Mortuary Science

MORTUARY SCIENCE

The Mortuary Science program prepares you for the challenges you will encounter as a funeral service professional. The curriculum addresses the changing needs and expectations associated with funeral services and accreditation standards.The Mortuary Science program is a selective program. When you apply to the college, you will be accepted into the undeclared program while you complete the prerequisite requirements. The mortuary science program accepts a limited number of students each year and there is a separate application process. Contact your campus of interest below for more details.

WHY CHOOSE THE MORTUARY SCIENCE PROGRAM?

Ivy Tech offers the most affordable Mortuary Science program in the Indiana and Chicagoland area. Our East Chicago campus program is formatted to cater to students desiring a work/life balance with only having Mortuary Science specific courses one or two days per week.

PROGRAM AIM

The central aim of the Mortuary Science program recognizes the importance of funeral service education personnel as:

  1. Members of a human service profession
  2. Members of the community in which they serve
  3. Participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession
  4. Professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines (in the geographic area where they practice), as well as
  5. Professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety and welfare in caring for human remains

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  1. To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession
  2. To educate students in every phase of funeral service, and to help enable them to develop the proficiency and skills necessary for the profession, as defined by the Preamble above
  3. To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large
  4. To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct
  5. To provide a curriculum at the post secondary level of instruction
  6. To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service

ACCREDITATION INFORMATION

The annual passage rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three-year period for this institution and all ABFSE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on abfse.org.

The Mortuary Science program at Ivy Tech Community College - Northwest 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 Mortuary Science program at Ivy Tech Community College - Central Indiana 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

Indiana state law requires individuals seeking licensure to graduate from an approved/accredited Mortuary Science program and pass the National Board Exam.  For additional information about licensing, contact your state board of licensure.

Degrees:

Associate of Applied Science (60 credit hours = 5 semesters)

Associate of Applied Science degree programs are two-year programs that prepare students for careers, career changes and career advancement. Students who need to take longer to complete the degree because of job or family obligations can take the program over a longer period of time. AAS programs may also prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. These programs offer education in recognized technical areas and specialties with emphasis on analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The program content, which is approximately 30% general education and 70% professional/technical, provides depth and breadth in conceptual and professional/technical skills. The general education courses equip students with the problem solving, communications, scientific and mathematical skills to compete successfully in the job market. Professional/technical courses equip students with the skills to obtain employment and to advance in the workforce.

Courses you will take      Print official copy

Electives

Your advisor will help you select electives for your program. Statewide electives, Transfer General Education Core (TGEC) electives, and Transfer Cluster electives vary by degree.

This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses, part-time and part-time with college prep courses.

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

The Mortuary Science program is offered at the following Ivy Tech campuses:

Central Indiana (Indianapolis)

Contact:
Brian Miller, Chair

(317)  921-4325
bdmiller@ivytech.edu

To request a complete application packet, please email

bdmiller@ivytech.edu

Application Packet includes:

  • Aims and Objectives
  • Admission Packet
  • FAQs
  • Physical and Mental Recommendations for Mortuary Science Students

Aims and objectives

Program Aim

The central aim of the program recognizes the importance of funeral service education personnel as:

  1. Members of a human service profession,
  2. Members of the community in which they serve,
  3. Participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession,
  4. Professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines (in the geographic are where they practice), as well as
  5. Professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety and welfare in caring for human remains.

Program Objectives

  1. To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession;
  2. To educate students in every phase of funeral service, and to help enable them to develop the proficiency and skills necessary for the profession, as defined by the Preamble above.
  3. To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large.
  4. To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct.
  5. To provide a curriculum at the post secondary level of instruction.
  6. To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.

