Program Entry Deadlines & Checklist

​​​​​​Program Entry Deadlines

In order to be admitted to the program for the Fall semester, items #1 through #5 on the Program Entry Checklist need to be completed by August 1st.

The Mortuary Science program is sequenced to begin in the Fall semester. However, students that are unable to begin in the Fall semester, may apply for a Spring semester start on a space available basis. After applying for admission for Fall semester, and completing items #1-4 on the Program Entry Checklist, students can express an interest in starting in Spring semester with the Program Chair during the Program Conference (item #5). If approved, the Program Chair will notify the Admissions Office to change the start date from Fall s​emester to Spring semester. In order to be admitted for Spring semester, items #1 through #5 on the Program Entry Checklist need to be completed​ by ​December 1st.

If a student submits the Program Entry Checklist items after the dates listed above, we may not be able to get the student admitted for the requested semester.​​


Program Entry Checklist

  1. Complete a DMACC Application. Go to the online application.
    ​​​Note - If you need to complete an associate degree prior to being admitted to Mortuary Science, apply for the Liberal Arts AA degree. After applying for the Liberal Arts AA degree, contact the Admissions Office to add Mortuary Science to your admission record at 515-​964-6496.
  2. DMACC requires assessment of all new full-time students. A college transcript showing evidence of successful experience in math, reading, and writing course work​ can satisfy assessment. View other options for satisfying assessment.
  3. Submit college transcript(s) of all completed college work and/or your high school transcript. 
    Colleges and universities need to send the transcript directly to the DMACC Admissions Office electronically to; or by mail to 2006 S Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny IA 50023.

    For more information, see the DMACC Transfer Credit page.

    For the Funeral Services AAS option, the Credentials office will verify any credits you have already obtained and apply them toward the AAS degree.

    For the Mortuary Science Advanced Standing Diploma option, the Credentials office will verify that you have already obtained:
    1. A minimum of 15 credits earned in general education, that includes one communications course, one mathematics or science course, and one social/behavioral science or humanities course; an
    2. Evidence of
    • the awarding of a minimum of an associate degree from a regionally accredited institution, or
    • a minimum of 64 credits from a regionally accredited institution with a grade point average of 2.0.
  4. Submit the Career Exploration form
    The recommendation must be on the form linked below and must be completed and signed by a licensed funeral director.
    Career Exploration form
  5. Once items #1-#4 are completed, contact the Program Chair (Kevin Patterson at to schedule a Mortuary Science Program Conference.

    The Program Conference will include a discussion of the state in which you plan to become licensed as well as your proposed schedule of courses leading to graduation.

  6. At the time of the Program Conference, the Program Chair will send you a link to required forms needing to be completed and returned to the Program office prior to registration.
  7. Complete the DMACC Orientation / Registration requirements.

Transfer Credit

The DMACC Mortuary Science Program does not accept transfer credits from other institutions for Mortuary Science courses other than MOR 215 - Funeral Law I.

Students who have taken some courses at other institutions may apply to take Challenge Exams for the following courses within the program. If successful, the course for which the challenge exam was taken will not have to be repeated by the student.

The courses with Challenge Exams are:

MOR 302 - Cremation Services
MOR 315 - Funeral Law II
MOR 320 - Thanatology
​MOR 365 - Infectious Disease
MOR 366 - Funeral Pathology

The procedure and form to complete the Challenge Exam may be obtained from the Dean's Office on the Ankeny Campus, or click here.

Specific State Laws and Rules

Each student / preceptor is responsible for making sure they are complying with the state laws in the state in which they are completing the activities.

To assist students in knowing the laws, we created a survey and sent it to every State Board office in the country in April 2015 and then again in July 2015 to those Boards who had not responded during the April 2015 survey.

Here you will find a link to the survey by those State Boards which chose to respond.

View contact information for State Boards.

In addition, the information regarding whether DMACC is authorized in each state is maintained by the DMACC Distance Learning Program

Please click on the state you are interested in to view that state's information:

North Carolina
North Dakota
South Dakota
West Virginia



The classroom is designed to accommodate over 30 students and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology including the interactive Classroom Performance System (CPS), ELMO projection system, and various multimedia features. The classroom also houses several caskets, personalized corner piece displays, and multiple burial vault merchandising units.

Mortuary Science Classroom 2 

Embalming Suite

The state-of-the-art, OSHA compliant embalming lab provides opportunities for students to view and learn about embalming chemicals from no less than six different chemical manufacturers, embalming instruments, three different models of embalming machines most commonly used in the field, and the use of a life-like training mannequin to simulate removal and transfer exercises. In addition, Restorative Art Lab cosmetic activities and feature reconstruction activities are also performed in the embalming lab.

Embalming Suite 1 
Embalming Suite 2 

Chapel/Visitation Room

The Mortuary Science Chapel and Visitation Room is also equipped with multimedia technology including an overhead projection system and portable instruction station. It is designed to provide space for simulated visitations and funerals, merchandise selection room activities (which include the use of a large, movable, 6-piece fractional casket display unit and a miniature replica monument display), and funeral service antiquities on loan from funeral directors. In addition, spacious conference tables and a state-of-the-art laptop cart housing 32 computers are provided to students for preparation of death certificates, register books, and other print items commonly created by the funeral director. Other features of the chapel/visitation room include a resource library, personal computer stations, and a coffee bar.

Chapel/Visitation Room 
Chapel/Visitation Room 
Chapel/Visitation Room