dcsimg
HomeA-Z Program Guide → Top Mortuary Schools

Top Mortuary Schools

Mortuary Science Funeral Studies

Top Mortuary SchoolsMortuary schools offer specialized training in business topics such as funeral home management as well as technical procedures like cremation and embalming. Here are a few examples of the training institutions listed by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards:

  1. American River College (Sacramento, Calif.)
  2. Arapahoe Community College (Littleton, Colo.)
  3. Bishop State Community College (Mobile, Ala.)

Students at various top mortuary schools have been honored by industry organizations. For example, the Funeral Service Foundation granted a 2012 scholarship to a student at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. The International Order of the Golden Rule made awards to students at Mesa Community College (Mesa, Ariz.) and Worsham College of Mortuary Science (Wheeling, Ill.)

Learn more about mortuary science

Mortuary programs at the community college level provide associate degrees designed to meet the requirements for many entry-level careers in funeral service. College and university programs may also offer bachelor's degrees in mortuary science, educating students in the various aspects of the profession. The minimum requirement for funeral directors is an associate degree, but a growing number of employers prefer a bachelor's degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov, 2012). Funeral directors, also called morticians and undertakers, must complete an apprenticeship or residency and acquire a state license, the BLS reports.

Programs at mortuary schools encompass the history of funeral service, practices and procedures, rules and regulations of state and federal governments, organization and management, business law, marketing and merchandising. Studies include topics like the following:

  • Business: finance, cemetery operations, legal compliance, personnel management
  • Interpersonal skills: counseling, religions and cultures, diversity, grief and bereavement, psychology
  • Science: human anatomy, microbiology, health sciences, physiology, forensic pathology
  • Technical training: cremation, restorative art, embalming

Professionals employed in this field typically seek continuing education with courses on wide-ranging topics such as communicable disease, ethics and standards of conduct, public speaking and death care marketing.

If you are interested in learning more about mortuary schools and programs of study, please search our site for information and resources. Schools should be accredited by approved organizations like the American Board of Funeral Service Education and should meet state licensure requirements.

Sources:

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Funeral Service Foundation

International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards

International Order of the Golden Rule

National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association

Mortuary Schools

    Searching Searching ...

    Matching School Ads
    M.Ed. - Program Specialist in Math Specialist
    • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
    • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
    • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
    • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
    • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
    Show more [+]
    • Accredited
    • Online Courses
    • Financial Aid
    • Transferable Credits
    Good for Working Adults
    • Ranked among the 2015 Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report.
    • Designated as a Military Friendly School every year since 2012 by Victory Media.
    • Offers credit for prior learning and experience through assessment tests.
    • Provides a short term Leadership Certification program in partnership with EQUIP®.
    • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
    Show more [+]
    • Accredited
    • Online Courses
    • Flexible Scheduling
    • Financial Aid
    • Transferable Credits
    M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics
    • Get your master’s degree in just 14 months!
    • Earn your Ed.D. fully online in less than four years
    • Achieve an advanced degree on your schedule, from the comfort of your home
    • Use research-based best practices to have a more powerful impact on education
    • Further your education through affordable financial aid and competitive tuition
    • Scholarships, grants and other forms of financial aid may also be available to help students with their tuition.
    Show more [+]
    • Online Courses
    • Flexible Scheduling
    • Accelerated Programs
    • Financial Aid
    • Transferable Credits
    Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (Master of Education) - Online
    • For the 12th consecutive year, Cal U was named one for the best schools in the Northeast by The Princeton Review 
    • Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017
    • Quality Online courses at Cal U have the same objectives, content and learning outcomes as campus-based programs and are taught by the same expert professors.
    • Offers private school amenities at a public school cost. Student-to-teacher ratio of 20:1
    • CAL U online programs complete an annual assessment of student learning to ensure outcomes are focused on your success in career entry, advancement or enhancement!
    Show more [+]
    • Accredited
    • Online Courses
    • Accelerated Programs
    • Financial Aid
    • Transferable Credits
    BS in Environmental Policy and Management
    • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
    • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
    • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
    • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
    • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
    Show more [+]
    • Online Courses
    • Flexible Scheduling
    • Financial Aid
    • Transferable Credits