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Korea

Information to work in this country is available from

KOREAN DENTAL HYGIENISTS' ASSOCIATION
(02465) 3F, 566 Gosanja-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, KOREA
Tel: +82 2 2236 0914
Fax : +82 2 2236 0915

Procedures and/or documents that are necessary to be able to work in this country

Applications should be sent to the Minister of Health and Welfare in Korea. Few overseas dental hygienists have applied to work in Korea and there has been no need to set criteria on further training before sitting the National examination.

Official licensing body in the country

Minister of Health and Welfare
6~12F, Hyundai BDG, 140-2, Kye-dong, Jongno-gu, SeoulĀ  110-793
Republic of Korea
Tel: +82 129

Contact for Work Permit and/or Visa

The Korean Embassy/Consulate in the country of residence.

Is a job offer required before a Work Permit/Visa is issued?

Applications are considered individually.

Main local and/or official language(s)

Korean. It is necessary to be fluent in this language.

Are hygienists qualified overseas required to sit the country's national examination?

Yes. Few overseas dental hygienists have applied to work in Korea and there has been no need to set criteria on training before sitting the National examination.

Information on the local working environment

Working week is 40 to 48 hours. Dental Hygienists work in hospitals, health centres, educational institutes and dispensaries.

Standard tasks that hygienists are allowed to undertake in the country
  • Removal of supra and sub deposits such as calculus
  • Fluoride application
  • Temporary filling
  • Temporary setting
  • Removal of deposits such as cements
  • Dental impression taking
  • Setting and removal orthodontic arch wire materials\
  • Intraoral radiography
  • Prevention of oral diseases Oral hygiene

Further information:

Country Statistics
Total Population 50,965,180
Number of Dental Hygienists, Female / Male 56,850 / About 100
Number of Dentists 27,780
Number of Dental Hygiene Schools / Students per year 81 / 5,025
Practicing Dental Hygienists: Full-time / Part-time About 25,000
Number of Dental Hygienists in private sector / public sector 23,384 / 1,186
Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Clinicians 23,384
Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Educators About 340
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Information based on data received by IFDH in:

2013

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NOTE: The information provided above is for general guidance only. The International Federation of Dental Hygienists advises all hygienists to contact the country's relevant licensing bodies and agencies for current information and regulations.