Law Course for Iowa Licensure

​In order for a person to become licensed as a funeral director in Iowa, he/she must pass a one-credit course in Iowa Law in addition to, or as part of, an accredited Mortuary Science Program. DMACC's Mortuary Science Program offers this course. The steps to complete this course are:

1. Apply for admission to DMACC.  On your application, apply as a part-time, non-degree seeking student for the Liberal Arts AA program. It is important to apply for admission in this manner, or the processing of your application may be incorrect or delayed. Begin the application.​

For assistance with this process, please contact the Admissions office at 515-965-7337.

Students will be notified when the admission application has been processed. Immediately after this notification, separate notifications will provide DMACC ID#, email address, username, and password. Notifications are sent on a daily basis by mail and email.

2.​ If you are not a resident of Iowa, provide proof of secondary education completion by submitting official high school or GED transcripts. Request to have your transcript mailed to:

DMACC Admissions Office
2006 S Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny IA 50023

3.  Once you have been accepted, complete Part 1A of the Directed Study Form

Once it is completed, please deliver it to Dr. Kevin Patterson, the Mortuary Science Program Chair, by email, fax or mail.
Kevin Patterson
DMACC Mortuary Science
2006 South Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, Iowa  50023
Fax:  515-965-7082

Once he receives the Directed Study form, he will complete the remaining portions and email a syllabus to you.   He will also submit your paperwork for approval, and will mail you a copy of the book and study materials, as you and he wait for the paperwork to be routed through the registration process.

About one week after the paperwork has been submitted, you will need to contact the Business Office to pay for the course.  

This process takes approximately one week to 10 days.

4. The student and the faculty will coordinate when the student can begin the online course.

To remain in the course, the student must log into the course by a date listed on the syllabus.

The course consists of five lessons and a final exam.

Once the course begins, you can progress as quickly as you wish.

When you finish​ the fourth lesson, submit the Proctor request form found on the course homepage to the instructor.

The instructor will then forward the exam password to your requested proctor.

Once the course is completed, the Program will inform the Board of Mortuary Science that you have passed the course.

For more information contact us.