Student Dress Code Policy

While we honor diversity in values, dress, and professional styles, it is also necessary to balance this with discretion when presenting ourselves to the public. In this role students should avoid clothing that is too casual, too formal, or too trendy. It is important to remember that credibility is a constant issue for students in a training environment and clothing should not detract from the student’s acceptance by other clinicians, faculty, staff, patients, or members of our greater community. Student clinicians receive multiple challenges during the program and adhering to a professional dress code will help the student not only to look the part but to act it as well. Professional dress must be worn at any off-site academic or clinical activity and on campus whenever a guest is present. All students are expected to identify themselves as a PA student during clinical rotations or other program activities and will often be asked to wear short white coats with the program patch and student name and a photo ID badge when at a clinical site.  Students are expected to wear their student ID at all times when on the Marshall B. Ketchum University Campus.  During the clinical phase, a clinical site’s dress code policy will supersede this policy.

Professional Dress

  • General appearance must be neat, clean, and well-groomed.
  • Appropriate styles may include dresses, skirts, skorts or slacks with a blouse, dressy top, or sweater. Skirts or dresses should be no more than 4 inches above the knee.
  • Sleeveless dresses, tops, or blouses are acceptable provided no part of the bra is visible.
  • Slacks should be worn with a long- or short-sleeved shirt or dress polo shirt. Ties may be required at the discretion of the clinical preceptor/site.
  • Inappropriate styles include t-shirts, tank tops, sportswear, exercise wear, sweats, shorts, jeans, deeply cut necklines or armholes, spaghetti strap tops, revealing or overly tight clothing, or very short skirts.
  • Ostentatious jewelry such as nose, tongue, or eyebrow rings/studs, excessive numbers of earrings, or lewd or suggestive symbols are not appropriate. Inappropriate tattoos should be covered and not visible when in a clinical setting.
  • No scent shall be worn, including but not limited to tobacco scent.
  • Nails must be short, clean, and smooth.
  • Dress shoes, nice boots, and sandals are appropriate, but open-toed shoes should not be worn in the clinical setting. Thong-style sandals and sports shoes are not appropriate for campus or clinic unless explicitly recommended for skills sessions.

Casual Dress

Please use discretion with casual wear on campus or in the PA classroom. Jeans with holes or very short shorts are inappropriate. Shirts with profane logos or slogans are also unacceptable. Inappropriate tattoos should be covered. If a faculty or staff member feels a student is dressed inappropriately, the faculty or staff member has the right to ask the student to leave the event, class, or clinical setting.