Aims and Purposes

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. The Mortuary Science program's central aim is to recognize the importance of funeral service personnel as members of a human services profession, as members of the community in which they serve, as participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession, as 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 (ABFSE, Accreditation Manual).

The Mortuary Science objectives/purposes are as follows:

  • 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.
  • 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 in the industry.
  • To provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction.
  • To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.
  • To provide students the business and legal knowledge, philosophical/ethical principles and specific techniques and to enable them to be successful within the funeral service profession.
  • To educate and prepare individuals for active contribution to the service and welfare of their communities.