Category Archives: Appearance

Professional appearance and conduct at work.

Accepted Attire (Dress Code) In A Medical Office

Scrub tops (solid or various colors and patterns), scrub pants (no higher than 2″ above ankle), work shoes (closed toe medical clogs with socks, clean athletic shoes), lab coat and warm up jacket that is worn only at work are all acceptable on the clinical floors. Administrative and receptionist staff in the front office may wear neat pants, slacks, a dress, or skirt that is at least 3/4 thigh length, nice shirt, blouse, sweater, or warm up jacket with a good pair of shoes are appropriate business attire.


Natural fingernails should be kept neat and clean and not exceed ¼ inch length. Artificial fingernails are typically prohibited for medical assistants who provide direct patient care, certain services within the immediate vicinity of patients, equipment, or supplies that may come in contact with patients, and those involved in food preparation or distribution.

artificial nails are unsanitary
Long artificial nails are unsanitary

Tattoos in the Medical Office

I have noticed that more and more women, not only among the younger generations, but of ALL ages, are getting #tattoos. I am not speaking of a small heart discretely hidden on the shoulder blade, ankle, or decollete, I am talking about flaming thunder bolts and rambling roses up and around the entire forearm in red, yellow and blues and entire patterns across the chest and up the neck.

The woman in the Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through window, the hair dresser who cut my grandson’s hair for his 1st day in school and the cashier at the Stop-and-Shop supermarket–they all had a visible tattoo on their wrist and forearm, nevertheless I am yet to see a medical assistant in the facility where I receive my care with similar tattoos, although I recall one who had a “suspicious” band-aid on her wrist.

All in all, we were taught in medical assistant school to cover them up and take the nose rings out. Mind you, even bright finger nail polish, or worse, fake fingernails were, and still are not encouraged, for good reason. That’s how is was back in the day and that wasn’t too long ago.

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