Cover letter for a physician assistant (5 samples)

This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for a physician assistant.”

Samples of physician assistant cover letters

To get a physician assistant position, you need a well-written cover letter that showcases your passion for and dedication to the industry. When writing a physician assistant 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: “Physician assistant cover letters”

“Dear Lina George,

I am pleased to express my strong interest in the Emergency Department Physician Assistant position at Stanford Health in Palo Alto, California. I am currently a physician assistant student graduating in July 2020 from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. With my collaborative nature, commitment to evidence-based practice, and willingness to learn, I believe I am an ideal candidate for this position. I would welcome the opportunity to become a valued, trusted member of your healthcare team.

As you will see from my enclosed resume, I have received training and experience in a variety of areas, including emergency medicine. Before PA school, I volunteered in the emergency department for over a year. I was eventually hired as an emergency department technician, where I honed my skills until starting PA school. I furthered my interest in emergency medicine during my PA training by completing an extra elective rotation in this area of medicine. I am confident that my passion for emergency medicine, combined with the advanced training I have received in this area, will help me make a difference for patients in need of outstanding care.

As you will see from my enclosed resume, I have received training and experience in a variety of areas, including emergency medicine and internal medicine. From my experience as an emergency department technician before PA school and the completion of two rotations in emergency medicine as a PA student, I am confident in my training as an intensive care provider. I will combine my dedication to learning and working collaboratively with other healthcare professionals to make an immediate positive contribution to the healthcare team and patients in need of outstanding care.

As a hardworking, team-oriented professional eager to begin my practice as a PA, I will bring my best every day to my patients and colleagues. I am committed to investing in the success of Stanford University Hospital while I grow as a provider. I welcome the opportunity further to discuss the available position and my qualifications with you. I can be reached by phone at 202-555-0122 or via email at

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you at your convenience.


Marietta Younce, PA-S”

Sample 2: “Physician assistant cover letters”

“Sofia Flores

(123) 456-7891

May 1, 2018

Dear Hiring Manager,

I am excited to apply for the Physician Assistant position at Crane & Jenkins. When I graduated from Northwest Vermont University three years ago, I knew that I wanted to work in delivering primary health care services because I believe that’s where I can have the most impact on the daily lives of people. I am intrigued by the Physician Assistant position you seek to fill at Crane & Jenkins because of the inroads you are making in community health education and improving health outcomes for underserved populations.

With my Physician Assistant role at Cloud Clearwater, I examined, diagnosed, and counseled approximately 60 patients each day. My goal was to appropriately treat any acute conditions while educating my patients and their families to promote comprehensive wellness and maintain chronic illness treatment. To ensure all patient needs were met, I coordinated with the physician and health care staff while making referrals for additional intervention when necessary.

In addition to my strong medical judgment and communication skills, I am adept at learning new technologies. At Cloud Clearwater, I established myself as the in-house expert on the DocuTAP Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. My ability to leverage technology resulted in me meeting our goal of an averaging less than an hour in-office for the patient. As such, my patient satisfaction rating was always 95% or higher.

Thank you for taking the time to review my application, and I appreciate your consideration. I welcome the opportunity to learn more about the Physician Assistant position and Crane & Jenkins. I believe my ability to reach patients to help improve their health outcomes will be a benefit to your team and the community you serve.


Sofia Flores”

Sample 3: “Physician assistant cover letters”

“[Today’s Date]

[Hiring Manager’s Name]

[Company Address]

[Company City, State xxxxx]

[(xxx) xxx-xxxx]


Dear [Mr./Ms.] [Manager’s Name],

I’m writing to express my interest in the Physician Assistant role advertised on [Website’s Name]. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, I knew my passion was to work in a medical setting where I could actively help improve people’s lives. After receiving my PA certification, I now have 5+ years of work experience at Resurgens Orthopedics and Alliance Orthopedics that I’d love to bring forward to better serve [Company Name].

