Dress Code


  1. Students may wear comfortable clothing to class. Students might consider wearing layers to accommodate different temperatures. Clothing and footwear should not interfere with or be unsafe for participation in classroom or laboratory activities. 
  2. When students are attending service learning activities, fieldwork assignments and field trips in the community, they are to remember that they are representing the OTA program, the college and the profession of occupational therapy. Dress in community settings should be profession as appropriate for the assignment. 
  3. The OTA students must contact the fieldwork I and II instructors and inquire about the appropriate dress code. Students are required to comply with each fieldwork facility’s designated dress code in order to remain in the fieldwork assignment. The OTA Program does not have a uniform however, you may be required to purchase a short lab coat and Parkland College Health Professions sleeve badge to attend some clinical settings. Some items are required by all facilities, as follows;
  • OTA Program name pin
  • Cleanliness and appropriate grooming
  • Clean, non-wrinkled clothes, usually shirt and slacks, (no jeans or sweatshirts),
  • Flat soled, closed toe shoes
  • Simple jewelry to include watch, low profile ring, simple pierced earrings
  • Little or no perfume
  1.  Students should be able to bend, squat, lift, sit and kneel on the floor without his or her chest, midriff or buttocks showing. Blouses should not be provocative. It is recommended that students wear clothing that can be easily washed and maintained.
  2. Nails are to be kept short and groomed, and hair should be styled so that it does not interfere with client interaction and/or student safety. 
  3. A student may be requested to remove any unusual facial piercings if they are considered to interfere with the performance of the fiel