16) Emergency Medical Technician

  • An Emergency Medical Technician undertakes the main business in the pre-hospital emergency medical care system.

    They provide life support and prevent serious complications by performing medical procedures and transporting emergency patients, protecting the lives of people from various accidents and disasters, while contributing to the enhancement of public health and social development by providing high-quality emergency medical services.

  • Eligibility
    1. Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic
      1. A person who graduated from a university or junior college with a major in the study of emergency medical technicians. 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 holds an Emergency Medical Technician qualification awarded by the competent authorities in an overseas country, which is recognized by the Minister of Health and Welfare.
      3. A person who has engaged in the task as a level 2 Emergency Medical Technician in the field for more than three years.
    2. Emergency Medical Technician
      1. A person who has completed the training course as determined by the Presidential Decree in an emergency medical technician training institute designated by the Minister of Health and Welfare. Those who are still completing their study must confirm that they have graduated within February of the following year of the application. Provided that they fail to have graduated from the school within the period, their passing score should be rendered void.
      2. A person who holds an Emergency Medical Technician qualification awarded by the competent authorities in an overseas country, which is recognized by the Minister of Health and Welfare.
    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 Emergency Medical Service Act or Articles 233, 234, 268 (limited to medical malpractice) 269, 270(1) or (3), 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 Medical Technicians 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
    Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic Written test: 5 230 1 per item 230 Multiple choice
    (5 options)
    Practical skill test: 1 3 10~30 per item 60 Assessment of proficiency
    Emergency Medical Technician Written test: 5 140 1 per item 140 Multiple choice
    (5 options)
    Practical skill test: 1 3 10~30 per item 60 Assessment of proficiency
    - Emergency medical technician Paramedic (written test)
    Period Test subjects(No. of items) No. of items Type of items
    1st Basic Emergency Medicine (30)
    Physical Assessment & Management (40)
    Introduction to Advanced Emergency Care (30)
    Emergency Medical Service Act (20)
    120 Multiple choice
    2nd Advanced Emergency Care (110) 110 Multiple choice
    - Emergency medical technician (written test)
    Period Test subjects(No. of items) No. of items Type of test item
    1st Introduction to Basic Emergency Care (20)
    Basic patient Assessment & Management (20)
    Emergency Medical Service Act (20)
    60 Multiple choice
    2nd Basic Emergency Care (60)
    Equipments of Emergency Medical Service(20)
    80 Multiple choice
    ※ Emergency Medical Service Act: Medical Service Act, Emergency Medical Service 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
    (%)
    Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic 14 2008.12.07. 2008.12.22. 828 818 667 81.5
    15 2009.12.06. 2009.12.21. 928 915 762 83.3
    16 2010.12.05. 2010.12.21. 1,029 1,012 899 88.8
    17 2011.12.04. 2011.12.20. 1,136 1,133 980 86.5
    18 2012.12.02. 2012.12.18. 1,204 1,198 1,034 86.3
    19 2013.12.01. 2013.12.19. 1,328 1,309 1,147 87.6
    20 2014.11.30. 2014.12.17. 1,495 1,484 1,210 81.5
    21 2015.11.29. 2015.12.16. 1,586 1,570 1,327 84.5
    22 2016.12.03. 2016.12.21. 1,649 1,622 1,371 84.5
    23 2017.12.02. 2017.12.12. 1,775 1,753 1,544 88.1
    24 2018.12.01. 2018.12.20. 1,774 1,759 1,554 88.3
    Emergency Medical Technician 14 2008.12.07. 2008.12.22. 894 862 732 84.9
    15 2009.12.06. 2009.12.21. 815 792 639 80.7
    16 2010.12.05. 2010.12.21. 754 725 536 73.9
    17 2011.12.04. 2011.12.20. 760 749 579 77.3
    18 2012.12.02. 2012.12.18. 1,136 1,122 889 79.2
    19 2013.12.01. 2013.12.19. 1,823 1,800 1,343 74.6
    20 2014.11.30. 2014.12.17. 2,314 2,277 1,598 70.2
    21 2015.11.29. 2015.12.16. 1,953 1,920 1,271 66.2
    22 2016.12.03. 2016.12.21. 2,384 2,359 1,625 68.9
    23 2017.12.02. 2017.12.21. 2,727 2,691 2,337 86.8
    24 2018.12.01. 2018.12.20. 1,505 1,473 1,224 83.1