The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Undergraduate Program

Clinical Practicum Information for Admitted Accelerated Students

Checklist for Starting Clinical Practicum Courses:

1. Student credentialing is done through a system called CastleBranch. The credentialing policy is outlined in the Undergraduate Student Handbook (see download section below). No student will be allowed in the clinical setting without current credentials.

In addition, University Health Services (UHS) collects state required immunization data through their New Student Immunization Office which is required for all UMASS students and a separate process. Please also follow any instructions you receive from UHS. 

Note:  CPR course must be the American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers. 

2. Required equipment:

  • Stethoscope with diaphragm and bell
  • Watch with a sweep second hand
  • NCLEX prep package. Information about purchasing this package will be communicated at a later date. 
  • The University of Massachusetts official name badge is required. It must be worn on the front of the scrub/uniform top or jacket and is required for all clinical experiences and while in lab and class. Name badges are ordered for students by academic program support specialists.
  • Nursing shoes and uniform. Purchase uniforms at Ultimate Image 
  • Nursing shoes or clean all-white or all-black sneakers are required. Nursing clogs, if permitted by the clinical agency, must have closed toes and heels. Athletic shoes made of canvas or cloth cannot be cleaned adequately and are less supportive than a nursing shoe.
  • Two white scrub tops (embroidered with CON logo) and navy blue scrub pants, both with pockets and an embroidered white scrub jacket (required). A plain white undershirt under the scrub top is allowed to cover the chest, but no sleeves may show. No shorts are allowed. If students choose to wear a full dress, an all-white or all-navy scrub dress/uniform must be worn. Religious head covers must be plain white or navy blue. 
  • Grooming:

-  Hair must be restrained and off the collar.

-  Makeup must be kept to a minimum.

- No artificial nails or nail polish shall be worn. Fingernails must be neat and clean and length should not exceed ¼”. There is strong evidence that artificial nails harbor bacteria and can cause infection.

- Facial piercings (nose, tongue, eyebrows, etc.) must be removed in the clinical area.

- Jewelry must be limited to watches, small inconspicuous rings such as a wedding band and neck chains. No bracelets are allowed. Earrings must be stud type; no dangling earrings.

- Use of colognes and perfumes is not permitted in the clinical setting, as they may have an adverse effect on individuals.

Note: the uniform is only to be worn in approved or clinical settings.  You are representing the College of Nursing when you are wearing the uniform. 

Clinical agency dress code policies must be followed while in the clinical setting.

3. Reliable transportation:  Students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical and community sites.