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Securing a License to Practice as a Medical Professional in Korea

Seeking to practice as a healthcare professional in South Korea? Our latest article provides a comprehensive guide on securing a license in Korea, including the recognition process, eligibility criteria, and necessary documentation. Get all the insights to navigate the licensing process effectively.
Securing a License to Practice as a Medical Professional in Korea
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Practicing as a healthcare professional in Korea requires a specific license, issued through a recognition process organized by the Korea Health Personnel Licensing Examination Institute. While the procedure may be time-consuming, it remains straightforward.

Eligibility for the review is extended to individuals who have completed their degree in a relevant field of study (such as medicine, nursing, etc.) from an overseas university and hold a valid, up-to-date license issued by the country where they obtained their degree.

Procedure for Securing a License

The process varies slightly for different categories of healthcare professionals:

For Physicians, Dentists, Oriental Medical Doctors, and Pharmacists:

  1. Recognition of overseas university degree
  2. Preliminary examination
  3. National examination
  4. Application for licensure

For Health Professionals, including Nurses:

  1. Recognition of overseas university degree
  2. National examination
  3. Application for licensure

Review of Overseas University Recognition

This review is undertaken to determine the eligibility of international graduates to sit for the examination. If the review recognizes the applicants' alma mater, they can take the examination. However, if the result is "non-recognized," they won't be permitted to take the examination.

Documents Required for the Review

  1. Application form for overseas university recognition review
  2. Current status report of the university
  3. A copy of the valid, renewed license
  4. A copy of the original college diploma or graduation certificate
  5. Score transcript (if a transfer, transcripts from all previous universities are required)
  6. Curriculum details
  7. Syllabus - documents including educational goals, learning contents, and teaching time of courses completed for the major
  8. School regulations - must include provisions regarding admission, transfer, graduation, and credit approval.
  9. School prospectus - must include the current status of full-time faculty, lecturers, and facilities for clinical or practical skill training, etc.
  10. Certificate of Entry and Exit Records - can be obtained from the immigration office in Korea or community centers.
  11. Agreement to Collection, Use, and Provision to Third Party of Personal Information
  12. Any other documents that attest to the eligibility to take the examination

For more detailed information, visit the Korea Health Personnel Licensing Examination Institute website.

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