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.

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

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

National Board Examination scores, graduation rates, and employment rates for the Ivy Tech Mortuary Science Programs 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 (Northwest-East Chicago Campus, Room 207) /( Central Indiana-Richard Fairbanks Center, Office 367B) or by e-mail at (Northwest- Nward4@ivytech.edu)/ (Central Indiana- bdmiller@ivytechl.edu, or by telephone( Northwest- (219)392-3600 ext. 284)/ (Indianapolis- (317) 921-4325).

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.

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
Takers
Number who
 Passed
Percentage       
2008 14 9 64%      
2009 10 5 50%      
Year Number of
 Sciences takers
Number of
Sciences Passers
Percentage Number of
Arts Takers
Number of
Passers
Percentage
2010 12 11 92% 12 8 67%
2011 17 14 82% 18 13 72%
             
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 serviceeducation 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.


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-NORTHWEST is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue , Suite G, St. Joseph , MO 64506 , (816) 233-3747. Web: http://www.abfse.org.


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


Year   Number of Takers Number who Passed Percentage
2009   10 6 60%
2010 Arts 11 10 91%
2010 Science 11 7 64%
2011 Arts 10 7 70%
2011 Science 12 7 58%

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 http://www.abfse.org.

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