15) Optician

  • The status of Opticians was established as a health professional since the Optician system requiring a license was introduced with the announcement of The Medical Technician Act on November 28, 1987.

    The goal of an Optician, as a health professional with a national license is to contribute to promoting the health of the eyes of the population.

  • Eligibility
    1. A person who graduated from a university, industrial college, or junior college with a major in optometry. Those who are still completing their study must confirm that they have graduated within February of the following year of 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 optometry or a course equivalent to or higher than that, and has been licensed as a corresponding Optician by the competent authorities. If the person was studying at a school equivalent to or higher than overseas junior colleges recognized by the Minister of Health and Welfare with a major in optometry as of October 6, 1995, the person needs to have graduated from the school in order to be eligible.
    3. A person who prescribed and provided glasses in an Optician shop referred to in the Addendum (No. 3949 November 28, 1987) of the Medical Technicians, etc. Act as of May 28, 1988
    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 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: 3 190 1 per item 190 Multiple choice
    (5 options)
    Practical skill: 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 Fundamentals of Optometry(85) 85 Multiple choice
    2nd Medical Service Legislation(20)
    Clinical Optometry(85)
    105 Multiple choice
    3rd Practical Skill (written exam)(40) 60 Multiple choice
    ※ Medical Service Legislation: Medical Service Act, Medical Technicians, etc. 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
    Optician 20 2008.02.17. 2008.03.03. 2,737 2,508 1,620 64.6
    21 2009.02.15. 2009.03.06. 2,806 2,569 1,451 56.5
    22 2010.02.07. 2010.02.26. 2,796 2,557 1,731 67.7
    23 2010.12.11. 2010.12.30. 2,242 2,091 1,571 75.1
    24 2011.12.10. 2011.12.29. 2,102 1,973 1,250 63.4
    25 2012.12.08. 2012.12.27. 2,332 2,239 1,529 68.3
    26 2013.12.08. 2013.12.27. 2,302 2,175 1,401 64.4
    27 2014.12.07. 2014.12.24. 2,283 2,198 1,674 76.2
    28 2015.12.19. 2016.01.13. 2,060 1,994 1,462 73.3
    29 2016.12.24. 2017.01.11. 1,971 1,886 1,435 76.1
    30 2017.12.23. 2018.01.12. 1,870 1,787 1,338 74.9
    31 2018.12.22. 2019.01.10. 1,902 1,817 1,395 76.8