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BIBT - Running Start Dual Enrollment Program

Running Start Dual Enrollment Program (RSDEP)

Running Start (RSDEP) allows high school juniors and seniors to take classes at BIBT to complete college prep courses and earn college credits tuition-free. High school students who qualify are permitted to earn up to thirty (30) credits towards their degree representing a huge savings for themselves and their parents as they begin their college careers. 


Program Highlights:

  • Benefit from HUGE tuition saving
  • Complete pre-college courses in preparation for college
  • Earn up to thirty college credit towards your college degree
  • Teaches students the skills they need to succeed in college (and life)
  • Challenging, meaningful academic activities with personalized feedback

  • Make lifelong friends with students from throughout the Bahamas


Program Outcomes:

  • Excellent academic experience
  • Earn college credits 
  • Receive Official BIBT transcript upon request (conditions apply)
  • Enhanced understanding of studying and life at college
  • Acquire skills to navigate the undergraduate college experience


What Will You Pay

RSDEP is designed to be tuition free but please note:

  • Students enrolled in the program must pay all incidental fees every term
  • After completion of high school students will pay BIBT's posted tuition rate
  • Student who continue their studies at BIBT after high school will not be charged for courses taken during highschool if they complete an associate degree at BIBT.
  • Students who request transcripts for other institutions will be charged one hundred dollars per credit. Credited courses not paid for will be reported as "Audited" no credit on the transcript.
  • No payment will be required for college-prep courses. These will be reported as pass/fail


Who Should Enroll

  • High school juniors and seniors with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better are eligible
  • High school students who want to get a head start on their college career
  • High school students who want to complete pre-college courses


Available College-Prep Courses

Course # Course Title Location
ENG011 Prep English I Nassau/Freeport
ENG012 Prep English II Nassau/Freeport
MAT011 Prep Math I Nassau/Freeport
MAT012 Prep Math II Nassau/Freeport
SEM100 College Orientation Nassau/Freeport
BIO104 Intro to Biology Nassau/Freeport
CSC110 Intro to Computers Nassau/Freeport
SPN101 Elementary Spanish I Nassau/Freeport


Eligible College-Level Courses

(Students may enroll in courses not listed with permission) 


Allied Health

Course # Course Title Location
MED201 Medical Assisting Nassau/Freeport
MED260 Medical Office Administration Nassau/Freeport
PHM101 Introduction to Pharmacy Technician Nassau/Freeport
AHS101 Introduction to Health Careers Nassau/Freeport



Course # Course Title Location
ACC218 Fundamentals of Accounting Nassau/Freeport
BUS202 Business Communication Nassau/Freeport
BUS204 Business Mathematics Nassau/Freeport
BUS262 Office Systems Management Nassau/Freeport


Computer Science

Course # Course Title Location
CAT101 Word Processing Nassau/Freeport
CAT220 Spreadsheet Applications Nassau/Freeport
CAT230 Database Management Concepts Nassau/Freeport
CAT250 Intro to Desktop Publishing Nassau/Freeport
CIS200 Computer Applications Nassau/Freeport
CSC110 Introduction to Computers Nassau/Freeport


General Education

Course # Course Title Location
ENG101 College English I Nassau/Freeport
ENG102 College English II Nassau/Freeport
MAT101 College Mathematics I Nassau/Freeport
MAT102 College Mathematics II Nassau/Freeport
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology Nassau/Freeport


Course # Course Title Location
HTM101 Introduction to Hospitality Nassau/Freeport
HTM230 Front Desk Management Nassau/Freeport



Course Descriptions


ENG101 College English I (3 Credits)

English Composition is designed to develop students’ abilities to think, organize and express their ideas clearly and effectively in writing. This course incorporates reading, research and critical thinking. Emphasis is placed on the various forms of expository writing such as process, description, narration, comparison analysis, persuasion and argumentation. A research paper is required. Numerous in-class writing activities are required in addition to extended essays written outside of class.

ENG102  College English II (3 Credits)

This course is a continuation of College English I. Emphasis is placed on writing about literature using different rhetorical strategies. Short stories, essays, poetry, drama, and novels provide the basis for advanced essay writing and practice in literary analysis The class will encompass reading, discuss the literature, respond in journal form, and write literary essays in order to understand the literature as thoroughly as possible and develop analytical skills. This course is an interactive one focusing on student participation, as opposed to a traditional lecture-dominated structure. Pre-Requisite:  ENG 101


MAT101 College Mathematics I (3 Credits)

This course has been designed to enhance student's problem solving abilities while providing the mathematical foundation for study is all discipline. The course introduces fundamental principles of algebra and explores polynomial, function and graphs, linear and quadratic equations and trigonometry. Through application based word problems students will develop logical thinking and analytical skills.

