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Undergraduate Nursing Dress Code

POLICY: The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing expects students to reflect professionalism and maintain high standards of appearance and grooming in the clinical setting.  Clinical faculty has final judgment on the appropriateness of student attire and corrective action for dress code infractions.

Students not complying with this policy will not be allowed to participate in clinical. (Students, if unsure about uniform guidelines, should contact their faculty.) Failure to comply with the below requirements may result in an unexcused clinical absence and/or negative clinical evaluation, and may result in a clinical failure.

General Guidelines


  • Watches, wedding rings only, earrings (one small stud per earlobe, no dangling or hoops) may be worn.
  • Necklaces and bracelets are not permitted. (Only Medic alert necklace/bracelet is permitted.)
  • No body piercing jewelry is permitted, except for one stud earring per earlobe (as noted above).  Nose piercing jewelry must be removed or covered.  No exceptions.
  • Students must have a watch with a second hand. (Cell phones may not be used to count pulses).


  • Hair is to be clean, neat, and well groomed. Shoulder length hair or longer must be pulled back behind the ears off the neck in a ponytail or other contained style that does not allow hair to hang down in the front when in the clinical, learning resource center or simulation lab settings.
  • Males are expected to be clean-shaven or facial hair/moustache and beards neatly trimmed.
  • Hair must be of a color found in nature (no pink, blue, etc.).


  • Nails are to be clean, groomed, and manicured.
  • Artificial nails are prohibited in the clinical setting.
  • Nails are to be cut to the tip of the finger and groomed.
  • No fingernail jewelry or polish.


  • Makeup will be subdued.  Personal hygiene including oral care, daily showering/bathing, and the use of deodorant/antiperspirant is expected.
  • No perfume, cologne, after shave or scented lotion is to be worn.
  • Gum chewing is not permitted.
  • Cell phones, tablets, and other such technology shall be utilized only out of patient care areas.  Cell phones must be turned off during clinical and left in the student’s purse or backpack unless required by clinical faculty to communicate.
  • Tattoos must be covered and not visible.
  • Refrain from smoking in uniform as the smoke can cling to clothes and be an irritant to patients.
  • Students will refrain from wearing student uniforms to non UTA related activities (restaurants, shopping, etc.) If uniform cannot be changed then UTA patch needs to be covered with sweater or jacket.
  • Refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages while in uniform

Clinical settings requiring uniforms

Current UTA undergraduate student uniforms are navy blue scrubs with a UTA insignia patch sewn on the left upper sleeve of scrub top. White or black long or short sleeved turtleneck or crew neck T-shirts without logos or advertisements may be worn under scrub shirts.

  • Uniforms are to be clean and not wrinkled.
  • No sweaters with hoods may be worn with the uniform.
  • No head coverings are allowed unless required by religion or for medical reasons.  Head coverings must be a solid color (white, navy blue or black) and without adornment or fringe. The covering may not include the face.
  • A navy blue scrub jacket with a UTA insignia patch sewn on the left upper sleeve may be worn with the scrubs.  For students who started the Upper Division Nursing program prior to Spring 2018 a thigh-length white lab coat with a UTA insignia patch sewn on the left upper sleeve may be worn with the scrubs.
  • Undergarments and/or cleavage should not show when leaning or bending over.  Low-rise scrub pants and rolling down the waist band of scrub pants is prohibited.
  • Scrub pants may not drag on the floor.
  • Scrubs must be loose enough to allow adequate movement. (Not skin tight).
  • Dresses or skirts must be knee length or longer.
  • Shoes are to be closed toed, closed heel, clean and in good repair. Shoes must be made of a material that will not absorb bio-hazardous materials and that can be cleaned. Therefore, shoes must be white or black leather or rubber. White or black hose/socks (that come above the ankle) are required.  Open toe or open heel shoes are prohibited for safety concerns.
  • Hair clips, bands, etc. shall be functional, not decorative (no bows) Colors of headbands must be  white or black.

Failure to comply with the above requirements may result in an unexcused clinical absence and/or negative clinical evaluation.

Skills Lab/Simulation Lab attire

The school clinical laboratory setting is designed to simulate the hospital or health care clinical area. Students will wear the adopted uniform with name badge and UTA College of Nursing patch on the left upper sleeve.

UTA Student Identification

  • The UTA Student Picture ID is to be worn above the waist and in clear view when in uniform.
  • No other ID should be attached to the UTA College of Nursing ID, nor should the UTA ID be worn in settings other than clinical. The only exception to this is when a facility specific ID is required by the clinical setting. The College of Nursing ID must be worn in all clinical and lab settings.

Pre or Post-clinical Experiences in the Health Care Setting

Students may be required to attend conferences or visit the clinical areas as part of their course requirements. Students will wear uniform scrubs or lab coat with name badge and UTA school patch. Professional dress will be worn under the lab coat. The following items will be avoided in the clinical areas: jeans, shorts, sandals, jogging/athletic suits, t-shirts, ball-caps, etc. Students will not change out of their scrubs before leaving the hospital and/or the hospital grounds (parking lot).

Clinical settings requiring street clothes

  • Professional attire is expected. Jeans/western cut pants, sweatshirts, sweatpants, pajama pants or tops, shirts of underwear type, see-through clothing, sleeveless shirts or any clothing which exposes a bare midriff, back, chest or underwear are prohibited. Tattoos must be covered.  Skirt length must be knee length or longer. Scrubs may not be worn in areas requiring street clothes.
  • Appearance must be clean and neat. Students in agencies where scrubs are provided should follow the above standards prior to changing into scrubs.

Professional Presentations

For workshops/seminars attended by students, professional/business attire will be worn.

  • Women: Professional attire: suit or jacket with pants or skirt, blouse, shoes and hose or trouser socks, simple jewelry.
  • Men: Professional attire: Suit or jacket with slacks, traditional shirt with collar, tie, socks, dress shoes and matching belt.
  • Avoid denim, jeans, T-shirts or other casual clothes, flip flops, athletic shoes.


  • Women: Professional attire as above or dressy (dress, dressy separates, nice fabrics and dress shoes) but conservative, not revealing and a modest length. Shoes should be comfortable to wear walking up and down stairs.
  • Men: Professional attire as above (suit, jacket, tie, nice fabrics and dress shoes).
  • Avoid denim, jeans, T-shirts or other casual clothes, flip flops, athletic shoes.
  • Caps and gowns should not have offensive or inappropriate adornment or embellishment