Cover letter for a physical therapist (5 samples)

This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for a physical therapist.”

Samples of physical therapist cover letters

To get a physical therapist position, you need a well-written cover letter that showcases your passion for and dedication to the industry. When writing a physical therapist cover letter, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you’re interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience; ensure they are similar to the job position. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Physical therapist cover letters”

“(123) 456-7891

May 1, 2018

Dear Hiring Manager,

I’m excited to be applying for the Physical Therapist position at Cloud Clearwater. I am passionate about combining my knowledge of physiology with my clinical and interpersonal skills to create successful therapy plans and improve the overall patient experience.

During my previous role at River Tech, I had the opportunity to work with a wide range of patients, including pediatric, adolescent, and special needs patients. I owned the development and implementation of effective pain management and mobility improvement plans for more than 150 patients. I was also responsible for developing and overseeing the company’s first in-home care program, which now produces almost 50% of River Tech’s revenue.

In addition to my experience in delivering quality patient care, I have also taken on additional roles as a trainer and educator for new physical therapists. I developed a new hire training curriculum that reduced the onboarding period from 14 days to 9 days, and I spearheaded an innovative continuing education program that improved employee retention rates by 67%. This love of teaching also led me to create a personal blog showcasing proven techniques for improving bedside manner and enhancing patient relationships. The blog currently has more than 1,000 subscribers, ranging from first-year medical students to seasoned physical therapists.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I’m looking forward to learning more details about the Physical Therapist position and about Cloud Clearwater. My passion for helping people aligns well with Cloud Clearwater’s mission to provide comprehensive, compassionate care, and I’m eager for the opportunity to discuss how my extensive experience can best be used to produce successful patient outcomes.


Ivy Haddington”

Sample 2: “Physical therapist cover letters”

“Ruby L. Adams

Vermont-Licensed Physical Therapist

1459 Essex Court

Burlington, VT 05401

July 16, 2019

Gloria R. Rodriguez

Managing Partner

Burlington Physiotherapy Practitioners

2630 Hardman Road

Burlington, VT 05401

Dear Gloria,

I recently came across your advertisement for a physical therapist as you expand Burlington Physiotherapy Practitioners. As a licensed physical therapist in South Burlington, this opportunity immediately excited me, and I’d like to officially submit my candidacy for your consideration.

As a physical therapist for over three years, and as a physical therapy assistant before that, I’ve had plenty of experience which would be ideal for the PT job at BPP. My work with musculoskeletal symptoms and sports injuries in younger clients allowed me to treat acute and chronic pains and hundreds of cases of joint problems. As an all-around physical therapist, I’ve also been privileged to have several accomplishments I’m quite proud of, including: 

  • Successfully completed recovery care for 27 sports injury patients.
  • Created physical therapy care plans for over 200 individual clients based on budget, availability, and physiotherapy needs.
  • Maintained >99% physical therapy client satisfaction score in over 3 years of practice.

Though these are but a few of my achievements as a licensed physical therapist and through the assistantship before that, I hope they show you how dedicated and personable I am as a PT. If you would give me the chance to become a physical therapist at BPP, I would bring this same level of work ethic, client engagement, and motivation to the job with me each day.

If you’d give me the opportunity, I’d love to show you how I can be an integral part of Burlington Physiotherapy Practitioners’ physical therapy team.


Ruby L. Adams”

Sample 3: “Physical therapist cover letters”

“Dear Ms. Smith:

When I learned of the opportunity to serve as a Physical Therapist with your organization, I hastened to submit my resume for your review. My experience supporting injured patients with improving their range of motion and managing their pain—as well as my commitment to providing the highest level of patient care and service—give me confidence in my ability to significantly benefit your team.

From assessing conditions and learning information to developing treatment plans and leading individual therapy sessions, my background has prepared me to excel in this role. My ability to quickly connect with individuals and establish trusting relationships, along with my strong communication and team collaboration capabilities, position me to thrive in this challenging position.