MAT102 College Mathematics II (3 Credits)

This course is a continuation of MAT101. It was designed to allow students to further enhance their problem solving abilities while providing a solid foundation in mathematical and algebraic principles. Additionally, the course also explores polynomials, graphs, linear and quadratic equations and trigonometry. It is expected that applicable discussion and problem-solving activities will improve the student’s ability to think logically and analytically. Pre-Requisite: MAT 101


PSY101 Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)

This is an introductory course that is designed to allow stud ents to develop their understanding appreciation for the discipline of psychology. Psychology is a broad field that in general, attempts to describe, predict, and control human behavior. Emphasis is placed on learning, human behavior, perception, motivation, personality, abnormal, social and developmental psychology. It will also examine the fundamentals of the human experience, including: affect, behavior and cognition.

PSY310 Motivation (3 Credits)

This course focuses on the psychological and physiological aspects of motivation as determinants of human behavior. Intrinsic versus extrinsic sources of motivation is discussed in relation to interpreting and predicting behavior. Studies will apply various theories of motivation to understanding everyday experiences in business and other transactional environments. Pre-Requisite: PSY 101


SEM101 College Orientation (1 Credits)

Students are introduced to academic and social concepts of college life. Self evaluation, self-perception, learning skills, use of creative problem solving techniques, time management, personal wellness, career goals and managing personal finance are some of the topics covered.


MED201 Introduction to Medical Assisting (3 Credits)

An overview of Medical Assisting and related Health Professions, including duties and responsibilities. Public Relations and interpersonal relationships of the health team members are emphasized. Study of the various medical specialties and the history of medicine are included. Front Office procedures including telephone techniques, medical records management, mail processing and receiving patients comprise a major section of the course. Pre-requisite: AHS 101

MED260 Medical Office Administration (3 Credits)

This course is designed to introduce to the administrative functions and responsibilities of a medical assistant. Topics covered include computer skills, telephone skills, appointment scheduling, reception skills, interpersonal skills, record management as well as other skills related to efficient office management. Students are expected to complete a number of practical exercises including role play.

Pre-requisite: MED 201 & MED 230

AHS101 Introduction to Health Careers (3 Credits)

This unit introduces students to the field of healthcare. It surveys the health profession and provides insight to career opportunities and the preparation needed to enter the various disciplines. Discussion with respect to the historical development of healthcare and current trends are also discussed.

PHM101 Introduction to Pharmacy Technician (3 Credits)

An introductory course which examines the practice of pharmacy and focuses on the role of today's pharmacy technician. Students receive competencies necessary to work in an entry level; position in a community pharmacy. Topics covered include customer service, prescriptions, drugs, safety, record keeping and drug classification.


BUS202 Business Communication (3 Credits)

This course covers the principles of communication as it relates to business. Special emphasis is placed on memo, letter, and report writing. In addition, students will be instructed in the techniques of effective, tactful written and oral theories of communication. The course will focus on both internal and external communication. Pre-Requisite: ENG 101

BUS204 Business Mathematics (3 Credits)

This course focuses on application of mathematical principles in solving business related problems. The topics included are basic statistics, discounts, depreciation, record keeping, business expenses, purchasing and sales, percentages, interest calculations, mark-up and margins profits and loss, pricing and negotiable notes. Pre-Requisite: MAT 101

BUS262 Office Systems Management (3 Credits)

The course is designed to help students develop the skills that will be important to their career in a professional or business position. This course provides a capstone review for the office professional. Topics include administrative office procedures, imaging, communication techniques, ergonomics, and equipment utilization. Upon completion, students should be able to function proficiently in a changing office environment.

ACC218 Fundamentals of Accounting (3 Credits)

This is an introduction to the language of accounting for all business students. Initially, the focus is on the basic nature and structure of accounting. Basic concepts such as debit and credit, income statement, balance sheet, and other journals and reports are covered.


CAT172 Microsoft Office Applications (3 Credits)

Students are exposed to the use and application of computer information systems in organizations. This comprehensive course emphasizes the used of Microsoft spreadsheet, database management systems, word processing, and business graphics software to acquaint students with most productive procedures in planning, analyzing, developing and accessing business solutions.

CAT201 Word Processing – Microsoft Word (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to the field of Word Processing using a commercially available word processing software package. It covers fundamental word-processing concepts such as creating, saving, editing, formatting and printing. In addition, advanced features such as spell checker, grammar checker, mail merge and form letters are also stressed. This is a hands-on course and as such, students will be expected to complete a number if hands on assignments using the computer.


CAT220 Spreadsheet Applications – Excel (3 Credits)

This first course in spreadsheet is designed to acquaint students with the process of using computers to solve spreadsheet analysis type problems and to provide them with a working knowledge of commonly used spreadsheet application software. In addition, they will be instructed in the use of good problem solving techniques for solving business problems involving spreadsheets. Participants will be required to complete a number of accounting and business problems using spreadsheet concepts.

CAT222 Excel for Business (3 Credits)

This course teaches students how to utilize the tools in Excel to manage various business functions. This course is designed for users that already have a general working knowledge of Excel. First students will explore foundational data analysis tool, to build on the skills and concepts covered in introductory computer application courses. Formulas and functions are reviewed then more advanced topics are discussed including data if-then modeling, built-in functions, charts, transferring data across applications, and using the built-in tools such as PivotTables, Sparklines, Slicers, and PowerPivots. Discussions will center on managing customers, vendors, and employees, analyzing demographics, creating schedules, marketing calendars, creating budgets and planning and tracking loans. Other topics covered include how to supervise sales with Excel, prepare invoices, gauge your business status, configuring cash flow statements, resolving business ratios, and finalizing financial statements. Pre-requisite: CIS 200


CAT230 Database Management Concepts – Access (3 Credits)

The course is designed to introduce the student to the concepts and features of databases in general. Microsoft Access is used for course work. A thorough run through creating databases, tables, queries, reports, forms and writing macros constitute the body of the course. Students will be required to complete several hands-on projects. Pre- Requisite: CSC 110.


CAT240 Desktop Presentations – PowerPoint (3 Credits)

This course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively and efficiently produce and deliver presentations electronically. Its hands-on approach requires students to create presentations using text files, drawing tools, pictures, clip art images and graphs. Various multimedia: sound, animation and slide shows are included. Pre- Requisite: CSC 110.

CAT250 Desktop Publishing – Microsoft Publisher (3 Credits)

This intensive course is designed to provide students with hands-on experience with a professional desktop publishing program. They will learn the concepts behind creating and producing professional quality publications using the most complete set of tools. Hands on projects will allow students to be versatile and productive in creating publications for print and internet. Pre- Requisite: CSC 110.


CIS200 Computer Applications (3 Credits)

Students are exposed to the use and application of computer information systems in organizations. This comprehensive course emphasizes the used of spreadsheets, database management systems, word processing, and business graphics software to acquaint students with most productive procedures in planning, analyzing, developing and accessing business solutions.


CIS201 Introduction to Web Technologies (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to the basics of publishing content on the World Wide Web. Fundamentals of how the internet functions, internet graphics, the ‘language of the Web’ – HTML, HTTP, scripting, tools and applications, CSS, APIs, JQuery and Web security are some of the topics covered. Students will be expected to complete a number of hands-on exercises. Pre- Requisite: CSC 110.

CSC110 Introduction to Computers (3 Credits)

This is an introductory course that surveys the field of computer science and gives students hands-on exposure to the various common uses of PC computers as a tool of business. The development of computer hardware and software will be covered along with discussions relative to the impact of computers on the advancement of today’s society. Students will be required to complete a number of hands-on activities demonstrating their understanding of fundamental computing concepts including the Internet and speculate as to the role of computers in the future.


HTM101 Introduction to Hospitality Management (3 Credits)

This is an introductory course that explores the different facets of the hospitality industry. Students discuss the importance of hospitality in a global economy and examine the underlying organizational structure of the industry. Trends and new developments particularly relating to technology are also discussed.

HTM201 Introduction to Hotel Management (3 Credits)

This course is an introduction to the management policies and practices in today’s hotel properties. Discussions will center on the interrelationship among the various departments that constitute the hotel property. Students will examine and analyze the relevance of each department and how they function within the hotel property. Best fit management practices will he discussed.


HTM230 Front office Management (3 Credits)

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of front office procedures in the hospitality industry. Students will understand, organize, perform and evaluate front office functions that are critical to the success of a hotel. Students will be trained in the importance of guest service, along with the any technical aspects of front office management. Pre-Requisite: HTM 201