Mortuary Science

Coordinator: P. Egland

There are two ways to become qualified in mortuary science. A student may take 60 semester hours of prerequisite courses and then transfer to an accredited program in mortuary science. Other students choose to complete a Bachelor’s degree (with Business Administration as a common, but not necessary, major) and then go on to school or program in mortuary science.

Mortuary science programs expect applicants to take courses in several disciplines, be broadly educated and have an understanding of and commitment to the profession. Students are encouraged to learn about mortuary science and customer service through internships, volunteer activities and employment. Application requirements vary among schools, therefore a student interested in a career in mortuary science should identify the schools in which he or she is interested as early as possible. The student should then consult with his or her advisor and coordinator on a regular basis to discuss course selection and application procedures.

Mortuary science programs select students on the basis of 1) undergraduate academic performance; 2) letters of evaluation from professors and other professional people; and 3) a personal interview (most programs). Admission to mortuary science programs is fairly competitive, and licensure requires an apprenticeship in an approved funeral home.

Suggested Pre-Mortuary Science Program of Study:
These are typical admission requirements for mortuary science programs in the upper Midwest. Students should refer to specific admission guidelines for each mortuary science program and consult with their academic advisor and the Coordinator.
ACCT 210 — Principles of Accounting I (4 cr)
BSAD 320 — Principles of Management (3 cr)
BSAD 340 — Business Law I 3(3 cr)
BIOL 120 — Biological Principles I (4 cr)
BIOL 150 — Human Anatomy (4 cr)
BIOL 366 — Advanced Human Physiology (4 cr)
  -or- BIOL 225 — Human Physiology (4 cr)
BIOL 250 — Introductory Microbiology (4 cr)
CHEM 116 — General Chemistry I (4 cr)
-or- CHEM 120 — Accelerated General Chemistry
CHEM 145 — Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (4 cr)
COMM 110 — Introduction to Communication (3 cr)
COSC 210 — Computer Science I (4 cr)
ENGL 110 — First-Year Composition (4 cr)
ENGL 200 — The Literary Experience (3 cr)
GERO 289 — Medical Terminology (1 cr)
PSYC 115 — General Psychology (3 cr)
PSYC 210 — Life-Span Human Development (3 cr)
PSYC 270 — Statistics (4 cr)
SOCI 110 — Contemporary Society (3 cr)

BSAD 382 or another course in ethics is suggested.