Consider the following highlights of my qualifications:

Screening, evaluating, and examining patients to establish accurate diagnoses and identify appropriate action plans to achieve measurable and positive results.

Monitoring individuals’progress and adapting and modifying actions throughout the course of the treatments as needed to ensure optimal improvement and performance.

Educating patients on diagnoses, anatomy, physiology, and expected benefits from applied PT interventions.

Demonstrating superior organizational and interpersonal abilities while delivering outstanding levels of compassion and care to clients.

With my previous practicum and education in physical therapy, complemented by my dedication to providing vital assistance to individuals in need, I believe I could swiftly surpass your expectations for this role. The opportunity to discuss the position in further detail would be welcomed.

Thank you for your consideration.


Sonia C. Hammond”

Sample 4: “Physical therapist cover letters”

“September 25, 2020

Amanda Morales

Hiring Manager

New Life Physical Therapy

3333 W 36th Ave.

St. Louis, MO 34343

Dear Ms. Morales,

I’m writing about the Physical Therapist position at New Life Physical Therapy. With my five years of experience as a Physical Therapist and my background in athletic training, I believe that I would be an excellent fit for this position and its focus on working with people who are injured and want to return to their active lifestyles.

Being around athletes during my time in college as an athletic trainer and seeing how devastating an injury can be to someone who loves to move and exercise gave me compassion for people in this situation, whether they’re an athlete or not. This is what motivated me to become a physical therapist in the first place.

In my current role at Wilson Associates, I grew my client base by 200% in just two years, which set the record at the company. I did this by providing excellent care through exercise-based therapy, manual therapy, and building relationships with my patients. Many of them still send me updates on their progress and their lives.

Over the past year, I’ve trained three younger Physical Therapists and even designed a continuing education program for new hires. Upper management saw the positive results of this and has begun to implement it across the entire company for both new and seasoned employees.

I’ve had the privilege of interacting with therapists at New Life Physical Therapy in a variety of capacities throughout my career, and I’ve always been impressed by their professionalism and excellent care. I know that this is a part of your company culture, and I’d be honored to use my skills to further that.

I look forward to talking with you further about this position. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Danny Carnes (Handwritten signature)

Danny Carnes”

Sample 5: “Physical therapist cover letters”

“Dear Mr. Dean,

After my college football career was cut short by a cruciate injury, my journey in sports physical therapy has been a healing process for me (mentally) as well as for my patients.

The therapist position with Hawkings would be an ideal move after three years managing the sports injury team at Nord Dam. I received my DPT from the University of Washington and have 3,000 hours of patient care in the local sporting community. When you have a connection with the patient, it makes the job so much easier and more fulfilling.

As an ex-player who has now fully recovered from a debilitating injury, I understand how to coax incremental mobility improvement and improve musculoskeletal outcomes when the obstacles for a player are both physical and mental. Players have to believe that they will get back to full fitness before they can fully engage.

I have been a member of APTA since 2012 and regularly take part in seminars and conferences around the latest thinking in sports therapy and psychology. While physical therapy is not a career that lends itself to quantitative measurement, I can share a couple of career statistics that might shine a light on my level of experience:

Carried out 600+ diagnostic and prognostic exams to evaluate functional abilities.

Training and personal development of the therapy team. 32% increase in staff retention.

98% client satisfaction score. Can share 150+ personal references and case studies.

When I create a physical therapy care plan with a player, I make sure that it is comprehensively tailored to their needs. You cannot do this without an intensely personal and compassionate approach and as such I still feel a part of the wider team. It is like being back on the field again.

I would relish the chance to discuss becoming a member of the Hawkings team.

Best regards,

Herman Walton”

Frequently Asked Questions: Samples of physical therapist cover letters

What are the requirements for a physical therapist?

Physical Therapist Skills

  • Physiology knowledge
  • Clinical skills
  • Health promotion
  • Empathy
  • Pain management

What are the tips for a great cover letter?

Tips for Writing a Successful Cover Letter

  • Make It Personal. 
  • Past, Present, and Future. 
  • Research about the company.
  • Keep It Brief.

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