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Developmental Education

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Developmental Education at Bladen Community College supports the open-door admissions policy. Some students may find themselves under-prepared for their chosen programs of study. Developmental Education enables those persons to acquire the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that are necessary for college-level work, giving them a good probability of success in subsequent learning experiences.

The majority of developmental courses are in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics, with enrollment in these courses based on the college placement testing for those areas. Enrollment in other developmental courses is based on testing or skills assessment specific to the content area(s) included in the learner’s chosen program of study. Instruction in positive learner behaviors, such as test taking, time management and study skills, is provided in both formal and informal settings. Counseling, tutoring, and other academic and personal resource development activities and services are provided.

The implementation of the developmental math redesign began in the Fall of 2013. The new curriculum is a modular approach. The modules are rich in context and conceptual understanding. Developmental students are able to complete the curriculum in an academic year. The new curriculum is flexible to allow students to complete their required developmental math requirements at a pace that is appropriate to their needs and knowledge.

Upon successful completion of Developmental Education the student is encouraged to select a curriculum that will be consistent with his/her performance. The courses which are satisfactorily completed in this program are not applied toward the requirements for graduation in any regular program. Credit hours are assigned to each course within this program for the determination of tuition only.


Initial student placement in developmental courses is based on college placement scores. Students should begin developmental course work at the appropriate level indicated by the college’s placement tests and follow the sequence.

Course Prefix, No. Title Class Lab Clinical Credit
DMA 010 Operations with Integers 0.75 0.5 0 1
DMA 020 Fractions and Decimals 0.75 0.5 0 1
DMA 030 Propor/Ratio/Rate/Percent 0.75 0.5 0 1
DMA 040 Express/Lin Equat/Inequal 0.75 0.5 0 1
DMA 050 Graphs/Equation of Line 0.75 0.5 0 1
DMA 060 Polynomial/Quadratic Appl 0.75 0.5 0 1
DMA 070 Rational Express/Equation 0.75 0.5 0 1
DMA 080 Radical Express/Equations 0.75 0.5 0 1
DRE 096 Integrated Reading and Writing 2.5 1 0 3
DRE 097 Integrated Reading and Writing II 2.5 1 0 3
DRE 098 Integrated Reading and Writing III 2.5 1 0 3

Specific courses within the above categories may be identified by your advisor or by the Vice President for Instruction and Student Services. Expected program competencies are maintained by the lead instructor for this program, while course competencies are maintained by the respective instructors of specific courses.

NOTE: The above curriculum outline is intended as a guide only. The sequence of course offerings is subject to change at the discretion of the administration.