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. To begin the application, go to
For assistance with this process, please contact the Admissions office at 515-965-7337.
You are encouraged to call the Admissions office after 3 days to see if you can get your student number.
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 the
DMACC Mortuary Science Directed Study Request Form.
You will need your username and password which is created for every student. If you do not know your username and/or password, please contact our helpdesk
Once it is completed, it will be sent to Dr. Kevin Patterson, the Mortuary Science Program Chair, and he will complete the paperwork to register you for the course.
Once he submits your paperwork for approval, he will also mail you a copy of the book and study materials, as you and he wait for the paperwork to be routed through the registration
This process takes approximately one week to 10 days.
The student and the faculty will coordinate when the student can begin the online course.
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.
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