SLCC General Catalog

Mortuary Science AAS

CTE Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
68 credits including prerequisites

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Program Description

The Mortuary Science program is designed to educate students in all phases of funeral service with special attention being given to the high ethical conduct within the funeral service profession. The knowledge and skills learned will allow students to acquire positions working in funeral homes as funeral directors, embalmers, grief facilitators and pre-need specialists. The aim of the program is to develop funeral service professionals who are active in the community in which they serve, who are knowledgeable and compliant with federal, state, and local area guidelines where they practice, who participate in building relationships with bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession, and are sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains. 

During the course of the program, students will actively participate in embalming, and restorative art procedures of deceased humans through lab sessions at the school and by being placed in a funeral home for training purposes.  Students will be responsible for providing their own transportation to clinical sites. Research projects into the field of funeral service will be required.  Courses will run in four consecutive semesters.  To graduate from the program the student must obtain a C grade or better for all program courses. After completion, students will be prepared for licensure in the state of Utah.

The Mortuary Science program is designed to give students the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to acquire entry-level positions in the funeral service profession and to encourage research in the field of funeral service.

Career Opportunities

The Mortuary Science program is designed to give students the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to acquire entry-level positions in funeral homes/mortuaries, cemetery management, and allied funeral service professions.

Transfer/Articulation Information

For information regarding transfer options, please see the Mortuary Science program advisor.

Program Entry Requirements

Admissions Process

  1. Be admitted to SLCC as a matriculated student. See www.slcc.edu/students-future/admissions
  2. High School Graduate or equivalent.
  3. For transfer credit, submit OFFICIAL, SEALED transcripts for ALL colleges and universities where prerequisite course work has been completed. Send to:

SLCC Incoming Transcripts
4600 South Redwood Road
P.O Box 30808
Salt Lake City, UT  84130-0808

  1. Also, a request to have an OFFICIAL evaluation of student’s transcript must be submitted to the SLCC Incoming Transcript Office.  The form is located at www.slcc.edu/transcriptevaluation/transferring-to-slcc.  This process may take 4-6 weeks and must be completed before a student’s application will be considered.
  2. Complete Accuplacer exam, or submit current SAT/ACT test scores, if MATH and ENGL course work have not been transferred to SLCC (required before you are able to register for classes that have MATH and RDG/WRTG courses as prerequisites). See: www.slcc.edu/testing
    1. Program course prerequisites are as follows (Must be completed with a C grade or better):
Program Course Prerequisites

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

MATH 1010

Intermediate Algebra

4

A

RDG 0990; within the last year, MATH 0990 w/C grade or better, or appropriate Accuplacer score

BIOL 1610

College Biology I

4

A

MATH 0990 w/C grade or better, or appropriate Accuplacer score AND RDG 0990 w/C grade or better, or appropriate Accuplacer score. Coreq: BIOL 1615

BIOL 1615

College Biology I Lab

0

A

MATH 0990 w/C grade or better, or appropriate Accuplacer score AND RDG 0990 w/C grade or better, or appropriate Accuplacer score. Coreq: BIOL 1610

COMM 1020

Public Speaking

3

A

 

MORT 1010

Intro Mortuary Science

3

A

 

 

NOTE: All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to submitting application for the Mortuary Science program.

Application Requirements

See the Mortuary Science webpage for essential information regarding completion of application requirements http://www.slcc.edu/mortuaryscience/index.aspx

Total Program/Course Fees

Estimated costs of books, fees and exams: www.slcc.edu/mortuaryscience

Estimated Time to Completion

Upon acceptance into the program, the time to completion is four semesters (Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring).

Specialized Accreditation

The Mortuary Science AAS program at Salt Lake Community College is applying for accreditation by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G St. Joseph, Missouri 64506, 816-233-3747. 

The American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) serves as the national academic accreditation agency for college and university programs in funeral service and mortuary science education. ABFSE is the sole accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

CAUTION: Students applying for admission to the Salt Lake Community College Mortuary Science Program should contact their respective state boards of funeral service regarding that state’s approval of this particular program of instruction.

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Quantitative Studies (QS) 4 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

MATH 1010

Intermediate Algebra

4

A

RDG 0900; within the last year, MATH 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

COMM 1020

Public Speaking

3

A

 

Human Relations (HR) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

COMM 2110

Interpersonal Comm

3

A

 

Distribution Areas 4 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

BIOL 1610

College Biology I

4

A

MATH 0990 w/C grade or better, or appropriate Accuplacer score AND RDG 0990 w/C grade or better, or appropriate Accuplacer score. Coreq: BIOL 1615

BIOL 1615

College Biology I Lab

0

A

MATH 0990 w/C grade or better, or appropriate Accuplacer score AND RDG 0990 w/C grade or better, or appropriate Accuplacer score. Coreq: BIOL 1610

 

Required Courses: (51 Credits)

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ACCT 1110

BIOL 2060

Financial Accounting

Microbiology

3

4

F

Sp

 

