Associate of Applied Science

Program Curriculum Overview

The Associate of Applied Science curriculum at Dallas Institute of Funeral Service is designed to meet the prerequisites for licensure and employment in funeral service. It fulfills the requirements of accreditation and approval agencies. The curriculum offers both theoretical and practical fundamentals of funeral service. The program is offered in academic quarters, with each quarter consisting of eleven weeks of study. The program is developed with the input of successful professionals, ensuring exceptional career relevance, and designed to impart real-world knowledge and skills.

Associate of Applied Science Degree Curriculum

The curriculum fulfills the requirements of all accreditation regulations and is a blend of theoretical and practical fundamentals of the funeral profession, as well as the liberal arts. The courses are listed under the headings of: (1) Public Health, (2) Business Management, (3) Social Sciences, (4) Legal, Ethical, Regulatory, (5) Liberal Arts, and (6) General Education/Liberal Arts/Electives.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: All general education requirements for the associate degree may be completed here at the college.  No previous college credit needed to enter the program. (See: Admissions Requirements) The degree will fulfill all general education requirements. The general education courses provide a foundation for professional success. Students learn to think critically, make rational decisions, and communicate effectively. These skills support their ability to acquire, evaluate, and use the specific knowledge needed for the program. (Transfer credit: Official transcripts needed prior to enrollment.)

For FULL descriptions of courses see our Course Descriptions page.

 

 PUBLIC HEALTH and TECHNICAL (FSS)

Quarter Hours 

 Anatomy 

6

 Chemistry 5
 Embalming 7
 Microbiology 4
 Pathology 4
 Restorative Art 7
 Capstone Review - Sciences 1
 Practicum Required
Total Quarter Hours in Division

34

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 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (FSM)

Quarter Hours

 Accounting

4

 Funeral Service Administration 2
 Funeral Service Management  3
 Funeral Service Merchandising 3
 Funeral Directing 2
 Small Business Management 6
 Capstone Review - Arts 1
Total Quarter Hours in Division 21

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 SOCIAL SCIENCE (FS)

Quarter Hours 

 Communications/Speech

2

 Communications/Written 2
 Funeral Service Counseling  2
 Funeral Service Sociology  2
 Grief Psychology 2
 History of Funeral Service 2
Total Quarter Hours in Division 12

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 LEGAL, REGULATORY, & ETHICS (FS)

Quarter Hours 

 Business Law 

4

 Funeral Service Ethics 1
 Funeral Service Law 2
 State Funeral Service Law  1
Total Quarter Hours in Division 8

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GENERAL EDUCATION/LIBERAL ARTS/ELECTIVES

Quarter Hours 

 College Mathematics

5

 English Composition 5
 General Psychology 5
 United States History Before 1877  5
 United States History Since 1877 5
Total Quarter Hours in Division 25

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Number

Course Title

Lecture
Hours

Lab
Hours

Contact
Hours

Credit
Hours

 Quarter
One

ENG 105 English Composition
5
0
55
5
  HIS   105 U. S. History Before 1877
5
0
55
5
 HIS   205

U. S. History After 1877

5
0
55
5
MAT 105

College Math

5
0
55
5

Quarter Total

20
0
220
20
   

Quarter
Two

FSM 104 Basic Accounting
4
0
44
4
FS   104 Business Law
4
0
44
4
FS   132 Counseling
 2
0
22
2
FSM 112 Funeral Service Admin
2
0
22
2
FS   102 History of Funeral Service
2
0
22
2
FS   152 Funeral Service Sociology
2
0
22
2
FS   112 Speech Communications
2
0
22
2
FS   122 Written Communications
2
0
22
2
Quarter Total
20
0
220
20
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Quarter
Three



FSS 102 Human Anatomy I
2
0
22
2
FSS  112 Chemistry I
2
0
22
2
FSS  211 Embalming I
1
0
22
1
FSM 103 Small Business Mgt. I
3
0
33
3
FS   101 Funeral Service Ethics
1
0
11
1
FSM 203 Funeral Service Mgmt
3
0
33
3
FSM 303 Funeral Service Merch.
3
0
33
3
PSY 105 General Psychology
5
0
55
5
FSS 131 Restorative Art I
1
0
11
1
Practicum
0
0
00
0
Quarter Total
21
0
242
21
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Quarter
Four



FSS 203 Human Anatomy II
3
0
33
3
FSS 223 Chemistry II
3
0
33
3
FSS 303 Embalming II 
3
0
44
3
FSS 311 Embalming II-Lab
0
2
22
1
FS   142 Funeral Service Law
2
0
22
2
FSS 122 Microbiology I
2
0
22
2
FSS 141 Pathology I
1
0
11
1
FSS 233 Restorative Art II
3
0
33
3
FSS 201 Restorative Art II-Lab
0
2
22
1
Practicum
0
0
00
0
Quarter Total
17
4
242
19
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Quarter
Five






FSS 301 Human Anatomy III
1
0
11
1
FSS 402 Embalming III
2
0
22
2
FSM 402 Funeral Directing
2
0
22
2
FSS 242 Microbiology II
2
0
22
2
FSS 213 Pathology II
3
0
33
3
FS   202 Psychology of Grief
2
0
22
2
FSS 321 Restorative Art II
1
0
11
1
FSS 341 Restorative Art II-Lab
0
2
22
1
FSM 213 Small Business Mgmt II
3
0
33
3
FS  301 State Funeral Service Law
1
0
11
1
FSS 411 Capstone Review - Sciences
1
0
11
1
FSM  411 Capstone Review - Arts
1
0
11
1
Quarter Totals
19
2
231
20
 
 
 
 
 

TOTAL AAS PROGRAM

Contact
Hours

Quarter
Credit
Hours

1155

100