20) Prosthetist and Orthotist

  • Prosthetists and Orthotists provide a medical and engineering rehabilitation service based on their own knowledge to restore the impaired body’s function lost due to fractures or amputations.

    This health professionals has begun to require a national license since year of 2001.

  • Eligibility
    1. A person who completed subjects related to prosthetics and orthotics as specified by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Health and Welfare in a school that has been recognized by the Minister of Education and Human Resources Development equivalent to or higher than a junior college referred to in the Higher Education Act; and who graduated from such schools. 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, which corresponds to schools set forth in A above or a course equivalent to or higher than that, and has been licensed as a prosthetist and orthotist by the competent authorities
    ※ Subjects related to prosthetics and orthotics specified by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Health and Welfare are as follows:
    Test subjects
    Regulations (1) Medical Health Legislation
    Medicine (4) Anatomy and Physiology, rehabilitation medicine (including orthopedics), rehabilitation therapy (including physical therapy and introduction to occupational therapy), kinesiology
    Engineering (3) Biomechanics, rehabilitation engineering (including designs and drawing), material science for prosthesis and orthosis
    Specializations (6) Introduction to prosthetics and orthotics, prosthetics for the upper limbs and prosthetics for the lower limbs, orthotics for upper limbs, orthotics for lower limbs and prosthetics for spine
    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 prosthetist and orthotist)
    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 Welfare of the Disabled Persons Act, Articles 234 or 317(1) of the Criminal Act, the Medical Service Act, the National Health Insurance Act, the previous National Health Insurance Act, Medical Insurance Act, Medical Protection Act, the Act on Special Measures for the Control of Public Health Crimes, the Act of Narcotics, Cannabis Control Act, Psychotropic Drugs Control Act or the Prevention of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Act
  • No. of subjects No. of items Score allocation Total score Type of items
    Written test: 7 250 1 per item 250 Multiple choice
    (5 options)
    Practical skill test: 1 2 50 per item 100 Assessment of the ability to manufacture prosthesis and orthosis
    Period Test subjects(No. of items) No. of items Type of items
    1st Medical Health Legislation (20),
    Kinesiology and Biomechanics (20),
    Rehabilitation Engineering and
    Material Science (20),
    Orthotics (60)
    120 Multiple choice
    2nd Anatomy and Physiology (30),
    Rehabilitation Medicine (40),
    Prosthetics (60)
    130 Multiple choice
    ※ Medical Health Legislation: Medical Service Act, Welfare of Disabled 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 who score at least 60 percent in the practical skill test will be considered to be successful candidates. Only those who have passed the written test will be eligible to take the practical skill test.

  • Test Times Test date Date of announcement of successful candidates Number of applicants Number of examinees Number of successful candidates Pass rate
    Prosthetist and Orthotist 8 2008.02.17. 2008.03.04. 130 117 40 34.2
    9 2009.02.15. 2009.03.25. 189 172 83 48.3
    10 2010.02.07. 2010.03.17. 162 156 66 42.3
    11 2011.01.28. 2011.03.16. 170 157 84 53.5
    12 2012.02.05. 2012.03.08. 140 126 42 33.3
    13 2013.02.03. 2013.03.15. 137 128 69 53.9
    14 2013.12.21. 2014.02.21. 121 108 61 56.5
    15 2014.12.20. 2015.02.23. 88 84 63 75.0
    16 2015.12.13. 2016.02.22. 116 113 60 53.1
    17 2016.12.18. 2017.02.21. 113 107 69 64.5
    18 2017.12.02. 2018.02.13. 113 108 55 50.9
    19 2018.12.01.
    129 125 64 51.2