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Mortuary Science

Get an Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science and provide services and support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Mortuary Science Program materials

Empathy, communication, and an interest in human services are a few of the qualities that our Mortuary Science students possess. Our mission is to educate you in every phase of funeral service to develop both the social and technical skills necessary to be successful in the profession. We are nationally recognized because of our high standards, small class sizes, and online course options and we have the only program of its kind in Colorado. Our faculty are national conference presenters, widely published, and have over 30 years of clinical embalming experience. With your Associate of Applied Science degree in Mortuary Science, you will be one step closer to helping the deceased and their loved ones in such a crucial time.

Mortuary Science Program Information and Application Guide

Jim Hurley
Faculty / Program Chair
Mortuary Science
jim.hurley [at] arapahoe.edu

What You'll Learn

When you get your Mortuary Science AAS you'll be prepared with skills you can use immediately in your career. Through your courses you'll learn: 

  • The importance of funeral service professionals in developing relationships with the families and communities they serve
  • Standards of ethical conduct in funeral service practice
  • To interpret how federal, state, and local laws apply to funeral service in order to ensure compliance
  • To apply principles of public health and safety in the handling and preparation of human remains
  • Technical skills in embalming and restorative art that are necessary for the preparation and handling of human remains
  • Skills for conducting arrangement conferences, visitations, services, and ceremonies
  • Requirements and procedures for burial, cremation, and other accepted forms of final disposition of human remains
  • Methods to address grief-related needs of the bereaved
  • Management skills for operating a funeral establishment
  • Verbal and written communication skills and research skills needed for funeral service practice

You'll also be eligible to take the National Board Exam (NBE). Compare NBE statistics.

CIP 120301 (MOR)

Mortuary Science is a field of human and community service which offers a variety of work, intellectual challenge and satisfaction of helping the bereaved through life's most trying period. The program prepares individuals to become a mortuary science practitioner, funeral director and embalmer.

Accreditation Status: The Mortuary Science Program at Arapahoe Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE). The Board can be reached at 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097, 816.233.3747, www.abfse.org.

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at www.abfse.org. To request a printed copy of this program's pass rates go to the office of the Mortuary Science Program Chair, M4945, or by email at jim [dot] hurley [at] arapahoe [dot] edu, or by telephone at 303-797-5716.

Admission Requirements

Program Requirements

Major Courses (39 credit hours)
Note(s):

*HPR 240 and MOR 100 are open enrollment with completed prerequisites; enrollment in all other Major Courses requires official acceptance into the Mortuary Science program.

Total: 66 credit hours

The Mortuary Science Degree Program at Arapahoe Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097, 816.233.3747. Web: www.abfse.org.

National Board Examination scores, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at www.abfse.org. To request a printed copy of this program’s scores and rates, go to the office of the Mortuary Science Program Chair, M4945, or by email at jim [dot] hurley [at] arapahoe [dot] edu, or by telephone at 303.797.5716.

Job Potential

The skills and knowledge you will gain throughout your courses will prepare you to start your career immediately after you graduate from ACC. With your Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science, you’ll be prepared for a rewarding career as a(n):