Mortuary Science

A career working in a funeral home or crematory can be very rewarding; however, it requires a unique combination of interpersonal skills, intellect, and business acumen. Our accredited* Mortuary Science program can teach you these skills and prepare you for a career in the funeral industry. Upon program completion, you will be prepared to sit for the National Board examination. You will also be able to apply for an intern license with the Arizona State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. The Mortuary Science program curriculum combines coursework in mortuary science with a general business component, including studies in public health; business management; natural sciences; legal, ethical, and regulatory concerns; and clinical requirements associated with the funeral industry. Potential career paths in the funeral industry may include funeral director, embalmer, cremationist, forensic pathology assistant, vital records registrar, and funeral equipment and pre-arranged funeral salesperson. Begin your future today! Enroll in the Mortuary Science program.

The Mortuary Science associate degree program 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:

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

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Mortuary Science

CGCC Mortuary Science

The Mortuary Science Associate Degree Program 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:

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at  in the Directory of Accredited Programs.


Program Learning Outcomes

The mission 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 mission, 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 the 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.

* Note: The Program Learning Outcomes must be in the published information sources of the program (other than brief marketing materials.



Year Total enrolled # of New Students # of Grads Timely Grad* Graduation rate Did not finish** Overall % Employed Employed in FS
2022 29 29 19 19/19 83% 6 100% 95%
2021 23 23 31 31/31 89% 4 79% 87%
2020 35 35 35 35/35 88% 5 76% 77%

* Timely graduation = complete program in 1½ times designated program length.
** Graduation rate reflects cohort graduation rate (% of students from original cohort completing in the designated year)
*** Left before completing the program; did not finish.



Single Year Arts Takers School Pass Rate National Pass Rate Single Year Sciences Takers School Pass Rate National Rate
2022 19 68% 69% 2022 20 65% 64%
2021 16 56% 68% 2021 18 44% 57%
2020 13 62% 73% 2020 11 45% 64%


Program Accredited by ABFSE: Associate Degree Program - Mortuary Science

Initial Accreditation: 1997 / Last comprehensive review 2021 / Next comprehensive review Spring 2028

Re-accreditation: October 2021 for period of 7 years (virtual).

Most recent Accreditation decisions: October 2016 recognized institutional name change from Mesa Community College to Chandler-Gilbert Community College via Substantive Change process.

    • October 2021 re-accredited with stipulation to address assessment (Standard 10) including evidence that assessment data is being used for program improvement. Evidence is to include results of current graduate and employer surveys and advisory board meetings.
      Program was recognized for a candid comprehensive review during the self study process which led to program improvements and for the dedication of the program director.
      (In-person virtual visit follow-up required)
    • April 2022 – Receipt of assessment plan is acknowledged with the recommendation to utilize the Advisory Board and provide Advisory Board minutes with the next ABFSE Annual Report. In person site visit is required as follow-up to 2021 virtual visit.


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