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Preliminary Credits for the Associate in Specialized Technology Degree (Funeral Service Arts and Sciences)

The Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) Degree in Funeral Service Arts and Sciences requires the student to earn a minimum of 30 semester (45 quarter) credits from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university prior to matriculation into the online or campus-based program. Out of the 30 semester credits required, 21 must be subjects under Area I, and 9 credits must be subjects under Area II.

Please note:

  • Your state of licensure may require more than 30 preliminary credits (i.e. Pennsylvania and West Virginia require 60 preliminary college credits)
  • The campus based programs do not require any preliminary college credits
AREA I

21 semester (32 quarter) credits

  • Biology or other Life Sciences
  • Business Mathematics
  • Public Health
  • Allied Health Science
  • Chemistry
  • Behavioral Science
  • Zoology
  • Sociology
  • Business Administration
  • Environmental Health
  • Political Science
  • Other related areas
AREA II

9 semester (14 quarter) credits

  • English Literature
  • College Mathematics
  • English Composition
  • Computer Science
  • Public Speaking
  • Education
  • History
  • Fine Arts
  • Foreign Languages
  • Humanities
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Other related areas

Upon documenting that this distribution requirement is met, the student would then be able to pursue the balance of the AST Degree program (the final sixty semester credits at Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science) via PIMS’ core program.

Because colleges and universities title courses differently, it is not always easy to determine by the course title in which distribution category a course might apply. Therefore course outlines or syllabi may need to be analyzed to properly distribute the credits. This “other related area” category within each distribution area would enable PIMS to distribute the credits appropriately when such a doubt exists. The above subjects are only representative samples of the types.

PIMS Co-Requisite Requirements

To comply with academic requirements set by the American Board of Funeral Service Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education; and to provide all PIMS Distance Education students with a complete accredited funeral service education, all students who matriculate into the PIMS Distance Education program must have earned or must obtain proper course content in the subject fields of Business Math and Accounting.

Learn more about PIMS Co-Requisite Requirements.

Technical Requirements

The student must have a computer available with an Internet browser capable of accessing the Internet, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and an email account. All courses offered will require the student to access the Internet and to communicate with the faculty over the “net” through either discussion forums, chat rooms or email.

Learn more about the Technical Requirements.

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