The DMACC Mortuary Science Program has two options for students:
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.
The Funeral Service AAS requires 18 credits general education plus 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.
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The Mortuary Science – Advanced Standing Diploma 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:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
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Students needing to complete an associate degree prior to admission are encouraged to apply for admission for the Liberal Arts AA/Pre-Mortuary Science concentration. View the Liberal Arts AA program details.
To see a complete list of the state licensing agencies, please visit the National Funeral Directors Association website at http://www.nfda.org/education/resources
To see a complete list of the licensure requirements of the states, please visit the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards website at https://theconferenceonline.org/resources/state-licensing-requirements/
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: