Regular Full-Time
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) brings together the leading research teams and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s, and UW Medicine. One extraordinary group whose sole mission is the pursuit of better, longer, richer lives for our patients. SCCA's purpose is to provide state-of-the-art, patient and family centered care; support the conduct of cancer clinical research and education; enhance access to improved cancer interventions; and advance the standard of cancer care regionally and beyond.


Every individual at SCCA plays a unique role in supporting our mission. Our collective success hinges on each of us conducting ourselves in accord with a set of core values:

  • We are patient-centered. Everything we do must be linked to our ability to deliver better, safer outcomes for our patients.
  • We are innovative. We nurture an environment that fosters unconventional thinking, a passion for discovery, and the open-mindedness to invite discovery from unexpected places.
  • We are respectful. We are deeply respectful of our patients, their families, and each of our colleagues who serve them in so many different and important ways.
  • We are collaborative. We understand that asking for and offering help in how to do better is not just a right, but among our most important responsibilities.
  • We are agile. We cannot just be comfortable with change; we must embrace it as proof that we are making progress.
  • We are responsible:  Because our work is focused on people's well-being, we approach it with the highest level of ethical, fiduciary, and environmental responsibility.




The Oral Medicine Dental Assistant is responsible for assisting the dentist(s) and dental hygienist(s) in the direct provision of dental services to patients. The primary scope of service in the Oral Medicine Service is the diagnostics and treatment planning for patients undergoing cancer therapy especially stem cell transplant patients.  The dental assistant is responsible of instrument processing, preparation, cleaning and turnover of examination rooms, preparation and inventory control of dental instruments supplies and patient education materials.  Equipment monitoring, quality and DOH regulation control, MSDS maintenance.

This is a non-traditional position, in that chair-side assistance is limited to hygiene, tissue biopsy, x-ray, photography and occasional hand-piece use.


  • Chair-side assistance for dentist or dental hygienist
  • Prepare exam rooms for patient examination and treatment per department protocols and with dentist and dental hygienist directions
  • Expose and process digital dental x-rays in accordance with all regulations
  • Perform independent procedures as delegated and directed by the dentist in accordance with all regulations
  • Maintain department equipment in accordance with manufacturer directions and SCCA infection control, safety and exposure guidelines and recommendations.
  • Maintain adequate exam room, work room and utility room supplies
  • ordering equipment and supplies as needed.
  • Assists in assuring that all patient records and documents are properly and accurately recorded and completed.
  • Receives and places necessary telephone calls for professional matters, clinic operations and patient care.
  • Assist with various clinical and administrative functions as appropriate
  • Ensure proper collection and disposal of all infectious/contaminated items in accordance with the service, SCCA guidelines and policies
  • Ensure sterilty and oversee Materials management processes as related to dental equipment and instruments
  • Performs all functions in full compliance of all OM service, Infection control and SCCA policies and procedures
  • As directed by a supervisor, perform other related and/or necessary tasks to achieve service, organization and program goals



High School diploma or equivalent.

Completion of an accredited dental assisting program;  certified dental assistant

Registered dental assistant in WA state

Ability to take on multiple tasks at the same time, prioritize assignments and responsibilities to ensure timely completion of projects, duties and responsibilities

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Comprehensive knowledge of dental assisting techniques, skills.

Fluent in dental terminology

Knowledge of modern dental materials and application

minimum of 5 years experience as chair-side dental assistant

proficient in oral radiology and digital equipment.

Current CPR/BLS required



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