Physical Therapist Assistants or more commonly known as PTAs provide support to physical therapists within in facility settings. They may work in hospitals or clinics depending on individual location but their ob duties remain the same.
PTAs assist physical therapists with providing treatment to patients; they administer treatment, assist with exercises and help with operating equipment that is needed to perform procedures effectively. They also record patient responses to treatment and are expected to provide feedback to the therapist about side effects or progress.
If you are on your way to an interview for the position of a PTA, the following sample questions and answers may assist you in preparing well.
PTA Interview Questions and Answers
Q. What are the basic tasks of a Physical Therapist Assistant?
A. To assist Physical Therapist in his work including but not limited to
- Examine patients before and for the period of therapy, note down their condition and report to PT instantly
- Lend a hand with patients perform specific exercises recommended by PT
- Teach patients and their family with reference to post treatment tasks
- Make use of a mixture of techniques to treat patients, including massage and stretching
- Utilize tools and equipment to facilitate patients
Q. Share briefly an experience where you had to work with an especially difficult patient and how you handled it?
A. An elderly lady who was in immense pain and would not cooperate with the staff even when she was told the therapy will do wonders for her. I talked her through the procedure, asking her about her children, grandchildren and even her garden! 45 minutes went by in a whiz and the procedure was over already
Q. Have you ever experienced instant education while observing patients? If yes, when and how?
A. I believe that every observation is education in itself. While I may not be able to provide you with just one incident, I can tell you that whatever I have learned this far has been from observation mostly.
Q. How do you deal with difficult team-mates? Do you have a strategy?
A. I like working in harmony with people so that my work or the patients that I am handling do not get affected. Until, my work is being hindered by a team-mate or the patient is getting uneasy, I keep my peace fully controlled. When things get out of control, I usually have no choice but to talk to a supervisor. What I don’t do is react.