Mar 01, 2021  
2017-2018 SLCC General Catalog 

Mortuary Science: AAS (CTE)

Associate of Applied Science | 68 credits including prerequisites

Division of Health Professions
Jordan Campus
JHS 059
Program Information (801) 957-6200
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advising Jordan Campus, JHS 047, (801) 957- 6215
Health Science Admissions JHS 065, (801) 957-6253

Program Faculty
Assistant Professor - David Hess
Assistant Professor - Jeff Zealley

Program Description
The Mortuary Science program is designed to educate students in all phases of funeral service with special attention being given to the high ethical conduct within the funeral service profession. The knowledge and skills learned will allow students to acquire positions working in funeral homes as funeral directors, embalmers, grief facilitators and pre-need specialists. The aim of the program is to develop funeral service professionals who are active in the community in which they serve, who are knowledgeable and compliant with federal, state, and local area guidelines where they practice, who participate in building relationships with bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession, and are sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains. 

During the course of the program, students will actively participate in embalming, and restorative art procedures of deceased humans through lab sessions at the school and by being placed in a funeral home for training purposes. Students will be responsible for providing their own transportation to clinical sites. Research projects into the field of funeral service will be required. Courses will run in four consecutive semesters. To graduate from the program the student must obtain a C grade or better for all program courses.   After completion, students will be prepared for licensure in the state of Utah.

The Mortuary Science program is designed to give students the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to acquire entry-level positions in the funeral service profession and to encourage research in the field of funeral service.

Career Opportunities
The Mortuary Science program is designed to give students the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to acquire entry-level positions in funeral homes/mortuaries, cemetery management, and allied funeral service professions.

Transfer/Articulation Information
For information regarding transfer options, please see the Mortuary Science program advisor.


  1. Be admitted to SLCC as a matriculated student. See
  2. High School Graduate or equivalent.
  3. For transfer credit, submit OFFICIAL, SEALED transcripts for ALL colleges and universities where prerequisite course work has been completed.
    Send to:
    SLCC Office of the Registrar and Academic Records
    4600 South Redwood Road
    P.O Box 30808
    Salt Lake City, UT  84130-0808
  4. Also, a request to have an OFFICIAL evaluation of student’s transcript must be submitted to the SLCC Transfer Evaluation Office.  The form is located at: This process may take 4-6 weeks and must be completed before a student’s application will be considered.
  5. Complete placement exam, or submit current SAT/ACT test scores, if MATH and ENGL course work have not been transferred to SLCC (required before you are able to register for classes that have MATH and ENGL courses as prerequisites). See:
  6. Program course prerequisites are as follows (Must be completed with a C grade or better):

NOTE: *MATH 1010  OR higher is accepted, MATH 1030  preferred. Students are encouraged to take an ENGL 1010  section that teaches APA referencing. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to submitting application for the Mortuary Science program.


See the Mortuary Science webpage for essential information regarding completion of program application and additional application requirements Completion of the prerequisites allows students to apply to the program. Application submission does not guarantee admission to the program. Students should see the Mortuary Science academic advisor.

AP Credit: AP scores of 3 or higher for a prerequisite course will be considered for admission into the program; however, this does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Please see the Mortuary Science program academic advisor with questions.

Total Program/Course Fees
Tuition per semester:
Estimated costs of books, fees and exams:

Estimated Time to Completion
Upon acceptance into the program, the time to completion is four semesters (Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring).

Specialized Accreditation
The Mortuary Science degree program at Salt Lake 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:

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy
1. To provide a program of study in Mortuary Science to help meet the funeral service industry employment needs of the State of Utah and surrounding states. 1, 5, 6
2. To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession. 1
3. To educate students in every phase of funeral service and to help enable them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for the profession. 1, 2, 4, 7
4. To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large. 2, 5, 6
5. To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct in the industry. 2, 4, 5, 6
6. To provide a curriculum at the post- secondary level of instruction. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7

General Education Requirements

Sample Schedule

Advising Notes:

The Mortuary Science Program accepts 20 students every Spring Semester. Once accepted, students will complete the program in 4 semesters (spring, summer, fall, spring). This program requires full time day attendance.

Prerequisites must be completed prior to submitting mortuary science application. In addition, the following courses may also be completed prior to acceptance into the Mortuary Science Program: BIOL 2320 / BIOL 2325  Human Anatomy, COMM 2110  Interpersonal Communication, ACCT 1110  Financial Accounting and MGT 2050  Legal Environ of Bus. It is highly recommended that students complete BIOL 2320 /BIOL 2325  prior to the first semester in the Mortuary Science Program. BIOL 2320 /BIOL 2325  Human Anatomy must be less than five years old at time of application.

Students must complete both sections of the official National Board Exam to graduate.