Distance Learning classes are
delivered to the student through the Internet, allowing the
student to forego the time he or she would normally spend in the
classroom setting by acquiring academic credit from the comfort of
home or office.
Distance Learning 2009 - 2012 (PDF)
Distance Learning Course Selection Form (PDF)
Applicants for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service may take Distance Learning Courses through Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Only one course may be taken concurrently with in-residence courses. Resident students may not take a distance learning course if the same class is offered in residence in the same quarter. In order to eliminate the first quarter of the Associate of Applied Science degree program, the student must take ENG 105, HIS 105, HIS 205, and MAT 105. Satisfactory completion of the other Distance Learning Courses will give the student credit for courses normally taught during other quarters.
How Do Distance Learning Courses Compare to
Courses on Campus?
Each course is
the equivalent of the on-campus section of the same course in the
terms of objectives, content, and transferability between each
Pierce Mortuary College. Students must meet stated prerequisites
$200.00 per quarter hour or $ 800.00 per class, whichever is less,
and includes the required textbook for the particular class.
Except at another
Pierce Mortuary College, the course curriculum may or may not
transfer to another college or university. Determination of
transfer credit for Distance Learning classes taken at a Pierce
Mortuary College and transferred to other colleges or universities
is solely at the discretion of that college's administrators.
What Is Included In A Distance Learning Class?
Distance Learning Class includes:
notes, and assignments available through their home or
with the instructor or other students through the use of
phone calls, facsimile machines, and electronic mail.
study guides, and supplemental reading where applicable.
taking these courses must have a computer, an Internet
connection, an e-mail account, and Netscape Navigator 3.1 or
Internet Explorer 3.02 or higher.
at the student's local area testing center.
in special activities related to the course, if applicable.
May Be Admitted To Our
Distance Learning Courses?
Only those applicants for the Associate of Applied Science
Degree in Funeral Service may take Distance Learning Courses
through Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. The rules and regulations pertaining to the educational
standards which must be met by the applicant prior to his or her
enrollment in the college are prescribed by the state approval
agencies and examining boards in various states. It is essential
that the applicant consult the secretary of his or her state board
or the registrar of the college well in advance of the desired
date of enrollment. The minimum requirement for admission in all
cases is high school graduation or its equivalent. Contact the
Registrar at Dallas Institute for an Application for
Much Does Distance Learning Cost?
$200.00 per quarter hour attempted or $800.00 per course,
whichever is less, and includes all required textbooks and
supplies. A one-time $50.00 non-refundable Application Fee must
accompany the Application for Matriculation. Title IV federal
financial aid is not available for Distance Learning courses.
Do I Register?
You may register by contacting
the Office of the Registrar at Dallas Institute of Funeral Service
and requesting an Application for Matriculation or by accessing
the online application page of this
should be submitted no later than thirty (30) days prior to the
start of the quarter, and should be accompanied by the following:
non-refundable Application Fee.
school transcript certifying graduation, GED, or other
equivalent, as well as transcripts of any college work
When Do I Register?
There are four (4) registration dates each year for Distance
Learning Classes. These
correspond with the start dates of the college's quarters.
Refer to the Supplement to the Catalog or the college
website for these dates. A
student may elect to take a Distance Learning Course at the start
of any quarter he or she chooses regardless of whether that class
is being offered in that same quarter at the college.
The length of time a student has to complete each course
will be the same as the student who attends on-campus classes.
What Are The Grading and Testing Procedures?
The grade of a student in any
course represents all the work of the student in the course,
including assignments and examinations, combined in such
proportion as the instructor in charge of the course may decide.
Exams will be given and proctored at student area testing
centers decided upon by the instructor.
Make-up or completion of incomplete course work will be
solely at the discretion of the instructor.
College maintains complete records of the academic progress of all
students. The students will be mailed copies of their grades at the end
of each academic quarter.
Withdrawal From A Distance Learning Class
A student withdrawing from
the College must make a formal declaration of intention to
withdraw and must clear oneself in every respect with the College.
Merely discontinuing assignments and examinations does not
constitute formal withdrawal.
A student who does not notify the College in writing or
e-mail will receive a failing grade for the work taken while
enrolled in the Distance Learning Program.
Any consideration for tuition refund will be based on the
date of formal notification.
What If I Have Questions?
Each instructor maintains
designated times throughout the quarter to take phone calls and
answer questions. These
individual hours are noted on the course syllabus, as well as
pertinent e-mail addresses, physical addresses, facsimile and
How do I know distance learning is right for me?
Consider the following: Scheduling and time management
Distance learning students can sometimes end up neglecting their studies because of personal or professional circumstances, unless they have compelling reasons for taking the course.
Online courses often require at least as much time and commitment as traditional courses.
Learning styles and organization
Distance learning courses give students greater freedom of scheduling, but they can require more self-discipline than on-campus classes. In traditional courses, students meet face-to-face with the instructor and each other at least once a week. However, in online courses most activities and communication are asynchronous, meaning that students complete their assignments at different times throughout the day and week, depending on their schedule. Distance learning allows students flexibility and convenience, but requires responsibility. Without the structure of regular class meetings, it will be up to the students to pace themselves and keep up with assignments.
Being part of a class
Some students prefer the independence of distance learning courses; others find it uncomfortable.
Print materials are the primary source of directions and information in distance learning courses.
If you are generally intimidated by technology and avoid it at all costs, an online course may not be right for you.
Computers and the Internet
The personal computer is the primary learning and communication tool in most online courses. Students need to have basic technology skills (such as using word processing software and Web browsing) as well as regular access to a computer with an Internet connection.
Communication and classroom discussion
People learn in different ways. Some students learn best by interacting with others, some prefer to read and review on their own. Distance learning courses vary with the amount of opportunity for group interaction. Even high levels of group interaction in an online course will differ from interaction within a traditional face-to-face course. Students who feel that they will miss seeing and listening to their classmates and instructors, or want to experience campus life, may not be happy taking online courses.
Assignment directions and guidance
Distance learning courses require you to work from written directions without face-to-face instructions.
Confidence in discussing problems with instructors
Students who do well in distance learning courses are usually comfortable contacting the instructor as soon as they need help with the course. Instructors need to know right away if students are having problems with technology or course content.
For further information, please contact us at:
Dallas Institute of Funeral
3909 South Buckner Blvd.
Toll Free: 1-800-235-5444
In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (P.L.
88-352) we accept students without regard to race, color, sex,
creed, disability, or national origin.