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Student Clinical Dress Code Policy

Student Clinical Dress Code Policy

The purpose of the student dress code is to ensure that students maintain an acceptable standard of appearance at all times that is consistent with that of a clean, neat, and well-groomed professional. This policy is intended to be inclusive; any needed revisions will be determined by the program faculty. The program faculty will be the sole judge of what is or is not consistent with the dress code.

General Statements:

  1. All clothing pieces will be loose fitting, neat, clean, pressed and wrinkle-free.

  2. Appropriate undergarments will be worn. Undergarments that show through the clothing or uniform are inappropriate.

  3. Make-up should be subdued and kept to a minimum.

  4. Patients may be sensitive to scents so students should be mindful in selecting grooming products that are scent-free or lightly scented.

  5. Gum chewing is prohibited at all times.

  6. Breath and body should be free of any offensive odors.


Top: Polo shirt with RADSC Program logo. Shirts are navy or French blue and are available in the campus bookstore. A long sleeve shirt may be worn under the polo for warmth or to conceal tattoos. The long sleeve shirt must be all white and free of logos or insignia.

Pants: Pants are available in the campus bookstore, but may be purchased elsewhere as long as they meet the following requirements:

  • Navy or white
  • Uniform material; no jeans, knit or textured material
  • Elastic top or zipper closure; no scrub pants with drawstring-only top closure
  • Cargo-type pockets are acceptable

Lab coat: A long white lab coat (mid-thigh length or longer) is required for OR rotations and may be purchased in the campus bookstore or elsewhere.

Warm up jacket:  Wearing sweaters and sweatshirts is not allowed at clinical so a warm up jacket is available. This is an option and is not a mandatory part of the uniform. The warm up jacket is navy and has the RADSC program logo. It is available in the campus bookstore and is the only jacket that can be worn over the uniform.

Footwear: Shoes can be professional shoes or athletic shoes though they must be all white and all leather. Clog-type shoes are acceptable if they have a full back on them. White socks must be worn at all times and, at a minimum, must cover the ankle.

Uniform Guidelines:

  • Please note the following requirements for combinations of tops and bottoms:
    • French blue or navy polo shirt with white pants
    • French blue polo shirt with navy pants
    • A navy polo top cannot be worn with navy pants
  • Scrubs are worn for OR, cath lab, and CVI rotations only.  Students in these areas will report to clinical in their uniforms and change into scrubs upon arrival.  At the end of the day, these students will change back into their uniforms prior to leaving the department and deposit the scrubs into the appropriate receptacle.  If a shirt is worn under the scrub top, it must be all white with no insignia or logos.
  • Shoes must be clean and polished at all times.

Personal Appearance:

Hair: Clean and neat. Hair longer than collar length must be pinned or restricted at the base of the neck. Hair color must be a natural tone. No “trendy” hairstyles, including spikes and sculpting. Headbands and barrettes/fasteners used to restrict hair can be blue, white, or darker colored.

Hands: Clean; fingernails must be trimmed to below the length of the finger; nail polish of any type (clear included) is not permitted.

Jewelry: Kept to a minimum.

  • Rings: Total of two allowed. Wedding sets count as one.
  • Bracelets: Prohibited.
  • Earrings:
    • Females:
      • Dangle earrings and hoops prohibited.
      • Earrings must be worn as one pair of post-type earrings.
      • One earring in each earlobe.
      • No other ear adornments allowed.
    • Males: Prohibited
  • Necklaces: One single thin chain, no longer than 22" with one small pendant.
  • Watch: Students are required to wear a watch with a timer.
  • The following is unacceptable:
    • eyebrow piercings
    • nose piercings
    • tongue piercings
    • other visible body jewelry
  • Tattoos: Any visible tattoo or branding is unacceptable and must be covered while in clinical.

Badges: Students must wear a hospital ID badge and radiation-monitoring device at all times.

*RADSC Program dress code is based on dress code policies from all clinical sites.

Revised 10/2/2017