PIMS reserves the right to transfer or not transfer credits from other accredited schools for both funeral related and non-funeral related courses. A credit hour is a unit of measure, not necessarily an indicator of transferablity. At least one-half of the total program credits must be earned at PIMS. Criteria to transfer funeral service courses is listed in the PIMS Bulletin. Non-funeral related courses are transferred based on a test out process which is provided below.


Please keep in mind

  • Qualifying credits (Area I and II) cannot be used as transfer credits. Area I and Area II qualify you for our Associate level programs and do not replace the CORE 60 mortuary science credits. The CORE 60 would require a test out to prove proficiency except for math and accounting for the online students.
  • Credits used to qualify you for state licensure (i.e., Pennsylvania requires 60 preliminary credits) cannot be transferred or tested out.
  • Credits transferred from other institutions will become a part of your official record, but grades will not be placed on the transcript nor used in determining your cumulative grade point average at PIMS.



The Office of Admissions reviews transcripts for qualifying Area I and Area II, Math and Accounting co-requisites, and to make sure the student has the needed credits for thier state of licensure.


It is the student’s responsibility to provide to the Admission or Enrollment Office the PIMS course(s) that they would like to test out and an official transcript showing a course that is similar in content and credits.


The Admission or Enrollment Office verifies the eligibility of testing out (i.e. the course was passed, credits are not already counted towards state or PIMS qualifying credits, and the number of credits match PIMS’ course).


The Administrative Coordinator will be in touch with you to schedule the exam which will be administered on campus.

Be sure to check your email for updates on dates and times.

These requirements are in place to ensure that the student maintains the required knowledge to pass both the PIMS Comprehensive Examination and the National Board Examination.

The following are the courses eligible for test out credit:



  • Financial Accounting (ACC 110) – 3 credits
  • Human Anatomy (ANA 110) – 3 credits
  • Business Law (BL 110) – 3 credits
  • Business Mathematics/Comp App (BMC 110) – 3 credits
  • Pathology I (PAT 121) – 3 credits
  • Pathology II (PAT 122) – 3 credits
  • General Psychology (PSY 121) – 2 credits
  • Microbiology (MIC 110) – 3 credits
  • Small Business Management (MGT 122) – 3 credits


  • Elements of Economics (ECO 210) – 3 credits
  • English Composition (ENG 210) – 3 credits
  • Human Resource Management (HRM 210) – 3 credits
  • Risk Management (RM 210) – 3 credits
  • Environmental Health (BIO 210) – 3 credits
  • Death and Children (DC 210) – 3 credits
  • Gerontology (GER 210) – 3 credits
  • Social Psychology (SOC 110) – 3 credits
The following are the courses eligible for transfer credit which will require a course content review:


  • Financial Accounting (ACC 110) – 3 credits
  • Business Mathematics/Comp App (BMC 110) – 3 credits
  • English Composition (ENG 210) – 3 credits