Midwestern University Sterilization Assistant - IL - Dental Institute in Downers Grove, Illinois


The Sterilization Assistant is a key component in the support of the CDMI clinics. The Sterilization Assistant is responsible for the dispensing, collecting, and processing of dental instruments, equipment, and consumable supplies utilized in the CDMI clinics for the treatment of patients, both real and simulated as well as for the education of student doctors.

Working Relationships

The Sterilization Assistant interacts significantly with the Sterilization Supervisor and the Clinic Supervisor. The Sterilization Assistant interacts with the Clinical Program Director, Clinic Supervisor, Course Coordinators, Group Practice Coordinators, Dental Assistants, faculty and student doctors.

Essential Job Functions

  • Maintain a welcoming atmosphere to improve morale and to promote collegiality among student doctors, faculty and staff.
  • Assist with data entry pertaining to supplies used in dental clinic.
  • Responsible for inventory data used to maintain supplies in the dental clinic.
  • Participate in instrument, equipment and supply management.
  • Prepare and process instruments, supplies and equipment.
  • Clean, disinfect, sterilize, package and restock instruments, supplies and equipment.
  • Operate high capacity sterilization units, ultrasonic cleaning units, and instrument washers.
  • Clean and lubricate dental hand pieces/accessories, instrument cassettes, and bur blocks.
  • Identify instrumentation and monitor all cassettes for completeness of content.
  • Disinfect mobile carts so that instruments can be transported to clinic dispensaries in a timely manner for both shifts.
  • Assist with dental operatory equipment infection control.
  • Perform weekly biological testing on all autoclaves.
  • Perform weekly maintenance on all sterilization equipment.
  • Participate in Dental Clinic meetings.
  • Adapt to shift changes.
  • Generate re-order list of clinic materials.
  • Utilize aseptic techniques when handling instruments, equipment and supplies.
  • Track, inventory and dispense dental instruments, supplies and equipment.
  • Package and sterilize disposable supplies such as gauze, cotton rolls, and cotton pellets.
  • Maintain the organization, cleanliness and general appearance of the sterilizing rooms and their related storage facilities.
  • Maintain the stock of supplies needed to properly run the sterilizing and dispensing rooms, such as autoclave bags, tape, towels, patient’s drapes, caps and etc.
  • Substitute for Dispensary as requested.
  • Participate in the quality assurance within the department.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Educate staff, faculty, and students about sterilization and infection control issues
  • Assist in the training of new employees

Supervisory Responsibilities

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

High school diploma or GED is required. A minimum of 1-2 years’ work experience in a sterilization department or dental office is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with a dental background and a bachelor's degree or demonstrate equivalent work experience. The individual should be a person committed to ensuring that a work-friendly environment exists with faculty, staff and students. The individual must have the ability to become familiar with axiUm Dental Software Management System.

Computer Skills

Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) required.

Language Skills

Intermediate skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Reasoning Ability

Basic skills: Ability apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

Mathematical Ability

**Basic skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to interpret bar graphs.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms and climb and balance. The employee is occasionally required to sit, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee must frequently lift and /or move up to 15 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include color vision.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

*“Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or veterans status, in accord with 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a).” *

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities



High School or better

Posted: July 20, 2016