Cover letter for an occupational therapist (5 samples)

This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for an occupational therapist.”

Samples of occupational therapist cover letters

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

“Cody Fredrickson

(123) 456-7891

May 1, 2018

Dear Hiring Manager,

I am thrilled to be applying for the Occupational Therapist position at Cloud Clearwater. Working in the occupational therapy field has been my ultimate career goal, and I am grateful for the opportunity. This job is highly rewarding, as being able to help patients improve their quality of life is an invaluable experience that cannot be found in the vast majority of jobs. I believe that my prior experience and unique skill set is perfect for this job opportunity.

During my previous role at Crane & Jenkins, I worked as an Occupational Therapist for seven years and helped patients improve their motor skills for day-to-day activities. During my time working at Crane & Jenkins, 94% of my patients significantly improved their ability to perform everyday activities. The health of a patient is my top priority, and I always look for new ways to improve the well-being of each patient.

I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Northwest Vermont University, and I was in the top 10 of my graduating class. Occupational Therapy has always been my passion, and I knew from an early age that I wanted to work in this career field. Each patient is different, and I love the challenge of helping each one improve and reach their fullest potential.

Thank you for taking the time to read my cover letter and resume. I hope to hear from you soon and learn additional details regarding the Occupational Therapist position. I believe that I will be a valuable addition to your team and can significantly improve the life of each patient. I look forward to the next stage in the hiring process.


Cody Fredrickson”

Sample 2: “Occupational therapist cover letters”

“Dear Mr. Lewis,

I am interested in your occupational therapist position at your prestigious High Country Clinic. With my extensive experience as an occupational therapist in various settings, I believe that I have a strong set of skills, abilities, and characteristics that I bring to the table. High Country Clinic has been providing exceptional health services for a variety of disabling diseases, and I would like the opportunity to contribute to your efforts.

Over the six years that I have worked as an occupational therapist, have grown in knowledge and abilities, and have established stability within the profession and a passion to improve the quality of care for all patients. To that end I am well-versed in developing rehabilitation programs catered to the individual capabilities of patients, to help them rebuild lost skills and restore their confidence. As I work with patients individually I teach them helpful anxiety management techniques and advise them on home and workplace environmental adjustments that they may incorporate to be able to lead normal lives.

I am confident that with my master’s degree in occupational therapy and my extensive experience and passion I am a qualified applicant for this position. I may be contacted at 123-777-1234 if you need additional information or wish to set up an interview. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon. 


John Doe”

Sample 3: “Occupational therapist cover letters”

“Dear Mrs Tramting,

Working as an OT in a small private practice for nearly a decade has taught me the value of individual patient care. After my move to Atlanta, I feel that the Lindell Clinic would be an ideal place to continue my OT career with a dedicated group of likeminded therapists.

I have worked with the widest range of patients, who have presented a range of disabilities as a result of spinal injuries, trauma on the brain, stroke, muscular dystrophy, arthritis, cystic fibrosis and many other common conditions. I have deliberately kept my practice broad as I wish to make a difference to the most amount of people possible.

Nine years of evidence-based treatments and therapies have centered around the skillful application of physical therapies (ultrasounds, stimulations, and massages) to ensure a maximal recovery and optimal use of new prosthetics, orthotics, and other devices. The human body can learn to adapt if led along the right path by a patient and experienced guide. 1,500+ patients have rated me at 8.9/10 for helping them live more comfortably.

I am a recognized expert in delivering ambitious development plans (both for my patients and for others), which involve a wide range of OT treatment goals, including:

  • Improving muscle strength and range of movement
  • Improving the sense of balance and coordination
  • Enhanced sensory awareness and mental agility
  • Improvement in the scope of their daily activity

Much of an Occupational Therapist’s success is grounded in enabling a treatment path with achievable goals to gradually build up mental fortitude and avoid the perceived setbacks of failure. My experience tells me what is possible and what is not – when you push too far, you risk everything falling apart.

I would value the opportunity of an interview at your convenience and would love to talk you through how some of my most successful patients are now thriving.


Jessica Stevens”

Sample 4: “Occupational therapist cover letters”

“Dear Abc,

I am excited to be applying for the Occupational Therapist position at ABC Hospital. I have been practicing as an Occupational Therapist for the past five years and have experience working with a variety of patients in different settings. I am confident that I have the skills and experience to be an asset to ABC Hospital and contribute to the excellent care that your hospital provides.

I have a proven track record of success in my previous roles. I have worked extensively with patients who have suffered from a stroke, providing them with customized therapy plans that have helped them regain their independence. I have also worked with patients who have suffered from a brain injury, providing them with the support they need to relearn basic skills and resume their normal lives.

In addition to my clinical skills, I am also excellent at managing and organizing a busy clinic. I have successfully implemented and managed a clinic-wide electronic health records system, which has resulted in improved patient care and clinic efficiency. I am also proficient in Microsoft Office and have experience conducting research and writing reports.

I am confident that I have the skills and experience to be an excellent Occupational Therapist and contribute to the success of ABC Hospital. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss this opportunity further. Thank you for your time and consideration.”

Sample 5: “Occupational therapist cover letters”

“Dear hiring manager,

I am writing to express my interest in the Occupational Therapist position that is currently available at your facility. I have been working as an Occupational Therapist for the past three years and have gained valuable experience in a variety of settings.

I graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2010. During my time there, I was able to work with patients who suffered from a wide range of injuries and illnesses. I was also able to gain valuable experience in pediatrics, geriatrics, and physical rehabilitation. My clinical experiences allowed me to develop skills in assessment, treatment planning, and documentation.

Throughout my career, I have worked with patients who suffered from strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, and other debilitating conditions. I have also worked with patients who were recovering from surgeries or had chronic pain issues. My goal has always been to help these patients regain their independence and improve their quality of life.

I am confident that my background and skills would be a great asset to your team. I am also confident that I would be able to contribute new ideas and approaches to the Occupational Therapy department. I am very interested in this position and would welcome the opportunity to discuss it further with you.”

Frequently Asked Questions: Samples of occupational therapist cover letters

What are the requirements for an occupational therapist?

Occupational Therapy Skills

  • Clinical skills.
  • Exercise Physiology.
  • Exercise Science.
  • Fiscal skills.
  • Patient assessment.
  • Patient documentation.

What are the 3 Ps of a cover letter?

A cover letter should have:

  • Introduction
  • Sales Pitch
  • Conclusion.

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