Arapahoe Community College

2015-2016 Catalog

Mortuary Science AAS

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506, 816.233.3747,

National Board Examination scores, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at To request a printed copy of this program's scores and rates, go to the office of the Mortuary Science Department Chair, A2255, or by email at, or by telephone at 303-797-5954.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
  • Complete a Mortuary Science application
  • Interview with the Mortuary Science Department Chairperson if requested.
  • Students should review course descriptions for prerequisites and co-requisites before enrolling.

Aims and Purposes:

The ACC Mortuary Science Program recognizes mortuary science personnel as:

  • Members of a human services profession.
  • Members of the community in which they serve.
  • Participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession.
  • Professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state and local regulatory guidelines.
  • Professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety and welfare in caring.

In addition, the program objectives are:

  • 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 the proficiency and skills necessary of 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.
  • To provide a curriculum at the postsecondary level of instruction.
  • To encourage research in the field of funeral service.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses

(27 credit hours)

ACC 121

Accounting Principles I


BIO 201

Human Anatomy and Physiology I (GT-SC1)


BIO 202

Human Anatomy and Physiology II (GT-SC1)


BUS 216

Business Law and the Legal Environment


COM 125

Interpersonal Communication


ENG 121

English Composition I (GT-CO1)


MAN 128

Human Relations in Organizations


PSY 101

General Psychology I (GT-SS3)


Major Courses*

(39 credit hours)

HPR 240

Role of Death and Bereavement in Society


MOR 100

Introduction to Funeral Service


MOR 210

Embalming Theory I and Lab


MOR 215

Funeral Merchandising


MOR 220

Mortuary Law and Compliance


MOR 224



MOR 225

Embalming Theory II and Lab


MOR 230

Restorative Art and Lab


MOR 235

Funeral Directing and Counseling


MOR 243



MOR 260

National Board Review


MOR 280

Funeral Service Internship



66 credit hours

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

**All science courses cannot have been completed more than seven years prior to enrolling in MOR 210. Similar courses taken at accredited institutions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Graduation Requirements

  • All MOR courses must be completed within four years of starting the Major Courses.
  • All major, general education and other courses required for this degree must be completed with a “C” or better to meet graduation requirements (major courses may only be repeated once).
  • Completion of the National Board Exam.
  • To graduate, students must apply for graduation and complete the graduation survey (available via myACC). (form available at
  • After applying for graduation, all correspondence to a student about the status of their program conferral will be sent to their student email address only.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

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