The college you attend is more than a place you go to learn; it’s where you develop an identity and a sense of pride. This is precisely why so many nursing schools have established uniform guidelines for their students. The uniform policy is a constant reminder that you represent them, and they, in turn, represent you.
Shopping for nursing scrubs as a student can be difficult, as you try to conform to the dress codes set by your college and place of internship. We’re here to help make your uniform shopping easier.
Compiled below is a collection of some of the most prestigious nursing programs in the United States, along with their color and scrubs dress codes.
Do you attend a university that’s not on our list? Let us know and we’ll add your college’s colors to our guide.
1) John Hopkins University School of Nursing
Students may wear a variation of the following depending on the specific course:
All scrub tops, and lab coats must have the JHSON patch sewn on the upper left sleeve
Students may wear a navy blue fleece to and from clinicals as long as the school name is embroidered on the left breast.
2) University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
3) NYU College of Nursing
4) University of California- San Francisco School of Nursing
5) Washington State University College of Nursing
6) University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) School of Nursing
7) University of Maryland- Baltimore School of Nursing
8) University of Illinois- Chicago College of Nursing
9) Emory University School of Nursing
10) University of Virginia School of Nursing
11) The College of New Jersey
12) Denver College of Nursing
Clean, wrinkle-free DSN Scrub top and bottom should be worn for:
Foundations, Med/Surg, Pediatrics, and OB clinicals.
DSN polo and khaki or black-colored business casual plants should be worn for:
Peds clinicals at a school, any orientations, computer training, or clinical prep work.
Most Mental Health, Community Health, and Leadership clinical sites also prefer you wear the school polo.
Check with the appropriate clinical facilitator if you are unsure of the dress code for your specific site.
A neutral, solid colored long sleeve shirt (without text) may be worn under your scrubs or polo (e.g. gray, black, blue, or white).
Closed toe, closed back shoes with minimal color (no Crocs).
DSN badge to be worn at all times.
Nails should be short, clean, and free of nail polish. No artificial nails, visible tattoos, or perfume.
Natural, light makeup allowed. A watch with a second hand is mandatory. Keep jewelry light- a wedding ring is allowed, and you may wear one stud earring per ear. Remove any other facial piercings.
Hair should be off the collar and out of your face. Facial hair should be groomed, trimmed, and clean.
**see page 52 in the Student Handbook**
13) UNC School of Nursing
Graduate Students Require:
Undergraduate Students Require the Following Nursing Uniform:
14) Nursing at South Carolina University
1. Approved properly fitting scrubs that are neat & wrinkle free
2. Optional black/grey/white unadorned underscrub tee (No hoodies)
3. White lab-coat with College of Nursing identification to be worn over scrubs
4. Opaque white stockings or socks must be worn
5. Clean white flat-heeled nursing shoes or sneakers that are enclosed, non-canvas, & non-mesh
*Details of specific style numbers and brands and location of the uniform vendor are shared during upper division orientation.
Professional Casual Attire for Healthcare Settings:
1. All clothing must be neat, clean, opaque, wrinkle-free, and properly fitting
2. Lab coat often required to be worn over professional attire (depending on the agency)
3. White clean nursing shoes or sneakers must be enclosed, flat-heeled, non-canvas, & non-mesh
4. The USC College of Nursing name badges must be worn on the chest with the student’s legal first and last name clearly visible
5. Any required institutional badges must also be worn while in clinical.
*For general dress policies regarding hygiene, makeup, and more, please see the detailed 2018 dress code policy.