MOS 68E—Dental Specialist

Qualifications for initial award of MOS 68E, Dental Specialist:

PULHES: 222221
Physical Demands Rating: moderately heavy
Required ASVAB Score: ST: 91
Enlistment Bonus: None
Security Clearance: None
U.S. Citizenship: Not Required
AIT Length / Location: 7 weeks, 3 days at Ft Sam Houston, Texas
Other Requirements

Dental Specialist (MOS 68E) Description / Major Duties:

The dental specialist assists the dental officer in prevention, examination, and treatment of diseases of teeth and oral region, or assists with the management of dental treatment facilities.

Duties for MOS 68E at each skill level are:

MOSC 68E1O. Patient care. Receives and seats patients. Prepares dental operatory, selects and arranges instruments, measures and records temperature, blood pressure and pulse, and assists dentist during patient exams. Assist with administration of anesthesia and in placement and removal of sutures. Prepares restorative and impression materials. Performs Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and operates resuscitative equipment. Dispose of contaminated waste and dental radiography. Loads and unloads radiographic film cassettes, protects self and patient from excessive ionizing radiation exposure, exposes bite-wing periapical, occlusal film, panoramic radiographic darkroom procedures. Perform administration, supply, and maintenance. Schedules appointments, retrieves, files, and maintains dental records. Receives, stores, packs, unpacks and safeguards dental supplies and equipment. Perform preventive maintenance on dental equipment. Sets up, maintains, disassembles and packs dental field equipment shelters.

MOSC 68E2O. Assist dental officer in prevention, examination, and treatment of diseases of teeth and oral region. Assists and advises subordinate personnel on supply economy procedures. Supervise the packing, unpacking, loading, setting up and storage of dental unit field equipment and shelters. Assist in presentation of training programs. Prepare the site for field dental treatment facilities. Assist with technical and administrative management of dental treatment facilities under the supervision of a dental NCO.

MOSC 68E3O. Supervise activities of dental teams, sections, or clinics in small fixed or mobile dental facilities. Provide technical guidance. Ensure comfort, safety, and cleanliness of dental facilities. Determines personnel requirements, establishes work priorities, organizes work schedules and assigns duties. Instructs subordinates in work techniques and procedures. Evaluates personnel performance, counsels personnel and prepares evaluation reports. Supervise movements and establishment of field dental units. Prepares unit NBC plans and supervises procedures. Prepare administrative, technical, patient and manpower reports. Establishes and monitors stock level for supplies and equipment. Requisitions and maintains dental supplies and equipment.

MOSC 68E4O. Supervise activities of dental sections, clinics, medium sized fixed or mobile dental facilities. Prepare periodic and special reports concerning personnel, patients, dental care and treatment operations. Supervises and plans training in general military and MOS specific subjects. Coordinates the administrative activities and prepares dental treatment facility SOP. Revises topography of selected operational site and advises on the location of field treatment and sanitation facilities. Plans, develops and supervises loading plans for dental field organizations. Perform staff, budget and advisory duties.

MOSC 68E5O. Serve as principal NCO of staff section, large dental clinic, dental laboratory, or dental organization. Supervises general administrative functions and coordinates personnel assignments. Evaluate training programs and requirements. Assist Commander in the administrative and technical supervision of subordinate dental facilities. Assist in the planning, development and management of the command budget programs. Coordinates and supervises unit preventive maintenance and supply programs. Assist in the development of operational plans. Provide technical assistance in planning and staffing of facilities.

Other Requirements for Award of MOS 68E:

  • Normal color vision.
  • No history of a felony conviction.
  • No history of conviction of crimes involving:
    • An out of hospital patient or a patient or resident of a medical care facility.
    • Financial exploitation of a person entrusted to a care of the applicant.
    • Any weapons/ammunition/explosives/arson charges.
    • Any drug activity involving illegal possession, buying, selling or distribution (dealing) of controlled substances or synthetics.
    • Violence against persons or property.
    • Sexual misconduct
  • No record of conviction by special or general courts-martial or civilian courts of offenses listed in AR 27-10 (Military Justice), chapter 24 or otherwise required to register as a sexual offender under AR 27-10, chapter 24.
  • Formal training (completion of MOS 68E course, or the RC AOCP nonresident--2 week resident course, conducted under the auspices of the AMEDDC&S) mandatory or meet the ACASP criteria per paragraphs (a) for the dental specialist (MOSC 68E1O) and (b) for dental laboratory specialist (MOSC 68E1ON5) as outlined below.
    • (a) Dental Specialist (MOSC 68E1O): Successfully complete a recognized 6-month course for dental assistants and have at least 2 1/2 years of experience in chair side assistance duties or possess a certificate, diploma or associate or higher level degree awarded for successful completion of a 2 year or longer course in dental hygiene.
      1. A letter from individual’s employer verifying work experience and competency is required.
      2. Proficiency training must be performed under supervision of a dental corps officer or NCO qualified in MOS 68E.
    • (b) Dental Laboratory Specialist (MOSC 68E1ON5): Successful completion of an American Dental Association Accredited Dental Laboratory Technician Program.
      1. Be a Certified Dental Technician (CDT).
      2. Have 3 years experience or a combination of formal education and experience totaling 3 years as a dental laboratory Medical Military Occupational Skills Extracted from AR 601-210, table 7-1. Skills and criteria authorized for the ACASP technician with experience in complete dentures, partial dentures, crowns and bridges and orthodontics.
      3. A letter from the individual’s employer(s) is required verifying competency and experience.
      4. Proficiency training must be performed under the supervision of a dental corps officer or NCO qualified in MOS 68E.

Additional Skill Identifiers for MOS 68E:

N5—Dental Laboratory.
X2—Preventive Dentistry.

Article Last Modified: February 17, 2011

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