Mortuary Science

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Program Questions

Q: How much does the Mortuary Science program cost?

A: Regular tuition and student fees for the Mortuary Science program is approximately $2500 per semester total (does not include prerequisite credit hours).

Q: How long does the Mortuary Science program take to complete?

A: The Mortuary Science program takes 4 semesters, or 51 credit hours (does not include prerequisite credit hours).

Q: What are the required courses for the Mortuary Science program?
A:       ACCT 1110 Financial Accounting I, 3 cr          
          An introduction to the concepts and methods underlying the preparation of financial statements using generally accepted                 accounting principles. Topics covered include the accounting cycle, cash and inventories.

BIOL 2320 Human Anatomy, 4 cr
Prereq: Grade of C or better in BIOL 1610. Concurrent with BIOL 2325.For HS and biology/science majors. Introduction to the structure of the human body using a systemic approach. Structural relationships are evaluated by macro and micro- analysis. Three hours of lecture per week and additional lab component (BIOL 2325) required.

BIOL 2325 Human Anatomy Lab, 0 cr
Prereq: Concurrent with BIOL 2320. Required as lab portion of BIOL 2320.Hands-on evaluation of anatomical structures using microscopes and dissection. Human cadavers, histology slides & human/animal body parts are used as study materials. One laboratory session per week.

MGT 2050 Business Law,3 cr
Mgt 2050 combines lecture, discussion, and field research to help students apply and understand legal concepts. Students are expected to complete the following activities: Participate in class discussions, take part in hypothetical business problems analysis, complete chapter quizzes covering major concepts discussed in the text, complete end-of-chapter case problems, and visit a Small Claims Court or Administrative Law Court, OR complete an assigned book report.

MORT 1010 – Intro to Mortuary Science,3 cr
Introductory course to mortuary science including studies of ancient/historical development, caskets/burial cases, early anatomists/undertakers and their role in history/embalming. Basic equipment/practical embalming theory will be taught.

MORT 1100 – Dynamics Of Grief, Death And Dying, 3 cr
Prereq: MORT 1010. Introduction and analysis of the attitudes towards death, dying and the grieving process, including cultural, religious and historical perspectives, the differing processes for loss, the environmental factors, the legal aspects of death/dying and medical ethics.

MORT 1200 - Microbiological Studies for Mortuary Science, 3cr
Prereq: MORT 1010;  Admission to program: Introduction to the basic principles of microbiology as it relates to working in a mortuary. Emphasis will be on sanitation, disinfection, and public health within the practice of embalming. Personal, professional and community hygiene and sanitation practices are also discussed.

MORT 1300 – Pathology For Funeral Service, 2 cr
Prereq: MORT 1010. Introduction to pathological disease conditions and their affect on various parts of the body. Conditions which affect the embalming or restorative art process will be emphasized. This course will present the basic principles of microbiology nature and cause of disease, and the pathogenicity associated with specific diseases.

MORT 1400 – Embalming I, 3 cr
Prereq: MORT 1300. Coreq: MORT 1405 and 1600. Introduction to embalming theory, procedures, techniques, and instruments used in the sanitation, preparation, and restoration of the deceased human body.

MORT 1405 – Embalming I Lab, 1 cr
Prereq: MORT 1300. Coreq: MORT 1400 and 1600. Students learn practical application of Embalming lecture content.

MORT 1600 – Thanatochemistry, 2 cr
Prereq: MORT 1300. Coreq: MORT 1400 and 1405. Survey of general, organic, and biochemistry in mortuary science. Chemical principles and precautions involved in sanitation, disinfection, and public health as related to the embalming application. Review of government regulations for embalming chemicals.

MORT 2330 – Funeral Service Psychology and Counseling, 3 cr
Prereq: MORT 1100. Study of the basic principles of psychology and counseling as they relate to Funeral Service. Emphasis will be given to the role of the funeral director within the psychological concepts of grief, mourning, and bereavement.

MORT 2400 – Embalming II, 3 cr
Prereq: MORT 1400. Coreq: MORT 2405. Continuation of Embalming I. Specific study of the circulatory system, and vascular anatomy in relation to the embalming process. Case analysis, various embalming methods, and embalming treatment of specific conditions will be discussed.

MORT 2405 – Embalming II Lab, 1 cr
Prereq: MORT 1405. Coreq: MORT 2400. Practical application of the fundamental principles presented in MORT 2400 - Embalming II.

MORT 2600 – Restorative Art, 3 cr
Prereq: MORT 1400 and 1405. Coreq: MORT 2605. An introduction to facial restoration techniques, including restoration of facial expressions and proportions by proper use of instruments and special materials. Emphasis is placed on major restoration including problem cases which require illusionary corrections, waxes, cosmetics, hair restoration, color matching, and masking of small and extensive discolorations.

