2) Dentist

  • A dentist is a medical specialist who performs medical services (evaluation, diagnosis, prevention, and therapy (non-surgical, surgical, and related procedures)) on diseases, disorders, impairment, deformity, and unbalance involving teeth, gum tissue, oral mucosa, maxilla, temporomandibular joint, and related neighboring tissues.

  • Eligibility
    1. A Bachelor's degree holder who graduated from a university or college, with a major in dentistry
    2. A master's or a doctor's degree holder who graduated from a graduate dental school, with a major in dentistry
    3. A person who graduated from an overseas dental school recognized by the Minister of Health and Welfare, which must be equivalent to any set forth in A or B, and has been licensed as a dentist by the competent authorities and passed the preliminary examination for DLE(Dentist Licensing Examination).
    4. A person who was studying at an overseas dental school recognized by the Minister of Health and Social Affairs as of July 8, 1994, needs to have graduated from the school and has passed the preliminary examination for DLE.
    ※ A person who is expected to receive a degree within six months from a university, college or graduate school with a major in dentistry, shall be deemed qualified on the grounds of meeting any set forth A or B. A license must be granted only if receiving the degree at the expected date of graduation.
    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 person)
    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 Service Act or Articles 233, 234, 269, 270, 317(1), or 347 (applicable only to cases of deceiving a patient or institution or organization responsible for payment of medical expenses by making false medical expense claims) of the Criminal Act, the Act on Special Measures for the Control of Public Health Crimes, the Regional Public Health Act, the Prevention of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Act, the Emergency Medical Service Act, the Act on the Special Measures for Public Health and Medical Services in Agricultural and Fishing Villages, etc., the Anatomy and Preservation of Corpses Act, the Blood Management Act, the Act on the Control of Narcotics, etc., the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act, the Mother and Child Health Act, or any other Acts and subordinate statues governing medical affairs specified by Presidential Decree.
  • No. of subjects No. of items Score allocation Total score Type of items
    13 364 1 per item (Oral Biology: 0.5 per item) 340 Multiple choice
    (5 options)
    Period Test subjects (No. of items) No. of items Type of items
    1st Oral Medicine (15),
    Prosthodontics (40),
    Pediatric Dentistry (26)
    81 Multiple choice
    2nd Orthodontics (33),
    Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (15),
    Oral Biology (48)
    96 Multiple choice
    3rd Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (26),
    Periodontology (26),
    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (40)
    92 Multiple choice
    4th Conservative Dentistry (40),
    Preventive and Public Health Dentistry (20),
    Dental Materials (15),
    Medical Health Legislation (20)
    95 Multiple choice
    ※ Medical Health Legislation: Framework Act on Health and Medical Services, Regional Public Health Act, National Health Promotion Act, Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Act, Prevention of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Act, Quarantine Act, Medical Service Act, the Emergency Medical Service Act, Blood Management Act, Act on the Control of Narcotics, etc., and National Health Insurance Act and their enforcement Decrees and enforcement Rules
  • Those who score at least 60 percent across all subjects and at least 40 percent in each individual subject will be considered to be successful candidates. In deciding whether the candidate has scored 40 percent or more in individual subjects, Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics are counted as one subject; Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral Medicine, and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology as one subejct; Periodontology and Preventive and Public Health Dentistry as one subject; and Dental Materials and Oral Biology as one subject.

  • Test Times Test date Date of announcement of successful candidates Number of applicants Number of examinees Number of successful candidates Pass rate
    Dentist 60 2008.01.18. 2008.01.28. 907 895 854 95.4
    61 2009.01.16. 2009.01.30. 820 816 777 95.2
    62 2010.01.15. 2010.01.28. 839 831 800 96.3
    63 2011.01.14. 2011.01.27. 787 782 737 94.2
    64 2012.01.17. 2012.01.27. 827 821 775 94.4
    65 2013.01.18. 2013.01.29. 818 814 766 94.1
    66 2014.01.17. 2014.01.28. 818 809 792 97.9
    67 2015.01.16. 2015.01.27. 756 751 725 96.5
    68 2016.01.15. 2016.01.26. 812 808 767 94.9
    69 2017.01.13. 2017.01.24. 802 795 746 93.8
    70 2018.01.19. 2018.02.01. 791 785 744 94.9
    71 2019.01.18. 2019.01.31. 817 812 790 97.3
    72 2020.01.15. 2020.01.30. 808 802 780 97.3