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2018 & 2019 Dates and Deadlines for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)

An applicant must submit his or her application to the PTBC by the application deadline date indicated below. If mailing the application, the envelope must be postmarked by the application deadline. The PTBC will review the application and provide status to the applicant in thirty (30) calendar days. Processing time may increase with high application volume.

As specified on the calendar, an application may be submitted without a Certificate of Completion (P1E); however, the PTBC must receive the P1E no later than the deadline indicated. Reference CCR 1398.24 & 1398.42.

Register with the FSBPT for the NPTE (physical therapist and physical therapist assistant) and the California Law Exam (CLE) when you submit your application to the PTBC.

The Federation of State Boards Physical Therapy (FSBPT) key dates and deadlines are not under the PTBC's jurisdiction; therefore, please refer to the FSBPT for additional information as this information is subject to change.

PT Deadlines

Test Date PTBC Application Deadline PTBC P1E Deadline FSBPT Registration
& Payment Deadline
FSBPT Eligibility
Approval Deadline
FSBPT provides a free, online score report on:
October 25, 2017 August 2, 2017 September 13, 2017 September 20, 2017 September 27, 2017 November 8, 2017
January 24, 2018 November 1, 2017 December 6, 2017 December 20, 2017 December 27, 2017 February 7, 2018
April 25, 2018 January 31, 2018 March 14, 2018 March 21, 2018 March 28, 2018 May 9, 2018
July 24, 2018 May 1, 2018 June 12, 2018 June 19, 2018 June 26, 2018 August 8, 2018
July 25, 2018
October 24, 2018 August 1, 2018 September 12, 2018 September 19, 2018 September 26, 2018 November 7, 2018
January 29, 2019 November 8, 2018 December 13, 2018 December 27, 2018 January 3, 2019 February 12, 2019
April 23, 2019 January 29, 2019 March 12, 2019 March 19, 2019 March 26, 2019 May 7, 2019
July 24, 2019 May 1, 2019 June 12, 2019 June 19, 2019 June 26, 2019 August 8, 2019
July 25, 2019
October 24, 2019 August 1, 2019 September 12, 2019 September 19, 2019 September 26, 2019 November 7, 2019

PTA Deadlines

Test Date PTBC Application Deadline PTBC P1E Deadline FSBPT Registration
& Payment Deadline
FSBPT Eligibility
Approval Deadline
FSBPT provides a free, online score report on:
October 3, 2017 July 11, 2017 August 21, 2017 August 29, 2017 September 5, 2017 October 18, 2017
January 10, 2018 October 18, 2017 November 29, 2017 December 6, 2017 December 13, 2017 January 25, 2018
April 4, 2018 January 10, 2018 February 21, 2018 February 28, 2018 March 7, 2018 April 18, 2018
July 10, 2018 April 17, 2018 May 29, 2018 June 5, 2018 June 12, 2018 July 24, 2018
October 3, 2018 July 12, 2018 August 22, 2018 August 29, 2018 September 5, 2018 October 18, 2018
January 9, 2019 October 17, 2018 November 28, 2018 December 5, 2018 December 12, 2018 January 24, 2019
April 4, 2019 January 10, 2019 February 21, 2019 February 28, 2019 March 7, 2019 April 18, 2019
July 9, 2019 April 16, 2019 May 28, 2019 June 4, 2019 June 11, 2019 July 23, 2019
October 3, 2019 July 11, 2019 August 22, 2019 August 29, 2019 September 5, 2019 October 18, 2019