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Student Expectations

Athletic training students should dress appropriately when representing the athletic training program at designated functions and during all clinical assignments both on and off campus. Each athletic training student must purchase at least one athletic training program polo shirt, two program T-shirts and a nametag as well as adhere to the following policies:

  • Nametags must be worn in plain view, above the waist, at all times that a student is acting as an athletic training student both on and off campus.
  • An athletic training program logo T-shirt or polo shirt must be worn at all times that a student is acting as an athletic training student. Athletic training logo T-shirt or polo shirt may be worn for daily athletic training room activity and practice settings. Athletic training logo polo shirts should be worn for event coverage. Shirts must be kept tucked in at all times to maintain a professional appearance.
  • No jeans allowed. Solid color pants or walking shorts must be worn. Acceptable colors are khaki and navy blue. Athletic training students must wear pants for all indoor events but may wear pants or shorts for outdoor event coverage. Students may wear nylon wind pants/suits for practices or daily athletic training room coverage (Acceptable colors: navy, black, red and gray).
  • Sweatshirts, wind pants and/or jackets must have a Nicholls logo, plain or specific to the clinical site.
  • Hats may NOT be worn indoors. Hats may be worn for outdoor practices and events. They must have a Nicholls logo or be plain black, red, white, navy blue or khaki.
  • Shoes must be closed toe. Tennis or turf shoes are recommended. Socks must be plain white in color.
  • Some indoor events (i.e., basketball, volleyball, etc.) may warrant different attire that will be determined by the supervising certified athletic trainer.
  • All athletic training students must practice good hygiene. Hair should be kept neat and out the way. Facial hair (when permitted) must be kept trimmed. Athletic training students are expected to use discretion with make-up, perfume, cologne and jewelry. No attention-causing hairstyle or accessories (including visible body piercing, other than ears) may be worn. Fingernails must be maintained at a short length not to interfere with daily duties. (There may be more restrictions to these rules based on clinical assignment and rotations.)

NOTE: Due to the nature of work assignments of athletic training students and their risk of injury while wearing jewelry, students may only wear stud earrings and should refrain from wearing finger rings (engagement/wedding ring).


  • If an athletic training student displays inappropriate behavior, professionalism and/or clinical performance and is removed from a clinical facility, the incident will be investigated. If the student is found to be at fault, the student will be counseled, and the variance documented.
  • If an athletic training student performs a procedure that is deemed harmful or potentially harmful to the patient and/or themselves, the student will be sent home. After an investigation, the student will be counseled, and the variance will be documented.
  • Any athletic training student with three documented variances (as outlined in the statement above) or one or more serious/critical-documented variances during the length of the internship, the student will be subject to immediate dismissal.

Note: A variance will include, but is not limited to, the following examples of actions or occurrences:

  • Failure to display a professional respectful attitude.
  • Failure to follow the appropriate dress code.
  • Failure to arrive at a clinical site mentally and physically prepared.
  • Failure to wear protective equipment during high-risk procedures and/or patient protection protocols.
  • Performing a procedure without clearance of an instructor.
  • Performing any other harmful or potentially harmful procedure.
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