Student Expectations

You should always follow the standards outlined in the “Policies & Procedures Related to Student Conduct” in  OTC’s Student Handbook when participating in your BCS courses.

Please also see your course syllabus for any information your instructor may give you on how these standards specifically apply to their classroom.


Did you know that some of OTC’s selective admissions Health Sciences program require you to submit a reference form from one or more of your BCS faculty? 

These include all 3 LPN programs, MLT, OTA, Paramedicine, RST, and SUR.


What can you do to improve your chances of getting a good recommendation?

Below are the criteria your instructors will be rating you on.  So, as you participate in your BCS courses,  be sure you are working hard at demonstrating the following:

Exceptional Attitude and Personality

  • are you cooperative?
  • are you confident?
  • are you courteous?
  • do you accept criticism?

Exceptional Reliability

  • are you honest and dependable?
  • is your behavior ethical?
  • do you attend all scheduled class sessions?

Exceptional Work Habits and Industry

  • are you motivated?
  • are you organized?
  • do you take initiative?
  • do you work well with others?

Exceptional Performance Under Pressure

  • do you employ problem solving skills?
  • do you employ critical thinking skills?
  • do you respond appropriately under stress?

Exceptional Communication

  • do you speak clearly?
  • is your writing clear?
  • are you confident when having a conversation with someone?
  • do you demonstrate empathy?

If you have any questions about how you are doing on any of these criteria and/or how you can improve your skills in these areas – just ask!  Your instructor will be glad to help!

Study Skills

Whether you are a returning student or a brand new student, everyone needs a little help with refreshing their study skills.  Please take a look at some of our resources to help you!

  • Are you just beginning your academic journey?  Would you like to be sure you are headed in the right direction?  Consider taking our BCS 102 Navigating Bioclinical Science course.
  • Are you having troubles with your Bioclinical Courses?  Let our wonderful Tutoring Center help you out!
  • Proper study skills are important in all of your classes.  The Learning Strategies Center at Cornell University will set you on your path.
  • Has it been a while since you have taken a science course?  Science study skills are addressed at Radford University  and Johns Hopkins University.
  • Even more study tips are found at Youtube!  For instance, the 9 Best Study Tips and 7 Tips to Beat Test Anxiety are excellent videos on studying tips.
  • If you are having more personal issues, the Counseling Services at OTC will be a great asset to help you on your journey.

Free Resources

Here is some information on Visible body, which is a free download and usage for OTC students!

Check out UpToDate – a database folks in the medical field use as their ‘google’ for the most up-to-date peer-reviewed information.

last updated 1/20/22