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. 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 Education program and the Funeral Home Management program at Mount Ida College are accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506 (816) 233-3747. Web: www.abfse.org. To request a printed copy of this program’s scores and rates, go to the Department of Funeral Service Education, New England Institute Hall, Suite No. 10, or by e-mail at nei@mountida.edu or by telephone at 617-928-4714. 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

Program Aims

The central aim of the Funeral Service Program is recognition of funeral service personnel as:

  • Members of the human services profession;
  • Members of the community in which they serve;
  • Participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession;
  • Professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines (in the geographic area where they practice) as well as;
  • Professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains.

Learning Objectives

The objectives of the Funeral Service Program are:

  • To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession;
  • To educate students in every phase of funeral service and to help enable them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for the profession;
  • To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large;
  • To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct;
  • To provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction;
  • To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.

Upon completion of the Associate in Science Degree in Funeral Service, passing the National Board Examination, completing your required apprenticeship and State licensing requirements, you will be eligible for licensure as a funeral director and embalmer in many states.


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