Liberal Arts AA and AS Degrees

Emphasis Area – Pre-Mortuary Science

Working as a funeral director requires various skills including meeting and consoling families requiring funeral services for their loved one, business skills, and embalming skills. Mortuary science programs prepare students for careers in the funeral industry.

Mortuary science programs typically require students to complete a two-year degree (or equivalent) before starting their program. Hawkeye's Liberal Arts - AA degree Pre-Mortuary Science emphasis provides the proper background to start a mortuary program.

The recommended courses below will help provide you with an appropriate background for mortuary course work, as well as some of the challenges of being a funeral director.

Funeral Career Outlook

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Schooling Required to Become a State Licensed Funeral Director

To become a state licensed funeral director a student must complete one to two years of mortuary coursework in a mortuary program and then pass the National Board Exam.

A one year internship at a funeral home is required in Iowa and neighboring states.

Volunteer work at a funeral home is recommended before a student starts their mortuary program. The pre-mortuary advisor can help to arrange this service work.

Mortuary Programs in the Region

Des Moines Area Community College – DMACC Des Moines, IA
University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN
Worsham College Wheeling, IL

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Emily Oldfather
Grundy Hall 266
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Faculty Mentor

Patrick Ashwood
Black Hawk Hall 108
319-296-2329 ext.1113
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Student Success Specialist

Kay Wenzel
Grundy Hall 285
319-296-2329 ext.1063
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Academic Advisor

J. Heim
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
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Cynthia Bottrell
Grundy Hall 266
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