7) Dietitian

  • A Dietitian is a health professional who supervises preparation and nutrition of food for individuals, groups and local community to prevent diseases and promote health.

    Furthermore, they deal with the life and the health of people.

    They also advise patients on nutrition and dietary intake, provide information about food and nutrition, prepare menus, inspect food and manage the distribution of food, inspect and manage purchased food and the sanitation of food distribution facilities, make a daily report related to food service management, and train employees about nutrition and sanitation.

  • Eligibility

    Those matriculated to school on May 23, 2010 or later ― eligible for the 39th exam in 2016 and not beyond
    Related law: Article 15 of National Nutrition Management Act

    1. A person who has majored in Food Science or Nutritional Science at a university, an industrial university, a junior college, or Korea Air & Correspondence University as specified in Enforcement Decree of the Higher Education Act and is qualified with respect to subjects, obtained credits as specified in Ministerial Decree of the Ministry of Health and Welfare. As for a person who is graduating with the current semester must have his or her graduation earlier than February in the next year of the date of application submission confirmed, and if the person fails to graduate within the specified period, the person shall be disqualified.
      1. "A person who has majored in Food Science or Nutritional Science" refers to a person who has graduated from the department or school (specialty) as specified in Annex 1-2 based on Article 7, Clause 1 of Enforcement Regulation of National Nutrition Management Act.
      2. "A person who has met the requirements of the curriculum and has received credits specified by the Decree of the Ministry of Health and Welfare" refers to a person who completed the curriculum; has received the required credits; graduated the course as listed in table 1 of the Appendix, Paragraph 1 of Article 7 of the Enforcement Rule of The National nutrition Act (18 subjects and 52 credits to be completed as core or elective courses as required to complete the nutrition major).

    Those matriculated to school on May 23, 2010 or later ― eligible for the 40th exam in 2017 and later
    Related law: Article 15 of National Nutrition Management Act

    1. A person who has majored in Food Science or Nutritional Science at a university, an industrial university, a junior college, or Korea Air & Correspondence University as specified in Enforcement Decree of the Higher Education Act and is qualified with respect to subjects, obtained credits as specified in Ministerial Decree of the Ministry of Health and Welfare. As for a person who is graduating with the current semester must have his or her graduation earlier than February in the next year of the date of application submission confirmed, and if the person fails to graduate within the specified period, the person shall be disqualified.
      1. "A person who has majored in Food Science or Nutritional Science" refers to a person who has graduated from the department or school (specialty) as specified in Annex 1-2 based on Article 7, Clause 1 of Enforcement Regulation of National Nutrition Management Act.
      2. A person who "is qualified with respect to subjects, obtained credits as specified in Ministerial Decree of the Ministry of Health and Welfare" refers to a person who has graduated, completing the courses and credits (52 credits in 18 courses as required or elective as shown on Certificate of Completion of Courses Related to Nutrition) as specified in Annex 1 based on Article 7, Clause 1 of Enforcement Regulation of National Nutrition Management Act.
    • 18 subjects and 52 credits as core or optional courses according to the nutrition related subjects completion certificate.
    Those who entered school before May 23, 2010 Those who entered school after May 23, 2010
    Name of subject Minimum requirements Name of subject Minimum requirements
    Subject Credit Subject Credit
    Total 23 18 52 23 18 52
    Basic Physiology 2 6 Physiology 2 6
    Biochemistry Biochemistry
    Public health Public health
    Nutrition Basic nutrition 6 19 Basic nutrition 6 19
    Advanced nutrition Advanced nutrition
    Life cycle nutrition Life cycle nutrition
    Diet therapy Diet therapy
    Nutrition education Nutrition education
    Clinical nutrition Clinical nutrition
    Community nutrition Community nutrition
    Nutritional assessment Nutritional assessment
    Food and cooking Food science 5 14 Food science 5 14
    Food chemistry Food chemistry
    Food microbiology Food microbiology
    Food processing and preservation Food processing and preservation
    Principles of food preparation Principles of food preparation
    Experimental food preparation Experimental food preparation
    Food catering and sanitation Food service management 5 13 Food service management 4 11
    Food service business enforcement Food service business enforcement
    Dietary life management Dietary life management
    Food sanitation Food sanitation
    Food sanitary legislation Food sanitary legislation
    On-site Practical skill training for Dietitian
    Practical skills - - - On-site practical skill training for Dietitian 1 2

    Please be informed that the only exact subject names as listed above on applicants' certificates are subject to approval.


