23) Nursing Aide

  • A Nursing Aide played an important role in implementing national health care policy projects such as the family planning project, maternal and child health project, and the tuberculosis eradication project as part of the Five-Year Economic Development Plan in the 1960s.

    Although this job requires a Nursing Aide license now, they were issued the qualification certificate by the Minister of Health and Welfare until 1973.

    A person who holds a high school diploma or a higher degree can acquire the license after completing 1,520 hours of nursing aide training course and after passing the national examination.

    They assist with nursing services upon the instruction and supervision of a doctor, contributing to promoting people's health at the front line of medical services.

  • Eligibility
    1. A person who has graduated from a department related to nursing at a specialized high school as specified in Article 91, Clause 1 of Enforcement Decree of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (including those who are scheduled to graduate within 6 months from the date when Nurse Aide Certifying Exam is taken).
    2. A person who has graduated from a high school in accordance with Article 2 of Enforcement Decree of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (including those who are scheduled to graduate within 6 months from the date when Nurse Aide Certifying Exam is taken) or a person who has completed education at a state or public nurse aide training school as a person who has been recognized as academically equal to a high school graduate according to Article 98, Clause 1 of Enforcement Decree of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (hereafter, “a person recognized as academically equal to a high school graduate”).
    3. A person recognized as academically equal to a high school graduate who has graduated from a department related to nursing on a curriculum that corresponds to the high-school curriculum at a school-style lifelong education facility designated in accordance with Article 31, Clause 2 of Enforcement Decree of the Lifelong Education Act (including those who are scheduled to graduate within 6 months from the date when Nurse Aide Certifying Exam is taken).
    4. A person recognized as academically equal to a high school graduate who has completed a nurse aide course at a private teaching institute in accordance with Annex 2 of Enforcement Decree of Act on the Establishment, Operation of Private Teaching Institutes and Extracurricular Lessons.
    ※ Notwithstanding Clause 1, those who fall into any of the following paragraphs are qualified to take Nurse Aide Qualifying Exam.
    1. A person who has graduated as a nursing major from a university or a junior college as specified in Article 2 of Enforcement Decree of the Higher Education Act (including those who are scheduled to graduate within 6 months from the date when Nurse Aide Certifying Exam is taken).
    2. A person who has graduated as a nursing major from a foreign university or junior college that is recognized by Minister of Health and Welfare and has acquired the nurse license from the specific country.
    3. A person recognized as academically equal to a high school graduate who has completed a foreign nurse aide curriculum as recognized by Minister of Health and Welfare and has acquired the nurse aide license from the specific country.
    Disqualification standards
    ※ A Nursing Aide, notwithstanding Article 27, can be engaged in the job of Nursing Aide. In such case, the provisions relevant to nurses should apply, and "license" should be read as "qualification" "license certificate" as "qualification certificate".
    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 claiming medical expenses by false) 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
    Written test: 3 70 1 per item 70 Multiple choice
    (5 options)
    Practical skill: 1
    (written exam)
    30 1 per item 30 Multiple choice
    (5 options)
    Period Test subjects(No. of items) No.of items Type of items
    1st Introduction to Basic Nursing (35)
    (including Introduction to Basic Dentistry and
    Introduction to Basic Herbal Medicine),
    Introduction to Public Health Nursing (15),
    Introduction to Public Health (20),
    Practical skill (written exam) (30)
    100 Multiple choice
  • Those who score at least 40 percent in each individual subject and at least 60 percent across all subjects according to paragraph 1 of Article 7 of the 'Regulations on licensed nursing aide and similar physicians who are not legally licensed' 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
    (%)
    Nursing Aide The first half of 2011 2011.03.12. 2011.03.29. 22,265 21,338 18,722 87.7
    The second half of 2011 2011.10.22. 2011.11.09. 17,179 16,460 14,005 85.1
    The first half of 2012 2012.03.10. 2012.03.28. 20,876 19,923 17,023 85.4
    The second half of 2012 2012.09.08. 2012.09.26. 17,676 16,598 14,700 88.6
    The first half of 2013 2013.03.09. 2013.03.27. 20,843 19,839 17,484 88.1
    The second half of 2013 2013.09.14. 2013.10.02. 20,091 19,085 16,780 87.9
    The first half of 2014 2014.03.08. 2014.03.26. 24,017 22,936 19,867 86.6
    The second half of 2014 2014.09.20. 2014.10.08. 22,954 21,913 17,726 80.9
    The first half of 2015 2015.03.07. 2015.03.25. 26,235 24,797 15,901 64.1
    The second half of 2015 2015.10.03. 2015.10.16. 27,214 25,476 15,402 60.5
    The first half of 2016 2016.03.12. 2016.03.30. 29,003 27,180 16,269 59.9
    The second half of 2016 2016.09.10. 2016.10.05. 26,517 24,855 20,900 84.1
    The first half of 2017 2017.03.11. 2017.03.29. 23,802 22,397 18,340 81.9
    The second half of 2017 2017.09.02. 2017.09.20. 22,208 20,923 15,693 75.0
    The first half of 2018 2018.03.10. 2018.03.23. 24,538 23,241 19,987 86.0
    The second half of 2018 2018.09.01. 2018.09.14. 20,607 19,648 15,242 77.6