Expanding dress code requirements in the doctor of pharmacy program

Cynthia A. Naughton, Teresa A. Schweiger, Lauren B. Angelo, C. Lea Bonner, Conrad W. Dhing, Joel F. Farley

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Although the use of a professional dress code is standard practice across colleges and schools of pharmacy during introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences, requiring professional attire is not applied consistently during the didactic portion of students’ education. There are arguments for and against the adoption of a professional dress code throughout the entire doctor of pharmacy program, including the classroom setting. Given uncertainty regarding the potential benefits and challenges that may arise from adopting a professional dress code in the didactic portion of a student pharmacist’s education, it is perhaps not surprising that programs adopt disparate policies regarding its use. This exploration was conducted as part of a series of debates held in conjunction with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s (AACP) Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP) and was presented at the 2015 AACP Interim Meeting on February 7, 2015.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number74
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2016

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  • Dress code/professional attire at schools of pharmacy
  • Professional socialization


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