STATE REQUIREMENTS

State Licensure

 

Each state has unique licensure requirements for the funeral service profession. State requirements can vary as some require specific college courses prior to entering mortuary school. PIMS’ accreditation allows a student to sit for the National Board Examination in all 50 states, but prospective students must become familiar with the licensing and educational requirements in the state they wish to be licensed. The Institute will assist you with questions concerning such special requirements.

The PIMS admission office regularly reviews state licensure requirements and what states will accept PIMS’ Associate and/or Diploma options. Use the following symbols and the chart below to find this information.

  • *  – 21 Area I and 9 Area II credits required
  • #  – Specific subjects of study are dictated and approved by the state’s mortuary board
  • ^  – Preliminary courses required that exceed PIMS’ admission requirement
  • ≠  – Yet to be determined
  • Yes – Will accept our Diploma and/or Associate

Please contact the PIMS Admission Office admissions@pims.edu or 412-362-8500 for more information or visit https://pims.edu/programs-of-study/

State

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Washington DC
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

PIMS CAMPUS

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^Yes
^Yes
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Yes
^Yes
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Yes
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Yes
#^Yes
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Yes
#^Yes
Yes

PIMS ONLINE

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*Yes
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*Yes
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State Authorization

 

Post-secondary institutions that offer educational programs to students located outside of their home state must comply with the laws and regulations of the states where they seek to enroll students.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of distance education programs.

The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (PIMS) is a participating member of the SARA and is authorized to enroll students in online courses in SARA member states which include 49 states. California and Washington DC are not members of SARA but PIMS is authorized to offer distance education based on California and DC statute.

Students must report to PIMS if a relocation to a different state occurs as this may affect authorization or licensure requirements and reporting. Contact any member of the administrative team to make the change or update your Sonis student portal.