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Uniform Standards for Clinical Settings

  • The purpose of the pre-licensure student uniform standards and regulations is to promote safety, provide a means of identifying the student, and to support the milieu of the clinical environment. These guidelines apply only to the pre- licensure student while in the student role.
  • Specific variation in uniform and required equipment will be identified in individual nursing course guidelines. It is the student's responsibility to know and conform to uniform standards and bring necessary equipment to the setting in which the student is practicing.
  • A student violating any of the below guidelines will be dismissed from clinical and receive an unexcused absence.
  • The DON program faculty reserve the right to interpret the uniform standards and make decisions regarding professional dress and conduct.

An Armstrong-BSN patch is to be affixed to left upper sleeve on uniforms, lab coats/jackets, and sweaters.

An Armstrong-Name Pin is to be placed over the left upper chest area of uniform, lab coat/jacket, or sweater.


Clean, standard white uniform: dress, top with slacks or skirts. Slacks are acceptable only when uniform top extends past the hipline. Leggings, scrubs, shorts, white jeans, cargo pants, and fanny packs are not permitted. Undergarments should be a neutral color so not to be visible through clothing.

Lab Coats

White lab coat that is either full or three-quarters length is required. Lab coats may be purchased from Meridys or an approved vendor.


Clean, standard white (no trim or colors) nursing shoes or plain white leather athletic shoes are acceptable (no high tops, trim colors, or open toes or open heels.) Hose/Socks: Plain white, full-length hosiery is to be worn with dresses and skirts. Plain white socks, mid-calf length or knee length, may be worn with pant.


Hairstyle: Neat and presents a well-groomed appearance. Hair shoulder-length or longer must be pulled back or put up. Hair accessories must be limited and neutral in color. Hair must be kept out of the face regardless of the length. Hair that is dyed must be a naturally occurring hair color.
Facial Hair: Fully developed beard and/or mustache must be neatly trimmed and present a well-groomed appearance. Otherwise, face must be clean shaven.

Personal Grooming

  • Nails should be neatly trimmed and should not extend beyond ¼ inch from the fingertip. Neither nail polish nor artificial nails are allowed.
  • Make-up should not be excessive.
  • Perfume/cologne/aftershave is prohibited.
  • A clean uniform must be worn daily.
  • No gum is to be chewed while in the clinical setting.


  • Earrings: Two small post earrings per ear lobe is permitted only.  
  • Body piercing jewelry in visible areas other than earrings stated above is not permitted. Tongue rings and studs are not permitted.
  • Chains/necklaces: None.
  • Arm and ankle bracelets: None.
  • Rings: Plain wedding bands only.


  • All tattoos must be covered.

Uniform Guidelines for non-clinical visits to a health care facility in the role of student nurse

  • Full-length or ¾ length lab coat with Armstrong/BSN patch.
  • Armstrong/BSN name pin and clinical agency requirements.

Appropriate dress: Slacks, dress, skirt, or uniform. No jeans (or any denim fabric clothing), shorts, midriffs, sweats, athletic clothes are permitted. High heeled, platform or open toe shoes are not permitted.

The following Required Personal Equipment can be purchased through Armstrong's Bookstore 

  • Watch with a second hand
  • Stethoscope
  • Pen light
  • Bandage scissors
  • Reflex hammer
  • Hemostat