Becoming a physician assistant means entering a challenging field that requires a lot of hard work and the ability to operate well under pressure. Additionally, communication and organization are both very important. Your physician assistant cover letter should show off all these qualities, providing an impressive synopsis of your education, skills, and experience that is sure to impress many a potential employer.
Becoming a physician assistant usually requires a college degree in a medical or scientific field. From there, you will be expected to complete a licensure examination in order to begin practicing as a physician assistant. The educational requirements can be replaced with relevant work experience, but the licensure is non-negotiable. If you haven’t yet received your licensure, you may wish to hold off applying for this position. Once your license is approved, you should make sure to highlight that in your resume and cover letter.
The sample physician assistant cover letter presented below uses a person who has just achieved licensure as a physician assistant and who only has a few months of practice under her belt. If you are relatively new to the field like this person, keep in mind that you can enhance your cover letter by drawing upon your education and other healthcare knowledge in order to demonstrate that you are energetic and motivated to build some experience in this field.
|Mary Cerulli, PA
222 Easterton Drive
San Francisco, CA 94101
June 30, 2014
Human Resources Administrator
Golden Bay Medical Center
221 Highland Drive
San Francisco, CA 94101
Dear Mr. Rhinehardt,
Please consider me as a candidate to fill the open physician assistant position available at Golden Bay Medical Center. I am a licensed physician assistant with clinical experience, and I believe that my skills and personality are a perfect match for your medical center.
I attended college at the University of California at Berkeley, where I received a bachelor of science in biology. Following my college graduation, I began serving as a clinical assistant at William Gibson Memorial Hospital. During this time, I also began working toward certification with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. In 2013, I passed the California PA Examining Committee to gain licensure as a PA. Although I remained at William Gibson Memorial Hospital in a clinical capacity for a short while, I have now decided that it is time for me to move on and become a full-time physician assistant.
My clinical skills are excellent, and I received not only honors in college but also recognition as a dedicated employee at William Gibson Memorial. Among my other strengths are communication with patients and physicians, organizational skill, and the ability to stay calm in an emergency situation. All of these qualities will help me increase the already high level of quality at Golden Bay Medical Center.
You can find my resume enclosed. A copy of my licensure certificate and personal letters of recommendation can be provided upon request. If you wish to speak with me further, you can contact me via phone at (415) 990-2331 or via email at [email] Thank you very much for your time, and I hope to explore this opportunity further with you soon.
Mary Cerulli, PA