The Database Management and Design degree is offered at the Puyallup campus.
Students who seek an Associate in Database Management and Design will learn programming theory and techniques, relational database concepts, data modeling, data and system security and the Structured Query Language. They will gain experience in maintaining and controlling information stored in a database and monitoring and allocating the data storage space available on a computer system.
Graduates are qualified for entry-level database administrator (DBA), database developer, IT business analyst, data analyst, and application analyst positions. For a parallel degrees in the healthcare industry see the Associate and Certificate degrees in Health Information Technology.
Enrollment is open throughout the year, but a summer quarter start is recommended.
Students must have a GED or high school diploma, and are advised to take a skills assessment test (COMPASS) through the Pierce College testing center.
Full-time students can generally complete the Associate in Database Management and Design in two years.
Students who earn an Associate in Database Management and Design from Pierce are prepared for entry-level positions in that field. However, some of the credits included in the associate's degree option are transferable to a limited number of four-year colleges, including The Evergreen State College, Bellevue College and Western Governor’s University. Students intending to transfer into a four-year program are asked to work closely with their academic advisor.
Special program features
Pierce's Database Administration courses are taught primarily in the evenings to accommodate busy schedules.
Workers with training in database administration are in high demand across a wide variety of businesses, industries, and services. Pierce graduates have historically posted high employment rates after completing their training program, and it is anticipated this trend will continue well into the future.
Financial aid and scholarships are frequently available to students who qualify. In addition, special funding may be available for unemployed workers or low-wage working parents.