Distance Learning

What is Distance Learning?

Dallas Institute’s distance learning program allows its students the opportunity to complete some courses at home without being on campus every day.

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. To be successful in a distance learning course, excellent time management skills are necessary as distance learning courses still require study time and commitment.

What courses are available through distance learning?

The entire Funeral Director’s Program is available through distance learning by enrolling into the Funeral Director’s Program Online program. Also available through distance learning are all of the general education courses in the Associate of Applied Science Degree program.  

How much does distance learning cost?

Distance learning courses cost the same as our on campus courses. To view the costs of tuition go to the tuition and fees section of the website, here.


E-books are provided to students when they sign up for a distance learning general education course. If a student prefers a physical copy of the text being used, purchase of that book from the publisher will be at the expense of the student.

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. Course assignments and discussions are completed online. Exams may be completed online. Make-up of incomplete course work will be solely at the discretion of the instructor.

The College maintains complete records of the academic progress of all students. The students will be given access to their grades at the end of each academic quarter.

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 terms of objectives, content, and transferability between each Pierce Mortuary College. Students must meet stated prerequisites where applicable.

Except at another Pierce Mortuary College, the course curriculum may or may not transfer to another college or university.  You must contact the registrar of the school to which you want to transfer as to acceptance of credits earned at any other school. Your Dallas Institute credits are measured in quarter hours and if you should be able to transfer any credits to a semester hour institution, the accepting institution will determine the equivalence of the hours transferred.  

What is included in a distance learning class?

A Distance Learning Class includes:

•    Lectures, notes, and assignments available online.
•    Interaction with the instructor or other students may include the use of phone calls, fax machines, e-mail, and online message boards.
•    E-books for general education courses, study guides, and supplemental reading where applicable. Students taking these courses must have a computer, reliable Internet access, an e-mail account, and be using a current Internet browser.
•    Students will need to arrange to take all Final Exams at Dallas Institute at the end of each quarter (offered over a 3-day period) and all Comprehensive Exams at Dallas Institute at the completion of the Program (offered over a 3-day period).
•    Participation in special activities related to the course, if applicable.

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 a 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.


The Funeral Service Degree program and Dallas Institute of Funeral Service are accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, New Jersey 08097 (816) 233-3747. Web:  www.abfse.org. The ABFSE is an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.

The Funeral Director’s Program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs. It is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education since it does not include instruction in the following areas: embalming and related science courses and the general education courses. Students graduating from this program are not eligible to take the National Board Examination or any state board examination for which graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required.

The Funeral Director’s Program is currently only approved for those planning to practice in Texas, Louisiana, and Missouri.

For further information, please contact us at:

Dallas Institute of Funeral Service
3909 South Buckner Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75227
Contact Us

Toll Free:800.235.5444
Local:214.388.5466 Fax:214.388.0316

In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (P.L. 88-352) Dallas Institute of Funeral Service accepts students without regard to race, color, sex, creed, disability, or national origin.