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Mortuary Science

Program Overview

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 AAS in Mortuary Science is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education.

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

Why Chandler Gilbert Community College?

The Associate in Applied Science Degree 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

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at www.abfse.org  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.

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION - Chandler-Gilbert (Mesa)

Year Total enrolled # of New Students # of Grads Timely Grad* Graduation rate Did not finish** Overall % Employed Employed in FS
2019 40 40 32 32/32 94% 3 91% 81%
2018 34 35 30 30/30 94% 1 87% 47%
2017 32 32 27 27/27 93% 4 78% 78%

* 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.

 

NATIONAL BOARD STATISTICS - Chandler-Gilbert (Mesa)

3-year Average # Pass Arts % Pass Sciences
2017 - 2019 82% 62%
2016 - 2018 73% 68%
2015 - 2017 73% 72%
Most recent # Takers # Passed
2019 Arts 16 15
2019 Sciences 20 13