Careers At UNM Medical Group

Administrative Dental Assistant

Department: Dental
Location: Albuquerque, NM

The Division of Dental Services is seeking a highly motivated individual to work as an Administrative Dental Assistant in our Special Needs clinic. The position will be working at the front desk as well as the back office. This position is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico

This position is to support the special needs dental clinic.

Minimum $35,692 - Midpoint $44,616*

*Salary is determined based on years of total relevant experience.

*Salary is based on 1.0 FTE (full time equivalent) or 40 hours per week. Less than 40 hours/week will be prorated and adjusted to the appropriate FTE.

The selected Administrative Dental Assistant will rotate through our other 2 dental sites and assist as needed. This individual will assist in the coordination of day to day patient care, records management, sterilization of instruments, administration, records management, cash handling, scheduling appointments, verifying insurance and listing eligibility, sterilization of instruments, ordering/stocking dental supplies and assisting providers as needed. The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively and efficiently in an operating room setting and a large dental clinical setting, working with a large number of resident dentists and other staff members. Must be x-ray and BLS/CPR certified. Must have dental front desk experience.


Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of administrative and/or dental clinic support functions in a UNMMG clinic including but not limited to direct service to patients either by phone or in person by conducting patient registration, verifying demographics, scheduling appointments, verifying insurance benefit/eligibility information, obtaining referral and prior authorizations with insurance carriers, performing patient check in/check out, and collecting co-pays. Assists in the performance of dental and radiography procedures; prepares and maintains dental equipment and supplies in accordance with established protocol, procedures, policies, and standards, and assists in the coordination of day-to-day patient administration, records management, and office support activities.

Minimum Job Requirements of a Administrative Dental Assistant:

High school diploma or GED, Dental Assistant certificate from an accredited program, 2 years directly related experience, current Certified State of New Mexico radiology license required. Preferred experience: Experience with special needs population, including proper use of adaptive devices.Verification of education and licensure (if applicable) will be required if selected for hire.

*Please attach proof of education and licensure as indicated above*

Duties and Responsibilities of a Administrative Dental Assistant:

  1. Performs clinic front desk duties, including but not limited to answer incoming telephone calls, patient check in/out, coordinating and facilitating accurate patient appointment scheduling through electronic or manual systems, scheduling follow-up appointments as ordered by providers, updating and ensuring accurate patient schedules and appointments in UNMMG computer systems.
  2. Performs registration duties which include obtaining and/or verifying accuracy of patient demographics, obtaining copy of insurance card, and insurance information; updating and ensuring accurate information is put into UNMMG computer systems.
  3. Collects co-pays including upfront payments as well as self-pay payments; generates patient receipts and refers patients to financial counseling for funding options, if necessary. Conducts daily cash reconciliation of cash collections and receipts; following UNMMG established cash management policies and procedures.
  4. Generates charge document and other billing paperwork at time of patientís clinic visit to ensure proper billing information is obtained and documented. Completes paperwork by provider, written documentation on clinic log, and DX and CPT code selection by provider on charge document and promptly submits to UNMMG centralized charge entry.
  5. Provides chairside assistance to dentists and/or dental hygienists in the performance of dental procedures, to include operative, preventive, periodontal, endodontic, prosthetic, surgical, implant, and anesthesia procedures in both the general dental office setting and hospital operating room.
  6. Prepares, sterilizes, organizes, and sets up dental equipment, ensures that all dental instruments are cleaned, dated, and processed according to established clinic guidelines and standards.
  7. Assists with direct patient care procedures and related tasks by taking vital signs, preparing charts, and assisting with medical examinations.
  8. Monitors and maintains dental equipment, such as patient delivery units, evacuator systems, compressors, digital and traditional radiographic equipment, sterilizers, electrosurge unit, implant unit and implant instrumentation, light curing units, model trimmer, vacuformer and all other dental lab equipment, in accordance with manufactures guidelines.
  9. Follows and maintains inventories of dental clinic supplies.
  10. Follows and maintains all relevant federal, state, and institutional regulations, guidelines, policies, and standards for the provision of dental clinical services.
  11. Maintains and assists with computerized data and charting, probing, and digital x-rays.
  12. Maintains dental laboratory slips and checks in lab cases.
  13. Assists with training of student dental assistants and staff.
  14. Assists with taking patient's blood pressure and documentation.
  15. Assists with medical stabilization devices; transfers patients from wheelchair using a Hoyer lift or gait belt.
  16. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

About Dental:

Three locations offer specific types of dental care.

Camino de Salud Residency Clinic and Faculty Practice

Services are provided by dental school graduates. Experienced dental faculty oversee your care, including care for medically complex patients. Available services include cosmetic, implant and sedation dentistry, as well as oral surgery and teeth whitening.

Camino de Salud Ambulatory Surgical Center

This state-of-the-art surgical center is staffed by an experienced team of dental and nursing professionals. Appointments are by referral only. We treat a wide range of patients, including children and patients with extensive dental needs.

Services Provided

  • Complete and partial dentures
  • Comprehensive dental exams and cleanings
  • Cone beam/3D radiographs
  • Cosmetic dentistry including veneers and bleaching services
  • Crown and bridge services
  • Implant dentistry
  • Night guards/athletic mouth guards\
  • Oral surgery including tooth extraction
  • Periodontal procedures
  • Preventative care, such as sealants and fluoride treatment
  • Root canals and other endodontic services
  • Sedation dentistry
  • TMJ/TMD treatment

UNM Dental Hygiene Services at Novitski Hall

Dental hygiene students treat patients under licensed dental faculty supervision.

Services Provided

  • Adult Cleanings
  • Child Cleanings
  • Scaling and Root Planning ("Deep Cleaning")
  • X-Rays
  • Sealants

About UNM Medical Group, Inc.

UNM Medical Group, Inc. (UNMMG) is the practice plan organization for physicians and other medical providers associated with the UNM Health Sciences Center. UNMMG is a New Mexico non-profit corporation and is an equal opportunity employer. UNMMG strives to mitigate health disparities brought about by technology; we aim to reach underrepresented populations, making healthcare more equitable and accessible for all of the people in New Mexico; we have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment:

We will strive as an institution and as individuals to recognize, cultivate and promote all forms of diversity and to foster health and well-being throughout New Mexico by weaving cultural humility and respect for all people.


UNMMG offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as tuition reimbursement, paid leave and 403b retirement for benefits eligible employees.

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