There are very few schools in each state that offer programs in mortuary science, so the selection process is limited. Individuals may find undergraduate degree programs in this subject at select community colleges and universities.
10 Schools with Mortuary Science Programs
These colleges offer mortuary science programs at the certificate, diploma, associate and bachelor's degree levels.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*|
|University of Arkansas Community College - Hope||Hope, AK||2-year, Public||Associate's||$2,460 in-district, $2,640 in-state, $4,770 out-of-state|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,834 in-state, $9,661 out-of-state|
|Southern Illinois University||Carbondale, IL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$13,137 in-state, $26,390 out-of-state|
|Community College of Baltimore County||Baltimore, MD||2-year, Public||Associate's||$3,712 in-district, $6,650 in-state, $9,718 out-of-state|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||Minneapolis, MN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$13,790 in-state, $22,210 out-of-state|
|Hudson Valley Community College||Troy, NY||2-year, Public||Associate's||$5,188 in-state, $13,388 out-of-state|
|Fayetteville Technical Community College||Fayetteville, NC||2-year, Public||Diploma, Associate's||$2,394 in-state, $8,538 out-of-state|
|Mount Hood Community College||Gresham, OR||2-year, Public||Associate's||$4,841 in-state, $10,016|
|American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service||New York, NY||2-year, Private||Associate's||$15,878|
|Mercer County Community College||West Windsor, NJ||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,648 in-district, $4,788 in-state, $6,900 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Students should consider the following when selecting a mortician school:
- Students should search for programs that have been accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE, www.abfse.org), which is the only accrediting organization for morticians accepted by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
- Research state licensure requirements and how a mortuary science degree can help an individual earn licensure. Programs should prepare students for licensure.
- Some programs might offer internship opportunities for students. Internships not only give valuable work experience, but may help students acquire state licensure.
- Programs may require students to meet certain prerequisites, such as completing a background check.
Mortician Program Overviews
Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science
An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Mortuary Science program typically lasts 2.5-4 years. Students must have completed general education requirements prior to enrollment in an AAS program, and most programs specify that students have completed introductory courses in psychology, accounting and anatomy. Students will receive their associate's degree after successfully completing the program and passing the National Board Examination.
Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science
A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mortuary Science program typically lasts four years. During the first two years, students must complete their general education requirements; the last two years are spent within the mortuary science program. Programs prepare students for the National Board Examination and provide practical knowledge and training through lectures and labs.
Mortuary science degrees typically take two-to-four years to complete, and must be completed at accredited schools in order for students to qualify to take the certification exam and become licensed. Students should look for programs that prepare them for licensure and offer internships for experience.