11) Physical Therapist

  • A Physical Therapist deals with thermotherapy, electrotherapy, phototherapy, therapy using hands, therapy using machines and equipment, massages, functional training, correction of body shape and rehabilitation.

    They use the required equipment and medicines and carry out physiotherapy.

  • Eligibility
    1. A person who graduated from a university, industrial college, or junior college with a major in physiotherapy. Those who are still completing their study must confirm that they have graduated within February of the following year of the application. If they fail to have graduated from the school within the period, their passing will be invalidated.
    2. A person who completed an overseas university recognized by the Minister of Health and Welfare with a major in physiotherapy or a course equivalent to or higher than that, and has been licensed as a corresponding physical therapist by the competent authorities. If the person was studying at a school equivalent to or higher than the overseas junior colleges recognized by the Minister of Health and Welfare as of October 6, 1995, the person needs to have graduated from the school in order to be eligible.
    Disqualification standards
    1. A mentally ill person under Subparagraph 1 of Article 3 of the Mental Health Act(except for those who are recognized by a medical specialist to be fit to act as a medical technician, etc.)
    2. An addict to narcotics, marijuana or any psychoactive drugs
    3. An incompetent or a quasi-incompetent person
    4. A person in whose case, the execution of a sentence is not completed or the decision not to execute such sentence is not yet finalized after being sentenced to imprisonment without prison labor or a heavier punishment due to the violation of the Medical Technicians, etc. Act or Articles 234, 269, 270(2) or (4), or 317(1) of the Criminal Act, the Act on Special Measures for the Control of Public Health Crimes, the Regional Public Health Act, the National Health Promotion Act, the Prevention of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Act, the Medical service Act, the Emergency Medical Service Act, Anatomy and Preservation of Corpses Act, the Blood Management Act, the Act on the Control of Narcotics, etc., the Mother and Child Health Act, or the National Health Insurance Act
  • No. of subjects No. of items Score allocation Total score Type of items
    Written test: 4 200 1 per item 200 Multiple choice
    (5 options)
    Practical skill test: 1
    (written exam)
    60 1 per item 60 Multiple choice
    (5 options)
    Period Test subjects
    (No. of items)
    No. of items Type of items
    1st Foundational Sciences for Physical Therapy (60),
    Diagnosis for Physical Therapy (50)
    110 Multiple choice
    2nd Physical Therapy Intervention (70)
    Medical Service Legislation (20)
    90 Multiple choice
    3rd Practical skill (written exam) (60) 60 Multiple choice
    ※ Medical Service Legislation: Medical Service Act, Medical Technicians, etc. Act, Act on Welfare of Persons with Disabilities, Welfare of Older Persons Act, National Health Insurance Act, and their Enforcement Decrees and Enforcement Rules
  • Those who score at least 40 percent in each individual subject and at least 60 percent across all subjects in the written test; and score at least 60 percent in the practical skill test will be considered to be successful candidates.

  • Test Times Test date Date of announcement of successful candidates Number of applicants Number of examinees Number of successful candidates Pass rate
    Physical Therapist 36 2008.12.21. 2009.01.13. 3,146 3,076 2,364 76.9
    37 2009.12.20. 2010.01.11. 3,558 3,481 3,112 89.4
    38 2010.12.19. 2011.01.11. 3,516 3,451 2,811 81.5
    39 2011.12.18. 2012.01.11. 3,960 3,900 3,310 84.9
    40 2012.12.16. 2013.01.08. 4,131 4,052 3,475 85.8
    41 2013.12.15. 2014.01.07. 4,456 4,370 3,772 86.3
    42 2014.12.14. 2015.01.06. 4,104 4,049 3,586 88.6
    43 2015.12.13. 2016.01.05. 4,328 4,278 3,852 90.0
    44 2016.12.18. 2017.01.04. 4,567 4,522 3,838 84.9
    45 2018.01.05. 2018.01.25. 4,990 4,924 4,461 90.6
    46 2019.01.03. 2019.01.22. 5,070 4,999 4,469 89.4