PTA Exam Practice Test

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  • 1. 
    A physical therapist assistant attempts to identify an appropriate wheelchair for a 34 year old patient with bilateral lower extremity amputations. the MOST  important feature of a wheelchair designed for the patient should be:
    • A. 

      Friction surface hand-rims

    • B. 

      Reclining back with elevating leg-rests

    • C. 

      The drive wheels are set behind the vertical back supports

    • D. 

      Removable arm rests


  • 2. 
    PTA assesses a patients HR by measuring the time necessary for 30 beats. Assuming the PTA measures this value as 22 seconds, the patients heart rate should be recorded as:
    • A. 

      86 beats per-minute

    • B. 

      95 beats per-minute

    • C. 

      82 beats per-minute

    • D. 

      90 beats per-minute


  • 3. 
    A patient diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome works on weight shifting activities while standing in the parallel Bars. The PRIMARY objective of this activity is to improve:
    • A. 

      Mobility

    • B. 

      Controlled Mobility

    • C. 

      Stability

    • D. 

      Skill


  • 4. 
    PTA treats a 56 year old male s/p transfemoral amputation with a flexion contracture. As part of the treatment regimen the PTA performs passive stretching exercises to the involved hip. The MOST appropriate form of passive stretching is:
    • A. 

      Moderate tension over a prolonged period of time

    • B. 

      Maximal tension over a prolonged period of time

    • C. 

      Moderate tension over a brief period of time

    • D. 

      Maximal tension over a brief period of time


  • 5. 
    A 2 year old with T10 spina bifida receives PT for gait training. Initially, the preferred method to teach a child how to maintain standing is with the use of:
    • A. 

      Bilateral HKAFO and forearm crutches

    • B. 

      Parapodium and the parallel bars

    • C. 

      Bilateral KAFO and the parallel bars

    • D. 

      Bilateral AFO and the parallel bars


  • 6. 
    PTA discusses the plan of care for a 61 year old male diagnosed with spinal stenosis with the referring physician. During the discussion the physician shows the PTA a picture of the patients spine obtained through computed tomography. What color would the vertebrae appear when using this imaging technique?
    • A. 

      Cerebral palsy cerebral palsy black

    • B. 

      light gray

    • C. 

      Dark gray

    • D. 

      White


  • 7. 
    The PTA reviews the medical records of a patient 24 hours s/p THA... A recent entry in the medical record indicates that the patient was placed on anticoagulant medication. Which of the following Lab values would be MOST affected based on the patient's current medication?
    • A. 

      Prothrombin time

    • B. 

      Hemoglobin

    • C. 

      Hematocrit

    • D. 

      White blood cell count


  • 8. 
    PTA instructs a patient with a pulmonary disease in energy conservation techniques. Which of the following techniques would be the MOST effective when assisting a patient to complete a selected activity without dyspnea?
    • A. 

      Pacing

    • B. 

      Pursed-lip breathing

    • C. 

      Diaphragmatic breathing

    • D. 

      Ventilatory muscle training


  • 9. 
    A 32-year-old male Portuguese descent is referred to physical therapy for instruction in a home exercise program. The physician referral indicates that the patient is approved for one visit. What is the likelihood the patient will comprehend the home exercise program in the allotted time?
    • A. 

      The patient will require external assistance such as the use of an interpreter to comprehend the home exercise program.

    • B. 

      The patient will comprehend the home exercise program

    • C. 

      The patient will not be able to comprehend the home exercise program

    • D. 

      The therapist cannot make a prediction based on the supplied information


  • 10. 
    A patient diagnosed with C5 quadriplegia receives physical therapy services in a rehabilitation hospital. The patient has made good progress in therapy and is scheduled for discharge in one week. During a treatment session the patient informs the physical therapist assistant that one day in the future he will walk again. The MOST appropriate therapist response is:
    • A. 

      Your level of injury makes walking unrealistic.

    • B. 

      Future advances in spinal cord research may make your goal a reality.

    • C. 

      You can have a rewarding life even if confined to a wheelchair.

    • D. 

      Completing your exercises on a regular basis will help you to walk.


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