I’m an expert at using EMR software on a daily basis to organize important medical data. Resurgens is a large-scale, busy clinic, and I’ve interpreted 500+ X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and electrocardiograms for our patients. In addition to interpreting lab tests, I prescribe orthopedic medications to our patients and provide recommendations for muscle, tendon, and ligament treatments. The head physician that I support has described my bedside manner and overall work ethic as “patient-centered, professional, and friendly.”

In my previous role at Alliance Orthopedics, I worked with orthopedic surgeons specializing in knee and shoulder injuries. I was asked to review a comprehensive new care plan on shoulder rehabilitation along with 2 other colleagues. We interviewed over 100+ patients and presented our findings in March 2016. Working directly with adult and pediatric patients along with the other medical staff has helped me learn how to work efficiently yet with the upmost care. I’ve learned to provide detailed and accurate data for patient reports and work collaboratively with our medical teams to ensure the best patient experience for all.

I’d greatly appreciate the opportunity to further discuss my qualifications and your requirements for this role. You can reach me by phone at (xxx-xxx-xxxx) or by email at Thank you for your time and consideration.


[Your Name]”

Sample 4: “Physician assistant cover letters”

“Dear Ms. Jones:

This letter is to express my interest in the physician assistant job opportunity with the CHG Medical Foundation in Saratoga. I have been working at the John D. Rockefeller Outpatient Clinic in Springfield, CA, as an urgent care/family practice PA for the past four years. I began there as a National Health Service Corps Scholar and have remained because I find the job both personally and professionally rewarding. My wife and I relocated to Santa Cruz almost two years ago to be closer to family and nurture our love for the outdoors. I have continued to commute, but I am now hoping to find an equally rewarding job that is closer to home and would allow me to be an active part of our local healthcare community.

I love my job as a physician assistant, and I genuinely enjoy working in a family practice environment. The combination of continuity of care and the unique opportunity to become an active part of a patient’s long-term health goals is what I believe to be the very essence of good medicine. In my four years working primarily in a rural, underserved community, I have had the opportunity to see firsthand both the many enjoyable and often challenging aspects of working within our current medical system. I have gained extensive experience in pediatrics, adult medicine, and women’s health. I bring a positive attitude, new ideas, and a constant eagerness to learn.

I want to thank you for the prompt response to my phone call this morning and for taking the time to review this letter and my resume. With my current work schedule, I would be available to meet any time on Monday, August 25’th, or the 26’th if that works better with your schedule. Feel free to email me back, or I will follow up with a phone call tomorrow morning so we can schedule a time that is best for you.

I look forward to meeting with you and learning more about this position and your organization.


Jason W. Smith PA-C”

Sample 5: “Physician assistant cover letters”

“Dear Mr. Smith:

It is with great interest that I submit my application to the Physician Assistant Program at Wayne State University. My interest in your program began while reviewing graduate-level physician assistant programs online. I appreciate your program’s emphasis on building a foundation of leadership skills in students and inspiring a passion for lifelong learning. During conversations with several physician assistants, your program was recommended as highly reputable and committed to student success.

I was hired as a patient care tech by Rose Valley Hospital in Springfield after completing an internship in their emergency department in December 2015. Through my work in the renal/respiratory unit, I built trust and rapport with patients while adhering to the highest standard of care. The University’s commitment to serving diverse populations and underserved communities particularly speaks to me. As a volunteer at my local health clinic, I strive to care for the medically needy and uninsured residents of my community by making sure they get the opportunity to receive the health services they deserve.

As a Marine veteran, I wish to serve my patients as I did my country, truthfully, and compassionately. I am most confident that your PA program will provide the tools and expertise necessary to become a compassionate and genuine physician assistant.

I have attached all materials required for acceptance into the program. Please contact me if I can provide further information. Thank you very much for your consideration of my application.


Leon M. Downey

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Frequently Asked Questions: Samples of physician assistant cover letters

How do I write a cover letter for healthcare?

“I am writing to express my interest in applying for the [specific position name] listed on your website. Between my educational background and relevant experience, I am confident that I can help support your hospital’s mission of [reference to facility’s specific values and mission].”

What is the best greeting for a cover letter?

Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”

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