Student Requirements

Dress and Appearance Requirements for Students

Fieldwork students must meet the following dress and appearance requirements:


  • Neat, clean, off the face such that both eyes are seen.
  • Hair should be a color that is within the range of natural hair colors.
  • If hair is very long, keep it tied back in instances that would cause it to flop into a patient’s face (i.e. performing ROM on a client who is supine; close handling techniques with adults/children).
  • Facial hair should be neat and trim


  • Pierced ears are acceptable; the size and amount of piercing should remain conservative. Large, dangling earrings are not safe.
  • Pierced lips, eyebrows, tongue, nose, or other outer body parts are not acceptable; therefore removal of these accessories is necessary. In special circumstances, you may have to request permission to allow such to remain in place.
  • Jewelry: necklaces, bracelets, & rings should remain minimal in size and number, if worn; frequent hand washing needs to be considered and interference and/or possible breakage of necklaces or bracelets may require that they not be worn. In addition, patients may be scratched by large or sharp rings, bracelets or watches and this should be taken into account.
  • Do not wear any accessory that is distracting or can be interpreted as vulgar or controversial.
  • Tattoos should not be visible in areas of the body that should be covered as per this dress code.
  • Long fingernails (real or fake) are NOT allowed; they do not allow for optimal hygiene/infection control. Some sites may not allow acrylic nails (even if clipped short). Dark nail polish may be distracting/disallowed. Clear/light nail polish is allowed.
  • Hats are NOT allowed to be worn during the working hours at the site.


  • Need to cover the shoulders, and the upper torso from about 2 inches below the neck to BELOW the waistline. In NO instances, should anyone be able to see your umbilicus, belly, hips or back. Be sure that shirts/blouses allow ample room for coverage of flesh in instances of bending, reaching, handling. Be sure that shirt/blouse remains close to the body when bending over so that chest remains covered.
  • Be sure too that tops are not tight or see-through (distracting) or revealing (no cleavage and/or underclothing is to be seen).
  • Logos/prints should not be of a violent, vulgar or controversial nature
  • Hip-hugger styles will only be allowed if hips, belly, back and underclothing are not visible/revealed when stretching/bending/lifting. This style of pants requires a longer top so as to cover flesh on the torso.
  • In summer months, some facilities/sites allow Capri-style pants or shorts—but do not assume such.
  • Be sure that pants are not tight and that they allow for bending, lifting, or reaching.
  • Unless otherwise advised by the site supervisor, jeans are NOT allowed.
  • Flat, rubber soled shoes are recommended.
  • High heels are not allowed.
  • Some facilities allow clean, neat sneakers (with laces tied) to be worn instead of shoes.
  • Open-toe sandals/shoes or backless shoes are not allowed.
  • Socks are necessary.
  • Boots may have to be worn in snowy weather but may not be allowed at the work site; no high heeled-boots are allowed.


  • Lab coats may be required at some sites.
  • Scrubs may be available at the larger-teaching facilities; be sure to ask about the procedures for use of such.
  • Nametags have been provided to you by the OT department; please wear them unless your site supervisor advises you NOT to.
  • The D’Youville College OT patch is available if you are required to wear a lab coat. Please see the OT Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for this.


  • Be sure to practice thorough, frequent hand washing techniques for optimal infection control. Use gloves/appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when indicated.
  • Daily washing of clothes and body are recommended.
  • Use of deodorant/anti-perspirant is recommended; however, be sure that excessive use of perfume is not offensive to clients/staff. Some clients are very sensitive to scents. It is recommended that you use unscented toiletries whenever possible.