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Mortuary Science

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Mortuary Science program includes studies in public health; business management; natural sciences; legal, ethical and regulatory concerns; and clinical requirements associated with the mortuary field. The curriculum combines coursework in mortuary science with a general education component. The AAS in Mortuary Science degree is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097, 816-233-3747, www.abfse.org. Completion of the courses in the program prepares the student to sit for the National Board examination and begin state internship requirements.

Details

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Field of Interest: 
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Type: 
Associate Degree
Academic Plan Code: 
3765
Total credits required: 
66.5-75.5
Effective term: 
2021 Fall
Admission criteria

Formal application and admission to the program is required. Prior to applying to the program, students must have proof of high school graduation or GED and must complete the following required coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to entry into the Mortuary Science (MSP) cohort coursework: [(ACC107 or ACC111), BIO160, (BPC+++++ or CIS+++++) (BPC110 or CIS105 recommended), (COM100 or COM110 or COM225 or COM230), (CRE101 or equivalent), (ENG101 or ENG107), (ENG102 or ENG108), GBS205, MGT253, (PSY101 or PSY156), Mathematics (any approved), and Humanities (REL100 recommended)] or have permission of Program Director.

Academic Plan: 
Mortuary Science (DEG)
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:51.5-54.5
ACC107Bookkeeping Theory and Practice (4) OR
ACC111Accounting Principles I (3)3-4
 
BIO160Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology4
 
BPC+++++Any BPC Business-Personal Computers course (1-3) OR
CIS+++++Any CIS Computer Information Systems course (1-3)1-3
BPC110or CIS105 recommended.
 
GBS205Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business3
MGT253Owning and Operating a Small Business3
 
MSP101Orientation to Mortuary Science1
MSP105Crematory Operator Training0.5
MSP201History and Sociology of Funeral Service3
MSP202Embalming3
MSP202LLEmbalming Lab1
MSP203Microbiology for Mortuary Science3
MSP204Chemistry for Mortuary Science3
MSP205Mortuary Administration I3
MSP206Mortuary Administration II3
MSP207Mortuary Science Restorative Art3
MSP207LLMortuary Science Restorative Art Lab1
MSP208Legal, Regulatory, and Ethical Issues in Mortuary Science3
MSP209Pathology for Mortuary Science3
MSP210Psychology, Counseling, and Mortuary Science2
MSP211Compendium for Mortuary Science2
 
PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3) OR
PSY156Understanding Death and Dying (3)3
Note that students who desire to transfer should choose PSY101.
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 15-21
 
General Education CoreCredits: 12-18
 
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (3)6
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
 
MathematicsCredits: 3-6
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area with a C or better.3-6
Note that students who desire to transfer should choose from the MAT14+ or MAT15+ options.
 
General Education DistributionCredits: 3
 
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
REL100recommended.
 
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 0
Met by PSY101 OR PSY156 in Required Courses.
 
Natural SciencesCredits: 0
Met by BIO160 in Required Courses.
Competencies
  • Explain the importance of funeral service professionals in developing relationships with the families and communities they serve. (GBS205, MGT253, MSP101, MSP201, MSP205, MSP206, MSP208, MSP210, MSP211, PSY101, PSY156, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU])
  • Identify standards of ethical conduct in funeral service practice. (ACC107, ACC111, BPC++++++, CIS++++++, GBS205, MGT253, MSP101, MSP105, MSP202, MSP202LL, MSP205, MSP206, MSP207, MSP208, MSP210, MSP211, PSY101, PSY156, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU])
  • Interpret how federal, state, and local laws apply to funeral service in order to ensure compliance. (ACC107, ACC111, BPC++++++, CIS++++++, GBS205, MGT253, MSP101, MSP105, MSP202, MSP202LL, MSP205, MSP206, MSP207, MSP207LL, MSP208, MSP210, MSP211, PSY101, PSY156, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU])
  • Apply principles of public health and safety in the handling and preparation of human remains. (BIO160, MSP101, MSP105, MSP201, MSP202, MSP202LL, MSP203, MSP204, MSP205, MSP206, MSP207, MSP207LL, MSP208, MSP209, MSP211)
  • Demonstrate technical skills in embalming and restorative art that are necessary for the preparation and handling of human remains. (BIO160, MSP202, MSP202LL, MSP203, MSP204, MSP205, MSP206, MSP207, MSP207LL, MSP208, MSP209, MSP211)
  • Demonstrate skills required for conducting arrangement conferences, visitations, services, and ceremonies. (ACC107, ACC111, BPC++++++, CIS++++++, GBS205, MGT253, MSP101, MSP105, MSP201, MSP202, MSP202LL, MSP205, MSP206, MSP207, MSP207LL, MSP208, MSP210, MSP211, PSY101, PSY156, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], MA)
  • Describe the requirements and procedures for burial, cremation, and other accepted forms of final disposition of human remains. (ACC107, ACC111, BIO160, GBS205, MGT253, MSP101, MSP105, MSP201, MSP202, MSP202LL, MSP205, MSP206, MSP207, MSP207LL, MSP208, MSP210, MSP211, PSY101, PSY156, (COM), [FYC], [HU])
  • Describe methods to address the grief-related needs of the bereaved. (MSP201, MSP205, MSP206, MSP208, MSP210, MSP211, PSY101, PSY156, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU])
  • Explain management skills associated with operating a funeral establishment. (ACC107, ACC111, BPC++++++, CIS++++++, GBS205, MGT253, MSP105, MSP202, MSP202LL, MSP205, MSP206, MSP207, MSP207LL, MSP208, MSP209, MSP210, MSP211, PSY101, PSY156, (COM), (CRE), [FYC])
  • Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills and research skills needed for funeral service practice. (ACC107, ACC111, BIO160, BPC++++++, CIS++++++, GBS205, MGT253, MSP101, MSP105, MSP201, MSP202, MSP202LL, MSP203, MSP204, MSP205, MSP206, MSP207, MSP207LL, MSP208, MSP209, MSP210, MSP211, PSY101, PSY156, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], MA)

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