High School Equivalency Diploma
(HSED) Option #2

​​​​DMACC offers a 36 semester credit High School Equivalency Diploma Program for individuals who have not yet earned their high school diploma. Previously earned high school credits may be used to transfer in and be applied toward the 36 semester credit requirement. Upon successful completion, a diploma will be issued at the time of the individual’s regular high school graduation date.

Basic program requirements are:

Age: Individuals should be 16 years and 9 months of age to enroll. Individuals may start at age 16, if they are being served by Iowa’s juvenile institutions, are a Job Corps participant or working with a probation officer.
Documentation: Proof of age is required such as a valid driver’s license, State ID, birth certificate, passport, military ID or other form of government issued ID. Parental or guardian consent is required for students under 18, with the exception of students served in Iowa’s juvenile institutions, Job Corps or working with a probation officer.
Transcripts: Official transcripts from the last high school of attendance are required. For students under the age of 18, a withdraw notice is also required. Transcripts will be evaluated by DMACC’s HSED staff to determine which courses and how many credits remain for the student’s successful completion of the HSED.
HSED Credit Requirements: The High School Equivalency Diploma requires 36 semester credits. This includes 8 semesters of English, 6 semesters of Math, 6 semesters of Science, 6 semesters of Social Studies including American Government and United States History I & II and 10 semesters of Electives. Previously earned high school credits can be applied toward the 36 credit requirement. At least 2 credits must be earned through DMACC. Note: Individuals should be reasonably close to the 36 credit requirement to make this a viable educational option
Learning Environment: Students who pursue the High School Equivalency Diploma Option, will work in individualized, self paced, DMACC learning center environments. DMACC instructors are available for proctoring and assistance.
Course Fees: The charge is $50 per course payable at the time each course is started.


The following locations offer the DMACC High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED Option #2)

DMACC – Ankeny Campus
2006 S Ankeny Blvd – Ankeny

DMACC – Newton Campus
600 N 2nd Avenue W – Newton

DMACC - Ames Center
1420 S Bell Avenue

DMACC ​​​– Southridge Center
1111 E. Army Post Road – Des Moines

DMACC – West Campus
5959 Grand Avenue – West Des Moines

DMACC Perry VanKirk Career Academy
1011 2nd Ave. – Perry