BIOL 1610 w/C grade or better. Coreq: BIOL 2065

BIOL 2065

Microbiology Lab

0

Sp

BIOL 1610 w/C grade or better. Coreq: BIOL 2060

BIOL 2320

Human Anatomy

4

Sp

BIOL 1610 w/C grade or better. Coreq: BIOL 2325

BIOL 2325

Human Anatomy Lab

0

Sp

BIOL 1610 w/C grade or better. Coreq: BIOL 2320

MGT 2050

Legal Environ of Bus

3

Sp

BUS 1050; see Health Science Academic Advisor

MORT 1010

Intro Mortuary Science

3

A

Must be taken as a prerequisite to program

MORT 1100

Grief/Death/Dying

2

Sp

MORT 1010, admission to program

MORT 1300

Pathology Funeral Srv

2

Sp

MORT 1010, admission to program

MORT 1400

Embalming I

3

Su

MORT 1300. Coreq: MORT 1405 & MORT 1600

MORT 1405

Embalming I Lab

1

Su

MORT 1300. Coreq: MORT 1400 & MORT 1600

MORT 1600

Thanatochemistry

2

Su

MORT 1300. Coreq: MORT 1400 & MORT 1405

MORT 2330

Funeral Srv Psy/Counsel

3

F

MORT 1100

MORT 2400

Embalming II

3

F

MORT 1400. Coreq: MORT 2405

MORT 2405

Embalming II Lab

1

F

MORT 1400, Coreq: MORT 2400

MORT 2600

Restorative Art

3

F

MORT 1400 & MORT 1405. Coreq: MORT 2605

MORT 2605

Restorative Art Lab

1

F

MORT 1400 & MORT 1405. Coreq: MORT 2600

MORT 2700

Mortuary Law & Ethics

3

Sp

MORT 1100

MORT 2730

Funeral Home Mgmt

4

Sp

MORT 1100

MORT 2750

Funeral Directing

4

Sp

MORT 1100

MORT 2770

NBE Professional Review

2

Sp

MORT 2400/2405 and MORT 2600/2605

 

Sample Schedule

Prerequisites

 Credits

MATH 1010

4

ENGL 1010

3

BIOL 1610/1615

4

COMM 1020

3

MORT 1010

3

Total

17

1st Year Schedule

Spring Semester

Credits

Summer Semester

Credits

BIOL 2060/2065

4

COMM 2110

3

BIOL 2320/2325

4

MORT 1400

3

MORT 1100

2

MORT 1405

1

MORT 1300

2

MORT 1600 

2

Total

12

Total

9

2nd Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

ACCT 1110

3

MGT 2050

3

MORT 2330

3

MORT 2700

3

MORT 2400

3

MORT 2730

4

MORT 2405

1

MORT 2750

4

MORT 2600

3

MORT 2770

2

MORT 2605

1

 

 

Total

14

Total

16

Advising Notes

The Mortuary Science Program accepts 20 students every Spring Semester. Once accepted, students will complete the program in 4 semesters (spring, summer, fall, spring). This program requires full time day attendance.

Prerequisites must be completed prior to submitting mortuary science application. In addition, the following courses may also be completed prior to acceptance into the Mortuary Science Program: BIOL 2320/2325 Human Anatomy, BIOL 2420/2425 Human Physiology, COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication, ACCT 1110 Financial Accounting and MGT 2050 Legal Environ of Bus. It is highly recommended that students complete BIOL 2320/2325 and/or BIOL 2420/2425 prior to the first semester in the Mortuary Science Program. BIOL 2320/2325 Human Anatomy must be less than five years old.

Students must complete both sections of the official National Board Exam to graduate.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

  • To provide a program of study in Mortuary Science to help meet the funeral service industry employment needs of the State of Utah and surrounding states.

1, 5, 6

  • To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession;

1

  • To educate students in every phase of funeral service and to help enable them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for the profession;

1, 2, 4

  • To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large;

2, 5, 6

  • To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct in the industry;

2, 4, 5, 6

  • To provide a curriculum at the post- secondary level of instruction;

1, 2, 3, 4

  • To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.

3, 4, 7

  • To provide students the business and legal knowledge, philosophical/ethical principles, computer knowledge and specific techniques and skills to enable them to be successful within the funeral service profession.

1, 2, 4, 5, 7

  • To educate and prepare individuals for active contribution to the service and welfare of their communities.

2, 5, 6

Department Contact Info

Allied Health Division

Jordan Campus
Jordan Health Science Center (JHSC) 059A

General Information
801-957-4073

Program Information
801-957-6203

Mortuary Science Program

Academic Advising
Jordan Campus
Jordan Health Sciences Center (JHS) 047
801-957- 6407

Health Science Admissions
Jordan Campus
Jordan Health Science Center (JHS) 047
801-957-6253

Program Faculty

Program Director
David Hess

Instructor
David Hess