Dec 09, 2022  
2018-2019 SLCC General Catalog 

Mortuary Science: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 67 credits including prerequisites

Health Professions Division
Jordan Campus
JHS 059
Program Information 801-957-6200
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advising Jordan Campus, JHS 047, 801-957- 6205
Health Science Admissions JHS 065, 801-957-6253

Program Faculty
Assistant Professor - David Hess, M.S.Ed.
Assistant Professor - Jeff Zealley, M.B.A.

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.

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).


  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.

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:

Licensure Information
Graduation from the Mortuary Science program does not guarantee the ability to obtain a Utah state license to practice in the funeral arts.  Licensure is the exclusive right and responsibility of each state.  In order to practice this profession, students must satisfy individual state requirements, independent of SLCC graduation requirements.  It is highly recommended that students consult in advance with the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL), or similar agencies in other states, to find out more about eligibility for licensure.  DOPL can be reached at 801-530-6628 or at their website.

For students who plan to work in funeral services in another state, here is one suggested website for researching state licensure requirements: License Finder sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.  If you have difficulty finding the licensure requirements for your state, please contact your academic advisor or SLCC’s state authorization coordinator for help.

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
Students will graduate from a program of study in Mortuary Science and obtain employment to help meet the funeral service industry employment needs of the State of Utah and surrounding states. 1, 5, 6
Students will discuss and demonstrate their knowledge about the funeral service profession. 1, 2
Students will be knowledgeable in every phase of funeral service and demonstrate proficiency and skills necessary for the profession. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
Students will explain the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large. 2, 5, 6
Students will demonstrate high standards of ethical conduct in the industry. 2, 5, 6
Students will apply knowledge and demonstrate skills learned at a 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.

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