HMDA:Hospital Corpsman - Dental Assistant

The duties performed by HMs include assisting in prevention and treatment of disease and injuries, caring for sick and injured, administering immunization programs, rendering emergency medical treatment, instructing Sailors and Marines in first aid, self aid and personal hygiene procedures, transporting the sick and injured, conducting preliminary physical examinations, performing medical administrative, supply and accounting procedures, and maintain treatment records and reports, supervising shipboard and field environmental sanitation and preventive medicine programs, and supervising air, water, food and habitability standards.

Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support

Military Duties:

A Hospital Corpsman Dental Assistant will perform duties as a general dental assistant to include dental infection control, dental treatment room management, preventive dentistry, comprehensive dental assisting, and intra-oral radiography. Some are qualified in dental prosthetics (making and fitting artificial teeth), in pharmacy and chemistry or in maintenance and repair of dental equipment.

Military Duties Translated:

Take and document patient dental history and updates, as well as overall health and medication history. Assist dentist by handling supplies and instruments as requested. Prepare tables and trays for dentist with necessary instruments and supplies. Clean and sterilize instruments, and prepare treatment rooms as needed. Take, expose, and mount high quality dental radiographs. Ensure appropriate supply of equipment and materials. Perform patient charting as instructed by the dentist.

Some civilian jobs best suited to this type of military experience:

Dental Assistant