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2015-2016 SLCC General Catalog 
2015-2016 SLCC General Catalog [**** ATTENTION: YOU ARE VIEWING AN ARCHIVED CATALOG **** ]

Mortuary Science: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science l 68 credits including prerequisites

Division of Health Professions
Jordan Campus, JHS 059
General Information, (801) 957-4073
Program Information, (801) 957-6203
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advising, Jordan Campus, JHS 047, (801) 957- 6407
Health Science Admissions, JHS 065, (801) 957-6253

Program Faculty:
Program Director/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.

Program Entry Requirements:


  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

  1. 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.
  2. Complete Accuplacer 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 RDG/WRTG courses as prerequisites). See:
  3. Program course prerequisites are as follows (Must be completed with a C grade or better):

NOTE: All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to submitting application for the Mortuary Science program.

Mortuary Science Program Selective Admission’s Application Requirements
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 a Health Sciences 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).

Specialized Accreditation: The Mortuary Science degree program at Salt Lake Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G St. Joseph, Missouri 64506, (816) 233-3747,

The American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) serves as the national academic accreditation agency for college and university programs in funeral service and mortuary science education. ABFSE is the sole accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

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 SLCC Jordan Campus 3491 West Wights Fort Road, West Jordan, UT 84088, Mortuary Science Office, room JHS 143G, or by email at, or by telephone 801-957-6205.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
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
To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession; 1
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
To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large; 2, 5, 6
To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct in the industry; 2, 4, 5, 6
To provide a curriculum at the post- secondary level of instruction; 1, 2, 3, 4
To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service. 3, 4, 7
To provide students the business and legal knowledge, philosophical/ethical principles, computer knowledge and specific techniques and skills to enable them to be successful within the funeral service profession. 1, 2, 4, 5, 7
To educate and prepare individuals for active contribution to the service and welfare of their communities. 2, 5, 6


General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Quantitative Studies (QS) 4 Credits

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

Human Relations (HR) 3 Credits

Sample Schedule

Total: 17

Total: 12

Total: 9

Total: 14

Total: 16

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.

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

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