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 Mortuary Science


​Mortuary Science

Funeral service personnel are members of a human services profession, members of the community in which they serve, and participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession. They are knowledgeable and compliant with regulatory guidelines in the geographic area where they practice and are sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains.
 
The Mortuary Science program at CGCC has the following objectives:

 

The central objective of an ABFSE-accredited program must be to educate students in every phase of funeral service so that program graduates are prepared for entry-level employment in funeral service. In support of this objective, a program must adopt at least the following Learning Outcomes.

Upon completion of an accredited program, students will be able to:
  • Explain the importance of funeral service professionals in developing relationships with the families and communities they serve.
  • Identify standards of ethical conduct in funeral service practice.
  • Interpret how federal, state and local laws apply to funeral service in order to ensure compliance.
  • Apply principles of public health and safety in the handling and preparation of human remains.
  • Demonstrate technical skills in embalming and restorative art that are necessary for preparation and handling of human remains.
  • Demonstrate skills required for conducting arrangement conferences, visitations, services and ceremonies.
  • Describe the requirements and procedures for burial, cremation and other accepted forms of final disposition of human remains.
  • Describe methods to address the grief related needs of the bereaved.
  • Explain management skills associated with operating a funeral establishment.
  • Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills and research skills needed for funeral service practice.
The Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Mortuary Science at Chandler-Gilbert Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) 992 Mantua Pike Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097 (816)233-3747 Web: www.abfse.org

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Program Detail

MSP ApplicationMortuary Science Stats link 

Career Profile

As the population grows older and passes away, the demand for funeral and memorial services will increase. In Arizona, the projected growth over the next five years is above average compared with the rest of the market. However, the number of small funeral homes is declining; they are being bought out by large corporations. In the past, each funeral home had one or more funeral directors. Now, a smaller number of funeral directors may work at all the funeral homes that are
owned by a single corporation. Despite the slow growth in this occupation, jobs will open up as current funeral directors retire.
 
Advancement opportunities generally are best in larger funeral homes. Funeral directors may earn promotions to higher paying positions such as branch manager or general manager. Some directors eventually acquire enough money and experience to establish their own funeral home businesses.

Funeral Directors:

  • Organize and direct funeral services
  • May perform many tasks, from embalming to accounting
  • May work on an on-call basis
  • Work with customers during a difficult time
  • Usually train for three years
  • Need a license
  • May need to take continuing education courses
  • May be self-employed

Available Associate Degree

Click here for a list of degree and certificate program descriptions.

Program
Name
Degree
Offered?
Certificate
Offered?
Course
Sequence
Mortuary ScienceYes

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If you are interested in the program, please download and review our Mortuary Science Program Information Guide.

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