Course Details - Portland Campus

Uniform & Dress Code Requirements

It is expected that all students will maintain a neat and well-groomed appearance that is congruent with a professional culture and "contributes to the patient and family experience of an orderly, clean, safe and professional atmosphere for care". Uniforms are required for patient care; each clinical agency has specific requirements noted in their personnel appearance policy. Faculty may specify circumstances where nice street clothes may be worn with a lab coat when students are not giving direct care in the clinical agency. Uniforms are required in the simulation center. Students may wear street clothes and a lab coat in the lab when not involved in simulations. No jeans, short skirts, or sandals are allowed in the clinical agencies or lab.

Most agency personal appearance policies have similar requirements. Hair should be neat and off the collars when in the clinical agencies and men's beards and mustaches neatly trimmed. Dangling jewelry and loop earrings larger than a dime are not to be worn in direct patient contact areas. All other body piercing should be covered with clothing or left without jewelry. Tattoos should be covered if possible. Many agencies have additional requirements that limit artificial nails and the use of body fragrances. For all OHSU clinical sites, the dress code requirements are noted in the personal appearance policy Adm 07.08 and can be found on the OHSU ozone at

Students are required to have full scrubs, a lab coat, a name badge, and a watch with a second's indicator. Footwear must be clean with closed toes and heels. White and leather are preferred, but solid color athletic shoes with discreet trim may be worn. Other neutral shoe colors such as, tan, brown, gray or black are also acceptable. Socks or stockings must be worn.

During cold weather months, students are permitted to wear white t-shirts or turtlenecks under scrub tops or a white vest over the scrub top for warmth. Students are required to obtain a name badge with first and last name in addition to their OHSU name badge.

In Portland, the uniform is dark green. And students are required to wear an OHSU patch on their lab coat's right upper sleeve. The patch and name badges may be purchased at Orientation or the OHSU bookstore. Vendors will be given the opportunity to display and sell scrubs, shoes, & stethoscopes at orientation on the Portland campus. 

The following places (among others) carry the correct color of uniform for the Portland campus:

1) Scrub Works
By using this link you will receive a 10% student discount. You want the color called "spruce". You can choose the 6-pocket or the 9-pocket top and either the drawstring or the elastic waist pants. Pants with pockets or leg cuffs are also acceptable.

2) Scrub Med
This is a local company. It is considerably more expensive, but can do custom alterations. You can choose the V-neck or Women/s V-Poc scrub top, either the drawstring or elastic waist pants. Pants with pockets or leg cuffs are also acceptable. The scrubs should be "forest green" and the lab coat white.

3) POSH Uniforms:
This is a local company that always offers students a 10% discount on all uniforms, shoes, and accessories. They offer many choices in OHSU's "Forest Green", including flare leg pants! Prices for pants: $10.99 - $21.99, tops:$10.99 -$19.99, and the most popular student lab coats: $20.99-$28.99. Purchase on line, in store or at SON New Student Orientations.  

You can purchase your patch and name badge at the OHSU Student Center.  Please email the , or call 503-494-8295 to place your order.


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