Advanced Diploma in Mortuary Science
Des Moines Area Community College

Program Details

The online Advanced Diploma in Mortuary Science program from Des Moines Area Community College prepares students who have earned a minimum of an Associate degree to work within the funeral service profession. The curriculum is designed to:

  • Enhance the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession
  • Educate students in every phase of funeral service and help them develop the proficiency and skills necessary of the profession
  • Educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large
  • Emphasize high standards of ethical conduct
  • Encourage research in the field of funeral service


Students are required to complete two on campus residency requirements for a period of 2-5 days each in Ankeny, Iowa.

  • Associate degree
  • College transcripts
  • Admission recommendation from a licensed funeral director
  • Applicants will complete a conference with the Program Chairperson in person or via phone or video conferencing for the purpose of confirming the state in which licensure is sought and any additional requirements of that state

School Accreditation Statement

Higher Learning Commission