Degree/Diploma Options

​The DMACC Mortuary Science Program has two options for students:​

Funeral Services Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree; and
Mortuary Science Advanced Standing Diploma (Ad St Dip)

The degree/diploma options both satisfy the American Board of Funeral Service Education accreditation requirements for taking the National Board Examination by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards.  The difference is which option is best for the state in which you desire to become a licensed funeral director. 

Funeral Services AAS

The Funeral Service AAS requires 21 credits of general education in addition to 46 credits of Mortuary Science specific courses.  This option is most appropriate for students seeking to become a licensed funeral director / embalmer in states requiring an associate degree or less.

Funeral Services Associate of Applied Science Degree Option Details

Mortuary Science Advanced Standing Diploma

The Mortuary Science Ad St Dip requires an associate degree or equivalent prior to admission into the program option in addition to 46 credits of Mortuary Science specific courses.  This option is most appropriate for students seeking to become a licensed funeral director / embalmer in states requiring 60 credits in addition to the Mortuary Science program. 
Examples of states requiring 60 credits in addition to the Accredited Mortuary Science Program: 

  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin

Mortuary Science Advanced Standing Diploma Option Details

Licensure Requirements

To see a complete list of the licensure requirements of the states, please visit the National Funeral Directors Association website at http://www.nfda.org/education/resources