12) Dental Hygienist

  • A Dental Hygienist supports preventive, educational and therapeutic services, co-therapy, and administrative management for the oral health of local residents and dental patients.

    They contribute to promoting oral health of the public.

  • Eligibility
    1. A person who graduated from a university, industrial college, or junior college with a major in dental hygiene. 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 the field of dental hygiene or a course equivalent to or higher than that, and has been licensed as a corresponding Dental Hygienist by the competent authorities. If a person was studying at school equivalent to or higher than overseas junior colleges recognized by the Minister of Health and Welfare with a major in the study related to dental hygiene 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, the 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: 2 200 1 per item 200 Multiple choice
    (5 options)
    Practical skill test: 1 1 100 per item 100 Assessment of the ability to remove and detect plaque
    Period Test subjects
    (No. of test items)
    No. of items Type of items
    1st Medical Service Legislation (20),
    Dental Hygiene 1 (80)
    (Basic Dental Hygiene, Dental Hygiene Care)
    100 Multiple choice
    2nd Dental Hygiene 2 (100)
    (Clinical Dental Hygiene)
    100 Multiple choice
    ※ Medical Service Legislation: Medical Service Act, Medical Technicians, etc. Act, Regional Health Act, Dental Health 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
    Dental Hygienist 36 2008.12.21. 2009.01.13. 4,002 3,962 3,541 89.4
    37 2009.12.20. 2010.01.11. 3,994 3,943 3,511 89.0
    38 2010.12.19. 2011.01.11. 4,360 4,329 3,903 90.2
    39 2011.12.18. 2012.01.11. 4,824 4,771 4,185 87.7
    40 2012.12.16. 2013.01.08. 5,355 5,318 4,632 87.1
    41 2013.12.15. 2014.01.07. 5,703 5,650 5,093 90.1
    42 2014.12.14. 2015.01.06. 5,436 5,396 4,798 88.9
    43 2015.12.13. 2016.01.05. 5,194 5,170 4,539 87.8
    44 2016.12.18. 2017.01.04. 5,338 5,305 4,603 86.8
    45 2018.01.05. 2018.01.25. 5,690 5,663 4,710 83.2
    46 2019.01.03. 2019.01.22. 5,673 5,639 4,510 80.0
    47 2019.12.15. 2019.12.30. 5,826 5,778 4,890 84.6