Dental Assistant Lead Instructor

Pima Medical Institute
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111 Main StreetSan Marcos, CA92069

Instruct and implement the Dental Assistant program to educate students in accordance with the curriculum standards and objectives. Provide oversight of quality and integrity of Dental Assistant program.



  • Monitor inventory and may order supplies and equipment for department as necessary. 
  • Participate in Advisory Board Meetings to ensure externship concerns, student progress, student outcomes and community      satisfaction are communicated to the Faculty Coordinator and Campus Director. 
  • Review curriculum and make recommendations to Corporate Education Department during program revision cycles. 
  • Review text books and make recommendations to Corporate Education Department during textbook revision cycles. 
  • Assist Career Services, to ensure regular contact with sites and to document oversight and evaluation of students on clinical      experiences. 


  •  Implement and evaluate daily lesson plans. 
  • Plan instruction to achieve specific objectives based upon student need and established curriculum. 
  • Monitor the attendance of students in the program and coordinate with the Student Services Coordinator or Associate Director when absences occur two days in a row.   Prepare attendance reports weekly for the office management department. 
  • Review student success rates and implement plan to reduce student withdrawals. Meet with students to encourage them to stay in the program. Maintain an 80% student success rate for all classes taught in the program. 
  • Maintain student grades in accordance with established policies. Prepare final grades at the end of each sequence to update student records and transcripts.  
  • Evaluate the performance of students regarding achievements in curriculum and activities and make necessary provisions to      meet learning needs. 
  • Arrange and coordinate guest speakers, community service field trips, and visits to clinics and dental offices. 
  • Prepare lectures and practical demonstrations for students in class and individually.  
  • Assist and advise students with Dental Assistant program curriculum. 
  • Monitor student academic progress and inform the Student Services Coordinator or Associate Director when a student’s grade      average for any course drops below 77%. 
  • Monitor students in the laboratory. Demonstrate and assist students with lab procedures and ensure safety precautions are adhered to. 
  • May assist and coordinate externships for Dental Assistant students. 

The list of essential functions is not exhaustive and may be supplemented.



  • Graduation from an accredited Dental Assistant program recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or a graduate of an otherwise recognized training entity (e.g., hospital-based program) in Dental Assisting and three (3) years of occupational experience as a Dental Assistant OR
  • A minimum of four (4) years of job-related training and experience for those instructors who are not graduates from an accredited Dental Assistant program.
  • Certified or Registered Dental Assistant (CDA or RDA) or a licensed dentist.   Dentists are not required to hold the CDA or RDA credential.
  • Current licenses, certifications, or other designations as required by local, state, or federal laws to work in the Dental Assistant field, with the exception of those teaching in non-core (e.g., general education) courses.
  • Proficient in didactic and clinical four-handed and/or six-handed dentistry.
  • Possess current knowledge and experience in dental assisting.
  • Aware of state requirements governing dental assisting programs, as applicable.
  • Verbal and written communications skills.
  • Knowledge of Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and computer skills.