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1. Why did you choose to become a Physical Therapist Assistant?
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List of Physical Therapist Assistant Interview Questions
  1. Why did you choose to become a Physical Therapist Assistant?
  2. What has been your most difficult situation in your experience as a Physical Therapist Assistant and how did you handle it?
  3. What would you do if a patient you had been working with started refusing to work with you?
  4. What was the most memorable patient you ever worked with?
  5. How do you handle stubborn patients who do not want to listen to your instruction?
  6. What have you done in the past year to become a better Physical Therapist Assistant?
  7. Are you a good listener?
  8. Why are you the best candidate for us?
  9. Are you efficient with your time?
  10. Share a time when you willingly took on additional responsibilities.
  11. What is your greatest achievement?
  12. Tell me about your experience working in teams.
  13. What is your ideal work environment?
  14. What is your experience with Integumentary physical therapy?
  15. How many years of long term care experience do you have?
  16. What is your greatest strength?
  17. How are your observation skills?
  18. Are you comfortable with giving patients instruction on how to perform an exercise?
  19. How would you describe your communication skills?
  20. Do you see yourself becoming a Physical Therapist in the future?
  21. Why should we consider you for this position?
  22. How do you manage your work stress?
  23. Have you ever had a situation where you had a number of alternatives to choose from? How did you go about choosing one?
  24. How do you manage responsibilities?
  25. Tell me why it is important to have patience as a Physical Therapist Assistant.
  26. Tell me about a time you provided excellent patient care.
  27. What is your greatest weakness?
  28. How do you work differently with an older patient
  29. Are you comfortable working with all age groups?
  30. What is your experience with Orthopedic physical therapy?
Contributing Author
Heather Douglass
HR Specialist/Recruiter
Physical Therapist Assistant Information
March 8th, 2017

As a Physical Therapist Assistant, you provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Your day consists of helping people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. You work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities, and more. Physical therapist Assistants may also measure changes in the patient's performance as a result of the physical therapy provided. You'll teach patients exercises for mobility, strength and coordination and provide training for activities such as walking with crutches, canes, or walkers, massage, and the use of physical agents and electrotherapy such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation.

Skills and characteristics as a Physical Therapist Assistant include a professional and caring mindset, the ability to work effectively with other medical professionals, strict attention to detail and the willingness to engage with your patient. The education required to be a Physical Therapist Assistant is an associate degree from an accredited PTA program at a technical or community college, college, or university. You must pass the national examination for licensing/certification/regulation in most states to be eligible to work.

To prepare for your interview you'll want to brush up on your behavioral questions. Because you work directly with patients, the interviewer will want to know about your patient interaction and communication style. The interviewer will also want to know about your ability to work within a team. Have a few situational stories in your back pocket to share as part of your interview answers. Have your elevator speech memorized and ready to go!
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