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Mortuary Science

Mortuary science is the study of deceased human bodies, particularly with regard to their proper burial and accompanying bereavement processes. Read the following article to see if mortuary science is the career for you.

Inside Mortuary Science

Mortuary science programs prepare students for a career in the funeral industry, most notably as a funeral director. As of 2014, fewer than 60 programs in mortuary science were accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (www.abfse.org).

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Mortuary science training is typically offered through a 2-year associate's degree program; bachelor's degree programs are also available, though rare. Students may take courses in embalming techniques, accounting, business management, business law, funeral services, anatomy, grief psychology, microbiology, funeral merchandising, thanatochemistry, restorative art, pathology and physiology. In some states, an aspiring funeral director must also complete a 1-3 year apprenticeship program. You can find the information on these programs on Study.com in the following articles:

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