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Clinical Requirements and Expectations

Clinical Dress Code

The uniform is a means of identifying nursing students who are enrolled in the Traditional or Post-Baccalaureate Clinical Nursing Programs. In all clinical settings, the College of Nursing & Health Innovation (CONHI) students must be clearly identifiable as Arizona State University students for their own protection.

Students should take pride in their professional appearance as they represent ASU. As a healthcare provider, students are expected to demonstrate conservative, safe, and professional dress and grooming.

This dress code is to be observed by all Traditional or Post-Baccalaureate Clinical Nursing Program Students. Faculty will review the dress code with students at the beginning of each clinical rotation. Faculty will provide students with specific instructions in which exceptions to the dress code can be made.

Traditional and Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Clinical Nursing Program students will comply with the dress code at all times while in a clinical agency. Course faculty may require students to wear their uniform to laboratory or simulation experiences. Noncompliance with this dress code will be reflected in the clinical evaluation and may result in dismissal from clinical experiences. Traditional and Post-Baccalaureate Clinical Nursing Program students also are expected to comply with clinical agency dress code requirements. 

In some circumstances, the clinical agency dress code requirements may be different from the College’s requirements.  When the College and clinical agency dress code requirements differ, students are required to follow the more stringent requirements.  


Students will be free of all body odors and are not permitted to wear perfume, after-shave, or fragrant lotions or powders.

Student’s hair must be clean, neat, and kept away from the face. If the student’s hair touches the collar, it must be fastened back securely from the face so that long ends remain behind the shoulders. Students must use plain barrettes and plain, nondecorative ponytail holders to secure hair. Male students may wear neatly trimmed beards and/or mustaches that do not interfere with the wearing of any personal protection equipment, such as a face mask.

Additional Clinical agency requirements may include the following:

  • Non-natural hair colors such as pink, purple, blue, etc. are not allowed by some clinical agencies.

Students must keep nails short and trimmed. Students may wear clear, colorless, nail polish without chips. Due to health and safety requirements, sculptured, gel, or artificial nails are not acceptable.

Students are required to wear a watch with a second hand. Students may wear a wedding band, and/or small plain post earrings for pierced ears. Students may wear up to two small, post earrings per ear. Hoop or dangling earrings are not permitted.

Additional Clinical agency requirements may include the following:

  • Body jewelry in piercings, such as a tragus, nose, lip, or eyebrows, may not be permitted.
  • Students may be required to cover body jewelry that cannot be removed.

Students may wear subtle makeup.

Clinical agencies may require that visible tattoos are covered. 

Students may not chew gum during clinical rotations. Students may carry their belongings in a black, washable, waist utility pack.


All uniforms must be clean, neat, wrinkle-free, well fitting, and of appropriate length. Students are required to purchase a wine scrub jacket, a wine scrub top, and a wine polo shirt with the ASU College of Nursing & Health Innovation insignia through the approved vendor.

Students may purchase black uniform pants or skirts and black shoes through a vendor of their choosing. Uniform pants or skirts must meet the following requirements:

  • Fabric must be of sufficient weight as to not be transparent.
  • Jean material is not allowed.
  • Pants may have a straight, tapered, or boot cut leg.
  • Pants are to fit modestly and provide ample room to bend, sit, lift, and turn.  The torso must not show when arms are lifted overhead.

Students will wear either the hospital-based or community-based uniform. Faculty will notify students of which uniform they are to wear at clinical agencies.

  • Hospital Based – All-black scrub pants (white or colored thread or piping is not allowed), a wine scrub jacket, a wine scrub top, and a black, round-necked short-sleeved t-shirt may be worn under the scrub top. All-black nurse’s shoes or all-black, low-top leather athletic shoes will be worn. Shoes must have closed toes and heels. Shoes and laces are to be black and clean. Black socks are required. Clogs with or without heel straps, open-toed shoes, sandals, or canvas or meshed shoes are not acceptable.
  • Community Based – All-black scrub pants, a wine scrub jacket, and a wine polo shirt with ASU College of Nursing & Health Innovation insignia embroidered on left chest must be worn. Black leather shoes must be worn (see above). Black socks are required.

The College of Nursing & Health Innovation ID badge is to be worn on the upper left side of polo shirt, scrub top, or scrub jacket, when required. For security reasons, some clinical agencies may require students to wear the agency ID badge along with the College ID badge.