Dec 06, 2022  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

Mortuary Science: AAS (CTE)

Associate of Applied Science | 67 credits

Health Professions Division
Jordan Campus
JHS 059
Program Information 801-957-6200
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Associate 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. In addition, the program is designed 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:
Mortuary Science Student Course Fees: $936.00
Books: $2378.00
NBE Practice Exam: $120.00

Total additional cost: $3434.00

Estimated Time to Completion
Time to completion is four semesters based on a full-time minimum of 15 credits per semester. Less than 15 credits per semester will increase time to completion.


  • Be admitted to SLCC as a matriculated student. See
  • High School Graduate or equivalent.
  • 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
  • Also, a request to have an OFFICIAL evaluation of student’s transcript(s) 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.
  • Complete SLCC 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:

Program course prerequisites must be completed before the start of the program with a C grade or better:

NOTE It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of other prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated program prerequisite course may be taken. 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. Application submission does not guarantee admission to the program. Please see the Mortuary Science program academic advisor with questions.

See the Mortuary Science webpage for essential information regarding completion of program application and additional application requirements

Once admitted into the program, students may be required to complete the following to receive a full offer toward matriculation.

  • Immunizations
  • Background Check
  • Drug Screening

*Please note: Additional conditions may need to be met depending on program, please see program website for details.

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:

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at in the Directory of Accredited Programs.

Licensure InformationThe 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 Website:

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

Explain the importance of funeral service professionals in developing relationships with families and communities they serve.

1, 2, 4, 5, 6

Identify standards of ethical conduct in funeral service practice.

1, 2, 5, 6

Interpret how federal, state, and local laws apply to funeral service in order to ensure compliance.

1, 4, 6

Apply principles of public health and safety in the handling and preparation of human remains.   

1, 2, 4, 6
Demonstrate technical skills in embalming and restorative art that are necessary for the preparation and handling of human remains.

1, 2, 4, 6

Demonstrate skills required for conducting arrangement conferences, visitations, services, and ceremonies. 

1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Describe the requirements and procedures for burial, cremation, and other accepted forms of final disposition of human remains. 

1, 2, 4, 5, 6

Describe methods to address the grief-related needs of the bereaved.

1, 2, 4, 5, 6

Explain management skills associated with operating a funeral establishment.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills and research skills needed for funeral service practice.

1, 2, 6, 7

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Composition (EN) 1 course

Quantitative Studies (QS) 1 course

Communication (CM) 1 course

Distribution Areas (LS)

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.

The following courses may be completed prior to acceptance into the Mortuary Science Program: HS 2050 Cultural, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Health Care (HR)  or MKTG 1960 Professionalism in Business (HR) , ACCT 1110 Financial Accounting I  and MGT 2050 Legal Environment of Business .