    ※ Applicants must complete the curriculum and acquire the credits that listed under 2) with a major or department listed under 1) to be qualified to take the Dietitian Licensing Examination.

    Those who entered school referred to in the Higher Education Act before May 23, 2010 and meet qualifications to apply for the national licensing examination based on previous provisions will be able to take the examination despite the revision of the Article 7(1) and the attached table 1. The previous provisions on the qualifications to take the national licensing examination are as follows.

    1. A person who has majored in food science or nutrition in a school in accordance with the Higher Education Act and has met the requirements of curriculum and credits specified by the Decree of the Ministry 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. If they fail to have graduated from the school within the period, their passing will be invalidated.

      ※ "A person who has met the requirements of the curriculum and credits specified by the Decree of the Ministry of Health and Welfare" - refers to a person who has earned the credits by completing the subjects related to food science and nutrition specified by rules of the school, in accordance with the relevant laws on higher education. ※ Departments and majors for the Dietitian Licensing Examination
      1. Departments: Nutrition, Food and Nutrition, Nutrition and Food, Food Science, Dietary Life
      2. Majors: Sitology, Nutrition, Food and Nutrition, Nutrition and Food
      3. A person who completed 18 subjects and acquired 52 credits related to nutrition from a university recognized by the Minister of Health and Welfare
      ※ Those who fall under 1) and 2) will be qualified to take the examination regardless of the completion status of the 18 subjects and 52 credits related to nutrition.
    2. A person who has acquired a dietitian license overseas
    3. A person who graduated from a foreign dietitian training school 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 Dietitian).
    2. A person who has communicable disease(s) according to the Subparagraph 13 of the Article 2 of the Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Act and is specified by the Decree of the Ministry of Health and Welfare
    3. An addict to narcotics, marijuana or any psychoactive drugs
    4. A person who has been subjected to a disposition of cancellation of licensure and for whom 1 year has not elapsed
  • No. of subjects No. of items Score allocation Total score Type of items
    4 220 1 per item 220 Multiple choice
    (5 options)
    Period Test subjects
    (No. of test items)
    No. of test items Type of test item
    1st Nutrition & Biochemistry(60),
    Nutrition Education, Diet Theraphy & Physiology(60)
    120 Multiple choice
    2nd Food Science & Principles of Food Preparation(40),
    Food Service, Sanitary Legislation(60)
    100 Multiple choice

    ※ Food and Nutrition Legislation : 「Enforcement Degree of The Food Sanitation Act」, 「Enforcement Degree of The School Meals Act」, 「Enforcement Degree of The National Health Promotion Act」, 「National Nutrition Management Act」, 「Act on Origin Labeling of Agricultural and Fishery Products」 and their subordinate Acts

  • Those who score at least 60 percent across all subjects and at least 40 percent in the individual subjects 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
    (%)
    Dietitian 31 2008.02.03. 2008.02.22. 9,983 8,340 4,416 52.9
    32 2009.02.08. 2009.02.24. 9,749 8,117 3,523 43.4
    33 2010.01.31. 2010.02.19. 9,910 8,677 5,494 63.3
    34 2011.01.28. 2011.02.21. 8,398 7,274 4,141 56.9
    35 2012.02.05. 2012.02.21. 8,379 7,252 4,018 55.4
    36 2013.02.03. 2013.02.22. 8,490 7,487 4,139 55.3
    37 2014.02.09. 2014.02.26. 8,682 7,690 4,998 65.0
    38 2015.02.01. 2015.02.24. 8,130 7,250 4,636 63.9
    39 2016.01.31. 2016.02.23. 7,607 6,892 4,041 58.6
    40 2017.02.04. 2017.02.21. 7,609 6,998 4,504 64.4
    41 2017.12.13. 2018.01.12. 7,375 6,888 4,458 64.7
    42 2018.12.22. 2019.01.10. 6,974 6,464 4,509 69.8