Associate of Applied Science | 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 Director/Assistant Professor - David Hess
Assistant Professor - Jeff Zealley
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.
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.
For information regarding transfer options, please see the Mortuary Science program advisor.
Program Entry Requirements
- Be admitted to SLCC as a matriculated student. See www.slcc.edu/students-future/admissions
- 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 must be submitted to the SLCC Transfer Evaluation Office. The form is located at: http://www.slcc.edu/transcriptevaluation/. This process may take 4-6 weeks and must be completed before a student’s application will be considered.
- 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: www.slcc.edu/testing
- 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 http://www.slcc.edu/mortuaryscience/index.aspx. 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.
Pre-admission exam - A minimum score of 75% is required for consideration for admission to the program. However, this does not guarantee admission into the program. Please see the Mortuary Science program academic advisor.
AP courses - We will accept an AP score of 3 or higher for a prerequisite for admission into the program. However, this does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Please see the Mortuary Science program academic advisor.
Total Program/Course Fees
Tuition per semester: www.slcc.edu/students-future/tuition-fees
Estimated costs of books, fees and exams: www.slcc.edu/mortuaryscience
Estimated Time to Completion
Upon acceptance into the program, the time to completion is four semesters (Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring).
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. Web: www.abfse.org
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 www.abfse.org. 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 David.Hess@slcc.edu, or by telephone (801) 957-6205.
|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.
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|2. To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession.
|3. To educate students in every phase of funeral service and to help enable them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for the profession.
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|4. To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large.
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|5. To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct in the industry.
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|6. To provide a curriculum at the post- secondary level of instruction.
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