Courses focus on every phase of funeral service, including working with bereaved families and staying up to date on regulatory guidelines. The program emphasizes work such as:
Providing items such as caskets and burial vaults
The Mortuary Science program at Ivy Tech helps prepare students to seek licensure as intern funeral directors. After completing their internship and meeting testing requirements, graduates can pursue a career as a funeral director. These professionals serve the community while working in:
Cemeteries and crematories
Additionally, there are growth opportunities for graduates to become business managers and owners of their own company as they continue on in their career.
The Mortuary Science program at Ivy Tech has a selective admissions process, which means not all students who apply to the program will be accepted. Students start by applying to Ivy Tech and enrolling in the undeclared program, where they complete prerequisite course requirements. Then students apply to the Mortuary Science program. It is important to understand that acceptance to Ivy Tech does not guarantee your acceptance into the Mortuary Science program.
Job growth will be faster than average for funeral service workers between 2021 and 2031, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projections. Nationally, the agency projects as much as 9% growth, or about 7,900 new jobs, for these professionals each year.
Associate Degree – Career-Ready Degree
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Mortuary Science at Ivy Tech offers classroom learning and hands-on practicum experience to get students career-ready upon graduation. The program features experienced faculty who share their expertise in all areas of funeral service, focusing on:
Approaches to working with bereaved families
Federal, state and local regulations
Funeral service items, such as caskets and burial vaults
The Ivy Tech Mortuary Science AAS degree program requires 65 credit hours, or five to six semesters, to complete.
Prep for an Industry Test
Completing the Ivy Tech AAS in Mortuary Science degree program meets eligibility requirements to seek licensing in funeral service in 48 states, including Indiana.
The program prepares students to take the National Board Exam for funeral service professionals. Passing this exam is a requirement for licensing in Indiana. Contact your state's mortuary science licensing board to learn about your local requirements.
The 65 required credit hours for the mortuary science associate degree include:
Please consult with your advisor to determine which classes are the best option for you to take. Completion guides may vary by campus/location.
Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science degree program at Ivy Tech can become intern funeral directors. Following an internship and after meeting testing requirements, they can become funeral directors. Other potential careers in mortuary science include:
Business manager or owner
Mortuary science professionals work in corporate offices, funeral homes, cemeteries and crematories, and churches.
Program Learning Outcomes
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) are the competencies that Ivy Tech students should
be well versed in upon graduating from the program.
Accredited Degree Offered: Associate of Applied Science Distance Education - NO Part-time option available: No
PROGRAM INFORMATION - Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana
Number of New Students
Number of Graduates
Did Not Finish***
Overall % Employed
Employed in FS
*Timely graduation = complete program in 1½ times designated program length.
**Graduation rate reflects cohort graduation rate (% of students from original cohort completing in the designated year)
***Left before completing the program; did not finish.
NATIONAL BOARD STATISTICS - Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana
School Pass Rate
National Pass Rate
School pass rate is based on 1st time test takers within one year of graduation.
Accreditation Statement: update on program website and in published materials no later than October 1, 2023
The Mortuary Science associate degree program at Ivy Tech Community College – Central Indiana is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097 (816) 233-3747. Web: www.abfse.org.
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