In some industries, the employment growth rate is steady and predictable. In the world of Mortuary Sciences and Funeral Home Services, that contention would seem to hold true. When assessing the future prospects for Morticians, the primary factors to consider are the increasing life expectancy in America, the growing population, and the aging of that population.
All states require prospective Morticians to attend a Mortician school prior to being licensed. For individuals who are interested in a career within the Mortuary Science industry, the number of accredited schools offering a qualified curriculum is limited to just over 60 schools. Here are some of the top mortuary science schools in the world. Note: All of the schools listed below are accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE).
1. Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science
This school top notch private vocational school that was founded in 1882 and is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The school offers both an Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Sciences. Unlike the standard 4-year college or university, students can earn the Associates degree in one year and the Bachelor’s in one and one-half years. The course curriculum includes in Business, Law, Embalming, Funeral Services, Psychology of Death and Anatomy. Students will also receive hands-on experience with the embalming process. Annual Tuition: $17,000
2. Worsham College of Mortuary Science
Worsham is a private vocational college that was established in 1911. The campus is located in Wheeling, Illinois. The only credential offered at the school is an Associate’s degree in Mortuary Science that can be completed in one year. The course requirements include classes in Business, Pathology, Funeral Services, Embalming, Anatomy and Restorative Art. Prospective students will also be required to accumulate time with hands on experience in the embalming and restorative art processes. Annual Tuition: $17,566
3. Dallas Institute of Funeral Service
The Dallas Institute was founded in 1945. The school is a private institution located in Dallas, Texas. The school offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service as a well as a diploma program. Aside from receiving practical experience in the areas of embalming and restorative art, students will attend classes designed to prepare the student for state board exams. These classes include Chemistry, Microbiology, Embalming, Funeral Services, Anatomy and Accounting. Students will also study Business Law and Ethics. For students who seek a Bachelor’s degree, all credits earned at this school are fully transferable based on a cooperative agreement with Ottawa University. Annual Tuition: $17,500
4. American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service
This school is a private institution. The school has trained Morticians and Funeral home workers in the New York City, New York area since 1926. The school offers an Associate Degree in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.). They also have a diploma program that is eligible for conversion to the A.O.C. degree at a later date. The required curriculum includes core classes in Embalming, Restorative Art and Funeral Services plus general education courses in Business Law, Ethics, Psychology, Anatomy, Microbiology, Math and Accounting. Students will also receive hands on experience with the prepping of corpses. Annual Tuition: $14,300
5. Fayetteville Technical Community College
FTCC is a public educational facility. The school was founded in 1961 and the campus is located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. FTCC is one of the few traditional community colleges to offer an Associate’s degree in Funeral Services. They also offer a diploma program that does not require an embalming component. Aside from a few core classes that require hands-on experience (Embalming), most of the curriculum can be taken online. That curriculum includes Anatomy, Accounting, Business Law, Microbiology, Funeral Service Direction and Restorative Art. Annual Tuition: $2,298 (resident), $8,442 (non-resident)
6. Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service
This is a private vocational school that was founded in 1936. The campus and facilities are located in Houston, Texas. The school offers two degrees in the area of Mortuary Services. Prospective Morticians can earn the school’s Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service (AAS). Students can also opt for a Certificate in Funeral Directing. However, the certificate is not sufficient to qualify to sit for the national board exam and is valid only in the State of NC. The curriculum for the AAS degree requires classes in Biology, Math, Accounting, Ethics, Embalming, Funeral Services, Mortuary Law, Restorative Art and a prep course for the board exams. Students will receive hands on experience with the technical processes. Annual Tuition: $10,904
7. Mid-America College of Funeral Service
This private vocational school was founded in 1905. The school is located in central Indiana, in the city of Jeffersonville. This school offers both an AAS and Bachelor of Science Degree in Funeral Service. The school also has transfer agreements with Upper Iowa College, Wayne State College and Ottawa University – Indiana where students can also earn a Bachelor’s degree. At Mid-America College, students are required to complete the following curriculum; 10 Funeral Service related classes, Business Law and Ethics, and an assortment of general education classes as well as hands-on training. Annual Tuition: $14,000
8. Jefferson State Community College
JSCC is a public school that was chartered in 1965 in the city of Birmingham, Alabama. The Funeral Service program at JSCC has been specifically designed to prepare individuals, who are already serving apprenticeships with funeral homes, for the board exams. Students will take the prerequisite courses in order to earn an AAS Degree in Funeral Service. The curriculum focuses heavily on classes needed in the core group. These include, Embalming, Restorative Art, Funeral Service Directing, Business Law, Biology and Anatomy. Annual Tuition: $4,544 (resident), $8,096 (non-resident)
9. Cypress College – Mortuary Science Department
This public community college is located in the city of Cypress, part of the prestigious Orange County area of California. The school was established in 1966. The Mortuary Science program is part of the Health Science Department. The department offers an Associate’s degree in Mortuary Sciences. This two-year program requires students to obtain hands-on experience plus complete courses like Funeral Service Science, Funeral Service Ceremonies, Funeral Service Counseling, Biology, Embalming, Restorative Art and Mortuary Law. Annual Tuition: $1,472 (resident), $7,584 (non-resident)
10. John Tyler Community College – Funeral Service Program
JTCC is a public school located in Chester, Virginia. The school is one of only two schools in Virginia to offer a degree in Funeral Services/Mortuary Sciences. The school was founded in 1967. The program offers an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Funeral Services. Students are exposed to the technical aspects of embalming and restorative art while they attend classes such Microbiology for Funeral Service, Theory of Embalming, Principles of Funeral Management, Ethics, Biology, Anatomy, Accounting and English. Annual Tuition: $4,160 (resident), $10,368 (non-resident).