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There are four requirements for licensure in South Dakota

(1) completion of academic educational requirement (60 semester hours);
completion of the prescribed course of study from a college of mortuary science accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, Inc. (one year);
completion of 12 months of an approved traineeship/apprenticeship under the supervision of a licensed mortician; and
satisfactory performance on the State Board (or National Board Examination).  The student is responsible for arranging sponsorship of the traineeship with a licensed funeral director.  The traineeship is a full-time responsibility, which cannot be performed during semesters when the student is registered for college coursework.  However, it can be started during the summer interim before college registration and subsequently completed.  Students interested in this program should contact the Math and Science Department.

Northern State University does not offer a degree program in mortuary science; however, customization of the Associate of Arts degree provides appropriate preparation for transfer to a professional program.  See NSU catalog for complete Associate of Arts degree requirements.  Suggested courses are:


       SPCM 101, Fundamentals of Speech
       ENGL 101, English Composition

Natural Sciences

        BIOL 151-151L, General Biology
        BIOL 221-221L, Human Anatomy
        BIOL 331-331L, Microbiology 
        CHEM 106-106L, Survey of Chemistry

Arts and Humanities

            HIST 121, History of Civilization I

Social and Behavioral Sciences

            PSYC 101/101A, General Psychology
            SOC 100, Principles of Sociology

Suggested Electives

            ACCT 210, Principles of Accounting I
            BAD 350, Legal Environment of Business and Contracts
            BAD 360, Organization and Management or BAD 362, Supervisory Management
            SOC 459, Death, Drying and Grief Process

For further information, contact:

Contact: Science Dept
Northern State University
Aberdeen, SD 57401

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