Links to Support Services

Career information:

National Funeral Directors Association Career Information Page

http://www.nfda.org/careers/are.html

Link to employment information

http://www.bls.gov/oco/home.htm

Link to government funeral director job description

http://www.bls.gov/oco/pdf/ocos011.pdf

Link to the American Board of Funeral Service Education

www.abfse.org

American Board of Funeral Service Education Career Information Page

http://abfse.org/html/faq.html

Link to Funeral Regulatory Organizations State by State

http://www.cfseb.org/state.htm

Link to schedule National Board Examination

http://www.cfseb.org/

Link to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency Indiana Intern Application

http://www.in.gov/pla/bandc/funeral/licapps.html

Link to Intern Case Reports

http://www.in.gov/icpr/webfile/formsdiv/11470.pdf

Validity of information found on the above sites is not guaranteed by Ivy Tech Community College. These links are listed for the convenience of interested individuals. These organizations are not affiliated with Ivy Tech Community College. The information is subject to change without notice.


All mortuary students must take the National board Examination (NBE) as a graduation requirement.

The Mortuary Science Program at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana-Central Indiana is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE),
3414 Ashland Avenue , Suite G, St. Joseph , MO 64506 , (816) 233-3747. Web: www.abfse.org.


Ivy Tech Community College - Central Indiana Mortuary Science Program Pass Rate for National Board Examination (NBE)

YEAR NUMBER OF SCIENCES TAKERS NUMBER OF SCIENCES PASSERS PERCENTAGE NUMBER OF ARTS TAKERS NUMBER OF ARTS PASSERS PERCENTAGE
2011 17 14 82% 18 13 72%
2012 27 22 81% 27 22 81%
2013 20 17 85% 20 16 80%
The annual passage rate of first time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three-year period for this institution and all ABFSE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE website (www.abfse.org).     

Northwest (East Chicago)

Contact:
Nhemya C. Ward, Program Chair

219-392-3600
nward4@ivytech.edu



The Northwest Region?s Mortuary Science program is an application based program. We are also a part-time program generally offering 6-9 credits of Mortuary Science courses a semester. To obtain an application for the Summer Cohort please email the Program Chair at: nward4@ivytech.edu

Application Packet includes:
  • Aims and Objectives
  • Admission Packet
  • FAQs
  • Physical and Mental Recommendations for Mortuary Science Students


Aims and objectives

Program Aim

The central aim of the program recognizes the importance of funeral service education personnel as:

  1. Members of a human service profession.
  2. Members of the community in which they serve.
  3. Participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession.
  4. Professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines (in the geographic are where they practice).
  5. Professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety and welfare in caring for human remains.

Program Objectives

  1. To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession;
  2. To educate students in every phase of funeral service, and to help enable them to develop the proficiency and skills necessary for the profession, as defined by the Preamble above.
  3. To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large.
  4. To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct.
  5. To provide a curriculum at the post secondary level of instruction.
  6. To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.

Links to Support Services
Career information:

National Funeral Directors Association Career Information Page
http://www.nfda.org/careers/are.html

Link to employment information
http://www.bls.gov/oco/home.htm

Link to government funeral director job description
http://www.bls.gov/oco/pdf/ocos011.pdf

Link to the American Board of Funeral Service Education
www.abfse.org

American Board of Funeral Service Education Career Information Page
http://abfse.org/html/faq.html

Link to Funeral Regulatory Organizations State by State
http://www.cfseb.org/state.htm

Link to schedule National Board Examination
http://www.cfseb.org/

Link to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency Indiana Intern Application
http://www.in.gov/pla/bandc/funeral/licapps.html

Link to Intern Case Reports
http://www.in.gov/icpr/webfile/formsdiv/11470.pdf


Validity of information found on the above sites is not guaranteed by Ivy Tech Community College. These links are listed for the convenience of interested individuals. These organizations are not affiliated with Ivy Tech Community College. The information is subject to change without notice.


  • The annual passage rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three-year period for this institution and all ABFSE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE website ( www.abfse.org ).

  • All mortuary students must take the National Board Examination (NBE) as graduation requirement.

  • The Mortuary Science program at Ivy Tech Community College - Northwest 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

  • http://www.abfse.org/html/dir-in.html

  • NBE Scores # Takers # Passed % Passed
    2011 Arts 10 7 70 %
    2011 Science 12 7 58%
    2012 Arts 12 6 50 %
    2012 Science 12 8 67 %
    2013 Arts 10 7 70 %
    2013 Science 10 8 80 %
Regional Curriculum Updates:
Ivy Tech Community College
Core Curriculum - Curriculum of Record
Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science
2014-2015

East Chicago
The following suggested sequence includes all course requirements for this degree.

Semester 1
# ENGL 111 English Composition 3
# SOCI 111 Intro to Sociology 3
# IVYT 101 First Year Seminar 1
MATH 1XX 3
Select 1 Math from the following
MATH 118 Concepts in Mathematics
MATH 123 Quantitative Reasoning
Semester 1: 10
 
Semester 2
# ACCT 101 Financial Accounting 3
# MORT 100 Orientation To Funeral Service 3
Semester 2:6
 
Semester 3
MORT 101 Grief Psychology 3
MORT 105 Embalming Theory I 3
MORT 106 Anatomy For Funeral Services 2
# BIOL 100 Human Biology 3
Semester 3:11
 
Semester 4
MORT 102 Mortuary Law 2
MORT 107 Funeral Service Merchandising 2
MORT 205 Embalming Theory II 2
MORT 209 Restorative Art 3
COM 1XX 3
Select 1 Communication from the following
COMM 101 Fundamental In Public Speaking
COMM 102 Interpersonal Communication
Semester 4:12
 
Sememster 5
MORT 207 Funeral Service Practicum 3
MORT 210 Microbology and Pathology for Funeral Service 3
MORT 211 Funeral Directing 2
State Wide Elective 3
State Wide Elective (select 1 of the below courses)
HLHS 101 Medical Terminology
PSYC Intro To Psychology
HUMS 140 Loss and Grief
Semester 5:11
 
Semester 6
BUSN 201 Business Law 3
MORT 212 Funeral Service Practicum II 3
MORT 217 Funeral Service Management 2
^ MORT 220 National Board Review 1
Semester 6:9
Total: 60
Symbol Key
^ Capstone Course
# Pre-requisite Courses; BIOL 100 is only offered Fall semesters in Northwest region.


Ivy Tech Community College
Core Curriculum - Curriculum of Record
Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science
2014-2015
Part-time with Developmental Classes

East Chicago
The following suggested sequence includes all course requirements for this degree.

Semester 1
ENGL 083 Reading Strategies for College 3
ENGL 093 Intro to College Writing 3
# IVYT 101 First Year Seminar 1
Semester 1:7
 
Semester 2
# ENGL 111 English Composition 3
SOCI 111 Intro To Sociology 3
MATH 080 Math Principles with Algebra 3
MATH 123 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Semester 2:12
 
Semester 3
# ACCT 101 Financial Accounting 3
# MORT 100 Orientation to Funeral Services 3
Semester 3:6
 
Semester 4
MORT 101 Grief Psychology 3
MORT 105 Embalming Theory I 3
MORT 106 Anatomy for Funeral Services 2
# BIOL 100 Human Biology 3
Semester 4:11
 
Semester 5
MORT 102 Mortuary Law 2
MORT 107 Funeral Service Merchandising 2
MORT 205 Embalming Theory II 2
MORT 209 Restorative Art 3
COMM 1XX 3
Select 1 of the following Communication Courses
COMM 101 Fundamental In Public Speaking
COMM 102 Interpersonal Communication
Semester 5:12
 
Semester 6
MORT 207 Funeral Service Practicum 3
MORT 210 Microbiology and Pathology for Funeral Service 3
MORT 211 Funeral Directing 2
State Wide Elective 3
State Wide Elective (select 1 of the below courses)
HLHS 101 Medical Terminology
PSYC Intro To Psychology
HUMS 140 Loss and Grief
Semester 6:11
 
Semester 7
BUSN 201 Business Law 3
MORT 212 Funeral Service Practicum II 3
MORT 217 Funeral Service Management 2
^ MORT 220 National Board Review 1
Semester 7:6
Total: 60
Symbol Key
^ Capstone Course
# Pre-requisite Courses; BIOL 100 is only offered Fall semesters in Northwest region.

  • Private and Public Sector Funeral Homes
  • Cemeteries
  • Crematories

  • Embalmer
  • Funeral Director