California Physical Therapist Licensing

• 23 June 2021

California Licensing Overview for a Physical Therapist

Licensing for a physical therapist in California is controlled by the Physical Therapy Board of California .

General Guidelines for a Physical Therapist in California

Specific requirements to perform physical therapist services can generally be used as a guideline, but make sure to check with your local governing rules and regulations.

Who’s allowed to perform these services?

Physical Therapist

General requirements for a physical therapist license?

All applicants for licensure are required to take and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) (Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant Examination) and the California Law Examination (CLE), which relates to the practice of physical therapy in California. The CLE is a one-hour multiple-choice examination. Applicants applying through endorsement who have passed the NPTE for California will only need to register for the CLE.

What’s the state licensing site for a physical therapist?

Physical Therapy Board of California

What are some training programs available for a physical therapist?

See training programs

How long is a license good for and when do I need to renew?

License expired biennially

What are fees associated with licensing?


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