Clinical Dress Code

The Faculty of Bryan College of Health Sciences believe it is necessary to address the issue of a dress code for the following reasons: 1) client safety, 2) need for asepsis, and 3) projection of a professional image. It is believed by the Faculty that a professional image is important to convey the knowledge, skill and authority of the healthcare provider. You are encouraged to observe the culture in which you work and act and dress accordingly.
In consideration of the above, the Faculty have established the following criteria.


During skills lab and clinical time, you are to wear the following:

  • The College patch affixed on all white lab coats and scrub tops over the left chest area.
  • Slacks and appropriate tops and a white lab coat OR
  • Dresses at least knee length and a lab coat OR
  • Skirts (at least knee length) and tops and a white lab coat OR
  • Plain navy blue scrubs (no lab coat needed) Pant legs must not touch the floor
  • A small pin indicating the modality in which you are trained or training (CVT only) worn on the left chest area
  • Footwear: no opened-toed shoes are permitted in the clinical settings. Clean leather athletic shoes that are reserved for the clinical setting are ideal.

Keep jewelry at a minimum during the lab and clinical times. Especially limit the bracelets worn, as they have a high risk of being caught in the equipment. Long necklaces would have the potential of also getting caught in equipment and/or swinging into a patient when you are bending over.

Rings: If rings are worn, only one may be worn on each hand. They are to be removed it they jeopardize medical asepsis or patient safety.

All Students

Name Tag: A name tag must be worn during all school activities.

Body Piercing: Visible body piercing is limited to the ears. One earring in each lower ear lobe is allowed. Earrings must be plain and not to exceed 1⁄4 inch in size. No hoops are allowed. No rings/studs/hoops may be visible from alternate body piercing sites.

Nails: Length and condition of natural nails will be conducive to safety and effective hand washing. Artificial nails may not be worn; this includes shellac and appliqués. Polish may be worn if it is in a muted color (i.e. natural, beige, light pink). Nail polish may not be chipped, cracked or peeling.

Hair: Hair (including facial hair) must be neat, clean and project a professional appearance. Hair must be confined in a fashion so as not to fall in the face when bent over or within a surgical cap as appropriate.

Aftershave, cologne, perfume: Aftershave, cologne, or perfume should not be worn when having direct patient contact. Personal Hygiene: Good personal hygiene is mandatory at all times. Clothing should be free of the smell of smoke. Gum chewing is not allowed in the clinical area.