MORT 2605 – Restorative Art Lab,1 cr
Prereq: MORT 1400 and 1405. Coreq: MORT 2600. Practical application of the fundamentals learned in MORT 2600 - Restorative Art.

MORT 2700 – Mortuary Law and Ethics, 3 cr
Prereq: MORT 1100. Business/legal principles affecting mortuary practice are surveyed with specific emphasis on business organizational forms, law of sales, funeral disclosure rules, and the legal duties of a funeral service provider. Funeral service ethics are emphasized.

MORT 2730 – Funeral Home Management and Merchandising, 4 cr
Prereq: MORT 1100. Principles of funeral home management will be introduced including funeral home operations, management functions, current trends and computer applications. Buying/selling, pricing/displaying and features of merchandise will be studied.

MORT 2750 – Funeral Directing, 4 cr
Prereq: MORT 1100. Introduction of various cultural, ethnic and geographic funeral customs. Discussion of death notification, timeframe for pre/at/post need services, transfer of remains, religious, fraternal and military practices, and cremation procedures.

MORT 2770 – National Board Exam Professional Review, 2 cr
Prereq: MORT 2400 and MORT 2600. This course prepares students to take the National Board Exam. The course is designed to allow for extensive testing of the student’s knowledge, both theoretical and technical. A review of subject areas on the exam will take place and mock exams covering each subject of the curriculum will be administered. Both sections of the official National Board Exam must be completed for passing grade.

Q: What does a typical schedule look like for the Mortuary Science program?
A: Sample Schedule (below)

Semester One CR Semester Two CR
BIOL 2320/2325 Human Anatomy/Human Anatomy Lab 4 COMM 2110 Interpersonal Comm 3
MORT 1100 Grief/Death/Dying 3 MORT 1400 Embalming I 3
MORT 1200 MORT 1200 - Microbio Studies for Mortuary Science 3 MORT 1405 Embalming I Lab 1
MORT 1300 Pathology Funeral Srv 2 MORT 1600 Thanatochemistry 2
Total 12 Total 9
Semester Three CR Semester Four CR
ACCT 1110 Financial Accounting 3 MGT 2050 Legal Environ of Bus 3
MORT 2330 Funeral Srv Psy/Counsel 3 MORT 2700 Mortuary Law and Ethics 3
MORT 2400 Embalming II 3 MORT 2730 Funeral Home Mgmt 4
MORT 2405 Embalming II Lab 1 MORT 2750 Funeral Directing 4
MORT 2600 Restorative Art 3 MORT 2770 NBE Professional Review 2
MORT 2605 Restorative Art Lab 1
Total 14 Total 16


Q: Can I take the Mortuary Science program part time?
A: No, the Mortuary Science program requires full time day attendance.

Q: What Mortuary Science program courses are taught online?
A: The following Mortuary Science program courses are taught online: COMM 2110 Interpersonal Comm; ACCT 1110 Financial Accounting I; MGT 2050 Business Law. You may go to the following SLCC Class Schedule link to see all SLCC online classes.

Q: What days and times are the courses for the Mortuary Science program?
A: Mortuary Science program courses are taught from about 8:00am until about 5:30pm all days of the week except Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You may go to the following SLCC Class Schedule link to get specific days and times for Mortuary Science courses.
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Admissions Questions

Q: What is the admission process for the Mortuary Science program?

A: Students may go to the Admission Process link to see the admission process for the Mortuary Science program.

Q: How often are students admitted to the Mortuary Science program?

A: Students are admitted to the Mortuary Science program every Spring Semester.

Q: How many seats are available per cohort?

A: 20 seats are available per cohort.

Q: Is there a waitlist for the Mortuary Science program?

A: There is no waitlist for the Mortuary Science program.
Q: Do all the immunizations need to be completed before applying to the Mortuary Science program?
A: Every immunization on the Mortuary Science Immunization Form must be completed before applying to the Mortuary Science program, except the following:
- Hepatitis B Vaccine (student must have two of the three dose series upon application)
- Hepatitis A (highly recommended but not required)

Career Questions

Q: What is the career outlook and average pay for a Mortician or Funeral Director?

A: The following link will provide the career outlook and average pay for a Mortician or Funeral Director in Salt Lake County.

Financial Aid & Scholarship Questions

Q: How can I apply for Financial Aid?

A: Students can apply for financial aid by going to the Financial Aid webpage.

Q: How can I apply for scholarships and/or tuition waivers?

A: Students may go to the SLCC Scholarships & Tuition Waivers webpage, or the Financial Aid & Scholarships link for Division of Allied Health programs.