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. 

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.
    Here are the ​​​Professional Activities you will complete at the funeral home.​​
    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 941 - Funeral Practicum

  2. ​Identify a 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 an online proctoring service utilized by the program or through a college/university Testing Center.
    To see information about the Proctored Services, please visit our Proctored Exam Page​.​
  4. Take online courses. Each student must have a computer with reliable internet access​.
  5. The Mortuary Science Program requires specific activities to be completed at the funeral home with which the student has an affiliation agreement. For the following courses, you will be required to document at least a set number of hours in the funeral home.​ Courses and hours required are:​​​​
    • MOR 324 - Funeral Home Operations I  - 30 hours​
    • MOR 334 - Funeral Home Operations II - 30 hours
    • MOR 336 - Embalming I Clinical – 45 hours
    • MOR 341 - Embalming II Clinical – 30 hours
    • MOR 941 – Practicum – 24​0 hours

  6. Students will have opportunities to meet with faculty members and in some courses may be required to meet with faculty members.
  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 4 to 5 days on campus.

    Tentative Schedule
  9. By accreditation standards, we are required to visit or conduct a video tour of each location where students may be completing activities. To accomplish this verification process, the student will be required to complete a form (which will be sent at the time of admission) and create a video tour of the funeral home to be submitted to the program prior to the completing any activities in that funeral home.

Additional Online Information​