Funeral Home Based Option

The DMACC Mortuary Science Program funeral home based option is designed for students who are working in a funeral home. Students in the funeral home based option will be required to have a funeral home with which they are affiliated. If you are not employed at a funeral home, it is the responsibility of the student to locate a funeral home at which to complete the requirements. As part of the affiliation, the student will be able to gain practical experiences as required in the program. Each student is expected to complete at least 8 - 16 hours per week of funeral home experience.

By selecting this option, you will be completing the program with the following provisions: 

  1. Identify a funeral home which will allow you to work with or job shadow a funeral director.
    This ideally would be the funeral home with which you work. Otherwise, you can utilize a funeral home close to your location. Here is some Advice on Finding a Funeral Home.
    ​​​Professional Activities
    Courses which require a funeral home affiliation:

    MOR 324 – Funeral Home Operations I
    MOR 334 – Funeral Home Operations II
    MOR 336 - Embalming I Clinical
    MOR 341 - Embalming II Clinical
    MOR 346 - Restorative Art Lab
    MOR 941 - Funeral Practicum

  2. Identify funeral director to serve as preceptor. During the orientation process, the student begin the electronic Affiliation Agreement and once completed, it will be forwarded to the Funeral Director for his/her electronic signature.
  3. Exams are required to be proctored through Proctor U or through a college/university Testing Center.
    To see information about the Proctored Services, please visit our Proctored Exam Page.
  4. Take online courses. The "lecture" style material will be taught online.
    Each student must have a computer with internet access available to him/her.
  5. To fully benefit from the Funeral Hom​e Based Option, the student is expected to work or job-shadow the preceptor/Funeral Director at least an average of 8 - 16 hours per week.
  6. Meet with the faculty members in Online office hours as announced within course syllabi.
  7. Have access to a webcam, to allow for two-way interaction during a portion(s) of the curriculum.
  8. Complete on-campus residency requirements.
    Be available in Ankeny, Iowa for residency periods during the program.
    Each residency will be 2 to 5 days on campus.
    Tentative Schedule
  9. For students who are completing the course in the online format, DMACC waives out-of-state tuition, effectively cutting the cost of the program in half.

    By accreditation standards, we are required to visit each location where students may be completing activities.  To accomplish this verification process, the student will be required to pay a non-refundable fee for the visit. This fee will be charged as part of the MOR 301 - Introduction to Funeral Service course and is utilized to offset the cost of the visit from the faculty member or another DMACC representative.

State Law Requirements

Faculty or Program Representative Visits

Accreditation required visit and fee
Practicum visit and fee
DMACC Mortuary Science Distance Learning Policy