Bridge Courses


Bridge courses are free, non-credit, one-weeklong, or arranged courses offered to students whose placement test scores indicate they need additional preparation before taking college-level classes. The courses are meant to review content and prepare students for their courses with discussion on test-taking, study skills, and an opportunity to practice them. Students retake the placement test after completing the course with the potential to change placement. Ideally, students who complete these courses will move more quickly into college-level classes and use less financial aid money in the process. The following are the bridge courses that are regularly offered at the Rolla and Union locations.

ENG 030 Reading Bridge Tier I

For students with Accuplacer scores of 239 and below in reading. Reading Bridge Tier I is a free, self-paced course that is offered in online, in-person, and hybrid formats. It has been specially designed to improve students’ ability to read at the college level. Reading Bridge I includes Accuplacer practice questions, and when students complete the course, they may retake the Accuplacer free of charge. To test out of ENG 080, students must earn a minimum 250 on the Accuplacer.

ENG 040 Reading Bridge Tier II

For students with Accuplacer scores of 239 and below in reading. Reading Bridge Tier II is a free, self-paced course that is offered in online, in-person, and hybrid formats. It has been specially designed to improve students’ ability to read at the college level. Reading Bridge II includes Accuplacer practice questions, and when students complete the course, they may retake the Accuplacer free of charge. To test out of ENG 080, students must earn a minimum 250 on the Accuplacer.

ENG 050 Writing Bridge

For students with Accuplacer writing scores of 249 and below. Writing Bridge is a free, self-paced course that is offered in in-person, online, and hybrid modalities. Writing bridge has been specially designed to teach foundational writing skills that prepare students for college-level writing courses. It includes an opportunity to write an essay for assessment of college readiness in writing.

MTH 030: Mathematics Pre-Algebra Bridge

A weeklong course intended for students who placed into MTH 070. The Pre-Algebra Bridge is designed to assist in improving placement scores by focusing on test-taking skills and targeted remediation in mathematics.  Topics include whole numbers, integers, fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, and proportions.  MTH 030 utilizes a departmental workbook and a computer learning management system.  At the end of weeklong bridge, students will retake the mathematics portion of the placement exam.

MTH 040: Mathematics Introductory Algebra

A weeklong course intended for students who placed into MTH 080. The Introductory Algebra Bridge is designed to assist in improving placement scores by focusing on test-taking skills and targeted remediation in mathematics. Topics include solving linear and absolute value equations and inequalities, graphing on the Cartesian Coordinate system, slope and equations of lines, graphing linear inequalities, solving systems of equations with graphing, rules of exponents, and multiplication/division of polynomials.  MTH*040 utilizes a departmental workbook and a computer learning management system.  At the end of the weeklong bridge, students will retake the mathematics portion of the placement exam.