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Letter of Recommendation Template: Healthcare Provider (PA/NP/MD/DO)

Letter of Recommendation Template: Healthcare Provider (PA/NP/MD/DO)

POV: You're applying to PA school. You get up the nerve to ask the PA/NP/doctor you work with in your patient care job to write you a recommendation letter for your PA school application. They say yes- awesome! But then... "Just write the letter and send it to me and I'll make changes and submit it" ...activate panic mode! Not only do you not have ANY time to write yet another document for CASPA, you are at a complete loss for what to say, how to say it, and how to sell yourself without feeling "braggy."

Don't worry, I'm here to help!


The PA school/CASPA admissions process is very competitive and letters of recommendation (also known as Evaluations in CASPA ) are a great way to elevate your application. The difficulty is knowing where to start and what to include. So I have made these template letters to be your excellent guide!

I'm an experienced practicing PA, PA Preceptor, PrePA mentor, and PA school admissions expert. I always recommend PA students obtain at least 1 letter of recommendation from a practicing healthcare provider that is familiar with their work in a direct patient-facing setting. This is so they can speak to your ability to connect with patients and work in a stressful, high-demanding field like healthcare. 

Healthcare providers are very busy people and might be writing letters for multiple students, so unfortunately it is not uncommon for a recommendation letter writer to ask you to write the letter for them to review it, make changes, and submit. The difficulty is you've likely never written a recommendation letter and aren't sure what to include and how to speak about yourself in a way that sells your readiness to enter training to become a PA and your personal attributes without appearing too boastful and in a way that will impress the PA school of your dreams!

That is why I have created these Letter of Recommendation templates for your physician assistant school applicant. Simply personalize them and you will have a fantastic letter of recommendation from a professor ready to be sent to your letter writer in 5 minutes flat!

These templates are a great way to complete your recommendation letters in a timely manner so you can focus on more time-intensive aspects of your application, such as your personal statement and experience descriptions.

And as a FREE BONUS, you will also get my 2-page guide on how to get the most out of your recommendation letters, including who you should ask and why. 

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