Admissions

Applications for admission to the Mortuary Science program are only accepted during open submission periods. Please see the School of Health Sciences Application Submission Dates for current submission dates.  If you have any questions about the application process or have not received an email confirming receipt of your application within 7 days, please contact the Health Sciences Admissions Office at 801-957-6253.

The Mortuary Science program uses a merit-based, competitive admission process. The program accepts a cohort of 25 students once a year.  Prior to acceptance, qualified candidates will be contacted after the application submission period ends to attend a mandatory information session scheduled for Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 5:30pm-7:30pm or Friday, October 29, 2021 from 9:00am-11:00am at the Jordan Campus.

All communication will be through your Bruinmail. If you are not checking it (or haven't forwarded it to your personal email) you may miss important information. If you are accepted to a program a confirmation email will be required, please read all emails carefully and thoroughly to make sure you don't miss any information.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the Mortuary Science program via their Bruinmail account, after grades for the preceding Fall semester grades are posted, and all program applications can be reviewed and compared.

 

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite courses may still be in progress when you submit your application, but your final grades will be assessed at the end of the semester and your acceptance into the program will be contingent upon your grades being high enough to meet the program’s selection requirements. All prerequisite courses require a grade of C or better.

Course  Description/Recommendation  Credit Hours
Any Composition course   3
MATH 1010 or higher MATH 1030 recommended 4
Any Life Science course BIOL 1610/1615 recommended 4
Any Comm course    3
MORT 1010 Introduction to Mortuary Science 3

IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT TRANSFER CREDIT

  • It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure their transfer credit has been fully transferred to SLCC prior to the program's application deadlines.
  • If a student has courses they are transferring from another school, their transcripts must be evaluated by the SLCC Transfer Evaluation Office and their grades must be posted to SLCC DegreeWorks (their MySLCC account), before the program’s application deadline (priority and final application deadlines apply). IT CAN TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS FOR TRANSCRIPTS TO BE EVALUATED.
  • Students should declare Health Sciences as their Area of Study and Mortuary Science as the Program of Study when applying to SLCC. If the program of study does not match the information submitted on the transfer evaluation request, courses applicable to the program may not be transferred to SLCC.

Job shadow 

The Mortuary Science program at SLCC requires students to complete a mandatory Job Shadow of at least four hours with a licensed funeral director to apply to the program.  Employment at a funeral home, under the direction of a licensed funeral director, may be counted.  The completed form must be submitted to healthsciencesadmissions@slcc.edu by the application deadline.

Job Shadow Form

Information session

Prior to acceptance, qualified candidates will be contacted after the application submission period ends to attend a mandatory information session scheduled for Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 5:30pm-7:30pm or Friday, October 29, 2021 from 9:00am-11:00am at the Jordan Campus.

Apply for admission at SLCC (if you have not attended SLCC within the last three years). Declare Health Sciences as your Area of Study, and Mortuary Science as your Program of Study. Meet early with an Academic Advisor to ensure that all prerequisites and submission requirements are completed before applying to the Mortuary Science program.

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Notification of Acceptance

You will be notified of your acceptance into the Mortuary Science program via your Bruinmail account. If you are accepted to a program a confirmation email will be required, please read all emails carefully and thoroughly to make sure you don't miss any information. You will receive further instructions regarding your student orientation as well as a random drug screening.

 

Acceptances into the Mortuary Science program will be given on a "conditional" basis.  Students must complete the following within the allotted time in their conditional acceptance letter to receive a full acceptance:

  1. Order Complio compliance package.
  2. Order background check.
  3. Upload and enter documentation showing compliance for immunizations.
  4. Complete drug screening (directions will be provided in the conditional acceptance letter).

Once all of the above items have been completed, the student will need to contact the Admissions Office for verification of compliance.  If compliant, a full acceptance letter will be sent with additional instructions for anything else that will need to be completed before beginning the program.

Please do not initiate any of the compliance tasks unless you have received a conditional acceptance letter.

 

Background Check

A full criminal background check is required for the Mortuary Science Program.  Please follow the steps below.

  1. Go to Complio
  2. Follow the instructions to set up an account.
  3. Order the Criminal Background Check Package ($29.00) the Drug Screening Package ($35) and the Compliance Package ($15.00). The Compliance Package is a 12 month subscription that will need to be renewed every 12 months while you are in the program at a cost of $15.

Students who do not receive favorable background checks, may not be able to sit for national certification exams or meet the requirements for clinical placement.  Students who do not receive favorable background checks should contact the program immediately.  An unfavorable background check may prevent acceptance into the program. The School of Health Sciences strongly recommends that prospective students take measures to have criminal offenses (felonies and or misdemeanors) expunged if possible.  Information regarding how to expunge criminal records may be found here:  https://www.utcourts.gov/howto/expunge/

 

Immunizations

Proof of immunization is required by clinical affiliates and must be completed upon acceptance into the program. Clinical affiliates mandate all students comply with program immunization requirements, as failure to immunize is not only a risk to patients but also students. Failure to immunize may result in the inability to place students at clinical sites, which would also preclude students from completing required clinical coursework.  Students that cannot comply may forfeit their placement in the program. Students claiming a religious or personal exemption for an immunization should fill out this form (link) and provide to the Associate Dean of the specific program.  Students claiming an allergy to an immunization should complete this form (link) and provide to the Admissions Coordinator in the Dean’s Office.  The School of Health Sciences does not guarantee that clinical affiliates will accept exemption requests.

Students must provide proof of the following immunizations:

  1. Hepatitis B vaccination series:
    You must provide proof of a Hep B titer (blood draw) with a positive (reactive) result. If your titer is negative (non-reactive) or equivocal you will need to reinitiate the three shot series and provide proof of that series and a repeat titer. The series of shots can take up to 6 months so please plan ahead so this does not delay or jeopardize your admissions and clinical placement. 
  2. PPD (Tuberculosis Skin Test): Annual
    To be completed after the first day of class: 1-step PPD. If positive, you must submit a chest x-ray demonstrating no active disease.  Chest X-ray results are good for 3 years. Students will repeat the 1-step PPD after one year as this is an annual test.
  3. COVID Vaccine: Not required by SLCC, but clinical sites may require it.  Unvaccinated students may not be eligible to be placed or complete a clinical requirement necessary for graduation.

The SLCC Center for Health and Counseling offers immunizations at a discounted rate for qualified students.

Changes based on CDC recommendations, see below links:

All immunization information is subject to change. Please contact us at 801-957-6253 if you have questions.