Learn mortuary science from one of the nation’s best mortuary science schools.

Mount Ida College’s funeral service associate’s degree offers superior, hands-on training that will help you stand out in the job market—and in the mortuary science profession. Our funeral service associate’s degree goes far beyond the typical two-year mortuary science program. In addition to standard courses required for licensure as a funeral director and embalmer, our funeral service degree covers grief and bereavement, community outreach, business management and other advanced subjects. The Funeral Service Associate’s degree at Mount Ida College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Start your funeral service career at one of the nation’s most widely respected mortuary science schools.

Our funeral service associate’s degree program features small class sizes, ensuring that you get plenty of personalized attention from our expert faculty. You’ll receive practical, hands-on instruction in embalming and restorative arts, and will become eligible for examination by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. The annual passage rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three-year period for the institution and all ABFSE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the American Board of Funeral Service website.

The funeral service associate’s degree program includes immersive lab courses that cover:

  • Mortuary science safety, including OSHA regulations
  • Sanitary science and disinfection procedures
  • Microbiology
  • Pathology
  • Mortuary reporting guidelines

You’ll also examine mortuary science case studies drawn from real life, tackling the same type of challenges you’ll confront as a funeral service professional.

Core courses in the Funeral Service Program focus on the science and ritual of funeral direction. You’ll take in-depth courses in embalming, restorative arts, human anatomy and related sciences, along with introductory courses that cover bereavement and grief, funeral service law, ethics, management, accounting and principles in management.

The funeral service associate degree requires 63 credits, broken down as follows:

  • 31 credits in funeral service (including embalming) and bereavement
  • 13 credits in related business and science courses
  • 15 credits in arts, sciences and humanities

After finishing your associate’s degree in funeral service, passing the National Board Examination, and completing your required apprenticeship, and state licensing requirements, you’ll be eligible for licensure as a funeral director and embalmer in all 50 states.

Mount Ida’s associate’s program in funeral service has a stellar reputation among employers. Our funeral service degree gives you a strong advantage in the competition for jobs at funeral homes, funeral service corporations and other mortuary science organizations. You’ll also have the option of continuing your education—the funeral service degree feeds directly into Mount Ida’s bachelor’s degree in funeral home management, one of the few four-year funeral home degrees in the nation.

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